Shaving Versus Waxing
Since we launched our beauty space in 2019 we have been inundated with guests asking the difference between shaving versus waxing.
Some are super-religious to the art of the blade and have never tried waxing because someone once told them it’s painful. Our response is always the same, do you want to save time, money and have gorgeous skin?
If the answer is yes, this blog may just open you up to a new world of hair removal and dispel any rumours you may have heard.
The big shaving versus waxing debate is here.
What is waxing hair removal?
Waxing is a wonderful process that removes hair from the root by using a naturally sticky wax that adheres to body hair.
When the wax is removed it pulls out all the hair from the follicle, leaving baby-smooth soft skin.
Ouch! You may scream! That must be painful and uncomfortable.
Luckily with new scientific developments and lots of research, waxing has become a lot more painless than it used to be.
Using this process, hair will eventually grow back after about four to six weeks and any area of the body can be waxed (Although we do not recommend using wax for hair removal on beards).
Read on to understand more about shaving versus waxing.
What’s the difference between waxing and shaving?
Firstly, there are no razor burns – you know, the painful and itchy sensation you get after shaving?
Those razor burns also look very ugly, especially when they are sore and red.
Imagine how they look when you are wearing a bikini on the beach or a tank top, definitely not the thing to do when you want to raise your hands up in the air!
Yes, when you wax your bikini line or under your arms, you don’t get the dreaded razor burn.
Yay, no more razor burns, what else is so great about waxing?
So imagine the scene, it’s the middle of summer and leading the hectic lifestyle that you do, you have not had time to shave your legs – total wardrobe rethink!
Yes, waxing saves time, it doesn’t matter how busy you are, as long as you have booked your regular appointment,
you will never have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions ever again.
Soft, smooth legs all the time.
No more shaving your legs every day to avoid the obvious, stubbly growth that appears out of no-where.
Will my hair grow back thicker when I wax?
Quite the opposite, in fact, repeatedly waxing the same area of your body reduces hair growth.
The reason this happens is waxing damages the hair papilla as it is responsible for supplying nutrients to the hair to make it grow. Without the nutrients, hair cannot grow!
When you shave, re-growth is prickly and stubbly and bloody uncomfortable too. The process of shaving cuts off the hair from the skin, leaving a blunt tip.
When you wax, you remove the hair from the root, so when it grows back the new hair is soft.
How does waxing save me time and money?
So think of all the razors you have purchased, the shaving creams and the plasters.
With waxing, you will save a fortune from not having to buy razors and shaving creams.
Not only do the razors blunt quickly, they are expensive to replace. And then there’s the plasters from all the razor nicks.
Your average wax appointment will take about 20-30 minutes, the results last much longer and your soft silkier skin will look amazing!
To add even more sugar on the cake, all of our waxing therapists have plenty of experience and knowledge so you can be guaranteed a first class service.
What wax do you use at Queen B?
After months of research and lots of testing, we found an amazing brand that we fell in love with immediately.
Wax Logic is a new wax brand that is giving a lot of the older kids on the block a run for their money.
Practically painless and fast drying, it leaves no residue and stays super flexible so you do not get that skin pull often associated with waxing.
Wax-Logic is suitable for every skin type and contain no allergens, parabens, or colourants.
We also use pre and post wax products to ensure your skin remains soft and silky after your treatment.
But won’t everyone hear me scream?
Screaming and pain are often associated with waxing, when waxing is performed incorrectly, there will be a lot of discomfort, however, our therapists are highly experienced, knowledgable and Wax Logic trained too.
We also maintain the strictest hygiene protocols too so you will be in good hands.
If this is your first wax, please do let us know so we can reassure you every step of the way.
Just in case you like to shout out obscenities, our treatment rooms have been created to be as soundproof as possible.
All 3 rooms are also very private and very luxurious too. Each room is equipped with an electronically raised bed.
These are also perfect for those of you who have difficulty climbing onto a bed and especially if you are heavily pregnant.
The beds are also heated in winter to make your experience the best it can be.
The wax we use is also very different, it is virtually painless!
How long does a wax last?
Results from waxing usually last up to a month while shaving must be done on a daily basis.
Hair still grows back during this time period but it grows back finer and softer compared to when shaving.
Hair has to grow back again in order for you to wax again, but the hair is less noticeable and doesn’t require you to shave it.
Can you wax eyebrows too? I’ve always plucked them
Yes, you can wax pretty much everywhere and eyebrow waxing is super popular.
It takes minutes to do and is very precise, your therapist will also pluck out a few stragglers if required.
Plucking, when done by a trained professional can be super accurate.
The only risk with constant plucking is overdoing it. Eyebrow hairs don’t always grow back.
It is crucial not to over-pluck or you may risk damaging or losing your eyebrow follicles for good.
What is threading?
Threading is very different to waxing.
It removes hair in numerous directions and because of this it can be difficult to remove hairs accurately.
Ultimately this has a negative effect on the hair follicle and the skin that surrounds it.
This can tear the follicle if hair is removed.
Sometimes the hair is not removed, it may just be broken from the surface of the skin.
Hence the pain!
Worse still, if the hair is broken at the skin, it can grow back in different directions and it will also grow back faster.
If it is fully removed, it could be like laser, permanent. Not really the look you want for your brows…Or is it?
What Our Guests Say
I had a Hollywood wax with Louise and I’m very happy with the result.
She was friendly, professional and thorough and put me at ease.
I’ll definitely see Louise for my next wax!
Amazing service! My first time with this beauty salon and its by far my favourite. Unbelievable, would definitely recommend!!
Queen B staff are so friendly and professional I have just had my first waxing session,
I will recommend to my friends and family.
The therapist was truly skilled in her profession and she really makes you feel special and pampered.
I have moved to Coulsdon from North London and was very worried that I would not find the same service, but I have now.
They are excellent at doing nails and also funny to talk with. The wax that was used on my eyebrows was the most pain free wax I have ever experienced!
Best waxing I have ever had in 20 years.
First visit to this salon, wax was lovely and light and relatively pain free and everything soft and smooth afterwards.
Can’t recommend waxing at Queen B enough!
Was dreading my first wax after 3 months of lockdown. It was great!
Very thorough and huge attention to detail. Will be booking my next appointment soon!
Thank you Queen B
Couldn’t recommend Queen B enough!!
I’ve been going to Queen B for nearly 2 years, I book in every two weeks for my gel hands religiously. The level of treatment and care is always amazing, it’s never short of perfect in my whole experience.
All the staff are so friendly, they’re great at giving you perfect gels and all the products they use are premium quality.
I’ve also had a lash lift and tint, waxing, Murad facials and pedicures. Again, all services have been amazing!
5* beauty and nail salon!
Excellent detoxifying massage- I feel so good. The bikini wax was a pleasant experience and professionally done to my satisfaction.
Lots of care and attention went in to find the perfect nail polish and then I was treated like a queen for my manicure and pedicure. Thanks Queen B
I had a very professional, quick and COVID Friendly and safe back wax. Very professional and good at her job. Hygiene was thorough, area and salon was clean. Waiting at door, washed hands on entry, social distancing Maintained – will be back next month for testament. Highly recommended staff and facility.
Really lovely place, and honestly the best wax I think I have had!
Would definitely recommend Queen B
The therapist was an amazing waxer. This wax was pain free.
Her technique is fabulous and the brand of wax used is a high quality product.
The environment is relaxing, chilled and meticulously clean.
Queen B is the best salon in Croydon. Recently renovated for their beautiful new beauty rooms.
I have to say this wax is the best wax I’ve ever come across, quick, completely pain free.
I was so shocked at how much it didn’t hurt! I was so scared to get waxed due to previous experiences.
I’ve gone from shaving to waxing but I am never shaving again, thank you Queen B for the ultimate relaxation and I always come out feeling great
Very relaxing. Very professional Nails: always top standard! Their Pedicures are the ultimate relax too..
100% always given, thank you for your service and excellent staff! I love QUEEN B
This was my third full body wax session with Tina and, like the previous two, I can’t praise her highly enough.
Tina makes you feel relaxed and welcome and she carries out the waxing quickly, efficiently and with great skill.
She is also very friendly and a delight to talk to. It is such a positive, enjoyable experience and I love the smooth skin that I have afterwards. Thank you Tina!
I won’t go anywhere else to get my nails done since discovering Queen B.
They don’t use electric files which damage your nails, instead they really care about looking after your natural nails which a lot of nail shops don’t do!
Everyone is friendly and it’s such a relaxing and fun atmosphere.
Probably my best wax yet. Amy did an amazing and thorough job.
She made sure I was happy and satisfied throughout and I’m very very pleased with the result.
Thank you so much! 🙂