A popular hair removal method is waxing, a procedure that requires hot wax to be placed over the desired treatment area and ripped off with a strip. Though waxing often provides better and longer-lasting results than shaving, it’s far from ideal and entails the following disadvantages.

Pain and Irritation

Similar to ripping off a Band-Aid, waxing can either be quick and painless or slow and extremely painful. A common side effect is severe redness and a burning sensation that can last hours or days. A professional should know how hot the wax should be to reduce the risk of burning the client’s skin, but it isn’t always something he or she can control. Other factors, such as acne medication, antibiotics, and skin products that contain retinoids, make skin more sensitive and more susceptible to burning and peeling.

Ingrown Hairs

Waxing is designed to remove hairs from the root, but it’s common for hairs to break before the root can be extracted. These hairs are more likely to grow sideways or downward, causing infection and ingrown hairs.

High Maintenance

Waxing may last slightly longer than shaving, but it isn’t permanent. Upkeep is required every week or so to maintain hairlessness. Additionally, using wax doesn’t allow for much accuracy, which is important around the eyebrows. It’s easy to accidentally rip off more than was intended, creating embarrassing asymmetry.