Waxing vs. Threading

Waxing vs. Threading

Apart from shaving, waxing and threading are two of the most common hair removal techniques. They allow you to avoid the hassles of shaving, from razor burn to nicks and cuts. But what exactly are waxing and threading? And which technique should you go with? Waxing vs. threading is an important choice that depends on where you want hair removed, your skin type, and your pain tolerance.

What is waxing and threading?

Waxing involves spreading a layer of heated wax or resin on the skin, covering the wax with a strip of paper, and then quickly pulling off the paper. The paper pulls the wax off, which in turn catches the hairs on the skin and pulls them out.

During threading, a thread is doubled up and the two sides are used in a similar fashion as the two prongs of a tweezer to catch and remove hairs on the skin. However, rather than removing one hair at a time, threading removes hair row by row.

Both methods remove hair from the follicle and allow you to stay hair-free anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

Which parts of my body do waxing and threading work best on?

Waxing can be done anywhere on the body. It can remove large sections of hair at a time, making it a fairly simple and quick process. Many salons offer inexpensive and convenient waxing services for certain body parts.

Threading only makes sense on smaller parts of your body, such as your face, as it can only remove small amounts of hair at a time. For example, it would not be feasible to thread an area such as your leg. Threading is most commonly used on the upper lip and eyebrows. Though threading is limited to smaller areas of your body, it allows for more precision in the hair removal process.

What if I have sensitive skin?

Both waxing and threading may cause irritation depending on your skin type.

Waxing may cause skin irritation for two reasons- because of ingredients in the wax itself or because of the removal process, which pulls at the skin. You may experience redness and rashes at the hair removal site, with the most serious side effect being allergic reactions.

The only tool used in threading is a thread, so there is a much lower chance of skin irritation due to chemicals or allergens. Additionally, the threading process targets the hair directly, rather than pulling at the skin, which further lowers the possibility of irritation. If you have sensitive skin or are using products that may make your skin thinner or weaker (such as retinol), threading is your best choice.

Do waxing and threading hurt?

Both techniques include a certain level of pain.

The pain you may experience during waxing is like ripping off a large band-aid. Each rip of the wax strip will include some pain, but it will be over almost instantly. A large number of hairs are removed at a time, making it a more instant process.

Threading is not as instant, meaning that you are more likely to feel pain from individual hairs being removed. As mentioned previously, threading removes hair row by row, so you may have to endure the process for longer than you would have to with waxing.

Ultimately, it all depends on your skin sensitivity and pain tolerance. Some people find waxing more painful than threading while other feel that threading is more painful than waxing. If this is your first time trying a technique, let your aesthetician know so they can walk you through the process and make the experience as comfortable as possible. 

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