Why Is Waxing So Expensive? (Key Reasons)

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Craving for that baby-soft skin that you can achieve after waxing?

Do you want to get regular waxing appointments but don’t want it to cost an arm and leg? Well, girl, we hear you!

Waxing has become the most desired form of hair removal for many apparent reasons.

Waxing lasts much longer than shaving and epilators. It proves to be inexpensive as compared to laser hair removal.

But that does not mean it is cheap. It is estimated that women spend more than $23,000 on waxing in their lifetime.

So why is waxing so expensive? How can we lower the overall expense? 

In this blog, we have answered all your waxing-related queries, so keep reading to know more! 

Why is waxing so expensive?

Is it cheaper to shave or wax?

The expense of your waxing experience depends on two things:

  • The type of wax you are choosing 

While waxing, you normally have the option to choose between hard wax and soft wax.

Hardwax is a little expensive, but it is better for sensitive and dry skin.

Soft wax, on the other hand, is cheaper and is great for normal skin and people who have a lot of growth. 

  • Either you are getting it professionally done or doing it at home.

When opting for a salon experience your bill is bound to be much higher because it’s about the experience being offered there, the time, and training of the waxing technician as well. Not just the wax only.

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What are the Benefits of Waxing?

If you are planning to shave your body with that razor that is lying in your bathroom forever, then think again.

While the idea may seem very tempting, waxing may be your best choice considering the benefits it offers.

  • Baby soft skin ( yes! no more stubble )
  • It eliminates the concern for cuts, razor burns, and nicks.
  • Hair grows back finer
  • Less ingrown hairs
  • Your skin is exfoliated, and there is less texture.

Salon vs home waxing experience

If waxing is your go-to method for hair removal, you might be wondering what is the most budget-friendly way to do it.

Should you purchase a do-it-yourself wax kit from the store or head down to a salon to get your services done?

To ensure that you make an informed decision, we have broken down the experience for you.

1. The Costs 

At Home

If you choose to wax at home, it is preferred that you buy a do-it-yourself waxing kit that costs between $25-100.

You can find a bunch of them online and choose them according to the desired areas that you want to target at home.

At the Salon

When opting for professional services, the charges may vary depending on your city and the salon which you have booked an appointment with.

It is estimated that upper lips and eyebrows can cost around $10-$25, while full legs/ arms can cost around $100.

Note: These estimated charges do not include any taxes that your state might have added.

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2. Preparation

At home

Before starting the whole process, it is recommended that you gather all the supplies, including fresh towels.

They will help you get rid of any mess that you make in the process.

The Salon

If you do not have prior experience in getting your waxing services done professionally, it is recommended that you ask a friend or family.

You should get your services done by a trusted professional.

It is advised that you do not apply any lotions or peeling solutions to your skin before your appointment to ensure a hassle-free experience.

3. Time

At Home

Waxing is not easy as it looks, especially if it is your first time.

It can take anywhere between 30 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on your target areas.

At the salon

Since the services are done by a trained professional, the process is quick,hassle-free, and with considerably less pain.

The real struggle here is to make an appointment and show up on time. Yes, all those lazy girls I can see you.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t do waxing?

Is waxing for everyone?

Your skin can become sensitive to waxing and many other treatments if you are taking medication.

It is advised that you don’t wax your skin if you are taking the following medications.

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Accutane
  • Hormonal birth control
  • antibiotics
  • Retin-A or other retinol-based creams

Moreover, if you have rashes, a skin graft, cold sores, moles, or warts, it is recommended to shave rather than wax your skin to prevent further harm.

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Does Brazilian wax cause sag?

While it’s common to feel that the persistent pulling that takes place during a waxing session can add to these causes, the truth is waxing does not make your skin saggy.

What can you do to minimize ingrown hair and other bumps after waxing?

With both shaving and waxing, there is a chance of temporary bumps and ingrown hairs.

To minimize their occurrence, make sure to exfoliate beforehand.

If you are prone to getting ingrown hair, do not panic. It happens.

Make sure to not tug at the hair and apply a soothing lotion or oil to calm the area.

Why are waxing services more expensive for men than for women?

Waxing services for men are more expensive than for women because their body is much bigger, and they tend to have much more hair.

The overall process takes up a lot of time and uses more wax and strips which is why it is considered more expensive.

Final Thoughts

As we can see that there are both benefits and drawbacks to both shaving and waxing at both home and salon.

Salon experiences come at a higher cost and can be an embarrassing experience for some, but they offer swift services with very little pain and hassle.

On the other hand waxing at home perhaps take some time to perfect but expenses don’t burden your pocket.

According to a recent study, only 28 of 1,677 women have reported that they go to a salon for grooming.

Waxing at home is a great way to save money while treating yourself to a luxury service in the comfort of your home.

It not only saves time but also prevents skin irritation that comes from daily shaving that you would otherwise require.

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Megan has been a freelance writer and editor since 2016. In that time, she’s penned a diverse collection of articles for online publication, with a focus on skincare and beauty. From in-depth product reviews to concise marketing content, Megan is passionate about developing content that informs, entertains, and inspires.