Waxing Treatments

Waxing or Plucking – Which is the More Effective?

In the battle for a smooth complexion and a hair-free body, waxing and plucking are at the forefront of treatments available to men and women of all ages. Both therapies offer similar results (a part of the body without even the slightest trace of hair growth), but as they are considered temporary solutions; which one offers the most advantages?

The truth about plucking

Hair plucking isn’t a new concept, in fact even the earliest civilisations such as the ancient Egyptians used to undergo these types of treatments in a bid to enhance their aesthetic appearances. Back then, two small instruments were used to grip and pull at the individual follicles, but now the easiest way to do this is by using tweezers.

By plucking an individual hair, it will remove the base of the follicle from the root. This can result in a hair-free surface for anywhere up to a month and when compared to shaving (where hairs will grow back in a matter of days), a pair of tweezers and a pair of trained hands can go a very long way.

How waxing works

Where plucking can focus on a single hair per tweeze, a good waxing salon will instead offer the potential to strip dozens, if not hundreds, of hairs at the same time. The first thing that a therapist will do will be to apply a layer of hot (but comfortable) wax to a part of the skin. They will then smooth this layer with a tool and then add a sheet of waxing paper.

After a few moments, the wax will have taken on a more solid form and the sheet can then be pulled in the opposite direction to the hair’s growth, to remove batches of follicles at once. To reduce pain, many therapists will numb the region first, or apply an advanced pulling technique.

Although both types offer similar results, the potential for waxing to remove swathes of hairs at once can be far more beneficial; especially when considering that each pluck with a pair of tweezers can be quite painful.