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Bikini Line Hair Removal: Waxing Vs. Shaving


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Bikini line hair removal is a must to look your best in your swimsuit. But just how are you going to get rid of that hair? Two of the most popular temporary methods for bikini zones are shaving and waxing. We cover the good and bad to cutting it off, or ripping it out.


  • Waxing: Having certain medical conditions or taking certain medications conflict with waxing, and can make skin red or scabby.

  • Shaving: Some people are more sensitive to shaving than others, and you have to know exactly what ingredients make up your shaving cream/gel in case of allergies or that might dry out and irritate your skin.


  • Waxing: Bikini line hair removal can be a large area, depending on how deep you go into your bikini line. Time spent can be about a 1/2 hour to 1 hour if you pay a professional, and much more than an hour if you do it yourself.

  • Shaving: It’s very quick, but trim hair down first if it’s too long so you don’t dull your blade more than necessary.


  • Waxing: You can get a waxing kit from $25 - $100. But plan anywhere from $19 - $75 for a regular bikini wax, upwards of $100 for a Brazilian, not counting gratuity and any State tax.

  • Shaving: You can shave your bikini line for cents on the dollar, with the use of a good shaving cream and high-quality razor.

Level of Difficulty

  • Waxing: It’s easy to make an appointment and let a pro do the work. Waxing your own bikini line can be tricky, and even more difficult to make the lines even on both sides.

  • Shaving: Very easy.

At Home Supplies

  • Waxing: You need to get wax, a heater, strips, applicators, powder or oil and wax remover. Read more about what each items does in: Body Waxing Supplies.

  • Shaving: You only need water, a good shaving cream or gel, and a high quality razor.

Bikini Line Hair Removal Results

  • Waxing: Can last up to six weeks if the entire hair follicle is removed from the root and hairs are not broken above or beneath the surface. There's no "shadow" on skin since hair is not under skin and has been removed. Bruising, bumps and ingrown hairs may results from waxing.

  • Shaving: Hair may show back up that same day by a shadow, or at best, a couple days later above the skin. Razor burn, bumps and ingrown hairs are always a possibility.
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