NAIR VS WAXING? Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Waxing Vs Using Nair Products

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Have you noticed how the majority of the people refer to facial tissues of any brand as Kleenex?

That's exactly the case with Nair nowadays. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the word Nair has become synonymous with hair removal creams.

In the hair removal industry, depilatories from the globally famous brand Nair, are quickly becoming the go-to solution for many. Waxing, on the other hand, is another matter altogether. Tons of women go for this method instead of Nair because of its long-lasting effects.

But ultimately, which is truly better? Let's delve a little deeper into what these two methods are about and how one pars against the other.

Nair depilatory creams BRAND

Nair is the relatively cult-favorite hair removal cream brand that women worship, apart from Veet, that is. Nair depilatories come in a lotion or cream formula that works by dissolving unwanted hair, leaving your skin smooth for days. They are a painless, cost-effective, and easy way to expose your bare skin. 

Depilatory creams and lotions are suited for removing unwanted hair on large areas including legs, underarms, and bikini lines. For your face, Nair depilatory creams that have a thicker consistency is ideal since they are easier to control for smaller areas.

Precautions: For those who have thick and/or coarse hair, leave the Nair depilatory for 10 minutes max. The result should be smoother and hairless legs that last longer than shaving. The rule of the thumb for your bikini area is to leave the formula for 6 minutes. If your pubic hair is thick, extend it to 10 minutes, but no longer than that.

Waxing explained

Waxing is a general term for the use of hard or soft wax to remove unwanted hair from the roots. With professional waxing, hot wax is applied to the area and pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth using wax strips. It's normally used for legs, bikini areas, and underarms.

For at-home waxing methods, there is plenty of professional-quality wax available in the market today. DIY waxing kits are usually the top choice for women who are too lazy (and/or too broke) to get a professional waxing treatment. Waxing is ideal for ladies with darker, coarse hair that can be stubborn to remove.

Precautions: Don't drink alcohol before getting a wax. Consuming alcohol to alleviate the pain isn't the best idea. Alcohol will only make the process more painful since it promotes pore tightening.

You should also stay away from coffee because it can boost your skin’s sensitivity. Lastly, make sure that you’re using or the salon you go to is utilizing a good-quality wax. Doing so can result in a less painful experience.

Nair vs Waxing - Factors to consider

Choosing between those two is a decision many women struggle with. And we get it - both are great at removing unwanted hair. But like any hair removal technique, both waxing and Nair have their good and bad sides.

Below are the things you should keep in mind when selecting which between the two is better for you.

1. Cost

Nair depilatory products come in several sizes and types. The price for each cream and lotion varies on the body area to be treated and the product volume. It could be anywhere from $3.5 to $97.

As for professional waxing, it ranges from $20 to $100, depending on the area waxed, as well as the salon or spa itself. For instance, from thighs to ankle on both legs, excluding the bikini zone, the price can be as low as $45 to a much as $100. At-home waxing kits can be anywhere from $15 to $100.

2. Performance

Nair hair removal creams or lotion, regardless of the added fragrances and key ingredients, will always have a prominent smell of chemicals. Thankfully, the smell only lasts until you have the cream on your skin. After rinsing it off, the odor should be gone as well.

Also, it’s essential to remember that products like these are artificial. In other words, they are the polar opposites of natural, all-organic products. On the bright side, Nair depilatory products remove any hair length, whether it’s as short as one millimeter or as long as an inch.

To achieve a spotless skin that doesn’t leave a dark shadow and won’t feel prickly afterward, waxing is the way to go. But unlike Nair, it can cause redness and small bumps as your skin’s reaction to the hair being pulled out.

3. Pain Level

It’s no secret that Nair hair removal creams are a blessing. They’re painless, for starters, and are relatively easier to apply and use. With waxing, it’s another story.

When they say beauty is pain, they’re most likely referring to waxing. And they aren’t wrong because pain will always be associated with waxing. That’s because it pulls the entire hair out from its follicle, instead of just cutting it off.

If it’s your first time, it would be very painful. Also, take note that some areas of your body are more sensitive than others. For instance, waxing will be more painful in your pubic area than your legs.

But as you get used to it, the pain level will significantly subside. Personally speaking, legs, face, and arms - I can bear waxing. That said, I always draw a line on my bikini area. Either I shave the hair off or go with the painless and less hassle way, namely Nair.

4. Results

The good news is that with Nair, it’s easy to achieve a soft and smooth hair-free skin. But guess what? The results do not last long. Sure, Nair products should be able to provide longer results than shaving. However, when compared to waxing, it pales in comparison.

Regrowth is quick with depilatory creams, albeit not as much as shaving. Still, there’s a huge chance that you’ll be re-applying your Nair hair remover cream within a few days or at most one week after your first session. Moreover, since these products are laden with chemicals that could irritate sensitive skin, you may experience ingrown hairs.

Whether you're going with soft or hard wax, either way, waxing is definitely a more natural option. And since it removes the hair from the roots, you can expect your skin to be hair-free for up to three to six weeks.

In addition, waxing damages the hair follicles. This means that with regular use, your hair will grow back thinner and weaker over time. Plus, the time lapse between waxing sessions will eventually become longer. 

Nair vs waxing on different areas

1. Leg

Nair is widely used to remove unwanted hair on legs. Mainly because it is pain-free and formulated to cover large areas in a couple of minutes. Consider Nair Leg Mask Brighten + Smooth with Charcoal. It’s a depilatory but it also gives your legs a ‘glowing’ effect that you get from a good face mask.

Waxing is painful. There’s no way to escape that. When waxing large areas like your legs, there’s an added layer of pain, especially if you have lots of hair. That’s why many women consider Nair better than waxing. But as far as results are concerned, we all know that waxing beats Nair.

2. Bikini Area

Aside from the skin on our face, our bikini area also needs some tender care. As such, it’s important to use hair removal products with gentle ingredients. With Nair, you’d best go with the Nair Bikini Cream Sensitive Formula. It is packed with green tea extracts to leave your skin soft and smooth.

Our bikini area is extremely sensitive, perhaps even sensitive than our face. So when waxing down there, the pain you experience may increase tenfold. And this can be a deal-breaker for most women. Both Nair and waxing are great at doing their jobs, but pain-wise, Nair would be a better option.

3. Face

Whether you want to get rid of the hair on your chin, upper lip, or cheeks, Nair got you covered. This famous hair removal brand has milder formulas designed to work on removing facial hair. For a great depilatory, give Nair Hair Remover Face Cream Moisturizing a try. It is formulated to safely work on the sensitive skin on the face.

To most people, keeping their face free from unwanted hair is as important as maintaining clear skin. That is why numerous women would rather wax than use Nair on their faces. A little pain in exchange for a longer smooth and hairless skin is what appeals more to them. Besides, the process won't be as painful as when waxing other larger and more sensitive areas, since you'll likely be removing a few stray hairs only.

4. Arm

In general, the hair on women's arms is finer and lighter. As a result, removing hair from the arms is made easy, especially with Nair Moroccan Argan Oil Glides Away. What's more, it offers optimal effects even on coarse hair. It has 100% natural Moroccan Argan Oil for a moisturizing formula and beautifully smooth results.

Our arms are possibly the most visible part of our body next to our face, with our legs coming very closely behind. Hence, it's important to keep them as neat and attractive-looking as possible. While Nair can help you achieve that, the results are short-lived. With waxing, however, you get to savor the results for a longer time.


Between Nair depilatory creams and waxing, there will always be a winner and loser depending on what factor we are talking about. The takeaway here is to know what you want and what your body can tolerate. For instance, if waxing is too unbearable for you, then just ditch it and go with Nair. Mind you, lots of women are on the same boat as you.

But if the results are what matter most and you don't mind the pain, then go and wax whatever part you want to be hair-free. Personally speaking, legs, face, and arms - those I can bear waxing. Particularly with my legs, I'd gladly go with waxing. 

That said, I always draw a line on my bikini area. So, it's either shaving or taking the coward's way out, namely Nair.

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