Bikini waxing does have its advantages -- if it didn't, it's unlikely anyone would ever brave the pain factor to try it. First off, because waxing tears hair right out at the root, it takes longer for the hair to grow back. The root lies well below the surface of the skin, and it may be two to three weeks or more before you notice a significant re-growth of hair [source: emedicine]. That's certainly better than shaving and seeing stubble in a day or two.
Additionally, there's some evidence that the process of yanking the hair out may actually damage the follicles [source: emedicine]. This might not sound like a plus, but it means that the hair may grow back thinner and finer and, in some cases, not at all. Repeated waxing means fewer and fewer hairs to get rid of over time [source: Goins].
If the effects alone don't convince you to try a bikini wax, you might consider the fact that waxing takes less time and money when compared to permanent treatments like electrolysis or laser hair removal. You can also find recipes to make your own wax at home, which makes it an even more budget-conscious choice.
Now that you've heard the good stuff about waxing, read on to find out about the risks.