For me it depends on what area of the body you mean.
Pubic area I just trim a little with an electric shaver every couple of weeks.
Legs I combo wax and shave.
Now that I have been waxing for a while, my leg hair is very fine and a lot hasn't grown back at all. The razor is just easier for those finer hairs than trying to grip them with the waxing strips.
If I had the guts and a higher tolerance for pain (I am a big baby), I would get waxed, especially the bikini area. I also do not like the idea of some woman at a salon seeing my goodies. Do you see the positions they make you get in, especially for a Brazilian? You couldn't pay me to get on all fours and spread everything so some stranger can rub hot wax in cracks and crevices <<<<shudders>>>
I shave because you have to grow it to wax. I shave pretty much every day. I wouldn't want to have to grow it out and be all hairy for weeks until it was long enough to wax. Plus like has been said, the idea of getting on all fours on a table while some stranger puts wax in my crack skeeves me out. I think I'm too shy for that.
Ah, LadyFrog, ya got me spewing my iced tea on my computer - and I'm in Starbuck's! Okay, folks, move away from the looney lady laughing at her computer .... LOL!!!!!
Waxing DOES keep the jungle at bay longer, but it hurts, and ingrown hairs, of which I've had a few, are UGLY.
Shaving? I bought a $200 Braun, complete with recharging and disinfecting base. I put the razor in the sideburn shaving position, after I get out of the shower and allow a good amount of rubbing alcohol to dry on my upper, upper legs.
Smooth, no bumps, no ingrowns. Heck, I can practically do a Brazilian with that razor. Takes skill, but I've had lots of training taming the wild Amazon.
I reckon I am in the minority on this one. I get a full Brazilian, with just a bit left up top, about every 5 weeks. I just got tired of trying to get into funky positions to shave all the areas I wanted smooth in the shower. I am just not as flexible as I once was!
Now, I would occasionally use the at home strips, and sometimes my husband would do it for me, but he was awful at it! It was so incredibly painful. Then one day, I bit the bullet and decided I would go to a salon for it.
I found a lady that specializes in waxing. Let me tell you, there is no comparison to trying it at home to getting it done. There is a reason they are trained and stay up to date in the latest products and methods! She is really good at chatting and getting your mind off of it, making you feel more comfortable. I just told myself, she is more than happy to see my who-ha because it's her profession and how she makes a living, so why should I feel weird about it?
For the 'rear' portion of the event, yes, you get on all fours, or you can pull your knee to your chest. Either can feel awfully silly at first, but hey, all my modesty went out the window when I had my kid...there were far more people in the room at the time and I was in a much worse way then.
I love the results, the products she uses and the care the taught me for afterwards prevents any redness or ingrown hairs and I look and feel great for longer time frames than with shaving.