Waxing is a form of hair removal that removes the entire hair from the hair follicle, unlike shaving or clippers which bluntly cut the hair at the surface.
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of stubble on a man’s face. Stubble is a short growth of unshaven hair (blue). The hairs have cleanly-cut ends, produced when they were cut close to the skin during the man’s last shave.
Under a microscope, it is easy to see why shaved hair becomes prickly. Hair that is laid over and cut by a razor end up with a sharp “pointy” edge at the surface of the skin. As the shaved hair grows, the edges remain thick and prickly.