How To Get Rid Of Unwanted Hair: A Full Guide
Depleting unwanted hair can be a constant (and expensive) task, depending on personal choice. Plus-with so many hair removal options available-it's not always easy to decide which method is right for you.
We looked at the pros and cons of the most common ways of getting rid of hair— and why they might work for you or may not:
Depilatory / hair removal creams
Apply cream to target region, set a timer, wait patiently while the hair breaks down the chemicals, extract cream to expose hairless skin.
Pros: Easy to apply (depending on which product you select). Never grievous. Quite quick to use.
Cons: The unmistakably gross scent of chemical substances. You add chemicals to your bodies, and you let them stay there. You will need separate face and body depilatory creams (including your bikini line) to be used.
Costs: $7 to $20, depending on bottle size and formulation type (roll-on, shower-safe, etc...)
A thin needle to cauterize the dermal papilla is injected into the hair follicle, effectively killing the ability to grow hair.
Pros: Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It beneficial over all skin and hair styles. Removes hair permanently.
Cons: For it to be successful it takes multiple visits. Costly. Distressing. Hairs are manually separated.
Cost: A 45-minute electrolysis session costs some $80
Say an electric razor had a loving kid with a pair of tweezers, and that's kind of what an epilator is— a small handheld electrical device with "tweezing disks" that open and close while they turn and pull hair out.
Pros: Removes root fur. Relatively quick. Can be used anywhere you have power exposure (or a charger, depending on your epilator). Does not tug on your clothing.
Cons: Painful enough to make your palms sweat while the system is being worked. The expense of obtaining an epilator.
Cost: epilator $50 to $130
Laser hair removal
A relatively new hair removal method, targeted light pulses are used to kill the hair follicle, this can take up to six to ten sessions per area (legs and bikini line would be considered as two separate areas).
Pros: Hair is gone forever when it's effectively done. It can be done fairly quickly, depending on the size of the area you are treating.
Cons: Short term, costly. Painier than rashing, but less unpleasant than waxing. Based on your skin tone and hair colour, may not function as well. Blistering will happen.
Cost: A single full leg laser hair removal session starts at roughly $310 (but normally bundles are available)
Wet your skin, apply shaving cream or foam (dealer’s choice) and glide a razor along your skin for instantly smooth results—it doesn’t get much easier than that.
Pros: Painless (until you inevitably cut yourself). Quick. Inexpensive. You can shave just about anywhere you have access to water.
Cons: It’s easy to cut yourself. Razor burn. Generates a lot of non-recyclable waste.
Cost: A 10-pack of disposable razors can cost as little as $5
A paste made of three ingredients (sugar, water, and lemon juice) is applied against the direction of hair growth on the skin and then removed quickly in the direction that hair grows naturally.
Pros: A means of removing hair by zero waste. Paste to sugar can be dissolved with water. Sticks only to the hair, not to your skin.
Cons: Less painful than waxing, but not a walk in the park (because it doesn't stick to your skin). Costly, if done in a salon.
Cost: It costs $60 to $70 to have your whole legs sugared by a professional
Cotton thread is bent to the form of a small hourglass. The twisted threads in the middle of the hourglass draw out the hairs as the thread is pushed across the surface of the skin.
Pros: Removes hair from the root. Threading is precise and quick. One can remove shorter hairs.
Cons: Moderately distressing. Not as popular at the salons. Typically limited to smaller body areas.
Cost: Getting your face completely threaded (chin, upper lip, brow shaping, etc ...) would put you back around $25
They use tweezers to remove individual hairs.
Pros: Removes hair from the root. May happen anywhere. Costly, and easy to do.
Cons: Lent. Can be grievous.
Cost: A good pair of tweezers (with sharpening for life) will set you back around $30
Soft wax is heated up, applied to the skin in the direction that the hair grows naturally, and removed quickly with strips of fabric (or no strips, if hard wax is used). Hair is taken off against the growth path.
Pros: Removes hair from the floor. Re-growth is growing lighter and thinner. You won't see any re-growth for at least two weeks, depending on how quickly your hair grows.
Cons: Waxing is frustrating when you're trying to do it yourself, with a steep learning curve. Will trigger hairs to grow in. Costier than other hair removal styles, if done in a salon.
Cost: A full leg wax in a salon can cost between $45 and $55