Shaving works by cutting off the hair at the skin level. It’s the most commonly used method of hair removal. You can choose between electric shavers and disposable razors, depending on your budget.
Advantages: Shaving is painless as long as you are careful to not cut yourself. Make sure you use shaving cream or soap and sharp blades. That way you can decrease the chance of having razor burn or post-shave irritation. It is also the least expensive and fastest way to remove unwanted hair.
Disadvantages: Since the hair is only removed at the skin level, it tends to grow back soon.
Where does it work best: Shaving works on various body parts but many women avoid shaving their face for the fear of thick hair growth post the session. However, shaving your legs, arms, underarms and even pubic area is safe.
How to use it: Shaving in the shower especially when you are using disposable razors is the best way to get a smooth, hair-free body. Wet the area you want to shave and then lather it up with shaving gel or cream. Then, wet the razor with water and shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Hold the skin taut if needed for a smoother glide. This step is essential when using an electric shaver as there is no cream used. Once done, pat dry the skin and apply moisturiser to prevent dryness.
How long will it last: The hair tends to grow back faster with this hair removal method. Depending on your hair growth, you will notice tiny hair growing back anything between two-three days to a week’s time post shaving.
Waxing is a hair removal technique that uses wax to remove hair from the root. It is done by applying warm wax over an area and then using a strip of cloth or paper to remove the wax along with the unwanted hair.
Advantages: You have to suffer through only a few seconds of pain for at least two weeks of hairlessness. And it doesn’ grow back as stubble. It’ll have a tapered tip, making the hair growth less obvious than when you shave. Waxing also leaves your skin feeling silky, and over time re-growth of hair is likely to be finer and slower.
Disadvantages: The drawback of waxing is that you have to let the hair grow enough for the wax to pull it out.
Where does it work best: Waxing is a hair removal technique that can be done on every part of the body including the face and pubic area. It works best when the hair is fully grown so that it can be pulled out in one stroke.
How to use it: It is best to go to a salon and get waxed but you also get home waxing kits that have strips coated with wax. You need to apply these strips in the direction of the hair growth and hold the skin taut. Then, in one quick motion, pull the strip in the opposite direction to get rid of the hair. In salons, wax is applied on the skin using a spatula and the same process is followed.
How long will it last: Waxing keeps you hair-free for two-three weeks at least, and in many cases, it can be four weeks too.
Laser hair reduction
Advantages: While lasers a few years ago did prick every time the ray of light was passed, with newer technology, they have become relatively pain-free.
Disadvantages: Lasers only affect hairs that are in the active stage, but a hair follicle will produce more than one hair at a time. It may take months for hairs that are still growing within a follicle to be ready for more laser treatments. This is why laser hair reduction is performed in sessions over several months. Also, it’s the most expensive way to get rid of unwanted body and facial hair.
Where does it work best: Laser hair reduction works on almost all body parts including upper lip, chin, sidelocks and bikini line. The effects are better where hair growth is thicker in appearance. Hair on legs and hands can also be treated easily with this method.
How to use it: Again, this is one treatment that cannot be done at home. It requires a trained professional and is done after body hair analysis by a dermatologist.
How long will it last: Laser hair reduction method gives long-lasting results after a few sessions of treatment. The resulting hair growth is finer and lighter.