Choosing a method for body hair removal is no easy feat. With tons of options out there — all at varying price points — it can be difficult to land on the best choice for your needs and lifestyle. Let’s go through some of the most popular options for clearing out unwanted body hair and getting smooth, silky skin!
The most common and least expensive method of body hair removal is shaving. Shaving definitely has some major upsides: it’s generally easy to find the tools necessary to shave, and is quick and efficient in removing unwanted body hair. Shaving, however, is a much more short term fix for body hair removal, as removing hair at the surface of the skin leaves the hair follicle ready to spring back up a day or two later.
Another common hair removal method is waxing. Wax, which comes in a wide variety of formulations, is applied directly to the skin or to waxing strip. Since wax removes hair at the root, it serves as a more of a long term solution than shaving. However, waxing can be painful, and is more expensive than shaving. Facial waxing that involves hot wax can be damaging, and on certain complexions can cause scarring or discoloration.
A hair removal treatment that has been used for thousands of years in Africa and the Middle East, sugaring is a method that uses a gel made of lemon, hot water and sugar to pull hairs out at their roots. The sugar doesn’t stick to the skin, only to the hair, and is supposed to last longer than waxing. Because the method is more gentle than waxing, it’s ideal for people with sensitive skin, or those with peach fuzz growth they’re eager to get rid of.
Another ancient hair removal technique, threading involves a professional using a twisted piece of cotton or polyester thread to pluck the hair root from the skin. Threading is meant to cause less irritation than other hair removal methods because the thread isn’t coming into direct contact with the skin. Threading isn’t best
Another frontier of body hair removal is laser hair removal, which uses a laser to remove hair within the follicle and prevent regrowth for a longer period of time. Laser hair removal is a great option if you’re looking for a more permanent, long term fix for hair removal. Cons include the high cost, potential for irritation and skin damage, and the necessity of multiple treatments to prevent long term hair growth.
The last option — one that’s commonly regarded as the only permanent solution to hair growth — is electrolysis. This hair removal method uses electricity within a hair follicle to prevent regrowth. Successful electrolysis requires up to 30 treatments and can take longer periods of time, and while some say that electrology is more painful than laser hair removal, others appreciate that it’s more targeted, especially because the method can be used on any hair color or thickness.
So, depending on budget, convenience and commitment, there’s a hair-removal option for you! Be sure to be discerning when choosing practitioners for more invasive procedures to ensure you’re receiving the best treatment possible. Everyone has different skin and varying types of body hair but there are ways for everyone to achieve smooth, sleek and hairless skin!