Hi my name is Jane Roberts, I initially started this blog to offer guides and helpful advice on hair removal. Whether your trying to improve your waxing technique or trying to find the best hair remove creams we have them all covered here.
Everyone must deal with unwanted hair every now and then, with women being the least advantaged. There are several techniques used for hair removal, from the painless to the downright painful, from the quick and least efficient to the expensive permanent ones. Here are the main types of hair removal and some their pros and cons.
Waxing is an old hair removal technique which uses wax to remove hair from the follicle. Waxing is done by applying warm wax over an area, letting the wax cool and then using a cloth or strips of paper to remove the wax along with the unwanted hairs. This method is highly effective and long lasting. A typical waxing should keep hairs out of sight from two to eight weeks depending on the quality of the waxing, the types of hair and the hair growth cycle. The long lasting effect is due to the fact that hair is removed straight at the follicle level, as the new hair will need time to grow back up.
Waxing is relatively inexpensive, but removing hair from large areas can be time consuming. Waxing is also known to be one of the most painful hair removal techniques, although the majority of people claim to feel less pain the more they wax. Waxing is efficient when larger body areas are involved, and it is a good way to remove coarse or thick dark hairs when other options won’t work.
Shaving is a quick hair removal technique that works well in several cases. Shaving involves using a sharp razor to cut the hair at the skin level. While shaving is a fast method to get rid of unwanted hairs, the effect can last from a few hours to a few days maximum. This method is also effective for persons with light and fine hairs, as thicker hairs don’t look exactly great since shaving causes the end of the hair to be blunt, and dark hairs may still be seen at skin level even after a shave. People with fast growing hairs also won’t find shaving extremely effective. Shaving can also cause cuts or razor burns, however with proper exercise and quality razors these are unlikely.
While shaving isn’t the most effective hair removal method in terms of longevity, it provides people with a quick fix. Shaving can also be done on the go with just a razor and a cream, and using the appropriate razor can provide some quality results and less discomfort. Also, this method is quite cheap compared to the other hair removal techniques. If you prefer shaving over other forms of hair removal, take a look at some of the best lady shavers in the market.
It is difficult to say how long each result will last before hair regrowth because everyone is different. So we have rated each one on a scale of 1-10. One being the shortest result and Ten being the longest.
Using an Epilator
If you want the speed of an electric shaver but the long lasting results of waxing you might want to consider using an Epilator. So what's the difference between an Epilator an electric shaver? I'm please you asked. An Epilator unlike an electric shaver plucks the hairs from root, so like waxing the hair growth takes a lot longer. We have a helpful article on what an Epilator is and how they work which is worth checking out if this is a hair removal technique you are considering. You can also checkout our guide to the top Epilators on the market here.
Hair removal cream
Using hair removal cream is perhaps the fastest way to get rid of unwanted bodily hair. These creams have in their composition special chemicals that actually break down the hair structure - which is mainly composed of proteins. This method involves applying depilatory cream on an area, waiting for 5 to 10 minutes for it to break down hairs and then using a towel or a plastic scraper to remove the cream along with the hairs. This method provides results which will typically last longer than shaving but less than waxing. Using hair removal cream can keep hairs out of sight for a few days up to a week depending on the thickness of hairs.
Using a hair removal cream is the least painful method of getting rid of hairs, and in many cases it is actually painless. There are some cases in which people may be feel minor pain, itching or even burning sensations due to the reaction of the skin to the cream, and that is why using a test patch is generally advises when using hair removal creams for the first time. If the depilatory cream is left on the skin for too long, this can also result in skin damage. Another complaint about hair removal creams is that they generally smell bad, although this has been improving over the past few years. Depilatory creams also provide the fastest hair removal, and these creams are relatively inexpensive.
Laser treatments are considered permanent hair removal techniques. These involve sending intense beams of light unto the hair follicle, destroying it and preventing hairs from ever growing again. Although considered permanent, ensuring that follicles will not grow hairs anymore may require several treatment sessions.
Laser treatment is the most effective way of removing hair but it is also the most expensive one. This treatment also require professionals that perform the technique so it is not something you can do yourself at home. Since there are several types and strengths of lasers, some treatments will not permanently remove hair. Laser treatments also won’t work on several hair types, as they will generally work on dark pigmented hairs but not on blonde or white hairs. There is also the issue of dark skinned people who may not be able to use this technique, as laser treatment requires a considerable color difference between the skin tone and the hair pigment.
Depending on your needs and requirements, one or more of these above mentioned hair removal techniques may work well for you. If you have light and thin hair, you may be able to get away with just shaving, although you will have to do this often.
Waxing is a highly effective way to remove unwanted hairs, but the process itself is rather time consuming, not to mention painful. There is also the mobility factor, as you would rather be able to shave or use hair removal creams when on a trip than bothering with waxing - which may not be an available option in many cases anyway. If you can stand the smell of depilatory creams and your skin doesn’t react to them then this method may work well for you. For the ultimate results, you should use laser treatments as long as you can afford it.
Choosing the appropriate hair removal techniques will provide you with the best results possible while boosting your confidence and your feel-good mood, so test each of them and see which one works best for you.