When it comes to hair removal there are so many options however, a number of factors will determine what method will be used in a particular scenario. Some of these factors include:
- Location of the hair- Hair growing on sensitive skin (facial hair) will require a different technique of removal from a coarse body hair such as bikini line.
- The surface area of the body that the hair to be removed covers. Electrolysis requires the electrologist to destroy hair follicle one by one and this can be time consuming.
- Other minor factors like allergic reactions to creams can restrict their use.
Hair Removal Techniques
Shaving involves cutting the hair shaft near the skin level using razor blade or an electric shaving machine. This method is fast and low-cost but can lead to skin irritation e.g. razor burns and ingrown hairs. It’s best suited for leg hair and underarm hair. Shaving first hit the headlines during the 2nd world war when stockings were in short supply and legs became more exposed prompting shaving. It is generally painless as it is not invasive. However, to avoid any skin irritation always use shaving cream. Do not shave your bikini line, upper lip or chin, you can wax these regions instead.
Waxing makes use of wax and a paper or cloth strip. The resin wax glues hair shafts to the paper or cloth strips. The strips are then lifted in the direction of hair growth (a fairly painful exercise). This is a temporary hair removal as hair re-grows in 6 weeks, albeit thinner, ensuring subsequent waxing sessions will be less painful. Another choice to waxing is sugaring which uses a mixture of lemon juice, sugar and water. This mixture is easily cleaned off with water unlike wax but it’s equally painfully. Waxing is affordable, costing about $10 for the upper lip and $75 for the legs.
Laser Hair Removal
For me, laser hair removal is the best as it ticks all the boxes. It is a permanent way to get rid of hair and it’s bearable in terms of pain and can be used to remove hair on large surfaces like the back in a few sessions. Laser targets the hair follicle using a laser beam and destroys it. Lasers are not as painful as waxing but hurt more than tweezing or depilatory creams and will cost you about $150 a session if you get it done professionally or at laser clinics.
You’ll need to get 4-5 sessions done at least nd these are spaced each a month apart. Although it looks costly, laser treatment is cheaper in the long run as there will be no costs incurred once the hair is all gone. Unfortunately, laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee results for all as it is best suited for those with light skin and dark hair.
Doing it at home is the way to go. I’ve been using them for years, the machines have been around for years, are FDA approved and work a charm to get rid of body hair and facial hair all together! Make sure you only buy one of the recommended machines, from my list here.
This technique works best on the eyebrows and with a reputable pair of tweezers like Tweezerman Slanted Tweezer.
This method has its origins in ancient Middle East and is fast gaining popularity in the United States. It involves an aesthetician using a doubled-up string to twist around individual hair and then pulling them out from the roots. It is not time consuming and is especially good for the chin, eyebrows and upper lip.
It uses more of the same concept as laser hair removal but instead of laser beams, a sterile needle is used to introduce electric current to individual hair follicles which destroys them. This guarantees hair removal. However it is tedious and a bit more painful than laser. In addition, you need 15-30 sessions to see optimal results.