Shaving, Plucking and Waxing: The Top 8 Hair Removal Methods

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Who wants hair all over the body? Raise your hand. Except for the hair on your head and brow area, you probably want to get rid of facial and body hair. We all want to make our skin look and feel flawless as much as we can. It’s not too much compared to the dudes, but admit it, if you can remove it,even permanently, then why not?

Because of this, hair removal has been part of a beauty routine. Everywhere you go, you could seesalons that offer different hair removal techniques. This leads you to the next question – what is the best hair removal method for you?

The answer is it depends. To help you better, here are the different hair removal techniques and find out which among these methods will work for you.

1. Shaving

Shaving is the most common method of hair removal, which involves the use of a sharp razor to cut the hair from the skin’s surface.

It is easy, readily available and you can use it anytime and anywhere at a minimum cost. It is also applicable on any of your body parts with no need for professional help.

Shaving is painless and effective, especially when you only have 10 minutes to get rid of hair. If you are looking for long-term effects, then shaving is not the solution. It only keeps hair away for a few days and it reappears quickly. You are also more prone to cuts and razor burn, so make sure to keep your skin moisturized before and after the shaving process.

The Bottom Line: If you want a quick fix, then shaving could help remove unwanted hair in your body. Just make sure you do proper shaving techniques to minimize minor skin issues.

2. Plucking

Aside from shaving, plucking is also a popular way to eliminate facial and body hair. Plucking is method where you pull out individual hair away from its roots using tweezers.

This could make you hairless for up to eight weeks, since the hair is pulled out from the follicles.

Plucking is an effective tool to get rid of hair. The problem with this method is that it is only applicable on small areas of your face, except for the upper lip area. Ingrown hair is also a possibility, so make sure your hair does not break off when you pluck. It will take some time too since you pull the hair individually. If time is of the essence, then this trick might not work for you.

The Bottom Line: Plucking or tweezing is applicable only on small areas of your face, or armpit if you wish. Before plucking, make sure to clean the tweezers with alcohol to lower the chance of infection.

3. Threading

Another popular method in removing hair is threading. It is an ancient form of hair removal technique, which came from South Asia and Middle East. It uses cotton thread, twisted around the individual hair and pulled out at the root.

Threading is quicker than plucking, usually by a few minutes. It is also a cheaper way to shape your brows and could last for a few weeks. However, threading is only effective on small areas in your face, particularly on the eyebrow areas and upper lip. The level of pain is similar to plucking so you might want to get your tissue ready.

The Bottom Line: If you want to shape your brows or remove hair on the upper lip, then threading is the ultimate solution. However, there have been concerns regarding the preparation and manner of threading. Before getting your brows done, ask if you can watch the technique first to make sure that they comply with the safety standards.

4. Depilatory Creams

CreamsOne of the first options you considered when getting rid of hair in your body is depilatory creams. These are chemical-based creams that break down the hair structure to get rid of unwanted hair in your body.

All you have to do is to apply the cream on the affected area and wipe it off with clean cloth after 10 to 15 minutes, or depending on the instructions stated in the label.

Depilatory creams are quick and painless hair removal techniques. You can do it at home at a minimum cost too. However, this form of method is not the one in case you are looking for something long-term. This method lasts longer than shaving although you can see your hair showing up after a few days. Plus, the smell is something you can’t live with, at least for the next 10 to 15 minutes of your life.

The Bottom Line: For quick and painless method of removing body hair, then depilatory creams could do the trick. Just make sure to stick to the recommended waiting time to avoid irritation and redness. Remember, it is chemical-based.

5. Sugaring

honeyDo you want to give your legs a sweet treat while getting rid of unwanted hair? Then this method is for you. Sugaring is a type of hair removal option that is almost the same as waxing, but more expensive.

The paste is usually made of natural ingredients such as lemon, honey and sugar. Just like waxing, sugaring applies warm gel or paste on your skin then removed by muslin strip or cotton.

The good thing about sugaring is that it is made of natural ingredients, thereby minimizing the risk of skin irritation, with the effects lasting for two to eight weeks. However, pain is a major factor in this method. Also, only a few waxing salons offer this type of treatment. In case you found one, the cost is more expensive than wax treatment.

The Bottom Line: If you have sensitive skin, high pain tolerance level and a little extra on your wallet, then try sugaring. A great long-term hair removal method that minimizes irritation, thanks to its natural ingredients of course.

6. Waxing

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Waxing is another popular hair removal technique among women and men. It puts warm wax on the hairy area and uses a cloth or strip to remove the hair from its follicles.

You can also go for a cold wax where waxes are pre-applied to pulling strips. Once pressed onto the hairy areas, the hair sticks to the wax and quickly pulled out from your skin against the direction of its hair growth.

Waxing works with any portion of your body, especially the arms and legs. The hair grows back slowly, usually within two to eight weeks. You could also do it at home if you want to save money, or you can pay a professional to do the job for you. The problem with this method is the pain factor. Infection around the hair follicles is also a possibility, especially when you don’t go for this method that often.

The Bottom Line: Waxing is a great option to keep unwanted hair away for quite some time. However, hair must be at least one-fourth inch long for the wax to work. If you want to be hair-less and pain is not an issue, then this method will work for you

7. Electrolysis

hair folliclesIf you want to keep it permanent, then you should consider this method. Electrolysis is a hair removal method that involves the insertion of tiny needles in the hair follicles to destroy the growth center of your hair through chemical or heat energy.

It can work in all portions of your body but because it takes a lot of time, this method is advisable for smaller areas.

Electrolysis is a permanent removal that delivers results. However, you have to go through series of treatments every one to two weeks until hair is gone. It is also painful and expensive compared to the first six techniques above.

The Bottom Line: If you want a permanent hair-free face, then electrolysis is the best option. However, be prepared with the cost since you won’t go through this only once.

8. IPL And Laser Treatment

Another form of popular hair removal technique is IPL and laser hair treatment. Both methods emit specific wavelength to target the pigment, kill the hair-growing cells and permanently remove your hair in certain areas.

Both works in any portion of your body, regardless of your skin color. Temporary redness and scaling are common side effects so there is nothing to worry.

However, there are differences between the two.

IPL or Intense Pulse Light is another form of treatment that gets rid of hair permanently. It uses multiple wavelengths scattered within your skin to target the pigment.On the other hand, laser uses one specific wavelength, which can be adjusted to target a specific pigment. Between the two methods, laser is more effective and more permanent than IPL. Laser is less painful too, probably because of the number of wavelengths employed.

The Bottom Line: If you want a permanent hair removal method and willing to spend extra on it, then IPL or laser treatment works best. If you want more value for your money, then laser is the best way to go.

You have so many options today. Have you chosen your favorite hair removal method? If not, don’t worry, more are on the way, thanks to modern technology and ingenuity.

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