There are a lot of methods of hair removal, and it can be difficult to tell which is right for you based on time, budget, and how long you want the effects to last. So with so many options, how do you choose? Here’s a rundown of how some of the most popular methods work, including laser treatment and shaving the skin. By the end of the read, you will know the pros and cons of depilatory creams, shaving, laser hair removal, and more.
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Depilatory creams, also known as hair removal creams, were extremely popular at one point and are still available in most chain drugstores. They work as a topical solution. To use, apply the cream to the area you want hair removed, like a lotion minus massaging it in, and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it’s had time to set, you rub it off with a damp washcloth.
Depilatory creams are easy to use, not to mention relatively inexpensive if you’re buying just one bottle or tube. One of the main drawbacks women point out with this hair removal method is the strong smell. Depilatory products remove your hair through a chemical reaction that weakens the hair at the root. Unfortunately, the combination of these chemicals releases a sulfur-like scent. Even with the addition of more pleasant-smelling scents, it’s hard to escape the cream’s powerful sulfur smell. Luckily, laser hair removal and other methods don’t have that same sulfur-like drawback.
While there’s no pain or risk of nicks with depilatory creams, some clients find their skin sensitive to the chemicals. It can make your skin feel dry, itchy, or irritated after the treatment. And, like shaving, the results only last for a couple of days before your hair begins to grow back. In other words, you’re stuck doing the whole thing all over again later in the week.
Threading is gaining popularity as a hair removal method, particularly for the eyebrows. Partly that’s because it’s relatively quick and allows for a lot of precision. Threading works by having a cotton thread twisted and rolled over unwanted hair, removing it at the follicle level in one motion. The results last about as long as waxing but not as long as laser hair removal. Also, some women use threading if they’re sensitive to waxing or don’t like the sensation of hot wax.
Threading is best for small areas, especially on the face. That’s because it would simply be too time-intensive for larger body parts. Threading is great for:
- Upper Lip
But not suitable for larger body parts, like legs or the bikini line. It’s a slower process than other methods of hair removal, but it’s perfect for precise shaping.
Waxing or Sugaring
Waxing is one of the most popular hair removal methods. Plus, it’s not difficult to find a place that provides it, whether that ends up being a budget nail salon or a high-end spa.
Sugaring or waxing involves first applying melted wax or a hot sugar mixture to the skin. Then, pull it off quickly, in the opposite direction of the hair’s natural growth. The hair gets pulled out right by the root instead of at the surface, which means results last longer than they would if you shave instead. But you’ll still be doing this again, about every 4 to 6 weeks.
One obvious reason that many women decide not to wax is the discomfort, and that’s just one of the disadvantages of waxing. There are different types of wax, soft and hard, and some practitioners say that choosing one or the other to use on certain parts of the body can lessen the discomfort. But any way you look at it, waxing is painful.
Waxing is also more expensive than shaving or depilatory cream, but it’s still only temporary, unlike laser hair removal. You won’t need waxing as often as you shave, but the cost adds up over time. You might be shocked at how much the average person spends on waxing every year!
Shaving is cheap, easy, and the go-to hair removal methods for many women. It’s hard to deny that it’s a convenient option, especially if you’re in a hurry. But people are starting to realize that there are just as many inconveniences.
Firstly, even a high-quality razor can cause razor burn, irritation or even shaving nicks, which can leave unsightly scars. Some people are also prone to ingrown hairs, which are painful and can also scar the skin. And, though it may be quick, the results of shaving go away quickly. Many women experience smooth skin for only one or two days before the hair starts to grow back, unlike with those who undergo laser treatment.
Laser Hair Removal Method
Specialists perform laser hair removal with a high-powered laser targeted at each hair follicle. The special laser focuses on the root and provides nearly permanent results for smooth skin.
The typical laser treatment experience is to book several treatments a few weeks apart throughout a year to get each hair at the right point in its growth cycle. This method does require a larger up-front investment, but over time it means less money spent on regular waxing or shaving skin. Furthermore, if you choose a qualified specialist to do the laser treatment, you also don’t have the same risks of ingrown hairs or cuts.
The laser hair removal method is growing in popularity as women realize they simply don’t have the time or desire to use a technique that requires constantly redoing it.
Methods of Hair Removal, Such as Laser Treatment, or None At All
Picking a hair removal method is absolutely a personal choice. Factors that affect your decision include your budget, time and the desired results. Laser hair removal, however, is the only option on this list that offers long-lasting results.
Lastly, never feel pressured to remove body hair if you don’t want to. While hair removal on legs and underarms is a norm in Western Society for women, it doesn’t mean you have to go with that. I know someone who doesn’t shave her underarms and no the world isn’t going to end. Do what feels right for you.