Hair removal: which technique is right for you?
By Celina Mahoney
From shaving, to waxing, to laser. When it comes to removing unwanted hair, the options available can be a little overwhelming! We’ve done the research for you, weighing up the pros and cons of each option and who we think they might be best suited for. Let’s jump into it…
Shaving is the most common hair removal technique out there. It’s cheap, quick and you don’t have to wait for the hair to grow back to a certain length before you can remove it again. The downside? The smoothness only lasts for a maximum of one day and can cause irritation in sensitive areas. We suggest using a good quality razor with lots of body wash/shaving cream/gel, and replacing the head regularly- particularly before tackling anywhere sensitive!
Recommended for: those on a budget who don’t like having to wait for hair to grow back!
Gillette Venus Embrace Razor ($15.99 from Priceline)
Waxing is likely to be the second most common method and can even be done at home! However to minimise mess and maximise results, we recommend leaving it to the professionals. As waxing removes the entire hair from the follicle, you can expect silky smooth results for 2-3 weeks. However because it needs something to grip to, you will need to wait 4-6 weeks before returning to the salon. Waiting for the hair to reach 0.5cm minimum can be annoying for some, plus it can also be pricy and pretty painful. That being said, with perseverance and regular appointments, the hair is likely to thin out, reducing discomfort!
Recommended for: those wanting long lasting results and (hopefully) no irritation to sensitive areas.
- Hair removal cream
Hair removal cream is an option a lot of people forget about, but does have a number of perks! Not only is it a relatively quick method, it is also entirely pain free. There are even creams designed especially for sensitive skin. Plus, the results can last twice as long as shaving, so you may only need to use it once a week. On the other hand, hair removal creams aren’t the cheapest option for the amount of uses you get (often around $10 for a tube that will only last 1-2 uses for large areas) and can be smelly and messy. We recommend an in-shower option for the easiest results!
Recommended for: those who can be bothered shaving all the time, but don’t want the pain and price of waxing.
Veet In Shower Hair Removal Cream ($10.99 from Priceline)
Epilators are a hair removal device that basically removes hair through spinning mini tweezers. As this removes the hair from the follicle, you can expect results comparable to shaving. Epilating can be done at home, plus a lot are now waterproof options. This means it can be done in the shower, when the pores are open, reducing discomfort. However, like waxing, you need to remember that the hair is being removed from the follicle so there is going to be some pain! But with time, the hair will thin and this can be reduced. While epilators can be pretty pricy (starting around $100 and going up to $500) the device- and the results!- are relatively long lasting.
Recommended for: those wanting to achieve lasting results in the comfort of their home.
Braun Silk Epil 5 epilator ($159.95 from David Jones)
Laser is quickly becoming a very popular hair removal option for long lasting results- we’re talking months to years after the initial treatments! It essentially works by using a laser to destroy the hair follicle meaning the hair won’t grow back. While this may sound pretty scary, it is safe when performed by a trained professional and can even be used on people with super sensitive skin. The cons? Laser hurts. Most people describe the sensation as having an elastic band flicked against their skin. Plus a minimum of six treatments is generally recommended for long lasting results. While laser is the most expensive option, prices are dropping dramatically, with many salons offering deals for bulk sessions. Plus when you compare this with what you’d be paying for ongoing waxes, the chances are it works out to be a very cost effective alternative.
Recommended for: those wanting very long lasting results, who can handle a little pain and upfront costs!
There is no right or wrong method for removing hair- it all comes down to personal preference! We hope this article has helped to shed some light on the various options and choose the right hair removal technique for you! If you want to try waxing, Beautifinda can help you find a professional in your area today!
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