Love being a woman? Well, it certainly is not easy to maintain so many roles and look your best at all times!
One of our many pet peeves is removing unwanted body hair. I’m sure not one of us likes to discover unsightly hair growth just before a party or get-together!
Well, lucky for us, there are plenty of options available to get rid of body hair.
However, it’s best to know what works well for you and your lifestyle, and most of all, your budget.
Here’s a list of choices present and their pros and cons:
It is painful, but a lot of women swear by its effects. Not only can you remove more hair at a time, it can be done in a few swift moves and it removes hair from the root.
It is usually safe for most skin types and is considered safe even for the facial and bikini areas. The effects last usually for about a month to two, depending on individual hair growth.
Some regulars insist that if you only stick to waxing and not use a razor, the rate at which hair grows reduces considerably. The downside, however, is that it is best to get it done by an expert, because otherwise it will be messy and, let’s face it, it’ll take guts to pull out the strip yourself.
These days, you can choose the type of wax, sugar, chocolate, aloe and more. Cold wax strips are also available in the market as DIY kits, but they’re usually not as effective as hot waxing.
The easiest and fastest way to remove body hair, it is also the most common and cheapest method of removing body hair. Razors made especially for women ensure that skin is left smooth and shiny, at least for the same day.
Shaving has many disadvantages, though. It leaves behind ingrown hair at times, encourages faster hair growth, and usually the hair grows back brittle. In some cases, it may cause skin darkening, especially in areas like the underarms and bikini.
It is clearly a temporary method for hair removal, so don’t expect miracles.
Threading and Plucking
Facial hair like eyebrows, hair on the upper lip, lower lip, and chin can be shaped or altered by threading or plucking.
While tweezers can be used on your own to pluck out unwanted hair, it is better to get threading done at a salon, by an expert. These methods, however, are time consuming and the effects usually wear out within two weeks.
Hair Removal Creams
Another simple and quick method of hair removal is using Depilatories or hair removal creams.
Hair usually grows back later, and is relatively softer, as compared to shaving. Most women prefer this method as it is convenient and less time consuming.
Prolonged use is, however, not recommended, since these have a high concentration of chemicals, and can cause skin irritation, even skin cancer in rare cases.
For those looking for permanent results, and also if you have the budget, laser hair removal is probably a great option of getting rid of unwanted body hair, from almost any part of your body.
It is done using pulsed light energy from a laser that destroys the hair at the root. It takes several sittings, however, as it works slowly and steadily, so you will need a lot of patience.
You can, however, look forward to many hassle free years, with no worries of body hair returning at untimely events.
Though mostly safe, this treatment is not recommended for people with dark skin tones. Also, in some cases, it is known to have caused rashes, scars, burns and keloids. If you choose this method, make sure you go to a trusted dermatologist or medical spa.
Think Before You Choose
Before you set out on a hair removal mission, it’s better to consider all the above options, keeping in mind your skin type as well. Remember, where there’s gain, there’s got to be a little pain too, because there isn’t such a thing as a free lunch. Good luck and stay beautiful!