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Body Hair Removal Methods Reviewed

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Face and Body Hair Removal Methods

Face and body hair removal has always been an issue for me. From the time I was young, I had an excess of thick, dark hair. I can thank my Italian heritage for that one. Many women, for a variety of reasons such as hormones, heredity, etc. have excess face and body hair that they are looking to get rid of.

Since I have been struggling with this issue for some time, I thought I’d share my experiences with good and bad body hair removal methods with you.

Depilatories

Body Hair Removal

Depilatories like Nair and Veet are low on my list of hair removal methods to use. I’m not a big fan of depilatories especially because of the irritation caused by the harsh chemicals used to literally disintegrate the hair.

Depilatories however are an inexpensive option for removing hair. Expect to spend less than $15 on a typical depilatory product. Depilatories are typically in cream form. The cream is applied to the area and left on for a specified amount of time. The cream and hair are then scraped off with a razor-like tool.

Most depilatories I’ve used are messy and smelly, don’t always remove all the hair and they are irritating! So, although they may sound easy, I wouldn’t suggest using depilatories as a body hair removal method, there are better alternatives.

Waxing

Waxing Body Hair Removal

As I began working in the hair salon, waxing became the easiest face and body hair removal method for me. The biggest benefits of waxing are that the hair is removed in one fell swoop and it takes 4-6 weeks to grow back. Waxing is perfect for any areas with excess hair that you don’t want to deal with regularly.

Warm wax is applied in the direction of hair growth, and a strip is laid on top. The strip is then ripped off, taking the hair along with it. I’d suggest waxing hair in areas like the eyebrows, upper lip, face, underarms, bikini line, arms and legs. The only drawback I have seen with waxing is that it can cause irritation (and can be somewhat painful). Waxing can be pricy too, so let your fingers do the walking, call around a compare prices, it’s worth it!.

Sugaring

Body Hair Removal

Sugaring is a fabulous alternative to waxing because it is all natural so it causes less irritation than waxing does. Sugaring is applied and removed in the same way wax is, making it a very similar product to wax. I use sugaring at home to remove hair instead of waxing. A body hair removal product like Nads is an easy to use DIY sugaring kit and costs less than the price of a leg wax at the hair salon.

Threading

Body Hair Removal

Threading is an ancient technique with its roots starting in Asia. Threading uses a cotton string to literally lasso hair, and pull it out at the root. Since threading uses nothing but a cotton string to remove hair, it is a unique alternative option to facial waxing. Threading is fabulous for eyebrows and works great for any other facial hair, but I’d avoid it for any large areas of hair removal . . . takes too long. Not pain-free, but not excruciating either, I would put threading at about the same pain level as waxing or tweezing. It’s also an inexpensive option, costing around ten dollar to get your eyebrows threaded at a hair salon. This type of body hair removal is a little harder to find, you will need to do some calling or maybe ask at your hair salon or nearby beauty school.

Electrolysis

Body Hair Removal

Electrolysis is more of a permanent option than any of the other methods I’ve previously mentioned. Basically electrolysis works by having a licensed technician insert a small needle into each individual hair follicle; it is then ‘zapped’ with an electric current and removed using a tweezers. Electrolysis is time consuming, painful and doesn’t always result in permanent hair removal. Because it is so time consuming, the cost is usually high! So all in all, I don’t think it the best bang for your buck. I say save your money!

No! No! Hair Removal

Body Hair Removal

Not wanting to spend the money for laser hair removal, I invested almost $300 in the No! No! Body hair removal alternative to laser treatments. It says that their special ‘Thermicon’ tip removes and reduces density of body hair over a period of several months. The only thing I noticed that my no! no! Body Hair Remover did was burn and pinch my skin and left me smelling like singed hair. I’d tell you to say No! No! to this body hair removal method. It might be worth checking out some best laser hair removal machine on the market if this doesn’t work for you. I hear it works well for some though.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal finally we get to my favorite, the crème de la crème of face and body hair removal methods in my book! After dealing with all of the previous methods of body hair removal for so long, I decided to take the plunge and pay for laser hair removal. Now that I am into my fourth treatment for several areas, I can say it is well worth the money.

By the second treatment, I noticed a dramatic decrease in hair and now, the hair is virtually gone! Laser hair removal causes me less pain than waxing or tweezing and although it is costly (about $150 on average per area, per treatment); it has been the one body hair removal method that actually has done what it says . . . permanently!! I was speaking to my friend who had a similar procedure. Learning a lot through websites similar to CosmetBeauty.com. It is always a good idea to compare hair removal services!





3 Comments »

  1. I too have tried every method mentioned in your article. The cost of laser is worth every dollar spent for those wanting painfree results!

    Comment by Gina — November 30, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

  2. I really like Silkn — I can use it from home, better price thank laser, totally safe with light technology, and it WORKS! I got mine at Sephora, I would 100 percent recommend using it — it’ll change your life.

    Comment by ashley — November 27, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

  3. All very good methods of hair removal. Seems like, at the end of the day, you’d pick laser hair removal?

    Comment by Will S. — November 26, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

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