Did you know that hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body?
No wonder we are constantly devoting time and money to keeping body hair under control!
Of course, nothing beats the well-groomed feeling of silky bare skin.
But this enviable feeling comes at a price. One survey revealed that the average woman spends roughly 65 entire days of her life shaving. And, for many of us, shaving is one of our least favorite chores.
Well, guess what.
Shaving is not the only option. There are a ton of hair removal methods out there that you can pick and choose from.
Which is why we want to walk through all the forms of hair removal that are on the market today. So that you can choose one that works for you, and still leaves you feeling sexy and confident.
Shaving is one of the most common hair removing methods. Although shaving may not be the most efficient hair removal solution, it yields instant results at a low price point.
This means that you can simply pick up a razor, jump in the shower, and have stubble-free legs in just a matter of minutes.
Which brings us to the downside of shaving. The stubble. Shaving causes hair to grow back in a prickly stubble. This happens literally overnight for most women. This means that if you want to maintain silky smooth legs, you need to shave every day.
One side benefit to shaving is that it also causes exfoliation which is one of the key steps to glowing skin. This is one of the reasons why face shaving among women has become so popular.
Waxing is one of the less popular hair removal techniques. However, it is effective and gives long-lasting results.
So, what’s the rub? Well, it’s the ouch factor.
Waxing removes hair by pulling it out from the root. Because of this, re-growth is slow and results can last up to between 4-6 weeks. Also, regular waxing can result in thinning hair growth. A fantastic proposition if it is on one’s legs…
But, if pain is a deal breaker, then waxing may not be your ultimate hair removal solution. Getting one’s legs waxed generally burns or stings a little. And for other, ahem, more sensitive areas, waxing is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
If you get a professional to do your waxing, the cost factor can also be prohibitive. At-home waxes are a lot cheaper but require some trial and error.
Prior to the new trend of luxurious brows, tweezers were a hot item. Even now that over-plucking has become a sin, tweezers are still indispensable.
Tweezers are designed for plucking individual hairs. Such as brow grooming and eradicating the occasional unwanted chin hair.
Tweezing sparse unwanted hairs at home is a super cheap hair removal method, as all you need to do is buy a tweezer.
Tweezers, however, do not work for getting rid of larger areas of hair.
Threading is one of the most ancient of hair removal techniques. It involves (you guessed it) thread. The thread is twisted together to catch individual hairs and pluck them out.
This hair removal technique is great for removing hair on the face. Such as stray brow hairs and chin hairs.
Threading is thought to be the best hair removal method for eyebrows thanks to its precision.
Threading can be more expensive than tweezing as tweezing can be done at home, while threading usually requires a professional.
Depilatory creams are hair removal creams that dissolve hair strands. They contain different chemicals that break down the hair shaft.
This makes depilatory creams one of the fastest and easiest hair removing methods. After application, all you need to do is let the depilatory cream set for the recommended time and then wash it off.
Depilatory creams dissolve hair strands up to a point slightly beneath the skin. This results in a regrowth time of 2-3 days, which is a little longer than that of shaving.
However, depilatory cream is one of the more time intensive hair removal techniques. You will need to redo the process every other day to maintain fuzz-free limbs.
The other downside to depilatory creams is that the chemicals they contain can be harsh on the skin. If you are on a non-toxic beauty regime, then this might not be the best option for you.
Laser Forms of Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has become an increasingly popular method of long-term hair removal.
A study done back in 2003 revealed that 71% of patients reported being very satisfied with the results of laser hair removal. Since then, methods and results have improved, making laser hair removal a top choice.
It also appears that many people prefer laser treatment above waxing and electrolysis.
Laser hair removal targets hair roots with a laser beam. This causes the hairs to fall out and results in slower and sparser regrowth. After a number of sessions, most people can stop shaving altogether.
This makes laser hair removal an attractive long term, low maintenance, hair removal method.
Laser hair removal is more costly in the short term than other hair removal techniques, but it eliminates the monthly expenses associated with other methods such as waxing, shaving, or epilation creams.
Here is a great in-depth guide on how laser hair removal works to learn more.
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is similar to laser hair removal in that it also uses light to destroy hair at the root.
IPL, however, uses broad spectrum light and does not have the same light concentration as laser. This makes it slower acting which means that you will need to go for more sessions to see results.
Also, IPL is better suited to darker hair types, as this is the color hair that absorbs the light best.
Epilation is a hair removing method that mechanically plucks multiple hairs out at once. Epilation machines can generally be used either wet or dry. Thanks to the hair being pulled out at the root, results can last for up to 4 weeks.
Another perk to epilation is that, like waxing, your hair will grow back sparser and finer.
The initial cost of epilation is high because one has to invest in the machine. However, after this initial outlay, your expenses will be 0. This makes epilation a cost-savvy and efficient hair removal technique for busy women.
The downside to epilation is that again, like waxing, it can be painful. With repeated sessions, the discomfort does lessen as the hair becomes finer. But, if pain is not your game, then this option may not be for you.
Bleaching is by no means part of healthy hair habits. But it can be used to manage unwanted body or facial hair.
Bleaching will not remove hair, but it will make it lighter and less noticeable. For this reason, many people use it to lighten sideburns or mustache hair. You can even use it to lighten the hair on your arms. However, this requires quite a lot of product.
Results last up to 2 weeks depending on hair growth. The application is relatively easy, however, you will need to be careful to keep the product away from your eyes, and any acne flareup areas or broken skin.
Electrolysis is one of the few hair removing methods that gives truly long-term results. Like laser hair removal, electrolysis works on the hair follicle. Instead of targeting hair roots with light, electrolysis utilizes electrical waves.
Electrolysis requires more time and more sessions than laser hair removal as the process targets hairs individually.
However, in many people, the results are permanent which can make the process worthwhile.
If your hair growth problem is serious, such as heavy hair growth on the chin, you can also ask your doctor to prescribe a suitable medication.
Some medications are taken internally and should only be done so with caution as they contain synthetic hormones. Other options include a topical cream that can be applied to affected areas to slow hair growth.
Getting your hair removal routine down is something that makes most women feel confident and together. There is nothing worse than slipping into that first summery skirt, only to be greeted by a 4-day old leg beard.
On the other hand, having silky, stubble-free skin is a sure fire way to feeling sensual and sophisticated!
With so many diverse forms of hair removal available, there is no need for you to be a victim of your hair removal routine. Find one that works for your lifestyle and rock those gorgeous limbs.
If you want to rock wellness as well as smooth limbs, then check out this post on the five essential vitamins to take for women.