Gone are those days when hair removal was only about using harsh razors on your silky smooth skin. With the advancement in technology and cosmetics, the dreaded process of hair removal has become simpler and less time consuming. From waxing to lasers, there are many methods available for getting rid of unwanted hair. However, with an ample choice available it sometimes gets hard for men and women to find out what works best for them. Here is our hair removal guide that will assist you in making the right choice:
The method involves pulling out individual hairs from the roots. As the hair is removed from the roots, re-growth takes at least 3 to 8 weeks. Tweezing is best only for small areas of the face like eyebrows and stray hairs around the chin. One of the major downsides of tweezing is the risk of getting ingrown hair. If instead of pulling out of the roots, hair breaks off in middle, it could grow back under the skin, causing an ingrown hair.
Tips for best results: Invest in a good pair of tweezers and use it to pull out stray hairs for a clearer look. Before tweezing soak a washcloth in hot water and lay it over the area for 1-2 minutes. This will soften the area, allowing you to pluck the hair painlessly.
It is one of the quickest and most popular methods of removing hair. The best thing about shaving is that you can use it on virtually any body part. What’s more it is inexpensive; all you need is a good razor. If done properly, shaving is painless and gives wonderful results. But the results are only short-term. Shaving only keeps hair away for a few days. Another demerit of shaving is the risk of ingrown hair and cuts. But new improved razors with improved lubricating bars can help reduce the irritation and chancing of bruising. Shaving works best on legs and underarms.
Tips for best results: Consider using growth inhibitor creams to moisturize the skin and inhibit hair regrowth after shaving. Although results with shaving last for only one day and then pesky stubble appear, using inhibitors regularly can have reduce the frequency of shaving.
An age-old and extremely popular method of hair removal among women, waxing is famous for achieving longer-lasting results. With waxing, hair grows back slowly because each hair is removed directly from the follicle. So, after waxing you are likely to stay hair-free for about two to eight weeks. Although waxing is known to be painful, those who get it done regularly say that the pain diminishes each time. Waxing is the best solution when you want larger body areas such as legs, arms, and underarms, hair-free for a few weeks.
Tips for best results: It is good to exfoliate before waxing, but avoid doing exfoliation 24 hours before your waxing appointment. Before you go for waxing, soak the area in warm water to open the pores, but skip using a moisturiser as the oil may interfere with the wax.
Famous as the permanent hair removal solution, laser has been gaining an audience these days. Although we can’t call the process completely painless, the pain is comparatively much less than other hair removal methods. Advanced machines use sting and a cooling spray to numb the area that makes the process painless. Moreover, there are home kits like the Silk’n Glide 50,000 hair removal device that have made laser treatment convenient and much less time consuming. As these devices employ Intense Pulsed laser for hair removal, there is almost no pain involved. The only downside of laser is that it works best for those with light skin and dark hair. As lasers target only pigmented hair, it doesn’t work if your hair is red or blonde.
Tips for best results: Avoid using fake tan before your laser treatment. You should also stay away from waxing or epilating between treatments.
While shaving might be a quick hair removal method, you should refrain from using it on large areas as the results are not long lasting and there is always a risk of ingrown hair and cuts. Laser hair removal is ideal if you want smooth skin for the long-term. But if you have dark skin then laser might not provide effective results. In that case, consider using waxing for getting silky smooth skin. Tweezing should only be used to pluck stray hairs from eyebrows and the chin area.