One thing we all can agree on is that we have hair somewhere on our body we want to get rid of. There are several choices for removing unwanted hair, each one has it’s own pain, cost and time consumption. Understanding how each one works will help you decide which type of hair removal technique is right for you.
The universal and quickest technique for removing hair anywhere on the body. A sharp blade, a little lather and water and hair-be-gone. Shaving also exfoliates the underlying skin, sometimes nicking and/or irritating the skin (razor rash), applying aloe vera gel after shaving helps the skin to heal quickly after shaving.
Shaving with an electric razor is easier on the skin, but does not provide as close of a shave as a blade does. Hair (whiskers, beard) will begin to re-grow immediately after shaving and this hair removal technique must be repeated frequently to maintain smooth, stubble-free skin.
Slow and painful, but does provide long lasting results. Depending on hair type, you can remain stubble-free for up to 6 weeks. Waxing can be done at home using a kit or done by a profession in a salon or spa. Skin will be red and painful after waxing, an application of antibiotic ointment will soothe skin and promote overnight healing.
Easy to use, effective, reasonably priced and available over-the-counter, depilatory creams are powerful chemical compounds that break down hair and dissolve them. The chemical compounds may also irritate the skin, spot test before using on large areas of skin.
Best option for removing a few unwanted hairs. Use slanted edged tweezers and a magnifying glass for best results.
Laser Hair Removal
This technique is always a work in progress, but it will always be costly. Laser hair removal works best for people with light skin and dark hair as the laser light is attracted to dark colors. People with dark skin, blonde or gray hair may experience some skin burning with this technique.
Low levels of electricity are emitted through a needle used to zap unwanted hairs, one by one. Effective and permanent, electrolysis is time consuming and expensive. Find a reputable practitioner or you could end up with scarring or skin discoloration.
Your doctor can prescribe a topical cream that will block the hormone which stimulates hair growth. It must be faithfully applied for several months before there is a noticeable difference.
There will always be the latest-greatest hair removal technique fad gadget being touted on TV commercials (for 3 easy payments of $19.95). Maybe they work, maybe they don’t, and the best hair removal technique for you is one that removes your unwanted hair and suits your lifestyle.