Hair here, hair there, hair absolutely everywhere!!
Other than the luscious locks on our heads that we sometimes wish would grow out thicker and faster, there are also the less spoken of types of body hair that are mostly unwanted, whether you are male or female. Fortunately, there are several ways of removing unwanted hair, but what are the pros and cons of each, and which technique is best for you? Let’s have a closer look at all the different ways to remove hair and what they entail.
Shaving is one of the cheaper and quicker solutions for getting rid of unwanted hair, and can provide a close shave with smooth results in a few minutes, but tends to have more cons than pros. Provided that it is kept clean at all times, a razor can be used multiple times, which means more value for money, and if you are pressed for time it can be a helpful tool to get rid of that unwanted hair.
The downsides to using a razor, however, are the following:
- Nicks and cuts can happen very easily if you let the razor slip by accident, especially if you are in a hurry, leaving you scarred and bleeding.
- Razor rash is a common occurrence, especially when the blade is not as sharp anymore.
- If your razor isn’t kept clean it could lead to skin irritations or even an infection in the event that you cut yourself.
- Razors are not ideal for every part of the body, and should mainly be restricted to use on your armpits and legs. (And of course for shaving a beard for men.)
- Prolonged and frequent use of razors will eventually cause permanent razor bumps on the skin, especially on the legs.
- It is not a long term solution to unwanted hair, and the more you shave, the faster and thicker the hair generally goes back.
Hair removal creams
These creams are much safer to use than razor blades, as they remove the risk of nicks and cuts altogether. It leaves the skin less irritated (provided it is done correctly) and doesn’t cause very course regrowth as is the case with shaving.
Of course, it also has its cons, namely:
- It is more expensive to use.
- It is not ideal for all skin types and can easily cause skin irritations or even cause burns if your skin is too sensitive or if applied for too long or too often. It is important to always test it on a small section of your skin to see if you have any negative reactions toward the cream before applying it to the entire area in which you wish to remove unwanted hair.
- Not all hair removal creams are ideal for the same problem areas. For example, the cream intended for normal skin such as the legs, should not be applied to more sensitive areas such as the face or the bikini line.
- It is not a long term solution to get rid of unwanted body hair, and regrowth tends to occur very quickly. A certain amount of time between applications has to pass to avoid skin irritations and burns.
Waxing is a far more long-term solution as it can take several weeks for regrowth to occur, keeping you smoother for longer, with the hair growing back finer and sometimes even lessening over time with continued, regular waxing.
It is advisable that you are cautious before waxing any area of your body, as there are different types of waxing, and if you do it incorrectly, you can seriously injure yourself, especially when using hot wax.
The best option would be to visit a salon that specializes in waxing to make sure you get it done professionally to avoid injury and to get the best results, especially when it comes to waxing the more sensitive areas of the body. They know how to test the wax on you to make sure you are not allergic to some of the ingredients and how to pull the hair out so that you don’t get injured. An added advantage is that you don’t have to muster up the courage to pluck the wax off yourself.
A few disadvantages to waxing are the following:
- Depending on the area of the body being waxed, it could be extremely painful.
- It can cause redness and skin irritation for a few days after waxing was done.
- The area has to be continuously treated (like scrubbing the skin daily) to avoid ingrown hair when it starts to grow back.
- When using a professional salon to do this service for you, it may become a little expensive, especially when you go regularly, so you may need to work it into your monthly budget.
- Hair should be grown out to at least the length of 1 cm to achieve the best results. Any shorter and the wax won’t be able to grip the hair properly to pull it out.
Plucking unwanted hair with tweezers is only recommended for small areas of skin, like when shaping your eyebrows or to remove a random stray hair or two from somewhere else. Plucking large areas of hair can be time consuming, painful and may even cause scarring and ingrown hair.
Laser hair removal
This method of hair removal is a process whereby hair follicles are destroyed by exposing them to pulses of laser light. The treatments are very quick and painless while the treatment is occurring, but it may cause burns and skin irritations if you have sensitive skin. The skin looks like it was sunburnt for a few days after the treatment, but can be managed with moisturisers.
Anybody is at risk, but people with darker complexions may be more prone to blistering on their skins according to WebMD.
This is a very expensive way of removing unwanted hair, but can also be the most permanent solution.
Even though each hair removal technique is different, and with so many options out there, be sure to choose the right one for the area of skin you want to rid of hair and also what is best for your skin type.