There is a lot of hair that grows on the body and not all are wanted. You pluck your eyebrows, thread your face, and wax your legs but do you know how to remove unwanted hair from other parts of your body?
One way to keep your armpit hair, bikini line and back from being a nuisance is by shaving them off.
Shaving can be carried out at home or you could find someone who has the equipment for it in their salon.
This blog post, “Best ways to remove hair”, will be discussing which hair removal technique should suit you best.
We’ll explore plucking, threading, waxing and some natural solutions so that you can make an informed decision about what method would work for your needs!
In some cases, shaving may be the best hair removal option. Shaving is effective on all body areas and can be used to maintain smooth skin.
Despite that, some drawbacks need to be viewed before deciding on this method for hair removal:
Razor bumps – Your cutting blades that are commonly used may lead to razor burn, which can cause ugly rashes around sensitive parts, such as the bikini line. Shaving also leads to stubble which makes plucking more difficult until they regrow again.
Also, a shave isn’t good right after a pluck session. Often when you start plucking your hair, it may not grow back as thick.
Skin irritation – The repeated action of using blunt blades over delicate skin may cause rash, cuts and razor burns.
It’s less about the tool you use to remove your body hair and more about shaving preparation and technique.
Follow these tips the next time you shave, so that you can achieve a clean and comfortable shave.Start by wetting your hair and skin to soften it
Next, you may want to consider using a gel or cream if you have dry and sensitive skin. This is important because it will protect your skin from irritation and help with the razor glide.
If you’re using a new blade: it’s best to shave in the direction of hair growth which is usually away from your heart. Here it helps prevent ingrown hairs that can form around sensitive parts such as the bikini line.
Be sure not to press too hard against dry or wet skin when shaving because this may cause cuts and burns. Apply an aftershave moisturiser to help reduce itching and help cuts heal more quickly.
Warning: If you have acne, you may want to try electric or disposable blades. Men who have acne should take special care while shaving. Shaving can irritate your skin, making acne worse.
Cold wax or hot wax
No burns: One benefit of cold wax over hot hair removal methods, like depilatories and shaving, is that you do not run the risk of severe burns.
Cold-waxing involves applying lukewarm to room temperature strips (or hardening cream) to an area then ripping them off quickly in a single motion with little pressure applied.
You are left bare for several minutes while your skin heals itself naturally before re-applying more strip. This way there’s no need for harsh chemicals either!
More user-friendly: Cold-warping also makes it easier than ever as all pre-cut shaped strips come on one backing sheet making application simple – just pop the desired amount onto clean dry skin press
Hair Removal Creams or prescription cream
One of the most popular hair removal treatments for women is laser therapy, which can be used to cover areas on their face where they don’t want any more hairs.
The drawback of cream is that it can be time-consuming and expensive. The benefit would be that you have a range to choose from which will suit your budget and lifestyle.
If you want to use a prescription cream, bear in mind it may contain ingredients such as eflornithine hydrochloride. Consult with your dermatologist before using prescription cream.
Plucking or Threading
Plucking and threading both have their pros and cons. For plucking, the downside is that you might pull hairs from your armpits which can cause more pain in sensitive areas.
Yet with threading, it’s unlikely of this happening because cotton threads are being used so there are fewer chances of breaking skin cells – but be prepared for irritation caused by an object repeatedly moving across your face.
This method also takes longer, so it’s not recommended for those who want to get the job finished quickly.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal has its benefits and drawbacks when it comes to cost.
But if you have a darker body hair colour with coarse hairs that don’t respond well to shaving or waxing, this could be the best option for your skincare needs.
Laser hair removal is the perfect way to say goodbye to leg and arm hairs. In just one or two sessions, your skin will be completely free of all that unwanted fuzz!
Side effects: There are some side effects such as burns and blistering which means you may need time off work after the treatment.
Some skin types don’t respond well. It is clear that laser treatment will not permanently get rid of hair growths, at any rate, better than shaving does every day.
Nevertheless, in some cases, lasers will miss individual hairs meaning that these remaining hairs could grow back more stubborn
In this method, an electric current is sent to the hair follicles. As a result, it damages the follicle and stopped the hair from growing further.
A process like this will take a few sessions because the electrolysis method is slow, taking place over weeks or months.
This treatment can only remove hair in smaller patches and not from the entire body which means you’ll need to come back for more sessions so it’s a tedious process.
Overall, this treatment is good because it has no side effects but there are limitations such as time-consumption
To remove unwanted hair in this method, you have to use a chemical product like a gel, cream or lotion, which means it’s not as safe.
The chemicals work by dissolving hair and the result is that the dissolved hairs can be easily wiped away or washed off
This method works for areas where you want to remove only a small amount of unwanted hair at once because after using this treatment, your skin will feel very dry.
For people who may have sensitive skins, there are possibilities of side effects.
This is a different variant of facial shaving that takes out the top layer of your skin and hair as well. You can do this by using an exfoliating scalpel number 3.
This is a time-consuming way of removing hair but can be very effective. You will need to leave the skin for up to three days before you can do anything with it, so make sure you plan!
This may not suit everyone and I would recommend discussing this method in depth with your doctor first.
Nose trimmers are perfect for those with unsightly nose hair sticking out of their noses. You can trim the nasal hairs, thin them or use a shaver to remove some without removing too many at once.
A clipper is another option that will maintain your nasal hair while keeping it under control and not overly done up.
This is an FDA approved product used to reduce the amount of hair on your body. It has been tested and is known for its efficacy in reducing excessive facial hair growth as well as unwanted hair found elsewhere on the body.
This will need a prescription before you purchase it but this medicine can be taken orally or applied directly onto the skin that needs treatment.
This may not suit everyone’s tastes regarding how they feel about taking pills, so make sure you read up first!
Vaniqa side effects – there have been some reports from those who are using Vaniqa over an extended period regarding their experience with dryness of skin, scalp rash and unusual tiredness (particularly when combined with other medicines).
There also seems to be lessening in the natural endorphin response which could lead to depression.
There is a possibility that these symptoms are not caused by Vaniqa, but it’s best to be aware of them and their side effects before use.
This medicine can also cause problems when taking certain pills such as birth control pills or cholesterol tablets. If you’re on any other medication, please consult your doctor first for the advice!
All-natural – simple and effective
Those who prefer natural therapies have a variety of hair removal remedies to choose from. These remedies may not only remove hair but also reduce the rate of your hair growth and over time may result in permanent hair elimination.
Perhaps you would prefer the natural route of sugar waxing, honey or drinking spearmint tea to prevent hair growth.
This could be one of the safest ways of hair removal but I would strongly recommend discussing it with your doctor first to find the correct solution.
There are other natural ways you can remove your hair at home. All the ingredients are from your pantry and inexpensive.
Lentil and potato paste -One of the easiest ways to remove hair from your skin is to use a potato and lentil paste.
All you need to do is mix them, apply them on your skin for an hour or so and then wash them off with warm water!
Cornstarch, egg white and sugar paste -Another easy way to make sure that all of the unwanted hairs are gone is by using cornstarch mix with egg white.
Add a teaspoon of cornstarch to egg white and sugar mixed it into a paste. Apply the paste and leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash off with warm water.
Sugar, honey and lemon dough – One of the easiest ways to remove body hair is with sugar, honey and lemon. You can make a mixture by mixing the three in a bowl until they form into one dough.
Roll out this mixture on your skin or small areas like your underarms and leave for 15-25 minutes before washing off with warm water.
Removing unwanted hair from your body can be achieved in several ways, but waxing offers the widest range of coverage.
The downside to waxing is that it can be messy, painful and requires skill. Watch this video on how to do it.
The Greeks and the Egyptians knew that sugar waxing was a great way to remove hair. It is applied directly onto your skin where it hardens, then pulled off taking all of the hairs with it!
Unlike traditional waxing, sugar waxing does not remove the top layer of your skin. Sugar waxing can be gentler on your skin and is much less painful. The sugar sticks to the hair and not to the skin.
Another benefit is that instead of using petroleum-based products or chemicals, you now have a natural, safe product to use at home.
You can customize your recipes by adding honey, lemon juice and sugar. It is easy to make, inexpensive, and natural!
Oatmeal and banana rub – One way to remove a stain from your skin is by using oatmeal and bananas. Mix the two ingredients, then apply the paste onto your skin. After 15-20 minutes, wash off with warm water.
Raw papaya and turmeric paste – Raw papaya is a fruit that comes in many colours.
One of the benefits of raw papaya is how you can use it to remove body hair since it contains an enzyme called Papain which will make your skin softer as well as removing unwanted hair.
To do this, cut and half a fresh, ripe papaya then grate the outside layer and mix it with one or two spoons of turmeric into a paste. Leave the paste on your body or face for 10-20 minutes and wash it away with warm water.
Baking soda and Tumeric – Mix both one tablespoon of baking soda and turmeric with water into a paste. Apply and gently massage the area and leave it for 15-20 minutes before washing off with warm water.
Onion and basil – To do this simply put an onion membrane and basil leaves into a bowl to be crushed into a paste. Apply the paste to your skin and leave for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Your body will be smoother, softer as well as removing unwanted hair after using these home remedies on it!
You might not be aware of it, but your hair is an insulator for your body. It protects you from external factors like climate change and bacterial attacks.
But the hairs on the visible parts of the body can lower down our confidence and spoil our facial beauty too.
The unwanted hair grows because of hormonal imbalance, post-pregnancy complications or nutrient deficiency, according to dermatologists.
Decisions: When it comes to your skin, you should never decide without doing the research and asking questions. The more informed decisions you can make before investing in any treatment options, the better off you’ll be afterwards.
We hope this article has helped answer some of your questions. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below.
- Aesthetic Surgery Journal –Permanent removal of unwanted hair
- Pubmed.gov-Removal of unwanted facial hair