If you’ve ever dreaded the visits to the salon for waxing, this post is for you. If you’ve stopped using razors because they were giving you nasty razor rash and unsightly ingrown hair bumps, keep reading. There are some completely natural, blade-free, painful hot wax-free ways of removing hair from your arms, underarms, legs, lady bush too. And there doesn’t have to be any stinky hair-removal cream involved. So lets understand some of the options available for you and how to go about them.
Methods to Remove Unwanted Body Hair
As describe above, there are plenty of options when it comes for hair removal. Listed below are the 7 popular ways you can go for to remove unwanted body hair.
1. Shaving to Remove Unwanted Body Hair
If you decide to shave, you’ll find it’s probably the most convenient method. But don’t go the way of dry shaving on a cold day just because you’re feeling lazy! Here are some tips to get a smooth, safe shave every time.
- Get yourself some shaving cream. It’s better than soap, which won’t lather as much and will dry your skin out after it dries. If you don’t have shaving cream or gel, get some body oil or hair conditioner so the razor glided over your skin.
- Don’t dry shave, it will irritate your skin and you won’t enjoy the benefits of exfoliation.
- Exfoliate prior to shaving. You can use bath scrubs or loofahs to exfoliate, so your razor is more efficient and doesn’t bump up against tons of dry skin.
- It’s best to shave near the end of a bath, when your skin is softer and it will be easier to remove all the dead skin cells.
- Avoid hot water, it can soften your skin too much and make it vulnerable to cuts.
2. Waxing for Hair Removal
If you’re ready to wax at home, here’s what you should keep in mind:
- Always start with freshly-washed skin, and cut the longer strands of hair first if necessary. Waxing is ideally done on hair that’s at least 1/4th of an inch long. That’s typically how long hair grows in 2 weeks after your last hair removal session. If the hair is too long, it can be difficult to break and remove.
- Wax on dry skin. The wax won’t hold on wet skin.
- It’s also recommended that you exfoliate your skin around 48 hours after waxing, so you avoid the risk of ingrown hairs.
- There are different types of waxes available for hair removal. The Gigi Brazilian Waxing Kit is pro-grade and easy to use on both fine and coarse hairs of the bikini line, and no muslin strips involved. With these types of kits, you just pull on the wax strip to remove hair.
- Nair Hair Remover wax strips are good for bikini and face. There’s no mess involved, and it’s great for the in-between times when your hair is too short to wax. The strips are reportedly not harsh on the skin.
- If you’re looking for a low temperature, no-strip kit then you can try the Bliss poetic Waxing Hair Removal Kit, available on amazon, easy to microwave and affordable.
- The convenience of waxing kits over epilators is you can also remove hair from your bikini areas, face and underarms.
3. Epilation to Remove Unwanted Body Hair
The epilator is a handy little tool with blades that roll along your legs and pull hair out by the roots. It’s usually only good for large areas like your arms and legs, and can hurt a bit more under your arms. Epilators are a one-time buy so you can always have one on hand for quick smoothing of the legs and arms before a special night. It’s better than waxing for sensitive skin too. Lets understand what’s the right way to use the device, so you make the best of it.
- Epilate when you’re relaxed, maybe after a warm shower and exfoliation. If this is your first time epilating, try to keep at least a day’s buffer before you go out to show off your silky smooth legs. Any bumps or irritation that occurs will be gone by the time you’re ready to go out.
- Get an epilator which focuses on your comfort. It will make the process less anxiety-causing.
- Don’t press the device to your skin. Hold it lightly against it, at a 90 degree angle to your legs or arms.
- Don’t go too fast, or you risk breaking hair and causing ingrown bumps. Move in the direction of hair-growth, not against like you do with waxing.
- You can use the epilator on dry skin. If your epilator lets you use it wet, a little shower gel on the area will help.
- Afterwards, apply a moisturizer and pamper your skin.
- Doing this once a week will keep things manageable, until you become a pro at epilating, in which case you can use it on the longer, 3-week old hairs.
4. Hair Removal Creams
If you don’t enjoy shaving or waxing, maybe hair removal creams are for you. These creams are filled with chemicals that help to break down the proteins in your hair and dissolve them. They do this in a matter of minutes, and it’s not expensive! Plus, some of the latest depilatory creams actually smell better than they used to! However the strong chemicals of hair-removing creams can cause skin damage if you leave them on for too long.
- Look for a cream with a hydrating agent in it, that will leave your skin smooth and moisturized. Some options to try besides the standard Veet, Annie French and Fem Fairness Naturals, there’s also the Everteen Bikini Line Hair Remover Cream, the Argan oil-enriched HipHop Hair Removal Cream and the herbal Olivia Hair Remover.
- Never leave the cream on for longer than recommended, or it can burn your skin.
- Depending on the product you get, you may also get a post-hair removal lotion to soothe your skin. Hair usually stays away for a few weeks.
- Ideally you shouldn’t go swimming or sunbathing for up to a day after using these creams. They can make your skin vulnerable to sun damage.
5. Laser Hair Reduction to Remove Unwanted Body Hair
Of course of all the methods you could choose to remove hair, laser removal may be one of the most effective, if expensive. Laser removal works by destroying hair follicles so they stop producing hair. Though this method is not 100% effective, you’ll see hair growth in a few months, rather than two to four weeks after waxing.
6. Electrolysis for hair removal
Another alternative is electrolysis, which uses tiny needles instead of light to damage hair follicles. It’s more painful than laser, and you may need a mild anesthetic. Plus, electrolysis doesn’t work for everyone.
There are other methods as well like Tweezing for Hair Removal , Threading for Hair Removal, Bleaching Hair etc.
7. Natural Home remedies to Remove Unwanted Body Hair
Thankfully, many natural home remedies/ home made scrubs are also available to remove these unwanted body hair. Like you can use “The tried and tested Sugar and Lemon Juice” or “The trusty Multani Mitti and Rose Water”. Actually, there are plenty of them. However with so many options available, naturally there comes a lot of misinformation and confusion as well. At times, it becomes very difficult to know which one(s) is best for you, especially if you are a beginner. We have covered all-natural hair removal methods in another blog post. You can read the same here Remove Facial Hair Permanently Using Home Remedies.
How to Prepare Your Skin for Hair Removal at Home
No matter what method you use for hair removal, here are some dos and don’ts, if you are going for hair removal at home.
- Exfoliate two days prior, to remove dead skin cells from around your hair follicles, so you loosen ingrown hairs and improve the results of the process.
- Always start with clean and dry skin, so you don’t invite infection into the pores that open up after the process.
- If you’re using natural waxing methods, your hair needs to be at least a fourth of an inch long, but not too long.
- Don’t use waxing-like methods on wet skin, as they won’t work.
- Don’t use leftover natural mixes from last time, that you’ve left lying on the bathroom counter. They’ve probably collected germs.
- If you’re using a waxing warmer, always rub it down with an alcohol-dipped cotton ball before use.
Depending on what method you can tolerate and your goals, there are quite a few options out there for women with unwanted hair.