A Discussion: Hair Removal Methods And Which Is Best For You And Your Body?

Personal and completely your choice.

Love it, leave it, remove it or hate it... 

The politics surrounding the way women, in particular, tend to their own hair is forever a contentious issue. So, we're here to weigh up the options and work out if there is a particular method that's best for you and your body?

Finding your favourite way of removing fuzz can be a long and winding road of potent-smelling white lotions, brief-but-intense pain, and the odd accidental bloody ankle, but once you find your solution or - as is most common - a combination of three or four for different areas, the result is smooth and blissful. 

Also, here's not forgetting those who prefer to leave things the way nature intended. The market is certainly noticing an emergence of new brands that encourage a lavish approach to bodily haircare, so you do you! 

Without further adieu, let's get into the highs, lows and varying results of the most used hair removal methods out there. 

SHAVING 

Best For: 

Those who want to tent to their hair as frequently or as infrequently as they'd like. Unlike other hair-removal methods, shaving can be used universally and hair length does not need to be a factor. 

Where It Works:

All bodily hair can be removed using the shaving method, but best results, the following in recommended: shaving with a fresh blade (dispose after 10 uses); shaving against the direction of hair growth and pull taught in areas where skin is less firm; and using a light touch (more of a glide over, rather than pushing down). 

How Long Will It Last?

Results will depend on individual skin pattern, but with wet shaving, you can expect results to last between one to three days. 

Depilatory Creams 

Best For:

Those not afraid of getting a little messy. It is a simple, cost-effective and easy method for those just starting to remove body hair. All that is necessary is a patch test before using to ensure that you’re not allergic.

Where It Works: 

Entirely pain-free, the thick cream is best applied to remove hair in large areas or in trickier, hard-to-reach places. Make sure to apply the formula evenly, ensuring that every strand is covered and don't be tempted to go over the recommended timings - it'll just leave your skin more burned than smooth. 

How Long Will It Last? 

Depilatory creams target the hair to just below the skin’s surface, so you can expect regrowth in around two to three days. Silky smooth skin is achieved instantly and without little expertise but the effects aren't all that long lasting. 

Waxing 

Best For:

Those not afraid of a little pain. Fleeting, but intense, this method isn't painless and sensitive areas will be more susceptible to hurt so those with a low pain threshold, best to be prepared. 

Where It Works: 

The benefits of waxing are universal, but as it takes hair from the root, it is definitely best done by a professional. Thorough exfoliation beforehand and staying hydrated will certainly help, but make to sure to be clever with booking too, and think about your cycle. Times closer to your period will be most painful! 

How Long Will It Last? 

Waxing has a great life span that usually lasts up to the four-week mark. With continuous waxing though, experts say that the hairs decrease and lasting effect time gets longer. After waxing, you should not exercise, expose skin to sun or apply products to the skin for 24 hours.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

Best For: Those looking to invest a little more for longevity. IPL isn't actually suitable for everyone though – as it works by targeting the melanin in the hair in contrast to the melanin in the skin, so the fairer you are, the lest effective the laser might. It might also not be an option for women with naturally dark skin tones, as there is a risk the light may react with the melanin in the skin and not the hair. 

Where It Works: IPL – Intense Pulse Light – works anywhere on the body that grows below the eyes. Many of the at-home devices come with attachments tailored to different body areas, but it is important to make sure the area is hair-free beforehand. Shaving is the best option for this, as there needs to be a hair bulb in the follicle which can then absorb the light from the device.

How Long Will It Last?

IPL is all about long-term hair reduction. It works by progressively reducing the re-growth of hair by applying gentle pulses of light to heat to the hair root (i.e. hair follicle). This puts the hair into a resting phase. Existing hair then sheds naturally and regrowth is greatly slowed down. Though results vary from person to person, treating the area every two weeks for an eight week period, can reduce hair growth by up to 92 per cent. After the initial round of treatments, top-ups are needed every now and again, to maintain the results. 

Maintaining

Best For: 

Those who want to fight the system and let things be the way nature intended. We were born with it for a reason, after all! 

Where It Works: 

With more and more people are opting to leave hair in its natural state, the focus shifts towards maintaining it and keeping in its optimum condition. Innovative brands have quickly become aware of this, creating a line of products that work with bodily hair, not against it. FUR Oil is one such product, which is particularly good at softening and conditioning pubic hair. With underarm hair, spray deodorants will work better than roll-ons too. 

How Long Will It Last?

As long as you see fit! Obviously, some trimming is allowed in summer months or when required, but otherwise, you just get to enjoy living a fuzz-filled life. 

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