nerve-racking! While the first experience at hair removal is never pleasant for most of us, the feeling of smooth and silky skin is something we all unanimously love. Waxing however is not the only form of hair removal. There are some other (simpler) ways to get rid of unwanted hair.
Let’s take you through some of the popular methods of hair removal along with their pros and cons!
Pros- This one is a total savior! Easy, quick and most importantly painless shaving can be convenient. Take some shower gel or shaving foam and apply it all over your damp skin, use a razor and shave away. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
Cons- Everything comes with a few drawbacks and so does shaving. While shaving is quick and painless, it does not pull the hair from the root. Instead it just cuts off the top of the hair strand, leaving the skin rough. It also leads to quick hair growth within a few days. If you have sensitive skin, it’s better to stay away from shaving as it can cause burns and rashes.
P.S – Razor hygiene is essential! Refrain from using blades that are rusted, broken or already used.
Hair removal creams:
Like shaving, hair removal creams also break hair from the point where it meets the skin. Chemicals present in these creams change the keratin structure that weakens the base of the hair strand causing it to break.
Pros- Quick and painless!
Cons- It’s more effective than shaving but your hair will still grow back quickly. It’s advised to do a patch test before applying it all over your skin as it can lead to allergic reactions. Don’t use these hair removing creams on your face, stick to using it for your legs, arms and bikini line.
Popularly used for removing fine hair from your eyebrows and upper lip.
Pros- Works brilliantly to get rid of any small stubborn hair that can’t be removed by waxing.
Cons- This method of hair removal is considered quite painful and can only be used on areas with fine hair. This technique needs expert help and we recommend not trying it at home unless you’re a pro!
PRO TIP: If you’re running late or are in need of a quick fix, use a tweezer! They are small metal tools that help pluck hair near the eyebrows.
An epilator is an electric device that is used to remove hair by gripping on it and simultaneously pulling it from the root. Use it over dry or wet skin depending on the type of your device and run it over your skin slowly to remove hair. It is a pain free process and a one-time investment.
Cons- Can cause redness and ingrown hair.
Laser hair removal has become quite a trend in the recent past. While some may find it a stressful task to keep going for sessions others think of it as a one-time solution to a recurring problem. The process of laser includes shaving of desired regions of the skin after which a cooling gel is applied to cover up for the heat from the laser. The excessive heat damages the hair follicle and bulb which results in no further hair growth. For an effective and long lasting result, one needs to go for multiple such sessions till the follicle is completely destroyed.
Pros- It’s a long term and hassle free solution.
Cons- To start with, this method is quite expensive and needs some serious savings. As mentioned earlier, you need to do multiple sessions over a few weeks to get desired results. Post treatment care includes not going to the gym, spas, sauna and sometimes even no makeup. You must consult a dermatologist before and after this treatment. And as disappointing as it may sound, your hair can always grow back and there is no 100% surety of it being permanent.
Some home remedies:
When in doubt or low on cash just opt for a good old home remedy.
- Use 2 tbsp. of mashed papaya and apply it all over your skin. Leave it on or a couple of minutes and wash off with warm water. The papain enzyme in papaya weakens the hair naturally. While you won’t see instant results, this will be great in the long run.
- Turmeric like papaya can be used to get rid of hair naturally. Mix 3 portions of turmeric with 1 portion of milk or yogurt. Apply it on your face and leave it for about 10-15 minutes till the paste hardens. Wet your hands and scrub your face in circular motions. Rinse and towel dry.