Hair Removal 101

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Summer is fast approaching and with that comes that whole mundane thing most of us women have to go through. The dreaded ritual of hair removal. Skirts, vest tops, swimming costumes, bikinis… we want to be able to wear them all, which means our legs, underarms, and everywhere else for that matter need some attention. Especially since it’s the last thing on our minds in winter, when we’re all wrapped up warm and cosy in our jeans and oversized jumpers. So I thought I would share with you a quick little introduction to some of the methods we can turn to “tidy” ourselves up a little.

Tweezing / Plucking

Plucking is one of the quickest and simplest methods for hair removal. But let’s face it, it would take all day to pluck all the hairs from our legs – and not only would it take forever, but they would grow back too quickly too. So it’s best to stick to this method for smaller areas of hair removal. Areas like eyebrows and upper lips work well.

Shaving

Shaving is always going to be the most common method of hair removal. It’s one of the easiest, cheapest and quickest ways to get rid of unwanted hair and works for just about any area of your body. It’s so flexible as a method too – simply and quickly in the shower, or using a shaving foam or cream before heading into the warm water to rinse off. Warm water will open up the pores and help you get a closer shave, but try not to use water that’s too hot though, as it could irritate your skin. I’ve used shaving as a method in-between laser appointments, and just used my husband’s razor, but you can get specialised ones for us girlies if that’s your preferred method. But bear in mind that regrowth is literally a couple of days.

Waxing

I’ve waxed ever since my teens. With all the great home kits available, waxing as a method is almost as flexible as shaving, with much longer lasting results. You can use it on just about any area of the body you’re looking to get hair-free, be it larger areas like legs and arms, or smaller areas like upper lips or eyebrows. It all depends on your pain threshold though – you might find it easier to have someone else do it for you in a salon! I love waxing as an affordable method as the re-growth becomes weaker and weaker over time and you can go anywhere from four to six weeks in between waxing appointments – yay!

Laser hair removal

The endless time that is spent shaving, plucking and waxing are immense. We spend so much time doing it – wouldn’t it be nice to consider a hair removal option that doesn’t take up as much time? Whether the hair is in the normal problem areas or even just on your face and arms, laser hair removal could be the best method, depending on your budget. It can take as little as 6 visits to reduce unwanted hair. When I think about the long-term aspect, laser hair removal is always going to be more more effective over time for me. It’s worth checking out the different options, in terms of the right laser and the cost implications, but for me, it’s the best thing I ever did. Stay tuned for a full review of my recent laser hair removal experience.

Relax about it all

Finally, the last thing to do when it comes to hair removal is to relax a little. Yes, we all want to make sure we’re looking our best, and if fuzz-free skin is a part of that for you to boost your self confidence when wearing particular clothes, then it’s worth taking the time and effort to find the method right for you. 

What’s your favourite hair removal method – I’d love to know!

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