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Tired of Shaving? Find the Hair Removal Solution That’s Right For You



Shaving is usually the main method of hair removal for men and women, but anyone can tell you what a pain it can be. From razor burn, to the frequency you have to use it, to performing shower yoga to shave all the hard-to-reach areas, traditional hair removal techniques just don’t make the cut for most of us. Luckily, there are more options out there! 

Let’s break down a few alternatives, and you can decide for yourself what will be your new favorite method.

Waxing/Sugaring


After shaving, waxing is one of the most common alternatives. For those who don’t already know, waxing is a very popular hair removal method that involves using hot wax to forcefully remove the hair from the follicle. Sugaring is similar to waxing, but with a gel-like substance made of sugar, lemon juice, and water instead of wax. For people who have experienced allergic reactions to traditional waxing, sugaring is considered a hypoallergenic alternative.
Pros:
●    Waxing and sugaring offer smooth skin without the risk of nicks or cuts like with shaving.
●    Lasts longer than shaving. A wax or sugaring session can produce results that last up to two weeks.
●    Completely removes hair at the root as opposed to shaving, which can only remove hair that is visible above your skin.
Cons:
●    Does not reduce hair growth
●    Can be expensive over time as you must wax regularly to maintain a smooth appearance.
●    No matter how trained your waxing or sugaring specialist is, these methods can be painful—especially on sensitive skin, like your bikini area.

Topical Creams

A fair number of people don’t like the idea of sugaring or waxing because of the pain or fear of reactions to the wax or gel. So, instead of shaving, they might decide to use a topical cream, also known as a depilatory cream. Apply the cream topically to your skin, wait a set amount of time, which can be anywhere from five to ten minutes, and then remove it either by rinsing the area or wiping off the cream.
It’s important to review the ingredients and strength level listed on the packaging to ensure that you’re not using a product that’s too strong—especially if you have sensitive skin.
Pros:
●    Easy to do and can be completed at home. Most supermarkets and drug stores carry topical creams, making this an accessible option.
●    Unlike waxing or sugaring, the process is virtually painless.
●    Like waxing or sugaring, the hair is removed from the root, so results can last longer, depending on the region of the body where it’s applied.
●    Topical creams are modestly priced and offer multiple applications per bottle.
Cons:
●Can cause skin irritations from this type of cream.
●   Have a strong odor that many people find offensive. Some people experience headaches from the smell, and it can take a fair amount of time before it completely dissipates from the skin
●    Prolonged use can create skin sensitivity and dryness

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an in-spa treatment where a beam of light helps to remove unwanted hair. The laser is set to a specific wavelength based on skin color so that it can target the melanin in your hair. This changes the hair follicle and ensures that your hair grows back less frequently, is thinner, and is less noticeable.
Pros:
●    Hair grows back thinner and is less noticeable.
●    Laser is a fast method for removing and reducing the appearance of hair.
●    Results last significantly longer than with traditional hair removal methods.
Cons
●    People with darker skin tones may have to search for spas and estheticians with the experience and right tools to safely provide this service.

Threading

Threading is a popular hair removal method that removes hair by quickly twisting thread across regions of your body to remove hair by the root. The method is typically used as an alternative to eyebrow waxing, but it can also be used to remove chin and upper lip hair.
Pros:
●    Leaves a smooth finish with results that can last for up to two weeks.
●    The process is usually quick and is over in less than 10 minutes.
●     Threading can be a budget-friendly alternative to waxing or sugaring.
Cons:
●    Can be painful, no matter how often you’ve had the treatment.
●    Threading is a two-person job, so even if you opt to have it done at home, you can’t do it by yourself. One person must hold the skin taut while another person threads the area.
●      Best performed on small areas, like brows or the upper lip. Trying to get rid of a leg’s worth of hair would be very painful and take quite a bit of time.
●   Sill requires that hair is pulled out by the root, and some people can experience irritation or have adverse reactions to the moisturizers applied afterward to the treatment site.

Which hair removal method is right for you?

If you want to get rid of hair for good, you can opt for the long-term effects of laser hair removal. If you need a quick solution for unruly brows, maybe give threading a try. Only you can decide which method is best for you, but be sure to give a few of these a try the next time you’re sick of buying another pack of razors!

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