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Methods for Removing Unwanted Hairs | Everything You Need to Know

Hair Removal Methods

As human beings, we grow hair on our bodies. Some people like it, some hate it and for some, it doesn’t affect them. The reasons for having more unwanted hair are many, including hormones, genetics, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

There are many options available when it comes to hair removal. With most of the hair removal methods, most hair will grow back while some of these methods are permanent.


Shaving works by cutting the hair at the skin level. The hair grows back faster as they are not removed from roots, it can grow back in two days to a week post-shaving and it may appear thicker for some people. It is the most commonly used hair removal method and it is pain-free if you are careful enough to avoid razor burns or cuts. It is best recommended to shave while you are in the shower.

Depilatory Creams:

Depilatory creams are available in the market without prescription. Different creams are formulated for specific areas of the body. You may get a separate cream for your face and a separate one for your arms. These creams work by dissolving the hair shaft. The hair may grow a bit slower than it grows after shaving and it typically lasts a week depending upon the hair thickness. Depilatory creams are easy to use. You have to just apply a layer of your cream on the area and leave it for 5-10 minutes and then scrape the cream off. It may cause allergies for some people and may also cause hyperpigmentation and redness because of the harsh chemicals.


Waxing works by pulling the hair out from the root. It can be painful for a few seconds but the results are worth it. The skin becomes smooth and hair-free. It also exfoliates the skin removing the dead skin. The hair grows back not as thick as in shaving and it also gives you a lot of hair-free time periods. There are many types of waxes available in the market like hot wax, finger wax, and soft wax. The only con of waxing is that you have to wait for your hair to be a certain length in order to remove it.


Tweezing works by removing individual hairs from the root. You can easily do that to remove any stray hairs. Tweezing can be done at home as tweezers are easily available in the market. Tweezing cannot be done on a larger area as it is time-consuming and can be irritating. As hair is plucked from the roots, it takes time to grow back so one can enjoy two to three weeks of hair-free skin. Make sure to soothe the tweezed area by applying an ice cube or aloe vera gel.


In threading, hair is pulled out by threads. It is a very popular method to shape eyebrows and remove hair from the upper lip and chin. It is less irritating than tweezing because it can remove short rows of hair all at once. It is best recommended to visit a salon for threading but if you are experienced and confident enough, you can do it at home too.


Epilating involves removing the hair by an electric, battery-operated device called an epilator. One has to keep that device at a ninety-degree angle and move it across the skin. It is a bit painful method as it removes the hair from the roots. It can be easily done at home.


Laser hair removal is done by destroying the hair follicles with light. The light is set to destroy pigment cells also and that is why laser is best suited for thick, coarse hair. With the advent of new technology, lasers have become less painful but it is an expensive method. The cons are that it does not remove your hair, it only reduces it. Also, lasers are not suited for certain hair types and can cause more harm than good.


Electrolysis works by passing an electric current through each hair follicle. It is the only FDA-approved, permanent method of hair removal and it costs more than laser but it works for all hair types, unlike lasers. Electrolysis is a bit painful method depending upon your pain tolerance. Electrolysis is done in sessions like lasers but has fewer follow-ups. It is a time-consuming method as each hair follicle is treated so it is suitable for smaller areas. Whether you shave, wax, epilate or leave your body hair. It is your choice and you should never be ashamed because of being capable to grow hair on your body. You are beautiful and accepted just the way you are.

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Jennie Elbert is a content writer who specializes in writing about fitness and health. He only started his journey to physical fitness just over two years ago, but has quickly developed an impressive knowledge of the subject.
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