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How to Choose a Hair Removal Method

You will find information about all hair removal methods on this site and you should explore each method thoroughly and discuss with a qualified medical practitioner or beauty therapist before making your choice. But given that time is short for us all, I thought it would be useful to summarize the questions you need to think about when looking into removing unwanted hair and to see the whole range of hair remover treatments laid out in one place.

Questions to ask yourself when thinking about hair removal

1. Am I looking for a permanent solution or am I happy with repeating the treatment at intervals?

Some of us are happy to shave our legs every few days - others never want to see a razor again. How regularly are you prepared to deal with your excess hair regrowth?

2. How much money do I have to spend?

Permanent treatments such as electrolysis and hair removal by laser are expensive and costly and treatments need to be repeated over a period of time. If you don't have the budget for that you might need to consider other methods or restrict permanent treatment to small critical areas such as the face.

3. How much pain can I stand?

Some hair removal methods are more painful than others. Those which remove hair from the surface of the skin are least painful and cause least discomfort while those which have a more lasting effect and take the hair out from the root will challenge your pain threshold. There are ways to minimize the pain and discomfort but it won't go away entirely. If you find pain difficult to bear choose a salon treatment for any procedure such as waxing rather than a home kit - because the beauty therapist will be more experienced at working quickly and effectively and you won't need to continually pluck up the courage to rip off each wax strip.

4. Which Part of the Body?

Different methods of removing hair suit different areas of the body and face and smaller areas such as upper lip hair can be treated differently to larger areas such as the legs. You will probably find that you will choose a range of methods for different parts of your body. This site has a section which focuses on each area of the body where you might like to remove hair so that can be your starting point if you are looking at one particular part of your body but you'll also find a summary of the most popular methods below.

 

 Treatment  Body Area  Advantages  Disadvantages
Shaving
  • Legs
  • Underarms
  • Quick
  • Cheap
  • Easy to do at home
  • Fast regrowth
  • Stubble
Depilatory Cream
  • Face
  • Underarms
  • legs
  • bikini line
  • Reasonably quick
  • Cheap
  • Easy to do at home
  • Less regrowth/stubble than shaving
  • Bit Messy
  • Creams may cause irritation
  • Chemical smell of product
  • Waiting around for product to work
  • Frequent repetition required
Electrolysis
  • Best for small areas
  • Only truly permanent method
  • Painful
  • Risk of scarring
  • Time consuming
  • Expensive
  • Needs qualified therapist

 

Waxing
  • eyebrows
  • face
  • bikini line
  • legs
  • body hair
  • Hair may take weeks to grow back
  • Hair growth reduced over time
  • Hair grows back without stubble
  • Painful
  • Regular salon treatments are expensive and time consuming
  • Home kits may be messy to use (but not all)
Plucking
  • eyebrows
  • face
  • odd stray body hair
  • Inexpensive
  • Can be carried out at home
  • Regrowth is slow
  • Time consuming for more than the odd hair
  • Painful
Laser Hair Removal or Intense Pulsed Light
  •  all areas
  • Fast
  • May give permanent reduction
  • Painful
  • Repeat treatments needed
  • Expensive
  • Hair has to be dark
  • Risk of scarring or skin pigment changes
Sugaring or Sugar Waxing
  • Large areas of the body
  • Hair may take weeks to grow back
  • Hair growth reduced over time
  • Hair grows back without stubble
  • Natural product - less irritation
  • Painful
  • Requires salon treatment or messy home treatment
Threading
  • Eyebrows
  • Face
  • Quick
  • Slow regrowth
  • Requires experience or salon treatment
Bleaching
  • Face
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Great for disguising fine dark hair
  • Messy
  • May cause irritation
  • Needs fine hair
  • Needs regular repetition
Epilation Devices
  • Legs
  • Underarms
  • Bikini line
  • Inexpensive
  • No mess
  • Easy to repeat regularly at home
  • Slow regrowth
  • Regrowth reduces over time
  • Pain reduces over time
  • Painful
  • Needs regular repetition

See Also : Permanent Hair Removal Methods  Temporary Hair Removal Methods and Unproven Hair Removal Methods (How to avoid the scams) for more details about each of these methods and to find about some less common ways of removing hair.