Sure, you’ve been using a razor since you were maybe 12 years-old, but that was because all your friends were shaving their legs and you thought hey, if that’s what everyone is doing then why not. Here’s the problem, you really had no idea what you were doing. We’re breaking down hair removal one method at a time, pros and cons so you can find the method that best suits your needs.
Waxing is best for areas with corse hair such as legs, underarms, and bikini area. Warm wax pulls out the hair by the root and results in a longer time period before growth and hair that will grow back thinner and lighter.
Pro: Average of three weeks before next wax is needed but can vary between two and six weeks depending on hair thickness.
Cons: Some individuals break out from waxing. Do your research on salons and the quality of wax they use. The better the quality, the less painful the process. Does waxing hurt? Yes. Is it better than shaving? Yes.
Cost: Cost depends on the area you get waxed but can range from $10 (eyebrows, upper lip) to $60-$80 (for full leg and bikini). There are at home wax available both in drugstores or at beauty supply stores.
Threading is a hair removal technique which is popular in Eastern countries such as Egypt and India. It works likes this; a thread (often cotton) is used to twist hair in a lasso or loop and pulls the hair straight through to the follicle.
Pros: Threading is much more precise than waxing and is often used for taming brows. It gives a more defined and precise shape than waxing. The entire process is pretty fast which is a plus and you can find salons who do threading for pretty cheap (in Toronto, there are some salons who will thread your eyebrows for as little as $3!).
Cons: Threading is only done for the face, not for the body.
Cost: The average eyebrow threading is around$10-12 dollars but like I said, some salons offer it for cheaper.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser is often feared by many but is ultimately one of the best methods for permanent hair removal. Take it from someone who has had laser done, it is worth it! I can’t even begin to tell you how liberating it is not to worry about the hair on my face especially my upper lip and side burns. Let me break it down for you:
Pros: Laser is great for permanent hair removal over time and is best for targeting large areas. It is more effective with those with darker hair because the laser targets the pigment in the follicles. The biggest pro: it works.
Cons: Yes, laser is painful but not as painful as I expected it to be. It felt like a rubber band snapping on my face really quickly. It became more painful after a few treatments because there was less hair protecting my face.
Cost: Okay this is probably the biggest con. Laser is expensive. To give you an example, for six sessions of laser treatment on my face (everything from under my eyes until my neck) cost me $800. After six sessions, I did a few more for my entire face and touch ups for my upper lip. Most times, spas that offer laser will sell bundles and offer consultations before hand so you know what you are getting into if you are uncomfortable or have questions. While it is expensive, think of laser as an investment for the rest of your life.
Electrolysis uses a small needle to apply an electrical current to the hair follicle. It is best for smaller areas such as the face or underarms. For girls who have lighter hair and cannot get laser hair removal, electrolysis may give you the results you are looking for.
Pros: Electrolysis can permanently remove hair for fine and light-colored hair as well as dark. Like laser, it targets the follicles making the results promising.
Cons: Because a needle is used, it is quite time-consuming which is why it is best for smaller areas. Like all hair removal methods, treatments can cause a stinging sensation and can be uncomfortable. You will need multiple sessions for permanent results. My mom got electrolysis on her eyebrows when she was younger and hasn’t had to do much to them other than tweeze one or two hairs.
What method do you use for hair removal?
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