7 Hair Removal Techniques

Types of women’s shavers and hair removal products range from the simplest razor blade to treatments such as waxing, laser, and electrolysis.

Use the method that best fits your needs—and perhaps matches your pain tolerance.

Razor Blades: Most people—men and women alike—find the traditional razor blade to be easiest to use. These are the most economical way to remove hair. Razors shave at skin level, and they can be used anywhere on the body. But you’ll have to shave frequently to keep your skin smooth. The downside is the increased injury potential by skin irritation, rashes, cuts, and infection.

Electric Shavers: Electric shavers, like razors, can be used on any part of the body. Even the best electrics won’t shave quite as close as a razor, but they shave close enough. They let you shave easily when you’re away from home, or soap and water. And they avoid nicks because the cutters don’t touch your skin. But electrics can cause ingrown hairs and irritate the underarms. Electric shavers are generally heavier and more expensive than women’s, but they’ve consistently performed better in our tests. They can cost anywhere from $19-89 and up.

Depilatories: Unlike razors and shavers, which cut hair at about skin level, depilatories dissolve hair slightly below the skin surface, which means that they should keep skin smooth somewhat longer than a razor or shaver would. They are cheap and easy to use like lotion. Their caustic chemicals dissolve the hair so that it can be wiped away. But some people found the procedure to be painful, and none removed all the hair on every panelist in a single try. Depilatories often have an ammonia odor and might be messy and drippy. There have been reports of burns, blisters, rashes, and peeling skin caused by these products, so test a small amount on your forearm first.

Epilators: Epilator is the act of mechanically removing the hair from the follicle. Threading is an increasingly popular epilator method of hair removal originating in the East In more recent times it has gained popularity in Western countries, especially with a cosmetic application (particularly for removing/shaping eyebrows). Electronic devices use hundreds of tiny tweezers to pluck the hairs. Epilators scored higher, overall than electric shavers in our tests, but you should use them only on the legs and forearms. They are cumbersome to use than electric razors. But because an epilator removes the hairs at the root, you might not have to repeat the procedure for several weeks. Look for at least a 30-day money back guarantee, especially when buying an epilator for the first time so you can return the device if it doesn’t work for you. Alternatively, check the review of brow bars before going. Choosing a facility that you are comfortable will help your experience more enjoyable. I also offer eyebrow threading with my beauty services if you live near me.

Waxing: This involves applying a layer of heated wax or soft wax strips to the skin. The hairs become embedded in the wax, and pulling off the wax layer plucks the hairs.  Because the hairs come out at the roots, new growth might not be visible again for several weeks. But waxing is tricky. Many salons offer waxing services for affordable prices. Professional services are recommended to avoid injury. None of the home wax kits we tested removed all of the hair on every panelist on the first try. Some people found the procedure to be painful. Sometimes it will remove some of the layers of skin and can burn if too hot.

Laser: Laser treatments permanently remove hair by destroying the follicles with heat. But laser treatments are expensive and time-consuming and should be performed only by a licensed practitioner. Even then, scars or skin discoloration might result. Dark skin people have reported injuries due to laser burns. Ask your technician if there is a light specialized for your skin.

Electrolysis: An electrolysis hair-removal device places a thin probe in each hair follicle and destroys it with a shortwave radio frequency. It’s a time-consuming and expensive procedure and should be performed only by a licensed practitioner. It involves the risk of infection from a needle that’s not sterile and scarring from poor technique.

All of these techniques have been used widely with mixed results. Really, there is no one greatest treatment. Everyone has different needs and will get different results, so just go with what works for you.

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