How to: Shaving

How it works: Shavers cut the hair very close to the skin, leaving the skin feeling silky smooth.

Pros: This is the go-to method for most of us as it’s pain-free and takes seconds.

Cons: It only lasts for a couple of days and can lead to ingrown hairs (ouch!), which is when the hairs can curl back around and re-enter the skin (read more).

Top tip: We don’t recommend this hair removal technique on facial hair, as contrary to popular belief shaving won’t make you hair grow back any thicker, but it may feel coarser and look more prominent. This is because an unshaved hair has a thin tip, so it feels soft, but when you shave this off, the hair that grows back is blunt so feels coarser but isn’t actually thicker.

How to: Waxing

How it works: Hot wax is applied to the skin, which is then covered by a wax strip. When the wax dries, the strips are pulled off, taking the hair with it…Voila!

Pros: It can last between 3-6 weeks so is perfect if you don’t have time to be worrying about regrowth.

Cons: The hair has to be ¼ inch long for the wax to be able to grab it so you have to let that hair grow before removing it. Also, as to be expected if you are removing hairs from their follicle, there is likely to be an element of pain, but as the old saying goes ‘beauty is pain’, right?

Top tip: Exfoliate before you wax as this will help get rid of dead skin cells, maxing it easier for the wax to grip the hairs.

How to: Threading

How it works: This is an ancient method of hair removal that originated in Egypt and India, but has increasing popularity in Western countries. A cotton thread is pulled along a line of unwanted hair in a twisting motion, which lifts the hair out of the follicle.

Pros: It’s suitable for all skin types, even for those of us who suffer from sensitive skin! It’s also an extremely sanitary method of hair removal as only the thread touches the skin.

Cons: The Beauty Geeks couldn’t find any negatives to this method, so it would have to be our hair removal method of choice!

Top tip: This is a technique best left to the professionals as if done wrong, threading can cause irritation, swelling and redness. Not a good look!

How to: Hair removal creams

How it works: Hair removal creams, also known as depilatories are formulated to affect the protein structure of the hair, causing it to dissolve so it can be easily wiped away. What’s not to love?

Pros: This is one of the cheapest and quickest methods of hair removal. It also has the added benefit of being able to do it in your own home!

Cons: The smell…If you’ve used one of these creams you’ll know what we’re talking about! Also, like shaving, the results are relatively short lived and most of us only reap the benefits for a day or so.

Top tip: Avoid applying these creams to inflamed or broken skin, as they will irritate it.

How to: Laser hair removal

How it works: This method destroys our hair follicles using heat, and the laser removes hair by vaporizing it. We are all born with a certain amount of hair follicles in our dermis and we do not produce any more of these throughout our lifetime. This is the basis for laser hair removal as once we destroy these follicles; we cannot grow anymore…hey presto, no more hair growth.

Pros: This is the only permanent method of hair removal. After several laser treatments we can actually stop (yes, stop) hair growth all together.

Cons: Multiple treatments are required as not all the hairs on our bodies are visible above the skins surface at any one time. This can mean we end up with quite a hefty bill. Plus, it is only really effective for certain skin and hair colour combinations. However, if you have the money, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Top tip: Laser hair removal works best on dark haired people with fair skin. This is because light energy emitted by the laser is absorbed by dark colours and reflected by light colours. So, your skin and hair colour is something to bear in mind with this method.

 

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How to: Hair Removal