Whether you’re a guy or a gal, we all sometimes struggle with unwanted hair in unwanted places. This hair can be noticeably stubborn, and may be causing embarrassment or even confidence issues. Don’t let this pesky problem run your life and ruin your self-image. From laser to waxing, plucking to shaving, you have several options leading to smooth skin. With so many choices, it can be hard to narrow them down and decipher your best option. We picked the four most common methods, and highlighted the pros and cons of each. Let Fitzness help you make an informed decision on hair removal option is best for you!
Shaving is the most common form of hair removal for both women and men. It’s convenient, can be part of your regular shower routine, and takes a relatively short time to do. While shaving gets rid of everything from peach fuzz to dark, coarse hair, a razor doesn’t remove hair from the roots. This means that shaving will leave the area looking great and feeling smooth, but the effects are only temporary. While everyone’s growth rate is different, hair will start to come back and become noticeable within a few days. Another drawback to shaving is that repeated shaving on sensitive areas such as the bikini line can cause ingrown hairs that are uncomfortable and cause skin to look irritated. But another positive to shaving is that it’s cost effective, with razors lasting for several uses and costing as little as $1.
Waxing is great because it can be used on almost any area on your body, including the upper lip, bikini line, back, chest or eyebrows where shaving may be a challenge. Waxing does remove the hair’s roots, so the effects of waxing tend to last much longer than shaving, but are still not permanent. If you have sensitive skin, waxing can cause irritation, redness, rashes, and even an allergic reaction such as hives. Along with potentially poor skin reactions, waxing can get pricy. Small areas like eyebrows are only about $10 a waxing, but bikini areas and legs can cost as much as $100 per visit. Spending that kind of money every few weeks can really add up. Buying a home waxing kit like Gigi Strip-Free Wax can dramatically remove these costs. It’s fairly easy to do as well.
Tweezing is a great choice for areas with small amounts of hair to remove like the face. This method does grab the hair from the root, so the effects will last a few weeks. Plucking can be tedious and sometimes the most painful way of removing hair. Individually grabbing each hair may really zero in on that root, but areas like eyebrows and the upper lip are already very sensitive and tweezing every hair individually is usually painful. Tweezersare very reasonable, usually priced around $5-$15 and last for several years. This makes it the most cost-effective way of removing facial hair.
Laser hair removal has become extremely popular. Laser, or “pulsed light hair removal” uses laser light to travel down to the hair root and follicle to completely destroy the hair all together. The hair won’t fall out immediately after being treated with the laser, but instead will weaken and eventually fall out over time and rarely ever return. With about 5-7 treatments, and a touch up treatment about once every year or two, you can be hair free on any area of your body. The pulsed light or laser method can get expensive, ranging from $200 to $600 or more per-treatment, depending on the number of treatments needed and the type of hair you have. Laser is also best for those with dark hair and lighter skin. White hair is not affected by laser treatment, and special types of lasers are needed for those with darker skin colors.
These four different methods can be done separately or combined to give you the best chance in removing unwanted hair in unwanted places. You now have the knowledge to get rid of your pesky, dark, and coarse hair. All you have to do is pick which one will work for you and your body.