What’s the best way to remove body hair? Maybe you want to go au naturale. Or maybe, you’re looking to wax it, trim it, style it, or explore one of the other many methods out there. Everyone has different reasons for deciding what they do with the hair on their body.
Here is your go-to guide for all things hair removal. Breaking down all the options, by the time you finish reading, you’ll be confident knowing all there is to know.
Ultimately, you’ll be informed to make the decision that works for you.
What is hair removal?
Hair removal is the process of eliminating hair from the face, armpits, arms, legs and pubic regions. Broadly, there are two approaches to hair removal: depilation and epilation.
Depilation is the removal of hair just above the surface of the skin, usually through shaving or trimming. Epilation, on the other hand, involves the complete removal of body hair; even the roots below the skin. This means the hair takes much longer to grow back, if at all.
What are the main types of hair removal?
Waxing is a procedure that involves the application of hot or cold wax to the skin, in the direction of hair growth. After the wax hardens, fabric or wax strips are placed on and quickly stripped off, pulling the hair out as well. There are some waxing options on the market that are stripless - so the hardened wax can be removed directly.
There is also the option of ready-to-use wax strips, perfect for when you are in a rush. Waxing is best suited for use on the legs, arms, underarms, eyebrows, upper lip and bikini area.
For first timers, this process can be a little more painful than other methods. However, the sensation of waxing is something you will get used to, and you will see long-lasting results from the process. This is because the hair is removed from the root.
Our Veet waxing products are suitable for both men and women, and most are gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin. Please check the description of your chosen product for more information.
Sugaring is basically a form of waxing. The difference lies in the material used. While waxing utilises hot or cold wax, sugaring uses sugar mixed with a paste or gel. Some prefer sugaring because it uses more natural ingredients.
Shaving involves the cutting of body hair on the skin’s surface. This is done using shaving cream and a razor. We recommend showering and exfoliating before you shave: to ensure the best results, the skin’s surface must be clean.
The main benefit of shaving is the fact that it is quick. While it is a relatively simple method, however, we do have a few pointers on how to do it properly:
1. Use a sharp razor. This will give you smoother shave, and prevent you from having to go over an area twice.
2. Don’t go over the same area more than two times. This could irritate your skin, and lead to painful in-grown hairs.
3. Use lots of soap! This acts as lubrication between your skin and the blade, as well as softening your hair and skin for better results.
3. Moisturise the area when you’re done. This reduces any potential irritation, maximises the results, and gives you that smooth feeling!
Lasering removes the roots of hair with an intense wavelength of light. To achieve optimal results, it generally takes anything from six to twelve sessions, to cover all of the hair’s different growth cycles.
While laser treatments tend to be more costly, it is a good option if you want to achieve more permanent results.
Depilatory cream dissolves hair by breaking down its keratin (protein) structure. As you apply the cream, the base of the hair thins and weakens. When you wipe the cream away, the root of the hair breaks below the surface.
This can be used on the bikini and underarms area. While this is an easy and inexpensive method, be aware that regrowth will begin in as soon as two to three days. Be sure to check that it works with your skin type. To see our Veet creams, click here.
Electrolysis uses an electric current to eliminate hair follicles. For this hair removal technique to be effective, it will take between fifteen and thirty sessions, as electrolysis can only be done on one hair at a time.
Hair trimmers are great for removing hair easily and quickly. The benefit of this method is that you don’t need any water, cream or gel. You won’t get as close a shave as you would with a razor, but there is less chance of skin bumps, ingrown hairs, and irritation.
Locations of hair removal
Different methods of hair removal may work for different areas of the body. How often you want results to last, and how much time and money you wish to spend on the process, all play a part in this. Here, we delve into the various locations of hair removal.
For small and delicate areas like the eyebrows, upper lip, cheeks and chin, we would recommend the Veet Easy-Gel Face Wax Strips Sensitive Skin. This method is efficient, quick and easy to use. The wax strips are the right size for manoeuvring around the contours of the face, and are formulated with Almond Oil and Vitamin E. And with regular use, you’ll get fewer, finer and softer hairs growing back. For those with a little more time to prepare, heated facial wax applied to the upper lip ensures hairs are pulled out right from the roots.
It’s important to be gentle on your face, as this is a sensitive area: here are a few handy tips to ensure you get the best results.
1. Use a facial cleanser before waxing. Ensuring that your face is dry, will allow the wax to better bond to the skin.
2. The less you pull at the hairs and skin, the better: hold the skin taut and remove the wax in a swift, single motion.
Underarms are another area of the body that some people remove their hair from. If you choose to wax, we suggest the Veet Easy-Gel Face Wax Strips Sensitive Skin. Hair may grow in two different directions under your arms, so you may need to apply the product in two different stages for each direction of hair growth.
For your bikini line, waxing, shaving and depilatory creams are all commonly used for hair removal. We take a look at all three, so you can decide which is the option for you.
1. Waxing is a great option for bikini line hair removal because the hairs are removed from the root, meaning you won’t need to maintain it as often. For the easiest option with minimal mess, cold wax strips are perfect - we’d recommend Veet Easy-Gel Face Wax Strips Sensitive Skin. All you have to do is warm them slightly with your hands, and press the wax down onto the hair. Hold your skin taut, and pull the strip back as fast as you can against the direction of hair growth. Find somewhere comfortable to do your waxing. We suggest laying a towel on the end of your bed, and placing your feet flat on the floor, with a pillow behind your head. This will help you see what you are doing: keep a mirror on hand also, to help with those hard to see areas.
2. Depilatory creams are fast and convenient, coming in a range of different formats. It is important not to exceed the time indicated in the instructions with depilatory creams. If you find one or two stubborn hairs remaining, just pluck these rather than reapplying.
3. If done wrong, shaving the bikini line can cause skin irritation, ingrown hairs, and itching. So, make sure you arm yourself with the know-how to get it right. Exfoliate prior to the treatment, wash the area with warm water, and dry it carefully to open up your pores and hydrate the skin. Always use a sharp razor, and shaving cream or soap to lather up.
Waxing is very commonly used for leg hair removal, because results can last from two to four weeks! However, if you have a low tolerance for discomfort, hair removal cream and shaving is a quick and easy option. Veet even makes spray-on removal creams, which can save you lots of time. They’re enriched with moisturising ingredients, leaving your skin feeling healthy too!
If you opt for shaving, the only downside is this: the hair gets cut on the surface, not the root, and so you’ll see regrowth after a day or two.
Hair Removal For Men
Hair removal for men is becoming more and more common these days. Depending on the area you wish to groom, there are a number of different methods to try, so take a look below to find out what could work for you.
Chest Hair Removal for Men
Symbol of manliness the world over, a chest thick with hair is something many men take pride in. But if the tousled look is not for you, there are different removal methods to try. Waxing your chest can be a bit of a painful option. It offers long term results of up to four weeks, but this may be a daunting commitment if you’ve never tried a hairless chest before. A great short-term solution could be using a depilatory cream. This is a great way of testing out your new look, with results lasting up to four days. It can easily be used in the shower as part of your morning routine.
Underarm Hair Removal for Men
Scissors and razors are an option for underarm hair removal, but they’re a little bit tricky to manoeuvre and could lead to potential nicks and scrapes. Again, the Veet® For Men Hair Removal Gel Cream can do the job quickly and easily, giving results in as little as three minutes.
Back Hair Removal for Men
Some areas of your back can be hard to reach, so we'd recommend depilatory creams for back hair removal.
Pubic Hair Removal for Men
Like all of the above, the amount of hair you grow normally depends on personal preference - and there’s no end to the discussion of what suits best down below! While certain areas are easier to shave than others, we’d recommend an electric trimmer to get a precision cut at whatever length you prefer. If you want to go bald completely, then keep in mind it’s a very sensitive area, so perhaps it’s best left to the professionals!
When hair removal is not done properly, it comes with a cost. Ingrown hairs and irritated skin are two such examples. Here are our best tips for getting good results, and avoiding adverse reactions.
1. Remember to exfoliate your skin regularly. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and clears your pores, allowing your hair to grow properly.
2. Shave in the opposite direction of your hair growth to avoid ingrown hairs.
3. For at least 24 hours after hair removal, steer clear of scented products like deodorants and moisturisers. Do not swim, sunbathe, or use tanning beds.
4. Wear loose clothing or underwear after hair removal.
5. Always patch-test on a small area of your skin before using the product. Follow all the instructions on the leaflet, and if there isn’t an adverse reaction within 24 hours, you can continue to use the product.
6. You can cut wax strips to size, for those harder to reach and more delicate areas.
7. Waxing may not get every hair the first time, but you should try to avoid waxing the same area of skin twice during a waxing session. Any nagging hairs can always be tackled using tweezers.
Whichever method you settle on, we hope you get amazing results! For more information about hair removal products, visit our products page.
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