Hair removal at home
Everyone has body hair, although in some areas of the body, it’s not always desirable! Removing unwanted hair can be a costly and sometimes embarrassing experience, so why not do your own hair removal in the comfort and privacy of your own home? It can be much cheaper than having it done at a salon and you can avoid spending the rest of the day walking around in public with a bright red forehead where you have had your eyebrows shaped, or sticky with residue from a leg waxing treatment!
Waxing is a great at-home technique which can easily give you a salon finish. It can be very easy, especially if you buy pre-waxed strips – you just warm the strips by rubbing them in your hands, apply it to the area you wish to remove the hair, and then pull it off. Veet’s Cold Wax Strips come with a special Easy Grip tab, designed to help you achieve smooth results in one swift move. Waxing can be a little painful, but you get good results as the hair is completely removed at the root. It is also easily cleared up by throwing the strips in the bin after use. Many women use this hair removal method in the bikini area, legs and to remove hair on the upper lip. If you are looking to recreate a true pampering experience, you might want to treat yourself to a warm waxing kit. Just like in a salon, this is done by heating the wax to a caramel-like consistency, which is then applied to the skin, and pulled away using special woven strips, leaving smooth salon-results.
This is a common quick fix for easy hair removal but be warned, hairs will often begin to grow back within a day or two as they only cut the hair off at the skin’s surface – after a day, you might be back to square one! Also, if you aren’t careful shaving can leave you with cuts and nicks on your skin or even ingrown hairs which appear as unsightly red bumps. These are especially common in the pubic region1. It is also a good idea to apply some type of moisturizer to the skin before shaving to help the razor glide.
Plucking is a very precise technique by which you remove one hair at a time by plucking them out with a pair of tweezers. It can be very time consuming but it is a great method for reshaping eyebrows or pulling out the odd few hairs that can appear on your face. It’s also great to use after some of the other methods, such as waxing or depilation, to remove any stray or unreached hairs. However the hair shaft must be long enough to grasp with the tweezers.
This is a great one for people with a low pain threshold. The cream is applied over the skin and works by dissolving the hairs to a jelly-like substance which can then be wiped off in as little as 3 minutes later. This is because shaving simply cuts the hair, leaving a jagged finish, whereas creams dissolve the hair to the skin’s surface, leaving a smoother finish.
With all these different options there’s no reason not to save time and money and try hair removal at home.