Body Hair Removal 101

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Unwanted body hair can be very stressful to deal with. Drugstores are filled with products that might not work, and there are procedures that seem scary to commit to. Here’s everything you need to know about body hair removal so you can choose the technique that’s right for you.

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Shaving
This one is the easiest and most pain-free! Stick to shaving your legs, underarms, and other parts with a large surface area as smaller areas are hard to maneuver with a wide razor. Always make sure your skin is wet and use shaving cream to prevent nicks.

Tweezing
Unlike shaving, tweezing is best used for small areas like your eyebrows. Plucking hair from its follicle can hurt a little, especially if you’re not used to it. Grasp the hair as close to the root as possible and pull with a sharp motion to prevent pain. You can also hold an ice cube to your eyebrow for a few seconds before tweezing to help numb the area.

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If you’re not sure exactly what hairs you should be removing, there are tons of tutorials to help you shape your brow without over-plucking.

Waxing
Now we’re starting to move into the pain-zone. Waxing involves spreading warm wax on your unwanted body hair, covering with a cloth, and pulling the hairs out in the opposite direction of growth. Most people can talk through being waxed, though if it’s your first time it can be surprising!

The biggest pro when it comes to waxing is that your skin will stay smooth and stubble-free for longer than if you just shaved. You can also use wax on nearly any part of the body, from your legs and arms to eyebrows and bikini zone. The drawback is that it is more painful, and getting a professionall wax can be more expensive. Before you visit the salon for your first wax, take a few advil to prevent soreness after your appointment.

Epilating
If you’ve never heard of epilating, you’re not alone. Epilators are handheld machines that are essentially mechanical tweezers. You glide the epilator over your skin and the tweezers pull the hairs out by the roots. Like with waxing, your skin will stay smoother for longer than shaving. After continuous usage, your hair will grow back more sparsely or maybe not at all. Score!

Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal is an expensive yet permanent form of hair removal. Lasers damage hair follicles to prevent hair from regrowing. Your hair grows in cycles, so multiple sessions may be needed to see results. The treatments are very pricey and can be painful. Most people liken the feeling to a snap of a rubber band. This process may also remove freckles that are on the skin, so be careful if you love your frecks!

Remember, these techniques should be used because YOU want to remove your body hair. It’s perfectly ok to leave your hair right where it is! You’re beautiful no matter what you decide to do.

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