In an ideal world, the struggle to maintain silky smooth skin would be banished, and the constant hassle of removing unwanted hair would be non-existent. However, unfortunately, this is almost impossible, and we are always on the hunt to track down a longer lasting, more effective hair removal method. So, to spark the discussion, we’ve devised a list of the top, most popular five ways to remove unwanted hair along with the main pros and cons of each.
Top Ways To Remove Unwanted Hair
Many different factors influence hair growth, which is the main reasons as to why each individual experiences a different level and speed of regrowth. Genetics, hormones and particular medications are some of the most common contributors to an increase in growth, however to the disappointment of many, can be tricky to resolve. Luckily, on the other hand, some factors can be controlled by a slight change in lifestyle. One of the primary examples is your diet, hair is made from protein, so a diet rich in protein will promote quicker hair growth. Those who suffer from weak hair or struggle to encourage regrowth are often advised to take daily supplements packed with vital vitamins.
If you’re struggling to pinpoint a method of hair growth that fulfils all of your needs or are merely interested in alternative methods, keep reading!
1. Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most advanced and long-lasting methods of banishing those stubborn, unwanted hairs. A medical grade laser is used to destroy the hair follicles from the root, ultimately disrupting the hair growth cycle from the core. A cooling gel is applied to the skin; then an intense pulsed light will be pressed against the problem area to start to impede future hair growth in the particular area of skin.
As mentioned previously, one of the biggest advantages of laser hair removal Milton Keynes is that it promotes long-term hair removal. Once a course of sessions is complete, results can last for up to a year before another course is required. Laser hair removal can also be used to treat large areas of the body at once from the common areas such as legs and underarms to the less common upper lip, back or shoulders.
When considering laser hair removal, you must ensure that you book in with a professional and attend an initial consultation to discuss a treatment plan and contraindications. Many see the need for a course of sessions as a downside, along with the more expensive cost you will be faced with. However, after weighing up the fees for laser hair removal and the total price of razors or waxing appointments through the course of a year, they often total to a similar amount. Laser hair removal is considered as more of an investment rather than beauty treat.
For full information on laser hair removal, take a look at our previous article What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Waxing is the second longest lasting hair removal method after laser hair removal, commonly lasting around four to six weeks depending on how quickly your hair tends to regrow. Hot wax is applied to the hair, left to cool slightly and then stripped off removing the hair from the root.
All types of hair colour and coarseness can be removed using waxing; you are not limited if, for example, your hair is very fine. Home waxing kits can be purchased from almost every drugstore for a low price, or alternatively, you can book in with a professional beauty technician for regular waxing appointments. The biggest plus side that draws people towards waxing over other methods of hair removal is that the likelihood of ingrown hairs is considerably reduced because the follicles are being removed from the root.
Waxing may not be best suited if you have a low pain threshold. Although over time you will get used to the pain, many opt for alternative methods as the feeling is slightly eye-watering. For full results, You will also be required to wait until the hair has entirely regrown before attempting to wax again.
The most popular ‘go-to’ method when considering hair removal will always be shaving, mainly due to its convenience. Applying a layer of shaving cream and grabbing a razor takes a matter of minutes, it is perfect when you are on the go and need a quick method of removing unwanted hair. The technique is painless unless you accidentally catch yourself, of course, which is easily done and shaving cream and a range of razors will always be available to pick up when needed. You will never have to wait around for appointments.
Relying on shaving can be incredibly annoying because complete hair removal only lasts for a few days, plus irritation is very common. You also run the high risk of ingrown hairs forming which can become infected and very painful, very quickly.
4. Hair Removal Cream
Opting for using hair removal cream is a popular choice if you want a cost-effective method that can be achieved through regular upkeep. Hair removal cream is made with ingredients that quickly break down the protein structure in each follicle meaning that within a few minutes, the hair can be removed by just wiping away the excess product. Nair and Veet are both leading brands in hair removal cream and can be picked up in almost all supermarkets, pharmacies or drugstores. However, if you suffer from excess hair growth, your GP may prescribe a specialist product.
An important issue to highlight when on the topic of using hair removal cream is that you must be extremely careful in regards to irritation and allergies. You must always do a patch test of a small, pea-sized amount of the product before even considering applying to a large area of skin. If the skin becomes itchy or you feel a burning sensation, immediately wash away the product and strictly avoid a second use.
What Hair Removal Method Suits You?
When it comes to hair removal, you must always take into consideration what would be best suited to your skin type and lifestyle. If you regularly suffer from sensitive skin and have experienced allergies in the past, opting for product based methods may not be best suited. Waxing or laser hair removal would be a safer alternative. However, if you have a busy schedule, shaving or hair removal cream is likely to be a better option but will require regular upkeep.