With us all still stuck in Lockdown 3 I can imagine most of you are missing our salon treatments and are exploring ways of doing it yourself. There are many different ways of hair removal and I thought I would chat through the pros and cons with you.
This is one of the most popular hair removal methods there is, because it's quick, cheap and you are able to do it yourself at home. Shaving your legs / underarms / bikini or any other areas is a pain free hair removal method; however it leaves the regrowth of hair stubbly due to the way in which the hair is cut and can cause shaving rash or ingrowing hairs. This is a short term solution to hair removal as the hair grows back within a few days.
Waxing is also a very popular method of hair removal and has been around for a long time. Some women do this at home with wax strips; however most get this done at a salon with hot wax which is much more effective. The down side to waxing is that you need to grow your hair for a few weeks before having it done, this is to ensure the hair is long enough for the wax to stick to it in order to pull it out. Another factor is that waxing can be quite painful especially in those intimate areas, so if you have a low pain threshold this may not be the option for you!
Waxing however does get rid of the hair for 3-6 weeks depending on each individual's hair growth and some reports say the hair grows less, but I'm not convinced!
Hair removal creams!
Hair removal creams are one of the less common hair removal methods, however it works for some people. This is again something which is done at home and a cheap method with 2/4 uses out of a bottle usually costing under £10. Hair removal creams work in the way of dissolving the hair on the surface of the skin using chemicals; this can lead to skin rashes and irritations and is a short term solution like shaving with the hair growing back within a few days! (If this is something you're considering I'd be especially careful with the bikini area!) And many people report that the smell is offputting!
Epilating has been a been around for a while however is a very painful method of hair removal! An epilator is a handheld machine which grabs hold of the hairs and pulls them out from the root. This is a similar method to waxing and lasts roughly 4 weeks; however the epilator is able to grab hold of smaller, shorter hairs meaning you don't have to grow your hair to have it done. The price of an epilator ranges between £40-£150 and should last you a few years however this is one of the more painful, time consuming methods.
One epilator user I know says that one epilator usually lasts a year and it is always getting blocked up!
Laser Hair Removal!
There are many advantages to laser hair removal, one being it is suitable for most parts of the body and can offer permanent hair removal. At KJ Cosmetics we are able to offer laser hair removal to all skin types 1-6 and are able to treat a large areas such as legs in as little as 30 mins! The great thing about laser hair removal is that the area needs to be shaven 24-48h before and is virtually a pain free procedure.
Laser hair removal usually requires 6 treatments therefore is not a quick solution however you will see roughly a 20% reduction after each session and to complete your course will take around 6 months. One of my clients has reported a 75% reduction in her leg and underarm hair in only one session.
While laser hair removal is one of the more expensive methods, over time it works out cheaper and less time consuming with amazing results. Also, the odd hair that may continue to grow is a fresh hair and does not have the sharp stubbly feel of a shaved hair.
So there you have it ladies, 5 different ways to remove unwanted hair! What method do you choose? If laser is of interest to you feel free to get in touch and we can find out if this is a suitable method for you.