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Updated by Nathalie Martin on Jun 25, 2019
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Different Hair Removal Techniques

Here are different ways you could become hair free! From do it at home, easy peasy hair removal to services that require professionals!

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1. Shaving: Body

1. Shaving: Body

Shaving is by far the easiest and most painless way to remove hair. It does require you to bend and stretch into all kinds of positions, however you will find this with all hair removal techniques unless someone does it for you. With shaving, there is a risk of getting ingrown hairs and a shaving rash where you may have accidentally nicked the skin. However, if you use shaving cream and let your pores open up in the shower this will reduce the chances of getting a rash.

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2. Shaving: Face

2. Shaving: Face

Recently, there has been a big trend in shaving facial hair. Before, it was generally known to make hair grow back thicker however, this myth has been well and truly busted. Instead of using a multi bladed razor, there are long handled, single bladed tools that you glide over the skin. According to beauty experts, this also helps remove dead skin – like an exfoliant, which helps reduce breakouts.

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3. Waxing: Body

3. Waxing: Body

Maybe the most painful out of all the techniques but the most effective. Extracting hairs straight from the follicle means less chance of ingrown hairs and the hairs will become less over time as the follicle would get weaker. Waxing leaves, you with super smooth skin and is super-fast. Bikini line is considered the most painful, however it is more effective than shaving and results last longer.

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4. Waxing: Face

4. Waxing: Face

Facial waxing is also considered a better alternative to shaving as hair on the face can be more noticeable which shaving. Waxing will remove the whole hair rather than cutting it off at its thickest point. Many wax their faces at home, however if it is your first time – I would recommend going to a professional, but do read up on reviews! After much deliberation, I decided to travel slightly out of town – I live in Brighton and get my waxing done in Eastbourne.

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5. Threading: Face

5. Threading: Face

This Indian hair removal trick uses a twisted string of cotton and is ran along the skin – pulling out hairs. This method is much like tweezing hairs however, multiple hairs are pulled out at once and is a much faster procedure. Sounds painful however, it is a bearable pain – I can vouch! This is best for small areas like the upper lip and eyebrow area, not big areas… you’d be all day!

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6. Tweezing: Face

6. Tweezing: Face

A slower process that threading however, just as effective! This is better for smaller areas and touch ups on the go. Having a tweezer in your handbag can be a godsend when you find one stray hair! This is also a more precise method; I like to either wax or thread then correct with tweezers.

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7. Hair removal cream

7. Hair removal cream

The technical term is ’chemical depilatory’ which is the action of removing hair with chemicals… pretty self-explanatory! Often, people associate hair removal cremes with having a bad smell, this is true. The chemical reaction can make it smell a little weird however, there are options out there that also cover up the smell however these additional chemicals could cause irritation.

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8. Laser Treatment

8. Laser Treatment

It is also possible to zap hair follicle to slow and eventually prevent hair growth completely. This is a slightly pricier option and only works really well on those with dark hair. This can also be done on smaller areas like upper lip area to whole body! Depending on where you are getting it done, it can actually be quite painless. It is a treatment that will take time, with 8 – 12 sessions being recommended with a 4 week break in between.

The aftercare is so important to avoid breakouts and pigmentation, so even on a cloudy day… wear SPF! Also, because this directly targets the follicles, just before and during the process, it is recommended that you only shave as waxing, tweezing and threading removes the follicle.

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9. Electrolysis

9. Electrolysis

This method of hair removal sends an electric current to the hair follicle, this damages and prevents hair growth. Unlike laser treatment, this treatment is good to go for all kinds of hair colours. There is zero recovery time, although the targeted area may be slightly red but this should disappear within a few hours. This treatment can be done every week or every other week until hair has completely stopped growing.

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