Body hair, it’s no secret that we all have it. Male and female. Some choose to keep theirs whilst others prefer to remove it on a regular basis. There is no right way to deal with it, it’s completely down to personal preference. 

When it comes to hair removal, the list of methods can feel overwhelming. We have listed the mainstream methods and disclosed the most useful information to help you make your mind up. It’s important to find a technique that makes us feel comfortable and empowered. 

With a busy schedule, sometimes it can be beneficial to seek professional help. The salon-finish result will not only save you the bother but make you feel confident and put-together. 

Without further ado, these are the most frequently used methods. 

Waxing

Waxing is usually the first method that comes to mind. It is the application of hot or strip wax to the skin; the hairs stick to the wax and are pulled off in one motion.

What areas does it cover?

Waxing is a generic method, as it can be used on most body parts such as arms, legs, armpits, eyebrows and bikini lines. Hot wax is used for facial waxing and intimate waxing. 

How long does it last?

It tends to last between four to six weeks however, eyebrows are recommended to be re-waxed once a month. Saying that the more you wax, the thinner your hairs will grow back which means that you won’t have to wax as often. 

Do I need to prepare beforehand?

As with most hair removal methods, it’s recommended to let your hair grow out about half an inch to grip well on the wax strips. Exfoliating is a must before a wax so that the residue on your skin is significantly lessened. This lets the wax focus on the hair roots rather than the skin.

Is it painful?

The word ‘wax’ tends to be followed by a wincing expression but is it really as painful as we are led to believe? As with all hair removal methods, the pain is subject to the individual’s pain threshold. The first wax tends to be the most painful and then your body starts adjusting to it. Just be cautious on sensitive areas. 

Laser

Laser hair removal is perhaps the most advanced method. It uses pulses of light to break down hair follicles. 

What areas does it cover?

Laser hair removal can cover all common body parts associated with hair removal and furthermore has been shown to cover large areas in a quick amount of time. 

How long does it last?

A huge advantage is that with more frequent use, the hair growth lessens over time. After three to six sessions, there tends to be no hair growth in those targeted areas.  This means no pesky stubble!

Do I need to prepare beforehand?

You will have to shave before the session so that the laser can find and focus on the hair follicle below the skin. The process can take a few months and it is advised to shave regularly during that time. When you arrive at the appointment, you will need to wear the goggles provided to avoid the light from the laser damaging your eyes. 

Is it painful?

Laser tends to sting at first and then gets easier each session. It is usual to have red, irritated and occasionally swollen skin after. This may look like a cause for concern, however, it is completely normal. The sensation of the laser has been said to feel like a bee sting or an elastic band being snapped on your skin. Many believe that the discomfort is worth the longevity of the treatment.

Sugaring

Sugaring is a lesser-known method of hair removal, yet it has been around for centuries and has resurfaced in recent years. It is a simple combination of water, sugar and lemon juice. After mixing, the three ingredients form a paste to be pulled off against the direction of the hair, much like waxing. 

What areas does it cover?

The application can be anywhere due to its pain-free technique and omission of harmful chemicals. 

How long does it last?

It can last up to two weeks. 

Do I need to prepare beforehand?

As usual, just make sure to exfoliate beforehand and you will need at least 3mm of hair growth.

Is it painful?

Sugaring is the least painful method, as it is made with all-natural ingredients. This makes it perfect for younger generations to choose as their first hair removal technique. 

We hope this helps you decide which technique is right for you as it’s all about what makes you feel comfortable and beautifully powerful! The biggest issue with waxing is having to put your clothes back on straight after. We recommend getting your wax at home with one of our specialized therapists - you don’t even have to leave the house!