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Home Hair Removal Options: A Look at the Various Options for Hair Removal and Which Will Work Best For You

There are many ways to skin a cat, and there are many ways to get rid of that excess hair so you do not look like a fur ball. Coming into spring, you realize just how much hair you have got over winter when you try to wear something a little more revealing.

Unless you have the cash for it, you probably cannot afford professional hair removal services, so you have to figure out what your DIY options are. And they are plenty! We’ve made a list here for you to choose from and if you want more information on the specific products, you can check out our review of home use hair removal products on

Option #1: Shaving

This is the most common method and causes a lot of fighting among couples that switch blades for different purposes (so gross!!). Anyway, shaving involves using a razor to cut off the hair right at the surface of your skin. You can get hair off your face, legs, armpits and ‘other’ areas by shaving. All you need is a sharp blade and good technique to avoiding nipping yourself.

The downside to this is that hair tends to reappear much faster when compared with other hair removal products. You may also get razor burn, which can be quite uncomfortable. It is a quick fix but not a long-term solution.

Option #2: Waxing

This is another popular method especially for removal of pubic hair and large body areas. All you have to do is place warm wax over the area with unwanted hair and then rip out the hair using a cloth or paper. The hair comes out by the follicle so it is rather painful but the effects last longer because of that. Depending on your hair growth cycle, you should be good for up to 2 months. Plus it is great for people with coarse hair or dark hair because it won’t leave a shadow or some tough little hairs.

Option #3: Hair removal creams

These are chemical-based creams that break down the structure of the hair and cause the hair to come off easily. This option is absolutely painless and quick, although the hair may reappear after about a week. These creams tend to have a smell about them but it is not as bad as it used to be. Be careful not to leave them on for too long though as they could damage your skin. Also, test the cream on a small patch of skin to make sure you won’t have a negative reaction to it.

Option #4: Laser hair removal

This is the closest thing to getting rid of your unwanted hair permanent (wouldn’t that be great?). What happens is an intense pulse of light aims at the root of your hair follicle to destroy it permanently. However, this is not for everyone. For instance, dark-skinned people and those with very light hair may not benefit from laser hair removal. If this method is suitable for your skin and hair type, make sure to read the instruction carefully and schedule each ‘procedure’ as recommended.

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