Oh my goodness, it’s a beauty post! Huzzah! I’ve missed having these one’s on the blog. Today, I’m talking hair removal. Every single type of it. I’ve experienced it all from shaving every other day, to Brazilian waxes every month, to laser beeping my own hair off, to the excruciating pain of epillation.
When I was younger I never really knew about the different options with regards to hair removal. Fair enough, at 13 I wasn’t going to be going and getting waxes. But even at 18, I didn’t know much about laser hair removal or waxing and so, I thought it’d be nice to have a little guide with the benefits and downfalls of some options to help you if you’re interested in trying something different or with more longevity.
The most basic of all hair removals, shaving. I have a lot of things against shaving. I think it takes too much time, the hair grows back far too quickly and it makes your hair grow back thicker (?). That sounds like some bullcrap to me! I do think that shaving is an easy (and most of the time) quick option. However, I am 5″10 and that is a lot of leg to shave. If you’re young, I would start off with shaving. It’s painless and a good introduction to hair removal. But as you get old you’re probably sick of it and want a longer lasting solution
I remember heading for my first wax with my friend Val when I used to live in L.A. She asked if I wanted her to in with my whilst I had my bikini line done so I could squeeze her hand. feeling slightly ridiculous and like a huge, huge baby, I said no and it turned out I was absolutely fine. I used to head over to the European Wax Center in Westwood. If you live in the States I cannot recommend that chain enough but I won’t lie to you. Waxing hurts. Especially on your bikini area and even on areas like your underarms.
But, there are a lot of benefits to waxing! The pain used to last about 30 seconds after the wax strip had been pulled off. After that it was completely fine, smooth and my skin was super soft. It takes some courage to go for a wax though. Especially when you’re sat there with your most private bits exposed. When you find a beauty therapist that you feel comfortable around it’s an absolute breeze but not for the faint hearted.
An epilator looks like something from Alien or Saw. It is a terrifying looking device that works by mechanically grasping several hairs at a time and pulling them out. They are basically glorified tweezers. I would recommend avoiding these. Simply because I find them to be more painful and less effective than a wax and certainly more painful and less effective than shaving or laser hair removal. Epilator’s aren’t very expensive and do offer an in home solution to hair removal though. If you get through the first round of hair pulling, you should be OK but this one was definitely not for me!
Laser Hair Removal
I’ve saved my favourite for last! Laser hair removal is all anyone can really talk about. Laser hair removal itself is a fast and easy process in and of itself. I used to pop on an episode of Gilmore Girls after shaving in the shower and get my laser hair removal gun out of the drawer and just sit there beeping all my hair away as I watched Lorelai mess up with Luke by cheating on him with Christopher. My god, I hate Lorelai. You can do laser hair removal yourself by investing in laser hair-removal machines for sale or you can pay to go somewhere for treatments. I prefer doing it myself because then I don’t have to abide by a salon’s opening times and availability. Plus, I do love having a night of pampering myself!
I start by shaving my hair before lasering my hair as lasers do not magically zap visible hairs. Instead, they weaken the hair follicles, causing eventual hair loss. However, you shouldn’t wax directly before your appointment because waxing can have an adverse impact on your laser hair removal results. The progress from laser hair removal is not immediate. The process weakens the hairs so that they will gradually fall out. That will occur gradually over the course of several treatments. Even after your series of laser hair removal treatments is done it may take up to a month for the full results to be visible. Throughout the process you may have a patchy look to the hair in the treatment area because some hairs will fall out faster than others.
Laser hair removal will also make your skin more sensitive so avoid applying lotions/ perfumes onto the skin for a few days afterwards. It is also so, so important to check that your skin and hair type is safe for laser hair removal. You can do a very simple and easy check online or if you’re heading to a salon they will let you know there.
A final tip about laser hair removal is that you should not avoid it because you expect pain. It is painless. I felt a very warm sensation when I first started doing mine which was because I hadn’t completely shaved the hair down to my skin (so I think it was literally the hair disintegrating off!). But it really is less painful than cutting yourself whilst shaving so I would highly recommend laser hair removal.
I hope this guide to hair removal was informative and useful for you! I’d love to know how you prefer to go about hair removal. Are there any options that I’ve missed that you think I should try? Let me know down below and I can write them up in a new review!
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