The battle of removing unwanted body or facial hair is never-ending, especially for women. Not only can it consume a large chunk of time, but our money as well. While there are many options available, not all of them may be right for everyone. Of course the best and most appealing solution is to simply remove it once and for all, but unless you are fortunate enough to afford electrolysis or laser hair removal (which still requires yearly touch-up treatments), you’re forced to choose between waxing, shaving, depilatories and tweezing.
This option is easily the most expensive, if done by a professional. There are home kits available, but depending on the brand, they are not always as effective as those used in a salon. Another downside to waxing is because it removes the entire hair your follicles are left open to bacteria, which allows for an easy infection. It is important to make sure any waxing is done under hygienic conditions and always follow up with an antibacterial lotion to help prevent infection. Best in Waxing: Nair Spa Clay Roll-On Wax (for legs and body), Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit (for face and eyebrows)
Out of all the hair removal options, shaving is perhaps the most time consuming, not only the initial shave, but also the frequency with which you have to repeat the process. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days for the hair to grow back. Best in Shaving: Gillette Venus Embrace, Schick Quattro TrimStyle (includes a trimmer for bikini lines)
While typically not recommended for eyebrows or bikini lines, these creams and lotions can be used to remove hair on the arms, legs and face quite successfully. It is important to find a brand that works best for you, as some can cause an uncomfortable stingy sensation during and after use. If you are able to get past the smell, most products are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. Best in Depilatories: Nair Shower Power Exfoliating with Skin Renewal Mirco-Beads, Veet Suprem’essence
Often the simplest form of hair removal, it is easily the most tedious. Tweezing can be used to remove hair from eyebrows and small areas of the face but because you can only remove one hair at a time, it’s best to only use on stray hairs found in-between hair removal treatments.