The big question we always get: Which hair removal method is best? As with any beauty treatments, we all need to weigh the cost against effort, effectiveness, and even potential pain factor!
Here, we decided to break down the pros and cons of each of the most popular hair removal methods to help you figure out which fuzz vanquisher is right for you.
Pros: Relatively cheap (although, admittedly, we still balk at the price of razor replacement blades every time we need to get a new pack), fast, and pretty much pain-free.
Cons: Pain-free, yes — unless you end up removing some skin along with your hair. Or slice open your Achilles heel. Or experience razor burn. That one, at least, is pretty preventable — just make sure that skin is very lubricated, either with a separate shave cream or a razor with built-in moisturizers, such as the Schick Intuition Moisture Care Razor or the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor. Bonus: We find that the removal of the extra step of lathering up somehow makes shaving less of a chore).
Pros: One of the biggest ups to waxing is that the results last longer for most women than shaving. Plus, if you choose to have your waxing done professionally, it can be downright convenient to outsource this particularly unpleasant beauty task.
Cons: Ouch! Depending on the expertise of your waxer, the sensitivity of your skin, and the kind of wax used, this process can be anywhere from mildly to extremely painful. Additionally, depending on how sensitive you are, a rash can develop post-wax, and you may experience ingrown hairs as the hair grows back in. This choice is also often more expensive than shaving.
Pros: A favorite of European women, this process is similar to waxing in that a bunch of tiny tweezers actually pluck the hair from the root, rather than cutting it at the skin. The result? Smoother skin for longer.
Cons: Oh, the pain. We’d only recommend epilating if you have a seriously impressive pain tolerance…or if you enjoy the feeling of receiving tiny electrical zaps all over your body. If you do decide to give it a try, we’d recommend starting with your legs to see if you can stand it before moving on to more sensitive areas.