Today’s post can be viewed as a little TMI for some, but I’ve had enough friends ask my opinion on the subject to feel it’s a topic many can relate to.
What’s the healthiest, most effective form of hair removal?
Am I an expert? Not really. But I do have years of experience trying different methods and feel this familiarity has me well-read on the topic enough to give an educated opinion.
I will try to keep it simple, even though this can be a complex topic with many points of view. I’ve listed the top ways of hair removal below and my pros and cons for each so you can decide what’s best for you.
Hair removal cream:
Pros-inexpensive, can be done at home, straightforward concept, minimum pain
Cons-inconsistent, can cause rashes or skin irritations (if directions are not followed carefully), a lot of keep-up, precision is difficult to achieve
Pros-gets the entire hair follicle (if done properly) so hair grows back slower, can be precise, inexpensive, can be done at home
Cons-time, can be painful if not done correctly, can be overdone if done on oneself, can look unnatural very easily
Pros-natural appearance, done quickly, hair grows back slower, moderate price
Cons-can be painful, cannot be done at home or by yourself (for most people), needs to be kept up, monthly expense
Pros-efficient, portable, easy to learn, can be done at home, painless, exfoliates skin
Cons-takes concentration, hair grows back thicker and darker, time commitment, monthly expense, can cut skin or cause irritation if done incorrectly
Pros-minimum upkeep, lasts months to years, kills hair follicle so regrowth is minimal, progressively painless, purchase of other methods goes away as well as daily or weekly upkeep
Cons-time and financial commitment, can be painful depending on laser grade, will need to be touched up in the future, need to stay out of sun in treated areas while getting treatments
Pros-leaves skin smooth, hair does not grow back thicker or darker, hair grows back slower and more fine, quick
Cons-can be painful, if done incorrectly skin irritation can occur, you are in a vulnerable position with a stranger, monthly expense
To sum it up I say do what works for you in terms of pain tolerance, time, budget, and what gives you the look you’re going for. For me, I have done laser hair removal for most of the areas I used to wax and now shave once in awhile if I see a little growth.
I am currently tweezing my eyebrows and have stopped threading because I wanted them to grow in thicker. I will go get my eyebrows threaded every now and then for a “clean up” but other than that I stick to tweezing them on my own.
As far as “healthy” goes, to me using clean tweezers or threading would be the healthiest form because you are not applying any chemicals to your skin (shaving cream, wax, cream, etc).
I am not against laser hair removal at all, I just think if you are looking to become pregnant or have other health conditions you should of course consult your doctor because it is fairly new and the long term affects are not 100% known.
I hope this was helpful and sheds some light on the hair removal process. Whatever makes you feel your best and gives you confidence I am all for…and silky smooth legs never hurt anyone 😉
Happy hump day everyone, I’m looking forward to the end of the week to share a fit recipe I’ve been working on this week!