Because skin sensitivity and hair texture vary in different parts of your body, you’ll probably want to consider a mix of hair-removal options. Shaving, waxing, sugaring, depilatories, electrolysis, and laser hair removal are among the methods you might use.
Top $ solutions:
Laser hair removal can cost $250 or more, and to ensure that all the hair follicles are removed you’ll probably need four to six treatments. But you’ll most likely be up to 80 percent hair free after the treatments, results that will last months or even years. Electrolysis costs around $60 per session, and you’ll probably need 15 to 30 sessions.
Eyebrow waxing or threading starts at $12 to $15, while a full Brazilian bikini wax can cost $50 or more. Sugaring may be a bit more costly. Prices will vary depending on where you live and the salon you choose.
At-home waxing kits and depilatories start at just $5, and at-home sugaring kits cost around $10. More money can buy you better quality, as well as more applicator and ingredient options.
Shaving and tweezing are the least expensive hair-removal options.
NO PAIN NO GAIN
High pain threshold:
Laser hair removal and electrolysis can sting, but you can end up with near-permanent results.
Waxing, sugaring, and threading can smart, but the pain is over quickly.
Shaving and depilatories are painless, and tweezing causes minimal discomfort because you can pace yourself.
If done properly, shaving and depilatories are painless options.
TIME TO SPARE
As long as it takes:
For laser hair removal, sessions can last 10 minutes to two hours, depending on the body part being treated. You’ll probably need four to six treatments for best results. Electrolysis might take 30 minutes per session, with 15 to 30 sessions needed for hairlessness.
30 mins or more:
Waxing and sugaring require a trip to the salon or a bit more at-home time, but because hair comes out at the root, results can last two to six weeks.
10 mins and counting:
Tweezing is fast, so it’s a good option for smaller areas, such as the eyebrows and other facial hair. Because the hair is removed with the root, results can last two to six weeks.
2 mins and I’m gone:
Shaving is your quickest option, but it only removes hair above the skin. You’ll need to reach for the razor every couple of days.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE:
Laser hair removal and electrolysis give you the longest-lasting options. After four to six laser sessions, you’ll probably be up to 80 percent hair free for months or even years. You might need 15 to 30 electrolysis treatments, but you’ll have hair-free skin at the end.
Waxing and threading pull hair out from the roots, so results can last from two to six weeks.
Tweezing is a good choice for eyebrows and other facial hair. Because hair grows in at different speeds, you should take a close look every week or so to see if any hairs have grown back. The more thorough you are with each tweezing session, the longer you can go between touch-ups.
Every other day:
Shaving gets good results, but because it only removes hair above the skin, you need to battle the stubble. Depilatories are also easy, but the results don’t last long. They work at or just below skin level.
WHY HAIR COLOUR MATTERS
Blonde & Gray:
Lighter hair doesn’t respond well to laser hair removal, because the procedure targets the melanin in hair that is responsible for the color (and lighter hair contains less melanin). You’ll probably need to choose another hair-removal option, such as shaving, waxing, or sugaring.
Brunette & Black:
Your options are open. Laser hair removal targets the melanin in hair that’s responsible for the color, so while it’s not a good choice for people with lighter hair, which contains less melanin, it will most likely work well for you.