Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Different hair removal methods

By Trace Ferguson

Unwanted body hair can be annoying to get rid of. And depending on the method of hair removal, it can add up to be fairly expensive as well. Thankfully, we have several methods of hair removal at every price point. Some methods are temporary, while others are long lasting. We have provided the breakdown of every method so that you can choose the one that is best for you!


Shaving is one of the most common methods of hair removal, and also one of the cheapest ones. Razors can range anywhere from a few dollars to over $100, depending on if you get a fancy electric razor or not. They are convenient because you can use them from the comfort of your home, but they do have their cons. Razors can cause cuts, razor burn and ingrown hairs, which can become inflamed and irritated. People typically use razors for the legs, arms, face and bikini region. With razors, you should invest in a shaving cream or a foamy shower soap to get a better shave. The results will probably last a few days before the hair starts to grow back.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal has grown in popularity recently. There is a commitment to this process, as you will need to schedule six to eight sessions, but it should result in the removal of most of the hair in the treated area. According to Carissa Miller, owner of Pure Aesthetics, the lasers are attracted to pigment, so those with light blond, red or gray hair will not have good results. Instead Miller recommends electrolysis for those with lighter hair color.

The most commonly lasered areas are the underarms and the bikini. A single underarm session at Pure Aesthetics is about $150 and a bikini session is $145. Miller likened the sensation of laser hair removal to that of a slight rubber band snap. If you do decide to undergo laser hair removal, be sure to come to the appointment freshly shaven and free of oil, self-tanner, lotion, etc.


This method of hair removal can be done at home or at a salon. Waxing is known for being more painful than other methods because it rips out hair from the root, and the wax itself is usually very hot on the skin. Some people compare the feeling to that of ripping off a large bandage. The upside of waxing is that it leaves skin hairless for three to six weeks. To get waxed, your hair must be at least a quarter of an inch long, so you will need to grow it out a little before you remove it.

In-salon waxing costs can range from $10 to $80 depending on the area that is being waxed. At-home waxing kits usually range from $10 to $50. People typically wax their arms, legs, face, or bikini region, but almost any area of the body can be waxed if desired. If you are taking antibiotics, Accutane, Differin, Tetin A, or any other type of acne medication, talk to your doctor before waxing. You should also not get waxed if you are taking any medication that has “sun-sensitivity” as a side effect, as this can make your skin weaker and more prone to peeling.

Hair removal cream

Depilatory creams work by dissolving the hair at skin level and slightly under. There are depilatory creams for the face, arms, legs, bikini area and more. The cream is applied in small, thick patches in the areas that you want to be hairless. As with anything, be sure to follow package instructions, and never leave the cream in one area for too long, as it may cause burns. There are different hair removal creams for different body regions so be sure to buy the right cream for your desired body region. Depilatory creams typically range from $5 to $20 and can be found at most drugstores.


Threading is typically reserved for unwanted hairs on the face or to shape brows. It is gentler on the skin than waxing or tweezing. Threading does not involve any harsh chemicals that could leave sensitive skin damaged or inflamed. In relation to brows, threading gives a much more natural brow shape, whereas waxing can create a more defined shape and sharper edges. Threading typically costs $5 to $15. It can be more or less depending on if you only do brows, upper lip or whole face. The effects last for about three to four weeks.

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