Along with several skincare and grooming routines that people do, hair removal is an important one. As a human hits puberty, learning and properly using techniques to remove hair, depending on which specific body region, becomes a part of our life.
Several techniques like natural hair removal, baking soda, Vaseline, turmeric, or methods like electrolysis are available. The method that works depends from person to person, and upon the period it is required to work. Many methods are common for male and female bodies. Some people prefer permanent methods, although it is essential to understand that permanent usually refers to a long time instead of completely removing hair growth. A few weeks or a few months, the time period of permanent methods may vary, but they work to reduce hair growth density over a while. Let’s take a look at some of the popular methods, including simple home techniques.
Techniques and treatments to remove body hair
The majority of the population’s daily routine includes taking a razor and shaving. It is fast, cost-effective, pain-free, and works on most regions of the skin. Razors can do even large areas like legs and thighs within minutes. A few tips and precautions while shaving are:
- Always lubricate the skin beforehand, using shaving cream, soap, shower gel, shaving foam, or something similar.
- Post shaving facial hair, you can use an aftershave lotion to moisturize and soothe the skin.
- Always use a sharp razor and change the blades on time as dull blades leave the skin more prone to nicks and cuts.
- Use a cream with anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera if your skin is sensitive and more prone to razor bumps, nicks, and cuts.
- Small nicks and cuts may still occur, but they heal quickly and usually don’t leave scars.
- If the hair is long, then trim first using a shaver. Using a razor directly will not be effective and can lead to more cuts and nicks and a reduction in the razor’s blade’s life.
- Wash the blade between strokes as hair is stuck in between them, and use gentle strokes, don’t be too forceful as it can cause cuts.
Although, it is important to note that delicate areas like the groin and underarms should be shaved using a shaver or trimmer instead of the manual razor as the skin is more prone to cuts.
Another popular method is to wax the area with hair growth. Waxing is more complicated than and not as pain-free as shaving and is done either by professionals or at home using liquid wax or strips.
The heat from the wax opens up the hair follicles, and the wax sticks to the hair and, when pulled, removes the entire hair, including the root. The following tips and tricks about waxing may come to use:
- After a few times of waxing, the hair becomes weaker, making it less painful over time.
- Ingrown hairs are possible but can be avoided by exfoliating and cleansing the skin thoroughly before waxing. Also, you should maintain good skin hygiene practices after waxing.
- Hair must grow back to a minimum of a quarter-inch length to be waxed again.
- It is advisable to consult a doctor before continuing for people with sensitive skin who experience extreme redness, swelling, or pain after waxing and people undergoing other treatments like chemical peeling.
- Use hard wax on delicate skin, like the face, bikini, or underarm area. Soft wax is suitable for the back, chest, arms, and legs.
- Do not apply wax on wounded areas, open scars, skin infections, or sores.
- People with darker skin color can experience discoloration due to regular waxing.
You can tweeze hair from smaller regions like eyebrows, and it reduces the growth of hair over a while. It is an inefficient method for larger skin areas, whether done professionally or at home. Tweezing can lead to skin irritation and be painful.
4- Depilatory Creams:
These creams break down the hair above your skin by breaking the keratin bonds that cause it to become so weak it can be wiped or washed away. They work on all hair lengths and are much more pain-free than waxing. A few tips and tricks for Depilatory Creams are:
- Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer regarding the time of application. It is usually between 5 to 15 minutes depending on each product.
- These creams are made with various types that may suit particular skin types, like sensitive or regular, and different body parts like bikini, arms, etc. Select a cream that suits the region you will apply to and your skin type.
- Don’t leave the cream on for too much longer than the specified duration, as it may lead to irritation and skin burning.
- Wipe and rinse thoroughly once the hair removal is completed.
The king of superfoods and skincare comes in handy in hair removal as well. There are a few ways to make a mask:
- Mix turmeric with flour, honey, and milk.
- Mix turmeric in a 1:1 ratio with water.
- Mix turmeric with rose water and aloe vera gel (it thickens the paste and moisturizes).
- Mix turmeric and whole milk or yogurt.
The mask needs to be applied and left on the skin till it dries and your skin feels tight. To remove it, you can pull the dried mask off or wet it with lukewarm water and wipe it off with your hands or a towel.
The advantages to using turmeric are:
- Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties ensure that your skin looks better and healthier.
- Any discoloration or spots may be lightened and removed with continuous use.
- It is mildly abrasive and helps remove hair effectively while nourishing the skin.
- It is not expensive and readily available in powdered form at most grocery stores.
The only drawback is the color it leaves on the skin. Adding flour to the mask can reduce the color stain significantly. Regardless, the color fades away after one or two washes with soap.
6- Baking Soda:
There is a lot of buzz around baking soda and its properties to remove hair, and the results appear to be a mixed bag. While there are no claims that it is a permanent solution, here are a few ways you can apply it:
- Boil a cup of water, add a tablespoon of baking soda, and cook till it’s a thick paste. Cool this paste and apply it to the skin, leaving it on till it dries. Rinse it off when done. You can do it repeatedly for better results.
- Mix one cup of baking soda with the juice of around two lemons in a bowl. Apply on the hair for about 10 minutes, and rinse off. The lemon adds some hair removal power.
- Make a paste of equal parts water, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar. Apply and leave on for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Many claims are made that baking soda is safe for all body parts, including pubic hair. However, some disadvantages are that it can leave you with skin irritation, brittle and weak hair and hair follicles, cuticle damage, and frizz. Hence, we would recommend sparing usage if you plan to use it at all.
7- Pumice stone:
The pumice stone appears to have more than one use, and surprisingly enough, it seems to be useful for hair removal. What’s even better is that this is an absolutely natural technique!
To do this, you have to rub a dry pumice stone on the area with the unwanted hair in circular motions. The pores in the stone will hold onto the hair and pull it out. The only precaution here is to moisturize afterward as it can dry out your skin.
The flesh of raw papaya contains enzymes that break down and remove body hair. Aside from being completely natural, this technique, when done regularly, can reduce your hair growth over time.
You need to mix the paste of raw papaya meat with a small quantity of turmeric powder, apply to your skin and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse it afterward and repeat this process twice or thrice a week to see long-term effects. It smells great too!
9- Home-made Sugar Wax:
Yes, you can make a waxing solution at home! You are required to boil 400g of sugar with 120ml of lemon juice and 120ml of water, and cook it till golden in color, stirring continuously.
After cooling down this mixture for about half an hour, you have to spread it on the skin area to be waxed and let it sit for about 1 or 2 minutes. Now, grab a small corner and pull in the direction opposite to the hair growth. Wash and rinse the area properly post hair removal.
A few clinical treatments are as follows:
- Laser treatments
Understanding body hair removal:
The most crucial point to understand about body hair removal is which process and technique suits which skin type. Without research or advice from a professional, the technique may cause more damage than good, aside from maybe turmeric application.
It is important based on our preferences to stay groomed. Thus, it is a great advantage that we can use some natural techniques to carry out body hair removal even at home, and we can feel better about the way we look and maintain hygiene. Also, some treatments are available that may you can use, but we would recommend trying out home remedies first as these are more feasible and less intensive.
Any technique used should also be continually evaluated and changed if required depending on how our skin’s condition is at the time and how it varies due to our health and weather, and other factors.