Today’s hair removal options range from permanent and do-it-yourself solutions to series’ of treatments and temporary remedies that are virtually pain-free. When it comes to choosing the hair removal method that’s best for you, it’s important to take into consideration ease of use, pain factor, cost and length of treatment.
Face. The face can be treated with just about any type of hair removal technique. Threading and waxing are best for the area above the lip (depilatories can be used here, too), the sideburns and the eyebrows. Lasers can be used above the lips (this should be left to the expertise of your doctor, but should not be used anywhere near or around the eyes.
Legs. When it comes to treating the hair on your legs, take into consideration whether you can afford to sport some stubble for a while. If you can, try a laser or waxing, if not, shaving or a depilatory is probably your best bet.
Bikini area. Since the hair on the bikini line tends to be thick and very coarse, a laser-based method is usually the best choice for long-lasting results. Waxing works well too, but can be uncomfortable-try taking two ibuprofen about 30 minutes before, which will reduce any discomfort during your appointment.
Underarms. Shaving is the most popular way to get rid of underarm hair. But if you’re willing to let the hair under your arms grow long enough, laser hair removal or waxing can be used.
Your best options:
Upside: The treated areas won’t regrow hair. However, annual touch-ups may be required to keep you hair-free.
Downside: They can be costly, the results aren’t immediate and the treatment can be somewhat painful or uncomfortable.
At-home devices: handheld lasers
Upside: You can perform laser hair removal yourself and in the privacy of your own home.
Downside: In order for the treatment to be effective, it’s imperative that you follow the instructions explicitly. The treatment may also be somewhat uncomfortable.
Instant solutions: waxing, shaving and threading
Upside: Quick and inexpensive
Downside: Since these are not permanent hair removal methods, you’ll have to schedule regular appointments.
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