Ugh! Hair removal! You have to admit it, it’s a pain in more ways than one. Not only can it bring tears to your eyes and cost you an arm and a leg but usually it has to be done over and over again – the problem just won’t go away.
So what can you do to deal with this recurring problem. Here are 7 tips that will help.
1. Find a Method that Suits You
Do a bit of experimentation until you find the methods that work for you, your lifestyle and your budget. This is likely to be different for each part of your body. For example, electrolysis which is ideal for tackling a small amount of facial hair may be prohibitively expensive for tackling your legs.
2. Get a Regular Routine
Schedule visits to the beauty salon in advance so that you keep on top of regrowth. If you are using a home method such depilatory or shaving, make it part of your daily or weekly routine. And if you decided to use a home waxing kit, make it part of a once a month beauty night so that you always stay relatively smooth.
3. Give Yourself Time before an Event
Don’t go in for a major hair removal session just before a big event or date. Most methods leave your skin red and irritated and that’s not a good look.
Exception: If you’ve got to get your legs or underarms fuzz free for a date in an hour’s time you can get away with careful shaving for instant hair removal.
4. Test, Test, Test
If the instructions say do a patch test, DO A PATCH TEST. You have been warned. Depilatories may react badly with your skin. You may be allergic to ingredients in the wax. You may live to regret it if you don’t test.
5. Disguise Rather than Remove
You may be causing yourself a bigger problem by removing some hair.
Areas such as arms and faces are better without stubbly regrowth and no matter how often you treat them there will always be some growth that feels like a scouring pad before the hair is long enough to deal with.
If hair is fine you may be able to get away with bleaching the hair to disguise it rather than removing it.
6. Try New Methods
Products are improving all the time so don’t dismiss a whole method for the rest of your life.
Just because you tried a hair removal cream back in 1995 and it smelled like a chemical factory and made your skin sting does not mean that you will not be able to use new creams made for sensitive skin.
And appliances such as epilators are adding different ways to relieve pain such as massage and cooling aids. So if you found them too painful to use in the past you may want to think again.
Keep an eye on what’s coming on the market if you’re not yet 100% happy with the methods you currently use.
7. Don’t Obsess
Don’t get too obsessed with removing hair – people fall in love with girls with mustaches and guys with hairy backs all the time. ‘Tis not the end of the world. Deal with your problem areas as best you can but don’t let unwanted hair spoil your confidence.