Body Hair Removal Options and Methods

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Body Hair Removal Options

When it comes to removing body hair, you have many options. Most people believe there are only two or three options, but in reality, there’s actually 17 options.

To decide what options are best for you, you will have to decide how much money you want to spend, how convenient it needs to be for you, how much time you want to invest in the process (doing something every other day or going to multiple office visits), what levels of pain/discomfort you’re willing to be comfortable with, how long you want the results to last and a myriad of other factors.  

Most people are familiar with shaving, depilatories, tweezing and waxing. But few people are familiar with sugaring, electrolysis and the use of dietary and prescription medicines for hair removal. Other processes include threading, rotary epilators, flashlamp, Vaniqa, photodynamic therapy, electric tweezers, transdermal electrolysis, transcutaneous hair removal, microwave hair removal, photoepilators and at-home lasers. In order to decide what is best for you, you need all the information along with the pros and cons of each process.

Of course, shaving is the most common hair removal process—it’s cheap, easy and can be done in the privacy of your home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last and shaving has been shown to make your hair grow back faster.

Tweezing, waxing, plucking, sugaring, epilators and threading might not be permanent solutions, but they’re effective and are low-cost to solutions to a hairy problem. Laser treatments and electrolysis seem to be the most effective and permanent solution to hair removal—it’s worth the cost if you find the right practitioner who is licensed and highly recommended. It can be pricey and you might need multiple visits, but in the end if you safely get rid of your hair forever, it’s all worth it.

Over the counter prescriptions and Vaniqa are effective, but run way behind laser treatments for effectiveness and long-term hair removal. Photodynamic Therapy hasn’t been approved for use yet. And other processes like electric tweezers, transdermal electrolysis, transcutaneous hair removal, microwave hair removal, photoepilators and at-home lasers and other devices have been proven ineffective and a waste of your money in many professionals’ opinions.

Below is a synopsis of each process, along with the pros and cons.

  • Tweezing or Plucking
  • Waxing
  • Sugaring
  • Threading (Khite)
  • Rotary Epilators
  • Electrolysis
  • Flashlamp
  • Prescription Oral Medicines
  • Vaniqa
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Electric Tweezers
  • Transdermal Electrolysis
  • Transcutaneous Hair Removal
  • Microwave Hair Removal
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Photoepilators
  • At Home Lasers and Other Devices
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