Hair removal methods, the bottom line – which one is suitable for you? (part I)
Every woman wants smooth, hairless skin that she can show off in pretty dresses, sexy skirts, and, of course, fun and colourful swimsuits. But as we already know too well, the process to achieve that is a pain – sometimes literally.
Razor or wax? Cream or epilator? Can’t make up your mind? Below you can find a brief account of various hair removal methods with their advantages and disadvantages to help you make an informed choice.
1. Hot wax
Known as traditional wax, hot wax or reusable wax, this method is the most commonly used in cosmetic salons. You can do it at home, too, but commercial brand wax tends to be of poor quality and there are some areas you just can’t reach by yourself.
The process is simple: the heated wax is applied in strips across the target area and then ripped off with a quick sure-handed motion, along with the excess hair. The used wax is then reheated, filtered and can be reused.
- It’s durable
Because it rips the hair straight from the root, it takes a much longer time for it to grow back. You’re looking at about 1-3 weeks of smooth skin, which is longer than with any other hair removal method (other than laser). Moreover, in time you will get more and more used to the pain and hair will grow slower and finer.
- It’s quick
If you go to a salon, it’ll be over before you know it. For instance, if you want to take care of your legs and get a Brazilian wax, it’ll take about 25-40 minutes, which is definitely quicker than doing it yourself or using an epilator.
- It’s painful
Granted, beauty is pain in this case. Ripping hot wax from your skin is not a pleasant feeling and if done wrong you might experience soreness and even bruising. Also, if you have varicose veins, or other circulatory problems, waxing is highly unrecommended.
Keep in mind though that if you stick to it, your skin will eventually get desensitised and you will be able to handle the pain much better. Plus, the ripping only lasts a second; the hotness of the wax is actually more of an issue.
- The wait period
Even though you’ll have smooth skin for longer, you will have to wait a while for your hair to reach a reasonable length before you can wax it off again. For it to work properly the hairs must be about 5 mm long, so you might have to walk around in jeans for a week between waxing sessions.
- It’s somewhat expensive
Prices may vary from country to country, as well as from salon to salon, but it doesn’t come cheap. You should get some price offers from the salons in your area and decide if you can spend that much on any given month.
2. Cold wax strips
They work by the same principle as hot wax, except that they’re cold and are more suitable for at-home usage. A package contains a number of cotton strips with wax already on them, which you have to warm up by rubbing them between your hands.
You then apply them on the skin in the direction of hair growth, making sure they stick evenly, and then rip them off, pulling in the opposite direction.
- You can do it at home
Unlike hot wax, cold wax is much easier and safer to use at home. There’s no mess, no risk of burning or any other kind of injury, and if you do it right, you can also be done pretty quickly.
- It’s less painful
It’s definitely not pain free, but it hurts much less than hot wax, because you don’t have to deal with the burning hot sensation on your already traumatized skin.
- It’s less efficient
While it does hurt less, it doesn’t get the job done as well as hot wax. The shorter or finer hairs will pretty much remain untouched, and the overall finish won’t be as smooth. Plus, it might prove difficult to figure out the direction of hair growth in some problematic areas, such as your thighs or calves.
- It’s not cheap
It’s certainly less expensive than going to a salon for waxing, but depending on your skill and the nature of your hair (length, texture, quantity), you may need more than one package. It also takes a bit of trial and error before you find the right product.