Shave, sugar shave or laser hair removal? Are you sick? How fast does hair grow? The world of hair removal methods is a real jungle.
On average, women start shedding their hair at the age of 17, and the average number of hair removals is three. 88% of all women remove their armpit hair, 80% remove their leg hair, and 66% prefer fresh air around their bikini area. So if you are asking yourself what is the best hair removal method, you are not alone.
Here you will find all the information you need to clear the jungle of hair removal methods: what hair removal methods are available, what are their advantages and disadvantages, and which parts of the body they are suitable for. So you can decide for yourself, the best hair removal method is for you. So that you can spend the day with beautiful and smooth skin!
Best ways to remove body hair
- Quick option: shave
You know it well. Shaving is a simple way to get rid of body hair because you can do it cheaply and quickly at home. It is suitable for any part of the body. You can use a hand shaver and follow the contours of your body against hair growth.
With an electric shaver like the Philips SatinShave Essential, you can shave more comfortably and reduce the risk of razor burn. It has a spring-loaded shaving head that conforms perfectly to your shape for a smooth shave.
Pros: Shaving with an electric shaver is quick and gentle on the skin.
Disadvantages: Hair regrows quickly: armpit hair grows on average 0.3 mm per day.
- Epilation: messy and long lasting
Epilation is less comfortable than shaving. But it is durable and can be used anywhere on the body. With modern epilators like the Philips Satinelle Prestige, you can remove hair without pulling the skin, which is less painful. Its unique ceramic disc removes even the finest hair, even hair four times shorter than a wax.
The skin is smooth for two to three weeks, so stubble will be visible for a short time between treatments. An epilator is a bigger investment than a shaver, but it’s worth it for long-term at-home hair removal.
Benefits: Get perfectly smooth skin in two to three weeks.
Cons: Less comfortable and more expensive than shaving.
Tip: Exfoliate to prevent ingrown hairs. Satinelle Prestige comes with a body scrub and massage head to prepare the skin for epilation. For more information on hair removal, we have a hair removal guide.
- Satisfied waxing
Waxing is one of the most popular methods of hair removal, but if you want to remove hair using wax, you have to endure the pain. Waxing usually involves applying liquid wax to the skin. As soon as it is set, pull it out in one motion. Treatment in a beauty salon is more comfortable but more expensive. Usually, after two to three weeks, the hair starts to grow.
In general, hair can be removed from all parts of the body. But a bikini belt will definitely test your pain threshold. With a wide selection of hot and cold waxes, home remedies are relatively easy. Whether the pain is worth it is a matter of opinion.
Pros: Satisfyingly smooth skin for two to three weeks.
Disadvantages: Painful, quite expensive if the more comfortable salon option is chosen.
- Sweet sugar: a less painful alternative
Body Sugaring is similar to waxing. Apply a warm paste made of sugar and citric acid and remove after cooling. Unlike waxing, the hair is pulled in the direction of hair growth, which is a little more comfortable.
Body Sugaring can be used to remove hair from any part of the body at home or at a beauty salon. Costs vary depending on this. But the hair regrows only after two weeks, followed by five weeks of regular treatment.
Pros: Long-term hair removal is more comfortable than waxing.
Disadvantages: High initial costs due to frequent salon treatments.
- Laser body hair removal: a popular salon treatment
If you want to get rid of black body hair anywhere, laser treatment is a safe but expensive option. It damages the hair follicles but is not effective on fair hair as it is harmless.
You will get smooth skin only after sitting for a few times. During the treatment, the skin may react with tightening, redness and swelling, so be sure to inform the beauty salon about the risks. Lasers slow the rate of hair growth and are a popular long-term hair removal method. Another popular method is IPL. Both laser and IPL can be effective long-term hair removal solutions, but there are differences between the two.