With so many ways to get rid of human hair from head to toe and summer approaching, deciding on the best bet for hair removal can be a hairy task to say the least.
Detailing the different methods in hopes of making the decision a bit easier, NBC’s Today Style blog consulted experts in different skincare fields for the shimmy on smooth summer bodies. Getting right to the point, the article points out that no matter what method you use, “none of the other options can compare to waxing.”
Di Medlock, director of waxing at Exhale Spa, explains how “waxing produces a gradual slowing of hair follicles, which is perfect for creating a clean shape without the commitment required for permanent solutions, like laser.”
Having hair yanked from skin by a professional is how most women are waxed, leaving it up to the salon to remove unwanted hair. Then there is at-home waxing for the brave souls, according to waxing expert Fardad Moayeri, who advises that with at least 1/8-inch of hair, apply waxing strips in the same direction of hair growth. “Speed counts,” she said. “Always remove strips in one quick, swift motion—by pulling the strip back along itself, staying parallel to your body.”
Then there is the old-school way of removing hair, with shaving tips coming from top razor brand Gillette. Once just for men, now the blade manufacturer has women in mind, with doctors devoted solely to improving the female product line. Gillette Venus dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine says it's extremely important to wait a few minutes after you step into the shower before shaving and to avoid swimming afterward since chlorine or salt water will sting bare skin.
“This step hydrates your hair, helping make it softer and easier to cut with the blade,” reports Today Style. "However, you must repeat it often and it can cause ingrown hairs and also irritate skin, especially if you have sensitive skin," says Dr. David E. Bank, author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age. "It only removes hair from the surface of the skin, [so] it doesn't treat the follicle directly, which is why you have to shave very often."
While waxing and shaving work for some, plucking and depilatory creams work for others. Though plucking is effective, it does hurt, and sometimes a lot. “The ideal time to pluck unwanted hair is after a warm shower, when skin is softened, making it less painful and easier to pull,” says Bank. A less painful way to remove hair is to use one of the dozens of depilatory creams on the market for all body parts.
If you want to just sit back and let new-age technology take your hair off, that is an option as well, and according to Medlock may be the best way for getting rid of hair above the upper lip. “The laser is made to seek out the dark hairs specifically, clearing the hair without making it obvious," she says.
With all of Today Style’s suggestions, removing hair for the summer of 2015 has become a whole lot easier, which is perfect for the relaxed season.
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