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The Pros and Cons of 4 Hair Removal Alternatives


Removing unwanted body hair is one of those annoying chores that most of us do regardless of whether we feel like it or not. For many of us, the job comes down to a simple shave or wax, but there are other alternatives out there that may be worth a try. Just like the old tried-and-true staples, these alternate options come with both pluses and negatives, but they can offer effective ways to help you get rid of unnecessary body hair and stay silky smooth.


In some ways, sugaring is similar to waxing, only there are no annoying paper strips involved. You take a blob of melted sugar and spread it evenly across the area you want treated. Once the sugar is set, you rip it off the skin, taking the hair along with it. Like waxing, the treatment can be initially painful and lead to minor irritation, as well as ingrown hairs. But on the plus side, the results last for at least a week or two.


Plucking is an effective way to remove hair at the root, but it can be time-consuming targeting individual hairs. Fortunately, an epilator brings next-gen technology to the age-old practice of plucking. These devices manually pull out swaths of hair at once, giving you the benefits of tweezing in a fraction of the time. As with other hair removal options, you may see some redness and irritation directly following the procedure, so you may want some aloe on hand to sooth your skin. However, a single session can leave you hairless for more than a month.

Electric razor

Typically, we think of electric razors as implements that men use on their faces, but there are models specifically designed for women and their more sensitive areas. As you might expect, using an electric razor is fast, simple and precise if you want to remove large patches of hair quickly. On the downside, however, electric razors only clip the hair at the surface of the skin, so they may leave an unsightly 5 o'clock shadow.

Depilatory cream

On the surface, using a depilatory cream would seem to be the easiest hair removal solution of all. Simply spread the cream over the hair you want removed, wipe it away, and the pesky hairs are gone, sometimes for weeks on end. Despite the relative ease of use, however, depilatory creams do have their drawbacks. For starters, the cream can be unwieldy and messy, and it can also leave your skin irritated and raw.

Okay, so maybe the perfect hair removal solution doesn't exist. But with so many options on the market, you can mix and match your regimen depending on your mood or to suit the needs of a specific area of your body. Don't be afraid to experiment until you find your optimal hair removal routine.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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