What Are the Best Tips for Unwanted Hair Removal?

Kelly Ferguson

There are many different ways to perform unwanted hair removal, some of which are more appropriate for certain areas of the body than others. The factors that usually help people determine which method to use are cost, level of pain, and how frequently the hair removal will need to be repeated. Once you have decided which method you would like to use, it is important to plan ahead so you can have the necessary supplies to make the unwanted hair removal go as smoothly as possible.

Depilatory creams are easy to use, but results are short-lived.
Depilatory creams are easy to use, but results are short-lived.

Shaving and using depilatory creams are fairly painless but the results do not last very long. Waxing, threading, and using an epilator are more painful because the hair is removed by the root, but skin is left smoother for much longer than with shaving and depilatory creams. Laser hair removal is very expensive and also somewhat painful, but the results can last for months at a time. Electrolysis, during which the hair follicle is damaged enough to prevent future hair regrowth, is the most permanent form of unwanted hair removal, but it is also very expensive and uncomfortable.

Rubbing an ice cube on the skin after hair removal can help reduce soreness.
Rubbing an ice cube on the skin after hair removal can help reduce soreness.

The area of the body on which you choose to perform unwanted hair removal will probably limit the methods of hair removal you can use. For instance, plucking the eyebrows with tweezers or removing stray eyebrow hairs with wax is fairly simple, but it would be difficult to attempt to shave away excess eyebrow hairs with a razor without accidentally removing too much. Also, using depilatory creams on sensitive areas such as the face and pubic region is generally discouraged because of the potential for painful skin reactions to the chemicals.

If you decide to shave your unwanted hair, use a sharp blade and lots of shaving cream or other lubrication to reduce razor burn and nicks. Soaking in a warm bath before shaving can help soften the hairs and make them easier for the razor to remove. Also, applying hair conditioner to the hair that will be shaved softens it further and also acts as additional lubrication. If waxing, sugaring, using an epilator, or attempting any other unwanted hair removal method that involves pulling the hair out by the roots, you will likely want some way of soothing your skin close at hand for after you are finished. Rubbing an ice cube or a cooling antiseptic lotion on the skin after the hair has been removed can reduce redness and soreness.

Threading is a popular technique for facial hair removal.
Threading is a popular technique for facial hair removal.

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Shaving is the quickest way to remove unwanted hair, but it lasts for only a couple of days. Other methods like waxing, laser or electrolysis are the long lasting methods to get rid of body excess hair. Nevertheless it is a good post and thanks for sharing.


I was frustrated with different hair removal products so I switched to an epilator. I'm so glad I did! It's so easy compared to shaving or waxing. And the gadget is not expensive.

This is the best option for waxers who have a high tolerance for pain but want a less messy method.


@MikeMason-- It is painful at first, but you can use a numbing lotion or spray before you wax. If you continue to wax, it will become easier and less painful over time.

I use hot wax, which is usually the type that's sold at pharmacies for home use. I once used cold wax and that was too painful.

You might want to get someone's help for the first time and also if you're going to be waxing difficult to reach places like your back.


I've been shaving but I think I want to switch to a different method to remove unwanted hair, like waxing, because shaving gives me ingrown hairs.

Does anyone here wax regularly? Do you have any tips for me?

I want to wax at home, Which type of wax is best? Is it difficult to tolerate the pain?

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