7 Popular Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Hair

Let’s start with the laser method.

Laser hair removal is one of the only methods that can claim to achieve a permanent reduction of hair.

Hair removal lasers work by going on seek-and-destroy missions against your hair follicles, zapping them with concentrated beams of light. That damages the follicles to the extent that the hairs can’t regrow.

Laser Hair Removal

Lasers can create great results on all shades of skin thanks to advances in technology. It typically takes five to seven sessions to see desired results.

The downsides of laser hair removal are that it’s expensive, and it can be painful.

If you just have a few hairs you want to lose, other options may be better. However, lasers are an excellent way to achieve permanent results on larger sections of the body.


Epilators are devices you use at home that rapidly grab hairs and pull them out from the roots. They’re usually battery operated. Epilating can be thought of as a middle ground between tweezing and waxing.

The great thing about this device is that it’s easy to use yourself in the privacy of your home.

And since epilating removes hair at the root, unlike shaving, you stay smoother for a longer time and don’t get stubbly.

Some women have issues with ingrown hairs when they use epilators because the hair gets pulled out in varying directions.

You can prevent this problem by regularly exfoliating the epilated areas with a loofah. This removes the dead skin cells that otherwise might trap new hairs and cause them to become ingrown.


Depilatory creams, gels, lotions use safe chemicals to dissolve hair at the skin’s surface. You apply the cream to your skin, thoroughly covering unwanted hair.

Then you let it sit and work its magic for anywhere from three to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the hair.

Since the cream doesn’t penetrate down into the root, your hair will grow back at about the same rate as if you’d shaved; however, you won’t have stubble like when you shave.

Another thing these creams have going for them is that they don’t hurt like tweezing and waxing do. If you’ve used these creams in the past, you may remember a harsh smell.

Thankfully, depilatory creams these days have pleasant scents or none at all. When using these creams on the face, make sure you use the type specifically designed for facial use.

Depilatories for the face contain more gentle formulations than depilatories for the body.

Waxing and Sugaring

Waxing and sugaring are both methods that pull hair out at the root. They’re popular methods because they’re inexpensive, and they remove hair quickly.

Since the hair is pulled out all the way down to the root, it takes longer for the hair to grow back than hair that you’ve shaved (read more). You also don’t have any prickly stubble, so you always feel smooth.

A downside to these methods is that you can’t wax or sugar unless there’s hair growth above the skin. There has to be enough hair for the wax or sugar paste to grab.

That means you’ll have to tolerate some visible hair between waxing or sugaring sessions.

Another drawback is that waxing and sugaring hurt since the hair is getting yanked out. But for many women, the results are worth it.


The Food and Drug Administration has approved electrolysis as a method of permanent hair removal.

Electrolysis uses a fine, sterile needle to conduct electricity or heat to destroy the hair follicle.

The needle is tiny enough to go into the hair follicle; there’s no puncturing of the skin involved.

Electrolysis works well for every skin type and hair color. Moreover, it’s been safely used for hair removal for over 100 years.

Treatment with electrolysis can take numerous sessions (more info) because the technician needs to target each follicle one by one.

It’s an ideal method for removing hair from smaller areas like the upper lip and chin but will also permanently remove hair from the legs or anywhere else on the body. There is some pain involved with this method; applying numbing gel before treatment is advised.


Shaving is the old standby for hair removal. It’s economical, reliable and easy. It also has little to no side effects, and it doesn’t hurt.

Research proved long ago that shaving doesn’t cause hair to grow back thicker or faster.

Shaving also has exfoliating properties: it may sound far-fetched, but some have theorized that the reason men tend to look younger than women of the same age is because they shave their faces every day.

The downside to shaving is that you need to do it frequently since it only removes hair at the skin’s surface.

Also, women with sensitive skin may find it irritating. Shaving can cause ingrown hairs, especially in the bikini area. But as an everyday method of hair removal, it’s hard to beat.

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