Unwanted body hair can be removed in a variety of ways, including tweezing, shaving, waxing, laser hair removal, depilatory creams and electrolysis. Each of these methods varies in cost, and each has different benefits and side effects.
Tweezing is typically used to remove small areas of unwanted body hair because it can be both painful and time consuming. Tweezing is used to groom and shape the eyebrows and to remove hairs that grow inside the nose and ears. In addition, tweezers can be used to remove single stray hairs from any location on the body.
Shaving is commonly used to remove larger patches of unwanted hair from the face, armpits, legs or pubic area. An individual typically uses a razor with shaving cream to protect the skin and may choose to use a skin treatment after shaving to soothe irritated skin. Depilatory creams can be used in a similar manner, allowing for removal of large patches of hair safely and easily at home.
Waxing, laser hair removal and electrolysis are typically performed in a professional salon. Waxing involves placing heated liquid wax on the skin and hair then covering it with strips of cotton or paper. These strips are then ripped off, removing both the wax and the unwanted hair. Laser hair removal involves treating unwanted hair with a specific frequency of light, while electrolysis treats each hair individually, killing it at the root.