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The Pros and Cons of Hair Removal Types

Whether you like to stay hair-free all year round or you prefer the natural look, many of us spend more time on hair removal during the warmer months, when we tend to have more skin on display. Which hair removal type you choose for will depend on a number of factors, so let’s take a look at some of the most common methods of removal and the pros and cons of each.


Perhaps the most well-known hair removal method, shaving is quick, cheap and easy making it a popular choice and a regular part of many people’s routines. You can shave many body areas, including legs, underarms and the bikini line area, making it a versatile option. However, shaving does come with its pitfalls. Shaving against the direction of hair growth leaves a smoother finish but can leave you with unsightly bumps known as a shaving rash, and increase your risk of ingrown hairs, which can be painful. Shaving also needs to be done relatively frequently to stay on top of hair growth, meaning once you’ve shaved your body hair off, you’ll need to keep reaching for that razor on a regular basis.


Once seen as a more fiddly, daunting option, waxing has become increasingly popular and more widely accessible in recent years, with many people seeing the benefits of this more long-term hair removal method. Like shaving, waxing is quick and relatively cheap and can be done in a salon or at home. Treatments involving hair-removing wax will cause hair to grow back slightly slower than shaving, meaning it doesn’t need to be repeated as often and your skin will feel smoother for longer. Waxing can be done on many areas, including the face, legs and more intimate areas, such as the bikini line and underarms.

However, as with any hair-removal method, there can be downsides too. Some people find waxing uncomfortable and if you have certain sensitive skin conditions, waxing may not be a suitable option.


Laser hair removal is a more permanent method of hair removal. Regular laser treatments can often reduce hair growth drastically or even stop new growth completely. If you’re fed up with battling your body hair or suffer from excessive body hair (hirsutism) due to conditions such as PCOS, for example, then laser hair removal might be the right choice for you. However, it has to be done at a special clinic and the cost of multiple treatments can be expensive. Some people also find the process uncomfortable and side effects can include redness or soreness after the treatment.

Depilatory Creams

Depilatory creams or hair removal creams are often considered one of the more gentle hair removal methods as they don’t take the top layer of skin off with the hair, meaning they’re less likely to irritate the skin or cause issues such as ingrown hairs.

However, the cons of this type of hair removal are that it can be time-consuming, messy and even smelly! Plus depilatory creams aren’t suitable for use on more sensitive body areas or by those with known allergies or skin sensitivities. Whichever option you choose remember that embracing your natural hair is also an option but when you do want to choose hair removal, the best option is the one that best suits you,

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