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I’d been thinking awhile about a topic for today’s post and this seemed like the most obvious option. Now that ‘spring is in the air’ and there is no excuse left to keep them legs hairy, what naturally flows next is how to get rid of the now ‘unwanted’ hair. Here are some of MY favourite solutions –

  • Shaving

Contrary to popular belief, shaving is NOT bad for your hair. I’ve been shaving constantly for the past 6 years and I have no intention of going back to waxing any time soon. It all depends on how often you shave your hair and the kind of razor you are using. I love the convenience of being able to wear skirts all the time cause I can shave my legs at my will. There are certain tips you should keep in mind though –

  1. Don’t shave immediately upon entering the shower. Give yourself 10 – 15 minutes to allow your hair to soften and for the follicles to open up.
  2. Make sure your skin is lubricated with a moisturising shaving cream in order to avoid cuts.
  3. Replace your razor blades regularly and use a 4-5-blade razor.
  4. Shave in the direction of your hair growth (ie., down the leg) and not against it.
  5. And please don’t use a razor meant for men!

My recommendation? The Gillette Venus for women.

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  • Depilatory Creams

Well if you are looking for something completely painless, then this is the method you should go in for. Depilatory creams work by dissolving the hair at the surface of your skin (not from the root though) and getting rid of the dead skin thus preventing in growth of hair. Since these creams don’t get rid of the hair from the root, as in the case of shaving, you will find yourself doing this quite often. Nevertheless, it’s quite easy to do, takes a maximum of 10 minutes and if you use a good brand of depilatory cream, you are not going to end up with much to complain about. Just don’t use it on your face or your privates! To know more about depilatory creams, please read my post on the same by clicking here.

My recommendation? Veet Hair Removal Cream.

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  • Waxing

Yes ladies, most of us are familiar with waxing. For those of you who are not, the process involves applying hot or cold wax to a part of the body from which you want to remove the hair. Further, a porous strip of paper or cloth is applied to the area and is ripped off in the direction of the hair growth. Since this process usually pulls of hair directly from the root, it can guarantee a hair free body for about 4 – 6 weeks. It’s a slightly painful process though but the benefit here is that it can be applied to any part of the body (except eyelashes and eyelids).

My recommendation? Chocolate Wax or Veet Wax Strips for a home session.

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  • Laser Hair Removal

This method is probably the closest that comes to safe and permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal essentially involves the use of a laser light to heat the hair follicle, which causes it to get inflamed and permanently go into its resting phase. It’s costlier than all methods mentioned here but then again, its permanent. Although regrowth is rare, it can happen at times. This method works best if you have dark hair and light skin and takes multiple sessions to show results. So be prepared to spend some time and money doing this. Also, laser can be used on most parts of your body but not all.

Besides these, you have the rotating epilator that’s a slightly painful method, which involves pulling the hair from the root with the help of rotating mechanical tweezers, and of course there is the age old threading! Threading involves looping the hair into threads and pulling the strand from the root. It’s best suited for small sections and is mostly used for shaping the eyebrows.

So in conclusion, all methods have their pros and cons and there maybe something that suits one of you and not the other but it’s all-okay! Even though shaving works well for me, it may not be the most preferred treatment for a lot of women. So find out what works for YOU and say bye-bye to all that nasty hair!