What is the best form of hair removal?

Threading vs waxing vs laser - it can be tough moving through the crazy maze of hair removal so let's figure out which one will work best for you.

THREADING: This is when a natural and anti-bacterial cotton is used to remove facial hair. It's twisted across the face, lifting the hair from the follicle.

 Pic: Yuva Beauty

Pic: Yuva Beauty

PROS:

  • It's quick and easy, taking about 45 minutes to do the entire face
  • There's less redness than if you wax
  • No chemicals are used
  • Hair grows back finer
  • You don't have to wait until your hairs are a certain length. If you can see them, you can get them threaded away
  • There are threading counters and salons in just about every shopping centre these days 
  • You can get really precise brow shaping
  • It lasts 4-6 weeks

CONS:

  • It hurts. The hair is being pulled from the follicle after all
  • The lip area might be more sensitive than the rest of the body 
  • Threading salons don't usually take appointments so you might have to wait in line
  • Threading is usually just done on the face

WAXING: Hot wax sticks to the hair and is ripped from the root. Hard wax is usually used on more sensitive areas like the bikini, lip and underarm. Strip wax works best for arms and legs.

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Pic: Beauty Attractions

PROS:

  • You can wax almost anywhere on the body
  • Regrowth is softer and more sparse over time
  • You can wax yourself at home with a kit bought from a chemist or supermarket but be prepared to rip off the wax for the best results
  • You'll be hair free for 2-3 weeks, depending on your hair colour and the type of hair you have

CONS:

  • It will hurt because the hair is being ripped from the root
  • You can only wax when your hairs are at least a quarter of an inch which means hiding the hair under pants or stockings between appointments
  • You might get ingrown hairs
  • There will be some redness and possible bruising
  • If you wax yourself, be careful not to heat the wax too much risking burning yourself

LASER: This method of hair removal is done by a therapist using intense pulse light that directs light into the hair follicle, inhibiting its growth and preventing new hair forming. It's not recommended during pregnancy.

 Pic: Health First Financial

Pic: Health First Financial

PROS

  • You can have laser on any part of the body
  • It's suited for all skin types (yes, even you with sensitive skin)
  • The hair follicles are targeted without damaging the surface of the skin
  • It's a fairly quick treatment
  • It's relatively painless
  • Offers long lasting and often permanent hair reduction
  • You'll need 6-10 treatments

CONS:

  • No hot showers, spas or saunas for 24 hours after laser treatment
  • You must avoid excessive sun exposure for at least two weeks after treatment
  • People with dark hair will have more success because laser is attracted to pigmentation
  • It's the most expensive treatment of the three 

Other hair removal options include:

SHAVING: It just chops the hair off at skin level and can grow back thicker and a little more coarse, meaning you have to shave more often. You can also cut yourself.

PLUCKING: This can get the strays on your eyebrow between treatments but will take too long to get every individual leg or underarm hair.

CREAMS: These contain chemicals that break down the keratin in hair, pretty much melting them away. You need to wash off the cream. It's painless but can cause skin irritation so patch test it first. It only lasts around 3-5 days.