Hair Removal 101 Posted on 24 Jun 08:26
Although this varies across cultures, summertime can often be an infamous time for more hair removal. Let’s face it—it’s hot out, and we want to stay cool however we can.
If you are currently or have ever struggled with hair removal, know that there are not only so many different methods to consider, but plenty of tips to try out too!
Disclaimer: We will only be discussing hair removal methods we have tried ourselves (because how else can we give authentic advice!)
For Body Hair Removal:
Shaving is probably one of the most, if not the most popular form of hair removal. It’s easy, portable, accessible, and you can shave just about any part of the human body. However, anyone that has ever cut themselves shaving, knows why something as “easy” as shaving still warrants some tips! So when you are shaving, don’t forget to:
-Know when to go “with the grain” vs. against it—when you shave your legs for instance, you shave against the direction of the growth of hair. In other cases, such as the delicate bikini area, it is more comfortable to shave “with the grain” (or in the direction that the hair grows).
-Bend your knee when you shave your knee—it keeps your skin taut so there is less chance of nicking your skin.
-Find a shaving cream (or oil, or lathering soap) that works for you—shaving creams soften and smooth the skin and the hair, making shaving easier and less painful. If you find you are getting razor burn too often, try switching your shaving cream and make sure to use new, clean razors often.
If shaving doesn’t do it for you, you can always try a hair removal cream. Hair removal creams are great for when you want to remove hair quickly but you don’t necessary plan on consistently removing hair there—like removing arm hair for an event. If you want to try out a hair removal cream such as Nair, here are some things to consider:
-A Patch test is actually important here—shaving is a physical removal and this cream is a chemical removal, so you never know how your skin will react. Test a small portion of your skin first, to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction.
-Consider the thickness of your hair—in our experience, hair removal creams worked better on hair that’s thin (even if there was a lot of hair) vs. hair that was coarse. If you want to remove short, coarse or thick hair, a removal cream might not be for you.
It should be noted that hair is obviously natural; that’s why we just about all have it, and it keeps coming back after we remove it. Which means, not only should you decide for yourself how you feel about hair removal, but you should also consider your health, comfort and safety. Some forms of hair removal may not work for you—they may irritate or harm your skin. If you find you are getting rashes, redness, blisters, razor burn or any unusual symptoms (including pain!) then please discontinue your hair removal method.