Choosing Your Best Option for Hair Removal

Both men and women are often concerned about fair hair removal, for the face and the body. Women, of course, typically want a smooth appearance and to be without facial hair especially, and many men will also want to remove at least some body hair, be that on their shoulders and back, chest or arms. Permanent or semi-permanent methods of hair removal can mean less time shaving every day and can also mean hair that doesn't grow back very quickly, if ever. Note a few methods for hair removal you might consider and the pros and cons of each, so you can discuss your choices with a hair removal technician at your next salon visit.

Warm wax

Warm wax can be safely applied to just about any area of the body, so it's good for more sensitive skin on the face, shoulders, and groin. The wax is soft and pliable, so it can be spread easily, allowing a hair removal technician to easily shape eyebrows or remove just some hair in certain areas, often with exacting precision. The soft wax traps hair and, when the wax is pulled away, the hair is removed by the root. It is necessary for the hair to be long enough to get trapped in the wax, and it can be painful when used over too large of a surface of the body. However, when used by a professional with proper experience, warm wax should only be slightly uncomfortable, and it can keep a person hair-free for weeks.

Depilatory creams

Depilatory creams can be applied by a professional at a salon or even purchased at local pharmacies. These work by actually dissolving the hair shaft. The drawback of such creams is that they can burn the skin when used incorrectly; for example, creams meant for very thick and coarse hairs under the arms should never be used on the face. These creams can also burn when left on for too long. If you choose a cream, have a professional apply this for you in a salon rather than trying an at-home treatment.


Lasers work with a pulse of light that kills the hair roots. After a few laser treatments, the hair may never grow back. However, this treatment can be very uncomfortable and may feel as if someone is snapping a rubber band on your skin. It should also only be done by a highly skilled professional, even a dermatologist, so choose your technician wisely if you opt for laser hair removal.