Getting rid of unwanted body hair is a bore for most people but industrials wouldn’t want it any other way as hair removal is definitely big business and one of the fastest growing types of cosmetic industry.
The personal waxing and hair removal business has risen by more than 7% annually since 2010 and the trend isn’t going to die any time soon, with more and more hair removal franchises opening up around the globe. Hair removal technologies have also improved massively over the years: you can now choose between high-tech solutions such as laser and good old fashioned waxing.
1. Laser hair removal
Laser is one of the most efficient long term solutions. You can opt for an at-home laser that will permanently reduce unwanted hair and smooth the skin out in the comfort of your own bathroom. More professional results can be obtained in specialised clinics or salons. Perhaps you didn’t know that there is more to laser hair removal than meets the eye: this is a method that requires proper training and a strictly regulated environment in order to be performed safely, without any skin damages or other unwanted side-effects.
Waxing is a very traditional and more conservative method but it’s still the go-to option for many people. It does come with a few downsides as it can be particularly painful in sensitive areas such as the underarms but it reduces the chances of skin irritation and rashes with long lasting effects – up to two weeks. Home-waxing products are widely available and reasonably cheap in the shops. Salons are generally costlier but they offer a wider range of products and a more precise finish.
Sugaring is a hair removal alternative very popular in the Middle East and that is also very similar to waxing but uses more natural ingredients that can be prepared at home. It is favored by people who don’t like the idea of laser and applying chemicals directly onto the skin.
It’s especially great for anyone though, even on very short hairs, and it’s usually significantly less painful than traditional waxing. Only two ingredients are needed: sugar and a little lemon. Sugar should be melted in a pan with the lemon juice until golden and then applied on the desired area once cooled off.
Threading is another age-old traditional method that is especially effective on smaller areas of the face such as eyebrows. Hair is removed thanks to a piece of twisted thread anchored in the mouth of the technician.
It’s a very precise method that helps you obtain the perfect eyebrow shape. Although it can be quite painful, it’s also usually done in less than five minutes. Prices will vary from salon to salon but it’s usually not more expensive than face waxing.