5 Hair removal methods to try this summer

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Summer is on the way and as jeans and jumpers start to give way to skirts and strappy tops, it’s time to get into a pruning routine again.

When I was younger, getting rid of unwanted hair seemed much easier, but one of the numerous side effects of getting old, is an increase in the quantity of unwanted hair sprouting up all over the place.

So, if like me you are taking up arms (or razors) against your furry legs, and battling under arm fluff, here is a rundown of some the most popular hair removing products and treatments available for you to try.


Shaving is the quickest and easiest way to get rid of unwanted hair, but it’s not always the most pleasant and it can result in some fairly horrible side effects.

How it works

Shaving cuts hair follicles at an angle just above skin level and works on just about any area of the body, although it is best for legs and underarms. When shaving you should be aware that in addition to cutting the unwanted hair, the blades will strip the top layers of your skin, so you should use an appropriate moisturising soap or shaving gel.


The most obvious risk with shaving is the chance you might cut yourself. However, with modern razors this isn’t a massive concern as they are built for safety and comfort. Other dangers include an itchy rash caused by bacteria living on your razor, although, changing your razor every 10 uses should prevent this. The least pleasant danger is the high risk of ingrown hairs, particularly when shaving your bikini line.

As someone who has experienced an ingrown hair, I would recommend keeping your razor well away from your bikini line. Ingrown hairs can become ulcers filled with puss and blood and removing the hair can be extremely tricky, in some cases you may even need to seek medical help. Once the ingrown hair is removed there is a good chance that the skin in that area will be discoloured and scarred.

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How long does it last?

Shaving is a quick win that doesn’t last long. One to three days at most.

Old hair removal razor blades
Hair removal cream

Hair removal creams are without a doubt the least painful way to get excellent hair removal results at home. Simply slather the cream on the area you want to remove hair from, wait the required time (usually around 5 to 10 minutes) and scrub it off.

In my experience this is be the best method to kick start hair removal when the offending area is fairly overgrown. It’s quick, easy and leaves your skin wonderfully smooth. However, if you’re planning to use a cream on your bikini you should line try not to move around too much, unless you like the Brazilian look!

How it works

Hair removal creams (depilatory creams) burn away your hair just below the surface leaving your skin smooth and hair free.


There are very few dangers associated with using hair removal creams. You should always do a patch test before applying to check for a reaction, and you should never leave the cream on for longer than recommended due to the danger of chemical burns.

How long does it last?

Sadly, the effects of hair removal creams are short lived, usually just two to three days. I’ve also found that the results when using the cream on very short hair leave a lot to be desired, so I would only use this as an occasional treatment.


In my view epilators are the work of the devil, however there are many people who swear by them… I can only imagine these people are sadists as epilation has a reputation for being one of the most painful hair removal methods.

How it works

An epilator is effectively a mechanical tweezer which can tweeze multiple hairs at one time. As hairs removed this way are pulled out at the root, it does give a very smooth finish and over time, hairs will regrow weaker and thinner, making the process less painful.

It is recommended that when you start using an epilator you begin on a small area which is less sensitive, such as your calves and slowly work your way up to using it on more sensitive areas. Another way to make epilating more bearable is to have your legs professionally waxed and using the epilator to remove regrowth.


Apart from the danger of throwing your epilator out of the window as soon as you realise how painful it is, there are relatively few. As your hairs become thinner and weaker, there is a risk of ingrown hairs, so you will need to exfoliate thoroughly to prevent this.

A less common danger is the possibility of skin being shredded by the epilator. As happened to one of my friends when she dropped hers on her thigh. Ouch!

How long does it last?

The main benefit of an epilator is that the results last up to 4 weeks. In my view, it’s still not worth it!

Legs after completing hair removal


Waxing is another hair removal method which is more of an endurance test than a beauty regime. Unlike the epilator, waxing can be done on just about any body hair with varying degrees of pain. It can also either be done for you by a professional, or at home with a kit.

How it works

Like the epilator, waxing removes hairs at the root, meaning that over time the hairs will become thinner and less painful to remove.

The process involves placing hot (or cold) wax on the desired area, covering with a fabric strip and quickly ripping the strip away, taking the wax and the offending hairs with it. A little like removing a plaster.


Although waxing is generally safe you should avoid it if you have any skin conditions such as eczema or sensitive skin as the wax will remove the top layer of skin with the hair, causing skin irritation.

Other dangers with this method are burns, due to overheating the wax, and ingrown hairs.

How long does it last?

The main advantage of waxing is the relatively long lifespan of 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the area.

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Laser Hair Removal

If you never want to worry about unwanted body hair again, laser hair removal might be the answer.

How it works

Laser hair removal works by using a laser to penetrate the skin and effectively kill the hair follicle, meaning that it will stop producing hair permanently. Once the treatment is completed, hair in the treated area will continue to grow and fall out naturally after about 2-3 weeks.

This treatment will only work on hairs that are actively growing so several treatments may be required to clear an area. The treatment will also work best on people who have light skin and dark hair as the laser locks onto the darker pigment in order to identify the hair.


There are few dangers associated with laser hair removal. It should be avoided if you have very dark skin, and it may be uncomfortable during the session. Although the level of discomfort will be insignificant compared to waxing.

How long does it last?

Laser hair removal is permanent.

If you’d like to know more about laser hair removal get in touch with Pulse Light Clinic, for a free consultation at their Liverpool Street Clinic.

Are you looking a little like a fawn after the long winter? Try these 5 hair removal methods.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome information about hair removal. Would love to try IPL but having mostly fair hair and fair skin I fear that I will make the investment and it won’t work for me…

  2. When it comes to achieving stubble-free skin for summer, salon waxing and in-office laser hair removal treatments are the gold standards. Women often turn to razors and depilatories for a quicker and cheaper home remedy. Thank you for sharing these tips! Cheers!

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