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Guide to at-home hair removal

With some many hair removal options now available, it can be difficult to know which at-home hair removal method is right for you. Here we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the major methods of hair removal, and suggest some of the top hair removal products that you can use at home.

Major at-home hair removal methods

Shaving

Pros

  • Quick and simple
  • Affordable
  • Pain free

Cons

  • Very temporary - stubble can return within 24 hours
  • Can cause ingrown hairs and razor bumps

Waxing

Pros

  • Quite fast
  • Results last longer than shaving
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Hair needs to be around 0.5cm for effective waxing
  • Can cause irritation or infection if not done correctly
  • It's quite difficult to achieve good results

Tweezing

Pros

  • Convenient and accurate
  • Hair may grow back thinner over time

Cons

  • Is very time consuming for larger areas
  • Can cause ingrown hairs and irritation

Hair removal cream

Pros

  • Quick and easy
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Many have unpleasant odours
  • Can contain strong chemicals which may irritate your skin
  • Results are short lived (comparable with shaving)

Laser/IPL

Pros

  • Results can be permanent
  • Little or no hair growth is needed

Cons

  • At-home products are very expensive - often over £1,000
  • At-home products aren't as effective as those used in salons

Epilating

Pros

  • Quick and easy
  • Cost effective over time
  • Results last much longer than shaving or hair removal creams
  • Hair may grow back thinner and lighter

Cons

  • Painful
  • Hair must be at least 0.5cm for epilation to be effective
  • Can cause ingrown hairs and irritation

Top at-home hair removal products

  • Gilette Venus Spa Breeze Razor - 2-in-1 razor and shave gel
  • Braun Silk-Epil Xelle 5270 - Two speed epilator
  • Nair Face Wax Strips - Specially designed for sensitive areas
  • Veet In Shower Hair Removal Cream - Waterproof and works in a couple of minutes, although it's best for fine hairs
  • Sun Maita Threading Kit - DIY facial hair removal for eyebrows and peach fuzz

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