Contemplating on my couch about getting a Brazilian wax and it lead me to this post. The only reason for contemplating is because being pregnant has led me to being extremely sensitive to my otherwise normal beauty routines. Many of you have tried various hair removal techniques. I have tried them all.Although I am still searching for the permanent hair removal (no not laser), but one in which no hair will ever grow. If anyone else has discovered please share! Here is my list of the top hair removal treatments in order of my favorites.
I. Laser Hair removal
This has been the absolute best and most effective way to remove hair, especially in my case where I get folliculitis with all other hair removal methods.
Little to no hair regrowth
After my first 3 treatments I noticed very little to no hair re-growth, in my bikini area, (full bikini) there was very little hair only one patch of like 5 hairs. Underarms no hair at all, Face little hair around lip area would pop up, this hair seemed to be very stubborn.
Lessens ingrown hairs
This was the best benefit of all, and the reason why I believe it is worth the price. As I stated above I have folliculitis, and get lots of hair bumps from ingrown hairs. This was not appealing looks wise, and the laser hair removal seemed to cure it completely. So if you are suffering silently from ugly ingrown hairs, I would highly recommend this treatment
Treats are quick
The treatment last anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes depending on the area being treated. I did full body, excluding legs and arms, and my treatments where about 40 minutes tops.
I was lucky enough to get a deal on my first time. I paid 2000 dollars for 1 year of full body treatments. Prices range depending on place of business,area being treated,and amount of treatments, but expect to pay a pretty penny!
Multiple treatments required
Treatments are scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks starting off, and it is recommended to get at least 5. As the hair becomes less touch ups will most likely be needed every couple of months. In my case I did the full year with treatments every 4 to 6 weeks. My last treatment was November 2011. I will definitely need some touch ups or a total yearly treatment again after this pregnancy because hair has been growing everywhere, yet it’s probably just hormones.
Slightly uncomfortable or painful
This is definitely not for the faint at heart, but on a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate the pain as a 6.5. That is just for me, I recommend making lots of conversation with your laser technician or esthetician this seemed to ease my discomfort and make treatments even quicker!
Not effective for all skin types
Not sure on the exact skin types for this, but I do recommend chatting and receiving information from you laser technician or esthetician, who is licensed, for the effects on individual skin types. I did not have any side effects as far as scarring or skin discoloration.
I just discovered my love of threading a couple of months ago while vacationing in NYC. I received eyebrow threading, and upper lip threading.
Hair re-growth slower
As stated it took 2 months for the hair to grown back where I actually noticed it the first time. As I have continued threading my brows I have noticed I need a treatment every 3 weeks. I am not sure if this is due to my regular hair re-growth or baby hormones, so I will update after pregnancy.
I have noticed that the lady who does my threading is able to be more precise with the arching of my brows and I love it!
Cons: Painful or slightly uncomfortable
I thought this was a pretty painful treatment not worse than the brazilian or laser, but definitely uncomfortable to say the least.
Leaves the area smooth and last longer
Waxing is great it usually picks up most of the hair leaving the area clean and pretty. Waxing last about 4 weeks at a time for most. It last only 2 and one-half weeks for me.
There are waxing kits available at your local beauty supply store or wherever beauty products are sold. Leaving it to be either a do it yourself or go to a professional option.
This could be on the pro or con list depending on how often. For pros it is a Diy project and could save money. Also depending on the area prices vary, usually within an affordable range.
could be costly if you have to frequently repeat. In my opinion its better to just pay the price of laser treatments because waxing adds up.
This is another painful method for some, less for others. I recommend talking through it just like the laser treatment. It makes it go faster! There are also numbing screams sold over the counter. I have never tried any but go for it if you think it will help. Also take a Motrin or Tylenol before a brazilian!
IV. Depilatory Creams:
Quick and affordable!
You can get a large tube at your local beauty supply for about 8 or 9 bucks. It only takes about 5 minute tops after application.
Last about a week
This is a con for me because It irritates my skin, so the more I use it the more irritated my skin gets, so I would like it to last longer for less frequent usage.
Doesn’t smell that great!
I typically use the brand Veet for my hair removal. It has less stench then Nair Products, and is less irritating in my opinion. Nair is still a good option though
Pros and Cons not needed here:
Last but not least, this is the most used method of hair removal, and is quite effective and quick. I only shave my legs at this point and it still works like magic although it only last a couple of days!
All hair removal methods work, Choose what suits you!