International Day of Waxing

The Ultimate Guide to At-Home Hair Removal

It’s time to find a hair removal method that makes you happy! If you’re confused about the myriad of ways to get rid of unwanted hair, this is your moment to learn all about the options available. We’re here to demystify things and help you find the right product. Happy International Day of Waxing!

Razors and Shaving Cream:

PROS: There’s nothing complicated about razors and shaving cream. They’re trusty, reliable, and pretty easy to use. Other than the odd nick or cut, your skin feels quite smooth afterward.

CONS: Razor burn and stubble will be an ongoing challenge, and yes, hair grows back quickly after shaving.  Since you’re only cutting the hair at the surface of the skin, regrowth is inevitable. Since the hair is at its thickest point, the stubble may look thicker than before.

Shaving is simple and easy, but ingrown hair and stubble may be a deterrent, not to mention the environmental impact of plastic razors.


PROS: We’re big fans of waxing (obviously!) and there’s good reason for it. Waxing not only removes unwanted hair but also exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving your skin silky, healthy, and smooth. Unlike shaving, there’s no stubble the day after and the results can last up to 8 weeks.

There certainly is a benefit to forgoing the drudgery of the daily shave! Though waxing can be intimidating at first, there are easier ways to get introduced to the wonderful world of waxing. Wax Strips are pre-waxed, ready to use, and pretty much goof-proof. Once you’re familiar with Wax Strips, it’s easy to move to more professional products like Hot or Warm Waxes which are also simple to use with practice. There are also Sugar Waxes for those who are concerned about skin sensitivity.

CONS: Waxing can cause discomfort, especially in sensitive areas such as your bikini zone and the upper lip. As with epilating or tweezing, waxing pulls the hair out of the follicle. Your first time will probably be the worst, but the more you wax, the easier it’ll be and the more comfortable you’ll feel. The results are worth it.

Waxing is a great option if you’re looking for silky-smooth results that last.

At-Home Laser

PROS: Laser is known to provide a longer-term solution for your hair removal needs. Like waxing, laser hair removal targets hairs down at the follicle. The laser damages the part of the follicle that produces hair, so regrowth takes a very long time. If you’re lucky to catch the hair in the right stage of growth, this can even sometimes stop hair growth altogether.

CONS: While laser might seem like the perfect solution for long-lasting smooth skin, there are some drawbacks. Laser hair removal only works best if you have a compatible hair and skin type. It is also most effective with frequent and multiple sessions, consequently, you will likely still need another form of hair removal in the meantime. There is some pain and discomfort involved during laser hair removal, in particular when used in the bikini areas. Most at-home devices are becoming more economical so it may be worth investing in one if you’re dedicated to committing to the time required to get good results. 

Of course, your lasers for home use are only recommended for the body, so you shouldn’t use them for the face or brows. If you have a suitable hair and skin type and are willing to invest the time and money to go hair-free, this could be a great option.


PROS: Epilators are electronic tools that pull out your hair mechanically. Like waxing, epilators remove hair from the follicle. Like other methods of epilation, the results are longer-term than shaving.

CONS: Epilators are like powerful tweezers: they tweeze lots of hairs at the same time and with speed. So if you find tweezing or waxing uncomfortable, this likely isn’t your best option. Epilators aren’t usually the best option for the face either given the discomfort. The results aren’t always as smooth as waxing since there’s no exfoliation during the treatment.

If you can handle the discomfort, epilators work well for removing some body hair.

Hair Removal Creams:

PROS: Hair removal creams take the least amount of effort. Simply apply the cream to unwanted hair, wait, and let the chemicals dissolve your unwanted hair. 

CONS: Simplicity is the main benefit of hair removal creams. However, since they’re made with strong chemicals, they contain an overwhelming odor and can also cause minor skin irritation. Left on too long, they may cause uncomfortable chemical burns. Given that the results don’t last much longer than shaving and the chance for irritation is high, you may want to avoid using hair removal creams on any sensitive areas.

While the ease of creams can be tempting, the harsh chemicals and possible burns are good reasons to avoid them.

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