Getting rid of body hair isn't something you have to do - it's your choice. Here are some things to think about if you do decide to give it a go, plus the low down on different ways to de-fuzz.
Why do people get so worked up about women and body hair?
People can be sometimes be unkind- especially when it comes to how people look. But what's so awful about hair?
You might want to trim around the edges a bit if you're going swimming or during the summer, but this choice should still be your own.
What's the low-down on shaving?
Cheap, quick, easy and relatively painless.
The down sides are:
- Sharp stubble - this can start within hours of shaving
- Cutting yourself
- Shaving rash
- In-grown hairs
- Never share blades - you could get a nasty infection
- Always use a shave soap, foam or oil
- Always use a fresh blade
- Rinse it clean every few strokes
- Pat the area with a cool, wet towel afterwards
- Moisturise shaved skin afterwards.
What about waxing and sugaring?
Lasts a bit longer than shaving but:
- There might be some bleeding
- Ingrown hairs can be a problem
- Short hairs are hard to remove
- It can be painful
Top tip - get someone else to do it for you.
What about hair removal creams?
Relatively cheap, easy and good for large areas like legs.
The downside is that some people get burns, rashes or allergic reactions because of the chemicals.
- Read the instructions carefully
- Don't get it on your clothes - they'll suffer
- Keep well clear of any tender places.
- Make sure you choose the right cream for the area you're removing the hair from.
What about hand tweezing?
Hand tweezing or plucking is good for individual stray hairs but it's a slow process and can be painful.
- Don't 'dig in' to get stubborn, short hairs - you could cause an infection or scarring
- Let short hairs grow until you can grip them properly with the tweezers.
Are tweezing machines any good?
Hand held devices that look a bit like electric shavers but instead rip hair out by the roots.
It's quicker than hand tweezing but the problems are the same and the devices themselves can be expensive.
What is electrolysis?
Permanent hair removal. A handheld gadget zaps the cells that make hairs grow until they're dead.
Those you can use at home are expensive to buy, as is getting it done in a salon.
Like tweezing, it's a one-hair-at-a-time gig - useless if you're in a rush.
Is professional hair removal worth it?
If you're determined and can afford it, your best bet probably is to go to a beauty salon.
It will be pricey, though, and you'll need to keep going back unless you opt for electrolysis, which is the most expensive method of all.
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