Something wonderful happened over the weekend the first flushes of spring, the feeling that the seasons are changing and everything will be alright with the world yet again (and well be complaining were too hot in no time!)
I’m sure something crossed all the ladies minds out there as we felt the shift in temperatures over the weekend like it did mine. Soon we will be showing some flesh. Yikes! One of those challenges that come with having the freedom from too many layers of clothes is thinking about our options for hair removal for legs.
There are some different ways to de fuzz some quick, pain-free and short-lived and others that bring more long-term results. Some are homemade remedies for getting rid of the hairs on your legs, while others are best left to the professionals, such as our expert partners in the 118 118 Beauty Pass.
Here some of the different types of hair removal and their pros and cons.
Do-it-yourself hair removal
Harking back to our teenage years, when the once harmless hairs on our legs became our ultimate enemy, shaving is something we can do cheaply, easily, with instant effects and its painless (so long as you don’t have any nasty nicks that bleed for hours). Hair removal options have come a long way in recent years though, and shaving can be annoying, simply because our hair grows back quickly, thickly and bluntly, meaning that we have to keep up to it a few times a week to have smooth legs.
While some epilators in high street beauty retailers can be quite pricey after a few goes on them they pretty much pay for themselves, if you consider how much each appointment costs in a salon. They have the same effect as waxing, plucking each hair out from the root, which means you stay smooth for longer and the hairs grow back softer and more reduced than shaving. For those with low pain thresholds though, this method can be a little too much on the side of painful, and it can be quite an arduous task getting two whole legs epilated yourself.
While hair removal creams might seem like a gentle and skin-friendly technique of de-hairing your legs, it’s going to be a messy business to cream up two legs and leave them for five or ten minutes before you can wash it off. It also smells strong and it has the same effect on your hair follicles as shaving, only taking the hair out from the surface, rather than the root, meaning short-lived results before you have to do it all over again.
Professional hair Removal
The best thing about waxing is that it’s so quick and you don’t have to do the hair work. You just have to book an appointment, and the professionals do it quickly and effectively. Some complain that waxing is painful, but the more you have it done, the less it hurts. Having regular appointments also means the hairs grow back less and less. The downside is obviously the cost of each appointment, but the finish is no doubt more flawless than you could ever do yourself.
While this method is more common with smaller parts of the body due to its painstaking nature, such as the eyebrows, dab hand therapists can work super quick on this technique. While it does get the hair from the root because it is much slower than waxing it’s going to be more painful and take much longer. Essentially it’s plucking the hairs with string. It’s a good alternative if you abide wax on your skin for any reason though.
Laser hair removal
Growing in popularity, which is, therefore, bringing prices down, this is the king of hair removal. It’s the most expensive method but its also the most effective and long-lasting. It works by technology such as IPL intense pulsed light using lasers as a way to destroy the hair follicle. Many salons and clinics now offer this radical and ground-breaking way of hair removal, and a lot offer deals on a course of sessions. This is because you will need a number of appointments before the hair is completely eradicated, which depends on your own hair type. If you can afford to splash out on this, it will change your life. Imagine not EVER having to do any of the above again?!
There you have it. Do let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorite hair removal treatments for legs and happy de-fuzzing everyone!