Girls, we are all too familiar with society’s pressure of going almost hairless. Apparently, having smooth hairless skin like a newborn baby’s buttock begets beauty in women, while hairy men escape unscathed from unsolicited judgement from the world. But can I let you in on something? I actually prefer going hairless basically everywhere except for the ones on my head. There’s something really alluring and feminine of not having hairs, it is the same when I sometimes try to convince men that girls do not poop. I mean, how can we? We’re unicorns!

There are many types of hair removal methods available in the market and regardless of which methods you choose, they are often time-consuming, expensive, and painful. But it’s all in the name of beauty.

Before picking and sticking to a method, there are several factors to consider first. Some cost less, some hurt more, while some methods last longer and are better for certain areas. To clear the confusion, here are the types of hair removal methods along with all the information you need to know.

 1) Shaving

Shaving is a quick hair removing method that involves using a sharp razor to cut the hair at the skin level. This method works well in several cases and is the fastest method of removing unwanted hair.

Best For: Anywhere

How much does hurt: Painless as long as you are careful to avoid accidental nicks and cuts. Have a slight chance of razor burn or ingrown hairs.

How much does it cost: A pack of razors can easily cost $2 from Watsons and goes up to $69 for an electric shaver.

How long does it last: Few hours to a few days.

 2) Epilators

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If you want the quick and lasting method, you would want to consider getting an epilator. Epilator is a device with tiny spinning metallic/ceramic tweezers that removes hairs from the root. Typically, an epilator can last about two to three years and as the hair is plucked from the root, they grow out thinner.

Best For: Large areas such as legs or arms

How much does hurt: Painful but the pain is reduce to tiny pinches overtime. Have a higher chance of ingrown hairs.

How much does it cost: $49 onwards

How long does it last: Three to six weeks

3)Depilatory Cream

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Depilatory cream is another quick way of removing large area of unwanted hair. These creams contain chemicals that help to dissolve the proteins in the hair, resulting in the easy removal of hair from the quick sweep of a scraper. Due to the chemicals, the creams have a slight odor.

Best For: Large areas such as legs, arms or bikini area

How much does hurt: Painless, though there might be tingling sensation. If it starts to burn, remove immediately. Have a slight chance of ingrown hairs.

How much does it cost: $49 onwards

How long does it last: One to three days

4) Waxing

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Waxing is one of the most painful hair removal methods, which involves removing a big area of hair from the roots. Starting out by applying wax over the skin, the hair sticks to the wax, and once the wax has cool, it is then quickly ripped off (with or without a cloth strip), pulling the hair out with it. Relatively, a quick procedure, however, hair needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long for it to adhere to the wax. Therefore, the growing time in-between waxing can take a while.

Best For: Anywhere on the body, including the face, underarms, legs, arms and bikini area.

How much does hurt: Painful, subsequently less painful over time. Redness, bumps and ingrown hair might occur.

How much does it cost: Depending on the area, it cost $40 per session onwards

How long does it last: Three to eight weeks

 5) Sugaring

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Similar to waxing, the method involves the uses of sugar-containing paste or gel to remove hair. As the ingredients are all natural, sugaring can be easily done at home.

Best For: Anywhere on the body, including the face, underarms, legs, arms and bikini area.

How much does hurt: Painful, but subsequently less painful over time, though it is reported to be less painful than waxing.

How much does it cost: Depending on the area, to get it professionally done cost from $10 to $100, at-home sugaring kit from $10 to $40, and DIY at home for just a few dollars.

How long does it last: Three to six weeks

 6) Laser / IPL

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Laser treatments is considered a permanent and most expensive hair removal method. These treatments destroy the hair roots and preventing hair from growing with intense beam of light. Even though IPL is a permanent method, it is a long time method that requires several treatment sessions. Laser treatment works best on darker hair and lighter skin. As the treatment needs to be able to detect pigments, it will not remove blonde or white hairs effective, not being able to different the hair from darker skin.

Best For: Anywhere on the body, including the face, underarms, legs, arms and bikini area

How much does hurt: Depending on the area and how thick your hair follicles are, the pain is comparable to a rubber band being snapped onto the skin.

How much does it cost: Depending on the area, one session cost about $15 onwards and it usually requires at least twelve sessions.

How long does it last: Results are shown after a couple sessions and requires touchup every six to twelve months.

 7) Electrolysis

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Electrolysis is the only FDA-only approved permanent hair removal method. A professional placed a tiny needle inside the hair follicle that sends electric current to destroy the root of each hair. This method works well on all skin type but it takes a long time as it remove one hair at a time and at least 15 sessions.

Best For: Face

How much does hurt: Depending on your threshold, the stringing sensation may or may not be painful.

How much does it cost: Depending on the area, one session cost about $15 and it usually requires at least twelve sessions.

How long does it last: Results are shown after a couple sessions and requires touchup every six to twelve months.

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