Everyone has a 'first time they shaved' story, a quick ask around the office proved this. Mine was a standard steal your Dad's razor and end up looking like you ran through a rose bush. Ouch. Others had tales of using hair removal cream and burning their top lip, or using sandpaper (don't ask). Another did the fateful dry shave, and someone else tried using duct tape. LOL.
Although since those early tween days we've all got the hang of using a razor, there's still no definitive answer over which hair removal process is best.
You obviously don't have to remove your hair, we're all human and naturally have it- but if you prefer to, then read on because we've set out the pros and cons of waxing, shaving and epilating.
This is what most people start off using, which starts the whole darn vicious cycle off. Because once you shave the hair grows back thicker and faster, leaving you wishing you'd never started.
1. Cheap. This is a big reason for a lot of people choosing to shave. Razors can be picked up for a pound and a good one for under a tenner. All you then need is a good cream or gel, skintimate is a great option.
2. Quick. It fits easily into your shower routine, unlike epi or waxing which take longer.
3. Can be done pretty much anywhere. Forgot to shave your armpits and wearing a sleeveless dress? Pop into the nearest bathroom, splash of water and a quick save, taadaa.
4. Least painful of all the methods, which is always a massive plus!
1. The hair grows back sooo quickly. After one day your legs are back to feeling like cactuses.
2. Can often cause ingrown hairs, shaving bumps, cuts and rashes. Not the smooth dolphin-esqu feel you desired.
3. Hair regrow thicker and quicker. Boooo. Thumbs down.
4. Although it is cheap, you do have to replace razors frequently (unlike an epi which will last years).
1. Waxing is the best long-term solution as it lasts between 2-6 weeks. So it may take a little bit of time one evening, but then you don't have to think about it for a month. Ideal.
2. It's a pretty effective method to remove larger areas of hair, larger strips = larger surface area.
3. You won't get that stubble feeling that shaving often leaves, waxing gets it all off. YAS!
4. Pain (apparently) diminishes over time. Not convinced by this fact.
1. If you can't bare waxing your own body, which I don't blame you, it's quite a sadistic ritual, then professionals can get expensive.
2. DIY kits are dangerous. We've all burnt ourselves using them. Ouch.
3. Time-consuming, can take up to an hour. Ain't nobody got time for that.
4. It hurts. When people say it doesn't they're lying. Either that or I'm a wimp. It's probs the latter.
1. Cheaper than going to the salon, plus you avoid that awkward moment of a complete stranger staring at your hoohaar.
2. After using an epilator for a few moths, the hair thins out. Which is one of the biggest plus point to this method.
3. No minimum length, unlike with waxing. So you don't have to grow it out and walk around like a wooly mammoth for the week leading up to your salon appointment.
4.Time. It's pretty speedy compared to waxing, and you only need to do it every few weeks.
1. Pain. I'd compare it to lots of tiny electric shocks. Not necessarily any worse than waxing pain wise, but definitely not better.
2. Ingrown hairs. They happen with shaving and sometimes can when epilating, a good way around this is to exfoliate before you use it.
3. Pricier than shaving in the short-term, an epilator usually costs around 60 quid. But over the years an epilator will save you money- peaks and troughs.
4. You have to use it for a while before the hair starts to thin, so it will be a little time consuming for the first few months.
Based on the aforementioned facts I'd say the epilator, but that just depends on your pain tolerance and what you can handle!
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