by Brandi Savitt – updated May 15, 2013
Wax On, Wax Off
Summer is fast approaching, and you may be thinking about (and dreading) the pain and expense of summer hair removal! No matter how it’s done, removing unwanted hair from intimate places (or anywhere for that matter), is not only unpleasant – it can become shockingly expensive. So we decided to look beyond the traditional razor and tweezers, and compare the costs of some of the more sophisticated techniques …
*Note: Because we have millions of hair follicles, no method can guarantee ABSOLUTE permanent hair removal.
Hair removal creams are typically sold over the counter and dissolve hair at the skin’s surface. They are easy to use and work quickly. However, be careful! The harsh ingredients can cause skin irritation or even chemical burns. -Use gloves & an old towel when applying the cream.
Effects: Lasts one to five days.
Costs: Anywhere between $3.00 to $15.00 a bottle/box.
Waxing works on all body areas, from the legs to the face, and whether you go for a regular, a Brazilian, or you get rid of it all, it is one of the more popular hair removal techniques for the bikini area.
Of course it hurts because your hair is being pulled out at the root, but you DO get used to it over time and the more you do it, the hair does grow back thinner (we swear)! It works as the resin binds hair to a strip of cloth, which is yanked off ( the opposite direction of hair growth). -Some thick waxes are applied and then peeled off.
You can wax all areas yourself using hot or cold wax kits sold in stores, but we do recommend seeing a professional for the best results- especially for the bikini area!
Effects: Lasts 3-6 weeks.
Cost: Home kits range between $10-$25. SPA prices depends TOTALLY on the body part and prices can range from $5-$100.
Sugaring is a more gentle wax alternative where a warm sticky paste has been made from a base of sugar, lemon and water. The paste is applied and removed just like waxing- but often less irritating to the skin. It does not always work as consistently as waxing does, but clean up is simple because the mixture washes off easily. Home kits are commonly sold, but it is difficult to find a professional spa that uses the pure method. -Be careful, many places that advertise that they do sugaring, really are using a wax that has some of the ingredients added.
Effects: Sugaring breaks the hairs off just below the surface of the skin (not at the root) so treatments last 1-3 weeks.
Cost: Home kits range from $10-$20. SPA prices depends TOTALLY on the body part but prices range from $5-$100| Print
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