The Fab & Fru of Hair Removal

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.

Cream Depilatories

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

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5 Responses to “The Fab & Fru of Hair Removal”

  1. I am in Cairo, Egypt right now and a lot of women here use something called Hallawa to remove hair. It is a kind of sweet spread made form sesame paste, yummy on bread and good for removing hair too, apparently!


  2. Gwin says:

    Amazing what we women have to go through to look and feel beautiful! It is good to see all the options and prices together so we can compare which method of torture we want to use. Thanks!

  3. LA says:

    Ive been using something I found at the $1 store that is like sandpaper on a little rubber mit-I love it bc its easy and exfoliates at the same time. Ive seen similar products in the drugstore and on tele-my second favorite is a razor but with hair conditioner instead of shaving cream! Fantastic.

  4. Pea` says:

    I’ve never tried sugaring, but I definitely do use an high end razor. The trick for a good line is your underwear as a guide and too also use conditioner before starting the almightly ritual.

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