Ain't Nobody Like A Prickle

Being a girl is so hard (sigh). Not only do we have to worry about what to wear, achieving that perfect winged eyeliner and gorgeous Victoria Secret waves, plus making sure we’re kicking goals in our work/study/overall life, we also have to worry about having a super smooth, hair free bod. It’s an effort. Fo. Sho.


As we start the changeover from a cold, cover-up-every-inch-of-our-bodies winter, where we could stretch our hair removal out just a little more than usual… to summer, when we’re out and about rocking our denim cut-offs and striped tee’s; now is the perfect seasonal transition time to start planning which hair removal treatment is right for you.


Ain’t nobody like a prickle, so to be sure you’re prickle free and ready for anything, here are the breakdowns of hair removal and what is best for you and your lifestyle.

WAXING

How Long It Can Last: 2-6 weeks, depending on your hair type and how long you’ve been waxing for.

Go For It:

Long-lasting results

Actually reduces the amount of hair that grows back over time

Removes hair from the root

Can remove even very short hairs

Suitable for all areas of the face and body and skin types

Be Aware:

Can be mildly painful (depending on body area and sensitivity)

Can cause skin redness for some people (only for the next few hours post treatment)


Great for two-three weeks, not-so-great for one-two weeks. The thing with waxing is that you do have a re-growth period, but if you’re prepared to stick it out, the more often you wax the finer the hairs become which means your not-so-great hair regrowth weeks lessen and lessen as your hair follicles basically give up producing hair and you’re regrowth becomes much finer.


At home vs. salon? Well, totally your call on this one. I’d always prefer salon because I know the quality of wax and training of therapist is far better than what I could achieve at home…plus I’d get nervous, get the giggles and never actually pull the wax off because I know it’s going to painful. At the salon, at least there is some suspense as to when the wax is going to be removed so I can’t psych myself out!


IPL

How Long Can It Last: 6-8 weeks initially, with maintenance treatments once to twice a year.

Go For It:

Permanent hair removal (be sure to discuss your expectations at time of consultation)

Considering you're never going to need to worry about hair removal again, the cost is actually very affordable

When hairs do grow back, they’re much finer and easier to remove (so less painful)

Suitable for all areas of the body

Be Aware:

Only effective on hair with pigment. Again, be sure to discuss this at your consultation

Can be painful. If you know you don't have a high pain threshold, then be sure to mention this to your therapist, as they will recommend pre and post treatment creams that will make it a little more comfortable for you

More expensive than traditional hair removal methods (remember though that it is a one off treatment period)

Can cause unwanted pigmentation on the skin


After saying all of that, IPL treatments aren’t for everyone and can be a little more complicated than you may realise. It’s strongly recommended that you only partake in IPL for hair removal when you’re not going to be exposed to heat and sunlight (during summer mainly, so best to do during winter), as we do not want to get any undue pigmentation from this treatment. It’s also a treatment that is totally dependent on you as an individual – hair colour, skin tone, pain tolerance.


What to look for with an IPL clinic:

If this is a treatment that you would love to have, then please be sure to do some research on which clinics are up to date with their training, and that will book you in for a full consultation prior to you signing the dotted line to ensure your results and expectations are achievable, and that you’re the right candidate to have the treatment. If they don’t give you a consultation, be wary as I’d hate for you to commit, pay and not be thrilled with the results. Be sure to ask as many questions as you want – even down to the machine and the cooling mechanism (even if you’re not 100% sure on what it all means), as you need to know that the therapist administrating your treatment really knows their stuff. Also be sure to ask about how many sessions are required for your skin and hair type, and if you’re going to need multiple re-visits to maintain it.

If you’re getting good vibes, both yourself and the clinic tick all the right boxes and all is well, then yay – you’re going to be hair free and care free!


SHAVING

How Long Can It Last: 2 days-1.5 weeks depending on your hair type, body area and how fast your hair grows.

Go For It:

Very quick

Can be done in the shower or the bath

Pain-free

Leaves skin feeling smooth

Can be used with shaving creams that nourish your skin

Inexpensive

Be Aware:

Hair grows back more quickly than it does with other methods

If the right shaving accompaniments aren’t used, the razor can damage your skin


The easiest option, but also the most time consuming option. I say this because it’s something that you can’t just do once and forget about for a week or so. Usually it’s something that you’ll have to do every 1-3 days depending on how fast your hair growth cycle is. When you shave, you don’t remove the follicle/bulb itself, you’re just cutting it back as close to the skin as possible. You'll also find that in certain areas, like your underarms for example you get what looks like a shadow - this is the early stages of hair growth. So if this is you, then waxing, epilator or IPL may be your choice in this area.


HAIR REMOVAL CREAMS

How Long Does It Last: 4 days - 2 weeks depending on your hair type and how fast it grows.

Go For It:

Quick and easy

Can be done in the shower or the bath

Pain-free

Leaves skin feeling smooth

As simple as applying a body lotion to your skin

Can be nourishing

Be Aware:

Some waiting time

Hair removal doesn’t last as long as other methods

Sometimes not suitable for use on sensitive areas

Doesn’t smell the greatest

EPILATOR

How Long Does It Last: 2-6 weeks.

Go For It:

Controlled, effective hair removal

Precisely removes even the shortest hairs

Can cause small, bearable pinches, as opposed to the sharp pain associated with waxing

Allows you to go back and remove any missed hairs with ease

Can epilate 0.2mm length hair, which means you don't need to wait as long as waxing for hair growth

Be Aware:

Takes a little while to ensure each hair is removed

Can be painful for some for the first few times of using (especially if you've been a shaver for years)


An epilator is a device that has ceramic plates, holding tiny tweezer like elements that rotate electrically to remove hairs from the follicle (same to that of waxing) as you glide up your leg, or area to be treated.


My Verdict

Having tried all of the above, IPL is my go to! I saw such amazing results, however will need to continue to go for top-up treatments to maintain the result I'm so happy with.

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