3 Hair Removal Treatments That Are Better Than Shaving

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Hair removal is an important part of many people's grooming regimes. Achieving a sleek, hairless look for your body, legs or face can be done using many methods. Whilst shaving is one of the most popular methods, it is often not the most efficient. Waxing, hair removal creams and laser hair removal are all more effective ways of achieving long-term hair removal.


Waxing is an extremely simple procedure. It involves using heated wax to pull the hair out from the roots. You can do this yourself with use of shop-bought waxing strips, or have it done professionally by a beauty therapist.

As well as being relatively simple, waxing has many benefits that make it a better option than shaving. As the hair is pulled out from the roots, the removal effect lasts longer than shaving. Waxing also causes less irritation than shaving, as it reduces the risk of ingrowing hair and will not cause accidental cuts. Finally, waxing gives a smoother, more aesthetically pleasing result than shaving.

Hair Removal Creams

Should the thought of pulling your hair out with wax be a little unappealing, hair removal creams can be an equally good alternative. Available from most pharmacists, hair removal creams are easy to use, usually requiring a simple application to the desired area.

Most hair removal creams dissolve the hairs, leading to a fuller and longer lasting removal. As with waxing, removal creams leave the legs smooth, and avoid the discomfort of cuts from a razor and ingrowing hairs.

Laser Hair Removal

Should you be unhappy with the results of waxing or hair removal creams, laser hair removal can be a good option. One of the most effective and long-lasting hair removal treatments in use, laser hair removal involves 'zapping' the hair follicles with a laser (a highly concentrated light beam). The laser destroys the hair, for effective and long lasting hair removal.

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure and, as such, must be carried out by a medical professional. Treatment sessions can take up to an hour, but this is dependant on the size of the area being treated. Lasers can selectively target the hairs, so there is no risk of damage to the surrounding skin, or even any short-term irritation that other hair removal methods can cause. A further benefit of laser removal is that after an average of three to seven sessions, most patients experience permanent hair loss.