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You have no time for mess and fuss. You want results and you want them now!
The pros: Shaving is one of the simplest and cheapest methods of hair removal, as Diane Wood, master barber for King of Shaves, points out. "It costs less than other hair-removal techniques and can be done in the privacy of your own home." There's no need to book salon appointments or wait for regrowth, you can just shave and go!
The cons: Most of us have experienced the odd nick when shaving. Some areas are trickier than others to shave Diane points out. "A razor can catch on the natural wrinkles around the kneecap so most women don't shave this area as well as they should," she says.
Hair-removal hint: Diane has an insider trick for avoiding those nasty nicks on difficult-to-shave knees. "Shave the knee from east to west, rather than north to south. Bended knees also make all the difference." Diane also suggests using a low-foam shaving gel so you can see exactly what you're doing at all times.
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"No pain, no gain" is your hair-removal motto, and you're willing to invest a little time and effort to get a longer-lasting result.
The pros: "Waxing is sanitary, effective and efficient as a large amount of hair can be removed at once," Janet Chao, head aesthetician for Parissa, says. It can take between two to eight weeks for regrowth to appear, meaning that results are longer-lasting than shaving.
The cons: One of the biggest drawbacks of waxing is getting the hang of it. "First-time waxers may find it time consuming, but, like everything else, it takes practice and once you've perfected your technique, you'll be waxing everything!" says Janet who also points out that waxing isn't for everyone. "If you suffer from diabetes, varicose veins or poor circulation, some physicians advice against waxing."
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You want a cheap, easy and pain-free way to get summer-smooth skin.
The pros: "This method is a low-cost way of hair removal that requires little skill," Says Louise Thomas-Minns, expert beauty therapist. "Depilatory creams can be used on a variety of areas and hair types."
The cons: Potential irritation Louise advises always doing a patch test first, as some people may be allergic to some ingredients in depilatory creams. "Depilatory creams can also be drying as they change the natural pH and moisturising factors of the skin," Louise says.
Hair-removal hint: If you want to get the most from this method of hair removal, you have to put in the groundwork. "Always ensure you moisturise the treated areas between uses and gently exfoliate the skin on a weekly basis," suggests Louise.
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You're looking for the next big thing in hair removal. You want salon-style results, at home.
The pros: As well as the possibility of permanent hair reduction, beauty therapist and IPL expert Anita Clarkson reckons convenience and cost are also benefits of using IPL systems. "Home-based IPL systems mean no more having to book salon appointments," she says. "Cost is also a major factor to a lot of people who find repeat professional treatments too expensive." Anita also points out the added benefit of people being able to use IPL systems in the privacy of their own homes.
The cons: Anita points out IPL systems cannot be used on all skin tones and hair types. "IPL systems like Boots Smooth Skin are not suitable for treating white or grey hair, as there is no pigment to conduct the energy to the root," she says. "Redheads are also unlikely to achieve good results because red hair does not absorb light very successfully, thus limiting the achievable results."
Hair-removal hint: This method of hair removal is a big commitment and can be time consuming. "Doing a large area such as legs or arms can take a little time," Anita says. "Use white pencil to divide a large area into sections." This way, you can see exactly which areas you have treated, meaning you can take a break if you need to.
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Remember, whatever your chosen hair-removal method, always be safe and read the instructions first!
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