In order to create a good jumping-off point for this article, I’ll begin by saying painless hair removal is a personal preference. Everyone feels like their happiest and most confident self in a ton of different ways.
If yours is by rocking the hair you were born with, especially as it pertains to facial hair, then you should 100 percent do it. But, if you’re looking for tips on facial hair removal that aren’t super painful, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I have written extensively and based on quality research, Painless hair removal plus all you need to know about it.
Getting rid of facial hair isn’t the horrible chore you may think, and there are a few significantly less painful ways to remove facial hair that you should know about.
For example, Your face is a sensitive place, so you should treat it that way. Don’t use products that cause pain and discomfort. Instead, look for a facial hair removal alternative that gives you great results, and doesn’t make you want to cry.
If you’ve tried waxing and tweezing, and those hair removal methods just hurt too much, it might be time to find a product that doesn’t make you want to run for the hills.
From hair removal creams to buffers and laser removal options, there is something for every situation. Hair removal that’s easy and doesn’t hurt too much? Read on to know more.
What are the Painless Forms of Hair Removal?
Many hair removal methods are uncomfortable, though pain is a very subjective experience. It may take some time for you to figure out what your level of comfort is with the various methods of hair removal, so don’t hesitate to try a few different ones.
Some methods are permanent, while others must be repeated frequently, or even daily. The cost ranges from very cheap to quite expensive.
Let’s now take a closer look at the different types of hair removal one could try.
Generally considered to be a method of painless hair removal, it involves using a small blade to cut the hair off at the level of the skin.
Some girls say that shaving pubic hair is “high maintenance” because the hair usually grows back in just a couple of days
Shaving doesn’t make the hair grow back thicker; this is just a myth. However, if you want to keep the area hairless and smooth, you’ll need to invest in good tools such as scissors, razor, shaving cream or gel, or your own electric razor, and plan on shaving every couple of days.
The downside of shaving is that it often needs to be done daily because the hair grows back quickly. To counter this, Don’t leave the cream on any longer than the directions say. If you notice redness, swelling, or a rash, it could mean that you’re allergic to the hair remover.
Use a fresh razor and be sure to moisturize the area or use a shaving cream for a smooth shave. Be sure to read the product label first to make sure it is safe to use on your vulva, and follow the directions exactly and in order.
Because hirsutism in women with PCOS is the result of hormonal changes, there are medications, like Vaniqa and Flutamide, that you can take to correct the imbalances and thus minimize the excessive hair growth.
Provided you do not have an allergic reaction to the medication, this is a form of a painless hair removal method for preventing unwanted hair. Medications are available in oral form and as topical creams.
This is another form of painless hair removal method, though some women say that the depilatories cause mild stinging or burning, and the smell can be quite unpleasant.
Depilatories are creams and lotions for removing hair.
If you experience severe discomfort while using a depilatory, immediately rinse it off and, if the pain does not go away soon, call your doctor. Such pain can be a sign of a severe reaction to one or more of the ingredients.
This method of hair removal is painless, but it’s important to be aware that not all “depilatories” are safe to use on your vulva or “bikini line.” Chemical burns have been reported after the use of a chemical depilatory. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
I will not dwell on this one much. But it simply involves using tweezers to pull out individual hairs.
It’s not nearly as painful as waxing, threading or electrolysis, but the tediousness of going hair by hair can be annoying. While the ouch factor isn’t as great as other methods, it’s not really practical for large areas.
What is Waxing? Waxing is different than other hair removal methods because the hair is removed from the root so it doesn’t grow back as quickly.
Is this a painless hair removal method?
If you decide to remove your pubic hair using the wax method, it’s best to have it done at a salon or spa that offers waxing as a regular part of their services. If the wax is too hot, you could burn your skin. Never shave before waxing.
Many women report, however, that waxing discomfort greatly decreases the more frequently you wax. Use aloe to soothe your skin afterwards.
All in all, It removes unwanted hair by pulling it out from the root. Hot (but not too hot) wax is applied to the area and pulled off in the opposite direction of how it grows.
It takes a couple of seconds for the wax to get hard. Once hard, the cloth strip is quickly pulled off. This method of hair removal usually stings (when the cloth is pulled off).
The results tend to last about 3 weeks.
Similar to tweezing and waxing, the technique is somewhat painful, but not as intense as waxing. The discomfort will decrease if you get the treatment regularly.
Practitioners manipulate the thread to catch multiple hairs and can eliminate rows of hair at a time.
An ancient central Asian and Indian method of hair removal, threading uses thread— the kind used for sewing — to pull out hair from the root.
Applying witch hazel after threading can help to relieve redness and discomfort.
While it is uncomfortable whenever you pull hair from the skin, many women report less discomfort associated with sugaring than with waxing, because the wax is more likely to pull at or tear the skin.
Sugaring is another ancient method of hair removal. Similar to waxing, it uses a sticky sugar solution to bind to the hair follicles.
Either way, the discomfort associated with sugaring should diminish each time that you have the procedure done
The sugar solution can be made at home with items found in your pantry, like vinegar, sugar, lime juice, and honey.
Some women say that the temperature the sugar is heated to can make the sugaring process more uncomfortable than waxing.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a strong beam of light that penetrates the skin to destroy the hair follicle. The hair eventually falls out. Protective eye wear must be worn during the treatments. Results can vary from person to person and some people may notice temporary redness and swelling after the treatment.
The treatment is only done for short sessions, so the discomfort is usually manageable. Some estheticians will even provide a topical numbing cream to further help with pain relief.
Laser hair removal involves focusing intense light beams on hair follicles, destroying them. The process takes several sessions to complete, but once finished, the hair removal is often permanent.
If you choose this method of hair removal, first schedule a consultation with a health care provider who is board-certified in dermatology or cosmetic surgery and who has experience with performing laser hair removal. Make sure the salon is clean and a copy of the provider’s certification is on display
Many women report these treatments can be uncomfortable, but bearable. The discomfort has been compared with a rubber band being repeatedly snapped against your skin.
The procedure itself varies in length depending on how much hair is removed, and you must wear protective eyewear throughout the treatment. Laser hair removal can be pricey and take 6 or more sessions. Sometimes it may not work.
Lastly in this segment is Electrolysis. Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved permanent solution to remove body hair.
This method can be quite painful and feels like multiple needle pricks over and over again for up to 30-minute sessions.
Multiple sessions are needed for the treatment to be effective for permanent hair removal. If you are thinking about electrolysis, ask for a free consultation and get all your questions answered.
Look for a clean salon that employs board-certified technicians.
It removes individual hairs by inserting a fine probe into a hair follicle to destroy it using a chemical or heat energy.
Once the probe is inserted, the hair is removed with tweezers. Each session can last 15-60 minutes and the cost can vary depending on the location and other factors.
In summary, Electrolysis is the only hair removal method that permanently removes the hair. A needle-shaped electrode is used to destroy the hair root. Treatments are usually once a week or every other week for about a year to completely remove all the hair roots.
New Ways to Make Hair Removal Less Painful
I have succeeded in explaining all the hair removal processes that is available. Now, what ever your choice is, either to shave, wax, or laser, the truth remains that hair removal techniques are far from being comfortable.
From razor burn and bumps to ingrown hairs, we sure suffer a lot just to keep our skin smooth. With guidance from an anaesthetic and a grooming expert, I was prompted to make research on innovative tactics on how to make any hair removal process painless. Hopefully one of the following works for you.
1. Try emollient-based shaving cream
Typical foam shaving creams are not emollient enough, so look for gel-based shaving creams that really lubricate and soften, so that the razor glides easily across the skin, lessening irritation.
If you are prone to bumps, sensitivity and ingrown hairs, avoid regular shaving cream, the key to a comfortable shave is to condition the skin prior to shaving to soften the hair and the hair follicle.
Hence, you should use an emollient-based shaving cream that, when applied to the skin, softens the hair and follicle—that way, when a razor goes across the skin, there is less irritation.
2. Use chamomile
To soothe skin and keep it from getting inflamed, try a moisturizer containing not only aloe but chamomile, Rouleau suggests, which keeps skin soft and calm
3. Exfoliate way before you wax
This will help prevent ingrown hairs
About a week before getting a wax, you should start exfoliating the surface of the skin to ensure the hair can come cleanly out.
4. Apply an acid serum
This applies to shaving, as well, if you experience ingrown hairs
One could apply a thin coat of an exfoliating acid serum followed by body lotion right after getting out of the shower almost every day.
The trick behind this is that The serum will start to dissolve surface dead skin cells that can cause hairs to become trapped under the skin.
Safety Guidelines when Shaving Pubic Hair
A brief one before we move one, for those who will settle for shaving, you should be aware of the safety guidelines that come with it. Below is a run-through of how to safely shave your pubes to prevent the cons.
- Use a hand mirror so you can see the area you want to shave.
- Trim as much hair as possible before you begin shaving – DON’T use a dull pair of scissors.
- Soak in the tub for at least 5 minutes to soften the skin and pubic hair before you shave.
- Apply shaving cream or gel with aloe vera or another soothing agent (made for women) over all the areas you plan to shave. Reapply as needed.
- Use a new/sharp razor or “bikini” razor – DON’T use a dull blade. Try a razor with a built-in moisturizing strip.
- Hold the skin tight with one hand and shave with the other hand. Avoid using too much pressure.
- Shave in the direction that the hair grows, using slow strokes.
- Rinse your skin with warm water after you are done shaving and then pat dry.
- Apply baby oil or lotion with aloe vera to the shaved area when you’re done. Avoid scented products because they may sting your skin.
How to Get Rid of Body Hair the Natural Way
People actuary debate which method of hair removal promises permanent.
But people opinion differ. Well, While you may not be able to “permanently” get rid of body hair, the methods below will be highly effective to help you in your weekly/monthly struggle to keep your body hair under control.
Try these natural remedies to find out which work best!
The best thing about papaya is that it’s highly nourishing for your skin, and it can be applied even to those with highly sensitive skin. Not only will it deal with the hairs currently sprouting from the follicles, but it can delay the return of your body hair.
It’s a beautiful exfoliating substance that will get rid of body hair as it provides nutrients to your skin. Talk about a win-win!
Papaya is so much more than just a tropical fruit! It’s packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as a specific enzyme called papain. Papain helps to break down your hair follicles, slowing down your hair re-growth rate.
- Raw papaya
- Raw turmeric root
Using a knife, peel and chop the papaya into small cubes. Use a fork to mash the cubes into a thick, juicy papaya pulp.
Grate a knuckle-sized piece of raw turmeric root using the smallest holes. This will give you zest-sized pieces, which you can mix into the papaya pulp. Mix the pulp well to ensure the turmeric is properly absorbed, and apply the paste to the body parts with unwanted hair.
Gently massage the pulp into your skin, and let it sit for up to 20 minutes. Once the time has passed, rinse the pulp from your skin with warm water. There may be a bit of yellowing of your skin (the result of the turmeric), but it will fade in a few days.
Repeat this remedy once or twice a week. Once the body hair has lightened, you can shave/wax. Give your skin a day to recover, then apply the mixture again. Keep applying it regularly, and you may not have to worry about waxing or shaving for a long time!
You can use turmeric in either raw or powder form, depending on its availability in your city.
Turmeric is a potent root that makes a delicious addition to curries, sauces, and stews, but it’s also loaded with a powerful antioxidant known as curcumin. Curcumin helps to reduce inflammation, fight bacteria, and keep your skin healthy.
Best of all, turmeric can seriously reduce hair growth.
- Turmeric powder
- Sesame oil
- Gram flour
Mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with an equal amount of gram flour, and stir well to combine. Pour in the sesame oil until you have a thick paste. Using your fingers, apply the paste to the areas with unwanted body hair.
Let the mixture dry and sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Use a gentle scrubbing motion to get rid of the paste, and a bit of hair will come off. You can repeat this remedy once weekly to deal with your body hair!
Sugar, Lemon, and Honey
Using sugar with honey can be a natural alternative to the costly paraffin wax used by so many spas and hair removal clinics.
Trim your hairs roughly 10 days before using this remedy to maximize its efficiency
Have you ever noticed how sugar turns thick and wax-like when heated? It’s why we have delicious caramel and toffee!
Mixing honey and sugar make a thick wax that, once applied, will nourish your skin even as it sticks to your hairs–making it easier to rip them out. Adding a bit of a lemon helps to bleach the hair, reducing its visibility.
Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice. Place the mixture in a metal bowl, and place that bowl over a double boiler. This will heat the liquid slowly (preventing burning), dissolving the sugar and turning it into a thick wax-like paste.
Add water to thin out an overly thick paste, or mix in cornstarch to thicken a too-thin paste.
Apply a bit of cornstarch to the areas you want to wax. This will help to prevent the wax mixture from clinging to your skin.
Using a wooden spoon, apply the wax to your skin in the direction of the hairs. Pat, a strip of waxing cloth into the still-soft wax, allow it to cool and harden, and rip off. It works like a regular wax, but far more natural!
Lentil and Potatoes
Potatoes contain acid that will bleach your body hair, lightening them and making them less visible. The addition of lentils will make the potato remedy more effective.
- Yellow lentils
- Lemon juice
Soak the lentils in a bowl of water overnight. Come morning, run them through a food processor or grinder to turn them into a thick paste. Crush one potato into the mixture, and add a tablespoon of honey and lemon juice each. Mix and apply the paste to your body. After 30 minutes, rinse it off.
Final Verdict on Painless hair removal
We all know about so many ways how to get rid of body hair – from shaving to waxing to laser hair removal – but what about natural methods? Are there ways to get rid of your body hair using ONLY ingredients found in nature? No lasers, no harsh hair removal creams, and definitely no risk of razor burn. Hopefully, these few natural hair removal methods that I’ve shared with you will work.
Let me say this before I conclude. Electrolysis isn’t 100% permanent. Many people who undergo this type of hair removal end up re-growing body hair after a few years. By the time 10 years have passed since the completion of electrolysis, hair follicles have re-grown at least a percentage of body hair. It’s not as dark or thick as it was before the electrolysis, but it’s still visible.
Laser hair removal, on the other hand, usually only works for up to a year or so. The light beam does damage the hair follicles, but not to the extent of electrolysis. It slows down the re-growth rate without actually stopping it.
That’s why it’s recommended to get follow-up laser hair removal treatment every year. That way, the laser will burn away the hair once more.
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As for the other hair removal methods (waxing, tweezing, shaving, sugaring, threading, etc.), the hair removal doesn’t last anywhere near as long. Wax your legs, and you may not see proper hair re-growth for a month or so. Wax your back or shoulders, and the results may last a bit longer (due to the sparsity of hair in these regions). However, in the end, the hair will always grow back!
Understanding this will help you to realize that there is no such thing as “permanent” hair removal. People who are looking for how to get rid of body hair permanently naturally are going to be disappointed.
I hope I’ve been able to share insight on hair removal methods and how none may be able to promise your ‘permanent’ but even at that, you should embrace the want that doesn’t give you much pain to get rid of.
If you are not cool with the general methods I shared earlier, why not opt for the natural ones? Trust me, you’ll come back thanking.
I’ll be at the comment section if you’ve got any questions or contribution. Thanks.