HAVING CHOICES in life has always been what we want but when we get too many, it gets incredibly hard to choose! And for those whose lives revolve around having a body as close to perfect as they can be, these choices can become difficult decisions. After all, who wants to find out after months of hard work prepping for a contest that the decision they made in the lead up to the big day has now had a massive (and not so great!) impact on how they look…So let’s take a look at some of our most popular options for hair removal and investigate each one, starting with shaving.
Waxing works by applying hot wax to the skin and basically ripping the wax strip in the opposite direction to which the hair grows! This pulls the hair out by the root. The waxing usually will give you 4 to 8 weeks of being hair free, depending on your hair type. After a long period of constant waxing, you may start to notice the hair growth is getting more sparse and the hairs are lighter and thinner. Some people report getting quite red skin in the waxed area which can take from several minutes to several hours to settle down. The downside to waxing is that you need to have a bit of length to the hairs in order for the wax to have something to adhere to. This can occasionally present a problem if you have a competition coming up and you have a slight regrowth that is not quite long enough to wax.
When you shave, you are basically cutting the hair down to the surface of your skin. Your regrowth will be the fastest of all hair removals, usually, after 5-7 days, you will start to notice some regrowth. Some people report that they become much more prone to ingrown hairs with regular shaving. And most also say the hair grows back in a blunter fashion which makes the hair stand up more and appear thicker. You can also nick the skin when shaving which can cause irritation when applying your tan. Definitely not the best choice for the bikini line area as you don’t want any redness or irritation in this area! But it is highly convenient and can be done anywhere with a minimum of fuss and little mess.
Laser hair removal means the laser will penetrate the skin and target the hair shaft and then will inhibit hair growth. The laser will then essentially destroy the follicle which means it can achieve permanent removal after you complete a course of treatments. Usually, the hair in the targeted area will fall out in a couple of weeks. Some things to remember if you should choose laser is that you will have to avoid sun exposure in the days ahead of your appointments. If you find this difficult, schedule your laser appointments for during the cooler months. You will also need to make sure you have no fake tan on. And you will need to make sure you are consistent with your appointments, generally every 4 weeks (depending on your hair and skin type). Make sure you mention any medications you take just in case this affects your suitability for laser.
After exploring each of these options, one could be happy with shaving if you are okay with doing it every week to maintain a smooth hair-free look. If money is not an issue, you have the time for the regular appointments and you have a good tolerance for the discomfort of the laser then laser is a great choice for a more permanent hair removal. Whichever option you choose, take the time to care for your skin from the inside and out with good nutrition, staying hydrated, exfoliating the skin regularly and good quality skin moisturizer with sun protection during the summer.