Painless Underarm Hair Removal
From personal preference to skin sensitivity, there’s quite a few reasons to want to be rid of underarm hair. There’s many different methods of getting rid of unwanted body hair—depending on your personal preferences and how quickly your hair grows back, some are more effective than others. In this article, we’ll be going over those methods and outlining some painless ways to effectively get rid of underarm hair.
One of the most tried and trusted ways to rid yourself of unwanted hair is by waxing. Waxing can be done professionally in a salon, or can be done at home using waxing kits. Preparation usually involves exfoliation, but not shaving—wax won’t grip onto short hairs. While waxing is highly effective to keep you hair free for longer, it can be quite painful, as it works by pulling the hairs out from the root. For the same reason, those with sensitive skin may find that waxing isn’t an option. Although many swear by waxing, there are a multitude of other options available.
The most common method is shaving. Shaving is the quickest short-term method to remove unwanted underarm hair. It’s relatively inexpensive and razors are highly accessible. It can be done at home by anyone. The downsides to shaving come in the form of cuts and nicks, razor burn and irritated skin—not to mention the impermanent nature of shaving. Stubble begins to grow almost immediately, making it difficult to achieve both cosmetic and practical results, as the texture of stubble is often quite rough and irritating. In comparison, waxing is more extensive and expensive, but the results last longer and run less of a risk of skin irritation in the long run.
Some even pluck their underarm hair, using devices such as epilators which essentially pluck hair from the root. Epilators can be difficult to clean and can be quite painful.
Natural Hair Removal
If the chemicals in wax intimidate you, there are other methods to remove hair in the same fashion—sugaring is a form of hair removal that tears the hair from the root. Like waxing, it can be painful and time consuming, but it provides the same long-lasting effects. Sugaring uses natural ingredients—like sugar—alongside lemon and water, depending on the recipe, which makes this a great option for those with sensitive skin.
A completely painless and inexpensive way to thin out your underarm hair and lighten your skin is achieved through a turmeric paste. While this doesn’t remove hair completely, and the results aren’t immediate, it’s an entirely natural way to thin out your hair and give a natural, softer look and feel to your skin. Turmeric is widely known as an antioxidant, but it’s lesser known that the chemical compound that makes the spice yellow in color is curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit the 5-AR enzyme, meaning that turmeric’s ability to stabilize and slow hair growth is scientifically sound, and not just a myth.
Chemical Hair Removal
There are ways to remove underarm hair for longer periods of time with minimal effort. Instead of fussing with razors, shaving cream and wax strips, consider one of the many other options on the market—such as depilatory creams. Using chemicals such as calcium thioglycolate or potassium thioglycolate, the creams break down the hair fibers, making errant hairs easy to scrape away. Like shaving, this only rids hair from the surface level, but there’s less risk of cuts and scratches and it’s generally less of a hassle. Unlike shaving, however, depilatory creams can cause skin sensitivity issues, skin irritation, and possible chemical burns if not rinsed and washed off properly. As such, following the instructions for such creams is essential—if used correctly, and on the right skin type, creams are a painless, effortless ways to get rid of underarm hair.
One permanent way to achieve silky smooth underarms without the fuss of painful waxing or chemical creams is to use HPL, or Home Pulsed Light technology—specifically the Silk'n Flash&Go Express hair removal device. This compact device offers the similar results that you would receive from costly salon visits. Like laser treatments, the Flash&Go uses light energy to destroy the hair follicle which prohibits future hair growth.
Traditional laser hair removal treatments use long pulses of energy to burn the hairs—while effective, the resulting heat often irritates the skin, and going to the salon for your treatments is inconvenient and expensive. HPL uses short, powerful bursts of the same laser energy for a painless alternative in a compact device you can take with you anywhere.
Within a few treatments you should start to see hair loss. Since hair growth cycles are different for everyone, it’s important to follow the directions carefully, and keep using the Flash&Go. With the Flash&Go, you can avoid multiple costly trips to the salon for treatments that take up time and money.
It’s also important to keep in mind that HPL technology targets the melanin in the hair fibers—which means that for the device to be fully effective, there must be a contrast between the skin and hair color. As such, people with dark skin or light hair may be unable to use the device.
Ultimately, the hair removal method you choose is up to you—your circumstances may be benefitted best by waxing or depilatory creams, or you might be in such a rush that a short-term shave is just enough.
For those looking for long term hair loss, HPL technology like the Flash&Go can provide the most effective solution, for the least amount of fuss. If you’ve ever considered laser treatment before but have been put off by cost, look no further—HPL technology can provide professional hair removal results at home.
- Stephanie Slaptsis