Hair Removal : A Beginner's Guide to Hair Removal

Hair removal can be a pain – literally. There are almost as many ways to go about it as there are hairs to remove, but most methods fall in to three categories: shaving, creams, and waxing. The best hair removal method is always the one that suits you best. Everyone is different, so different solutions are required. Here we take a look at each of these different methods to help you discover which one is best for you.


The most popular form of hair removal, shaving is a form of depilation (removal of the hair above the skin) that involves dragging a sharp blade across the area to slice the hairs away as close to the root as possible. Dragging anything sharp across skin understandably causes small cuts and abrasions – even if you can’t see them, which can cause frequently-shaved areas to become sore, or even develop a raised red rash known as “razor-burn.”


Depilatory creams might seem like a relatively new invention, but women have been using various versions of them to remove their body hair for over 5000 years . The first creams were made with such unsavoury ingredients as quicklime and arsenic! Luckily, depilatory technology has come a long way since then. Veet® depilatory creams work by dissolving hair just below the skin so that it simply breaks away. This method can keep you stubble-free for up to four days, which is longer than shaving. Also, the hair grows back finer over time, so you feel smoother for longer.


Waxing is another method that may be older than you would expect. The technique was practiced by early Egyptians, who would use a mixture of sugar and lemon resin to form a sticky, stiff and malleable substance for removing hair. Waxing is a form of epilation, which means that it removes hair at the root. This deeper form of removal means that hair takes much longer to grow back, up to four weeks.

As with anything, it’s important to do your research, and then apply a little trial and error to work out what you find the most suitable. For example, some methods might seem more convenient, but require you to repeat the process more often, or put up with temporary skin irritations. Whatever method you opt for, there is no reason that you shouldn’t be able to have beautifully soft and smooth skin.