I’ve sometimes longed to be one of those women who don’t seem to have any body hair, and other times I’ve longed to be one of those women who are happy to let their body hair grow freely! If like me you’re neither of these women, then an important question you’ll face as a bride is: what to do about all this unwanted body hair?
Whether you’re still prepping for the big day or getting ready for your honeymoon, here is a quick guide to help you sort through some of your hair removal options.
This 100% natural hair removal method dates back to ancient Egypt and has been practised for centuries by many different cultures. The sugar paste is very sanitary and suitable for all skin types, and is made from only three ingredients: sugar, water and lemon juice. Unlike waxing, sugaring won’t clog pores or burn the skin; instead it exfoliates as it removes hair to leave skin silky, smooth and healthy. It’s less painful than waxing and removes even shorter hairs that waxing can’t grip, and hairs will grow back thinner. On top of all this it’s biodegradable and environmentally friendly. This method of hair removal has stood the test of time because it is a winner in every sense of the word!
For waxing rookies it’s not advisable to wax for the first time right before your wedding day. Ensure that there’s a long enough build-up (at the very least about 3 months) to see how the wax interacts with your skin and to give your hair follicles enough time to adjust. You have to wait until the hair is long enough to lie flat on your skin (about a quarter-inch) before waxing. Possible side effects can include redness, bumps and ingrown hairs, hair follicles also risk becoming infected. But the great news is, the more you routinely wax, eventually fewer hairs will grow back. It will also become less painful. Results are long lasting, leaving you fuzz-free usually for 4-6 weeks.
Shaving is without a doubt the quickest and easiest way to de-fuzz. Always wet your skin properly, take your time, and use a good, sharp razor, as nicks from a dull blade are unpleasant, not to mention unsightly! Results are short-lived with hair growing back bristly and usually within 1-3 days, but a quick shave can also be a good way to ‘touch up’ before the big day. In the bath is best, as hair follicles will be at their most receptive.
Rather uncomfortable but very effective, electrolysis is the only proven method of permanent hair removal. It varies from person to person, but usually between 15-30 sessions will see you permanently hair-free. If you have the time, the money and the pain threshold, it’s a fantastic investment.
Laser hair removal is another expensive, time-consuming option but it produces semi-permanent results and mild discomfort.
- Hair Removal Cream
These creams can be a convenient move if you’re strapped for time and have lots of hair to remove. However they may not work so well on coarser hair and, as with shaving, the results tend to be short-lived. If like me you have sensitive skin, these creams might also cause burning and redness, so always do a patch test first.
There really is a hair removal method out there for everyone. The earlier you start trying out different methods, the sooner you’ll find the one that’s right for you and your skin’s needs. It’ll be one less thing for you to worry about in the days leading up to the big day!