Removing armpit hair can be a troublesome issue for most women. Most of us have possibly been accustomed to shaving and waxing for removing these unwanted hair. However, some researches have proven that shaving and waxing are not considered as best solution for armpit hair removal.
About shaving and waxing the armpit hair
Shaving is one of the most-frequently used method for removing armpit hair, since it is quick, easy, and definitely affordable. One does not need a specific shaving razor or blade in order to get armpit hair removed. Hence, this is the best choice of hair removal when dealing with limited time and budget. Most women do not need anyone else’s assistance when shaving their unwanted hair, including the armpit hair. It is not surprising, therefore, that shaving has become the most favored method of underarm hair removal.
However, shaving may trigger some side effects which later are going to change the way your underarms look. Some cons of shaving which have been discussed in various researches are:
- It does not remove armpit hair completely. Instead, shaving only cuts off the hair on the skin surface. As the result, the newly-grown hair will be blunt and appear to be thicker than the previously shaved armpit hair.
- Shaving might affect skin pores, and the stress given to the shaved hair after the procedure might cause the phenomenon called in-grown hair. These in-grown hair might cause the skin under the armpits appear to be darker.
As an alternative to shaving, waxing has also been really popular. This method is done by applying a sticky resin onto the underarms, which will be pulled off using strips of cloth. This method—different from shaving, is going to remove the hair completely from the roots. Despite the effective result, which can be semi-permanent, waxing for people with sensitive skin can be worrying, since it may cause red bumps and irritation that may end up in hyperpigmentation.
Removing armpit hair without shaving or waxing
Using depilatory creams
Depilatory creams work by loosening hair follicles and melt smooth, tiny hair. Hence, these creams work best on people with thin armpit hair, rather than those with thicker one. However, these creams should not stay too long on the skin, as it may trigger hyperpigmentation.
Electrolysis should only be done by a professional electrologist. This is a costly treatment for hair removal, but with permanent effect. This method is done by putting a needle into the hair follicles to break it, so that the hair will not re-grow permanently. Despite the effective result, electrolysis might cause hyperpigmentation, especially for those with darker skin tone.
Epilator is an electrical device used for hair removal which works by grasping the hair and pulling them out. Many people managed to try this method say that removing hair using epilators hurts worse than shaving, but the result is neater and more even. To use an epilator, make sure your armpit hair is not too long, as it might get tangled inside the device. Also, be cautious that the device won’t get pinched into the epilator.
Threading is basically an ancient method of hair removal, which is good for sensitive skin, as it does not involve hard skin pull-off. However, armpit hair removal using threading method cannot be done at home. You need to find a professional to perform the treatment. This method is also quite difficult, and will be effective only for less thick armpit hair.
Tweezing is also a conventional method for removing armpit hair. This treatment can be done at home, and the result can be precise. However, it is very painful and may cause irritation for some people. Armpit hair removal using tweezers is also time-consuming.
Sugaring is similar to waxing, except in the form of mixture used. While waxing used resin-based mixture, sugaring can be done using more natural ingredients—mostly a mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and water. If you make the mixture by yourself, sugaring can be done at home, yet it will cost quite a lot if done at the professional salon.