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Hair removal used to be all about the razor. A bit of shaving cream, a lather in the bath and a disposable razor was all you needed. Now, though, there are so many different methods of hair removal that getting fuzz free can be a bit confusing. Do you go all out with a wax? Stick to the more gentle option of a close shave? Is it possible to remove hair permanently or at least semi-permanently? We answer all of these questions and more with our top tips for getting fuzz free.
Do I Need To Get Rid Of My Hair?
Not if you don't want to. Some gals like to keep their hair, some like to get rid of it completely and some prefer to keep just a little bit.
It can be caused by something as simple as your heritage - if your mum had excess hair, it's likely that you will too. Medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can also cause excess hair growth and it's linked to an increase in certain hormones within the body. For example, you may be suffering from a hormone-secreting tumor or going through the menopause. Or, you might have a hormone disorder. If you do have excess hair growth in an unexpected spot, see your doctor, as there are plenty of medications that slow down and even stop the hair growth - meaning that you don't have to turn to the razor.
Some ladies just want to get rid of their excess hair because they don't like it, and that's fine too. Whatever your reasons for wanting to remove your hair, the tips below should leave you feeling as smooth as a baby's bottom.
Cheap and Cheerful: Razors
Razors are the cheapest option and for ladies in a rush, they're actually really effective. But it's important that you go for a high quality razor, if possible with a moisturizing bar or soap bar that'll smooth and soften your legs (or anywhere else) as you shave. Cheap razors will drag at your skin and you're more likely to end up with lumps and bumps. Remember, too, that you should never ever attempt a dry shave. You'll end up with ingrown hairs and red bumps aplenty.
Generally, shaving works best under your arms and on your legs, although you can also shave spots like your tummy, too. Using a razor cuts the hair on top of the skin, which effectively blunts the hair, making it look thicker - which is where the myth about shaving making hair grow back thicker comes from. The downside of shaving is that hair grows back quicker, within 1 to 3 days.