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November 25, 2022

Best Hair Removal Cream for Men: Top 7 Picks

Before you dive in… For all you need to know about getting the most out of using hair removal cream, check out my beginner’s guide to finding (and using) the best hair removal cream.

I’m not sure there’s ever an appropriate time or a place to tell the story of why I first decided to try hair removal cream for men, but if such a time or place exists then this is likely it; let’s just say it involved a trip to the beauticians, a terribly sweet middle aged Filipino lady, and a wax strip that I refused to allow her to rip off of my lads that proceeded to remain, unremoved, for a period of three more days.

Needless to say, I was in dire need of an alternative.

…The problem was (and still is, for a staggering number of men) that it’s pretty hard to strike up a casual conversation about ‘hair removal cream for men’s balls’ over a couple of beers with your buddies- or at least, it is with mine.

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The Truth About ‘Manscaping’

You could say that my lack of knowledge and inability to get down to the hairy details (yup, I just did that) with my friends caused me to be somewhat slow off the mark when it came to my awareness of men’s hair removal cream. In reality, up to as high as 90% of men are removing at least some of their body hair these days, and with a statistic like that you can bet your left one that there’s a huge demand for an alternative to the hassle of shaving and the dreaded pain of waxing.

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Best for body: Nair Hair Remover for Men Body Cream
Best for pubic hair: Nad’s For Men Hair Removal Cream
Best for sensitive skin: Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream, Sensitive Formula
Best In-Shower: Nair Men Hair Removal Cream
Best portable size: Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel Creme
Best for Back: Nair Men’s Hair Removal Spray
Best for beard: 100% Natural Hair Growth Inhibitor

Why Use Hair Removal Cream for Men?

Like the vast majority of guys, I was strictly razor only for my teenage years and well into my 20s, and despite the fact that I used to get shockingly bad razor burn and painful regrowth (not to mention the odd ingrown hair that would turn into a full on boil every now and then) I never investigated any alternatives- I just thought that that’s how it is; just something I have to live with.

When I hit my early 20s and started to ‘manscape’ my down there hair more regularly, I began experiencing the full wrath of what it means to have painful regrowth- if I thought I had known suffering before, well, let’s just say that I certainly did now. When that finally got to be too much, I turned to the world of hot wax, and well… the rest, as they say, is history.

The current range of ‘for men’ hair removal creams offer a brilliant alternative for guys who don’t want to deal with the agony of waxing or the discomfort of shaving. By now, I’ve gone through extensive testing of the best hair removal creams for every purpose, and I can safely say I’ve found some winners that totally changed my hair removal game.

How Does Men’s Hair Removal Cream Work

Men’s hair removal cream is made up of strong chemicals that, when applied to your hairs, break down the proteins in each strand to effectively turn the hair into a sort of jelly-like texture, which can then be wiped away easily with either a plastic spatula or a damp wash cloth.

If you’ve ever opened a tube of hair removal cream before, doubtless- you’ll have noticed the smell; why is it so bad?! Well, not only do the chemicals themselves smell pretty terrible but as soon as the reaction caused by the hairs breaking down begins it starts to smell even worse. A small price to pay, if you ask me…

Hair removal cream for men: pros and cons

Benefits of Using a Hair Removal Cream for Men

The upside of using a hair removal cream for men is that it’s pain-free and relatively cheap. Quality-wise, achieving the best hair removal for men in the privacy of your own home is no easy feat, but if done correctly the results of depilation can rival even a professional wax, and without the need for any blades, tweezers, wax strips, pliers, hammers, garden shears- …you get the picture.

Cheaper products that aren’t so effective will tend to remove hairs above the surface of the skin and leave some stubble, but the best hair removal cream for men will work to remove the hair just below the surface of the skin, which will result in a much smoother appearance than you’d ever get from shaving. The results tend to last longer than shaving too (some guys claim to have up to a month hair-free after using it; I don’t know what kind of hair they have but for us normal people it’s usually closer to a week).

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Drawbacks (and How to Deal with Them)

It might answer a lot of our hairy problems, but depilatory creams do come with their own set of drawbacks- a lot of which are avoidable though, as long as you know what to look out for (don’t want you repeating the mistakes of the poor soul I read about whose Veet session concluded with his manhood in a tub of strawberry ice cream).

The active chemicals in men’s hair removal cream are abrasive enough to cause your skin to suffer a nasty chemical burn if

1) left on your skin too long

2) applied somewhere it shouldn’t be, or

3) used inappropriately for your skin type.

This is why it’s insanely important to carry out a patch test before slathering the whole tube on your body and its most precious bits.

 

In a nutshell: You will want to test the cream on a smaller skin patch 24 hrs before using it on the whole area you wish to treat. 

Now:

It can be tempting to leave the cream on a little bit longer in effort to make the hairs come off more effectively, but that’s more likely to irritate your skin than anything else. If you have quite long hairs I recommend giving the area a trim first (longer hairs require longer amounts of time for the cream to work) to avoid causing any damage to your skin.

Last but not least, I can confidently attest to not showering before you apply the cream because your skin’s natural oils will act as a protective barrier to the chemicals in the product and give your skin that extra fighting chance. After that, just follow the instructions and you’ll be hair free in no time.

 

7 Best Hair Removal Creams for Men Countdown

 

1. Best for body: Nair Hair Removal for Men, Body Cream

  • checkNo irritation 
  • checkMoisturized skin after use
  • checkDouble use as an exfoliant

Nair is a brand that has been around forever, and when you use a product like this you can understand why. It does exactly what it’s supposed to and for this reason is widely considered to be one of the best hair removal products for men.

This cream is great for guys who want to remove hair from big areas of their body like legs, arms, chest, or back. It’s a strong formula, specifically composed to work on coarse male hairs, and yet despite its power I’ve yet to suffer from any irritation.

When I tested it, I applied it to my chest area in a generous layer and left it on for 9 minutes, after which point I scraped it off with a plastic spatula (not included, it was my gf’s) just like I’d do with a razor. I’d guess about 90% of the hairs came off first try really easily; the remaining 10% I sort of scrubbed off with a damp cloth. 

My skin felt really smooth afterwards so I didn’t need to apply any lotion either. The benefit of the chemicals in a cream like this is it actually gives your skin a “chemical exfoliation” which adds to the smooth after effect. Overall it was a great result, but because of the scrubbing needed to remove the last bits I wouldn’t recommend using this as a men’s hair removal cream for private parts.

Pros

 

  • checkEffectively removes hairs from body
  • checkDidn’t cause irritation
  • checkSkin felt moisturized after use
  • checkDouble use as an exfoliant

Cons

 

  • Not suitable for use on face
  • Not recommended for use on genitals
  • Bottle size probably only good for 2-4 uses if applying over large areas

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2. Best for balls: Nads Hair Removal Cream For Men

  • checkFast acting 
  • checkFree of irritation
  • checkBest results on sack & crack

The best pubic hair removal cream for men is hard to come by. I’m going to have to start this particular review with a disclaimer:

I’m not a dermatologist, I can only advise you based on my own experiences. This product is not specifically designed as a hair removal cream for men’s balls but the results, ladies and gents, do not lie.

The manufacturer claims this product is most effective for use on chest, back, arms and legs, but many men- myself included- can attest that Nads is for nads- end of. This little tube of wonder cream takes away all of my pubic hair with little to no irritation in 4 minutes without fail. A word of warning though, don’t leave it on for more than the recommended time especially when using it to remove hair from the nether regions.

When removing the cream it’s best to wash it off with cool water as opposed to normal warm shower temperature which can sometimes cause more of a burning sensation. Best practice to keep some hydrocortisone cream handy too, that way if you do experience anything from redness to rashes you’ll just need to apply a dab of the cream and it’ll clear up in a second.

Pros

 

  • checkBest results on sack & crack
  • checkFast acting
  • checkFree of irritation
  • checkInfused with anti-inflammatory aloe vera

Cons

 

  • Relatively small tube so will use up fast if applied to large areas

3. Best for sensitive skin: Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream, Sensitive Formula

  • checkFormulated for sensitive skin
  • checkProtective aloe vera infusion
  • checkVitamin E to prevent dryness

Don’t let the pink fool you; this product from Veet is a total banger- and an absolute must-try for men with sensitive skin. In all my time of testing these products I’ve failed to find the best depilatory for men specifically, but this product does the job brilliantly.

And anyway… it’s dark pink. Manly pink.

One of the things I love the most about this bottle is the large size and convenient pump head which really helps eliminate mess (and lasts much longer than many others). This formula is made specifically for people prone to skin irritation and sensitivities, and thanks to the soothing aloe vera and protective vitamin E elements, I was able to safely and successfully use this cream to remove hair from my neck (the most sensitive skin on my body besides my face).

It seems I’m not the only man having success with a “women’s” Veet product; judging by what others have to say about it, this Veet cream will work wonders on any part of the body- including the very sensitive regions.

Pros

 

  • checkSpecially formulated for sensitive skin
  • checkInfused with anti-inflammatory aloe vera to protect from irritation
  • checkProtective and moisturizing vitamin E to prevent dryness
  • checkLarge bottle lasts longer
  • checkPump head is easy to use and cleaner

Cons

 

  • If you can get over the idea of putting a girly cream on your manhood, the cons are pretty hard to find actually

4. Best In-Shower: Nair Men Hair Removal Cream

  • checkReduces mess and wait time 
  • checkReally stays on in the shower
  • checkBig bottle lasts longer

In-shower hair removal creams make the entire process of ‘deforesting’ yourself so much cleaner- not to mention the fact that you’ll save a few minutes as well because you can combine shower time with the time it takes to wait for the cream to work. The common issue with these creams though, is that they don’t always stay on your skin properly once you start getting splashed with shower water- which is why I am particularly impressed with the performance of this Nair for men hair removal cream.

For best results, slather the cream on and then wait for about a minute or so before hopping into the shower (this’ll give the cream a chance to ‘set’ a little bit and prevent it from washing off). Apply a slightly thicker layer to areas where your hair is more dense, and wait 8-10 minutes (max.) before scraping it all off- I find using a plastic spatula (or even an old unused credit card) gives the best results.

I am most impressed by how effectively the product stayed on my body during my shower, and how easily it took the hairs away after- 95% gone first go. Word to the wise- don’t reapply to the same area within 24 hours even if you missed a spot; use a razor or tweezers to get the last bits and spare your skin.

Pros

 

  • checkIn shower usability reduces mess and wait time
  • checkProduct really stays on in shower
  • checkEffectively removed almost all hair first try
  • checkBig bottle lasts longer

Cons

 

  • Not suitable for use on face
  • Not the cheapest compared with other products, but large size makes it good value in long run

5. Best portable size: Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel Creme

  • checkSmall 200ml bottle 
  • checkDoes the job in 4 minutes
  • checkTrustworthy brand

At 200ml, this Veet for men cream is just the right size to fit into your wash bag and take with you on the go. I included a number of larger sized bottles in this article because one of the biggest complaints I hear from others who use hair removal cream is how quickly it runs out, but sometimes a smaller, inconspicuous bottle is what you need- the best thing is that it looks like any normal tube of face wash or shower gel.

The bottle may be smaller than most but the cream itself is powerful as ever, removing hair effectively in about 6 minutes (I usually find Veet works slightly faster than Nair; has anybody else found this to be true?). The manufacturer suggests you only need 4 minutes for the cream to do its job, but my hair (being very coarse and thick) needed a little longer- just remember to always do the patch test before deciding to exceed the recommended time!

The small sized tube is great if you want to take this tube with you on the road, or if the area you want to remove hair from is also quite small- feet, armpits, neck, etc. Overall good product from a trustworthy brand.

Pros

 

  • checkSmaller, less conspicuous bottle
  • checkGood if you only want to remove hair from small areas
  • checkFast acting

Cons

 

  • Would use up fast if using on larger areas
  • Not suitable for face

6. Best for Back: Nair Men’s Hair Removal Spray

  • checkConvenient spray reduces mess
  • checkEasy to apply
  • checkGood for ‘thinning’ hair growth

Spray on hair removal creams are a fairly new revelation, designed in an effort to reduce the associated mess that comes with slathering on the normal cream. The design works pretty well; you certainly don’t need to touch the cream as much (or at all, if you’re really skilled) until you get to the point where you’re washing it off.

The spray nozzle is quite targeted, so it will actually spray where you want it to as opposed to repainting your bathroom walls- although it does require a little flexibility to accurately spray some of the harder to reach areas (buttocks, for example). In my opinion, this is the best depilatory for men to use on their backs because it’s so much easier to apply. The only difficulty is scraping the stuff off when the time is up, but you can get your hands on a ‘back scraper’ which basically looks like a razor head (without the blade) on an extra long handle.

I’m including this cream purely for the fact that the spray function helps remove hair from places I normally can’t reach; I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the effectiveness- I think it removed about 80% of the hair on my back. It’s a good choice if you’re looking to ‘thin’ the hair growth as opposed to removing everything completely.

Pros

 

  • checkConvenient spray reduces mess
  • checkMakes it easier to apply to certain body parts
  • checkGood for ‘thinning’ hair growth

Cons

 

  • Struggles to remove hair completely
  • Gets used up quickly if applying to large areas

7. Best for beard: Stop Hair – Hair Growth Reducing Spray

  • checkSafe for use on face 
  • checkCan be used all over the body
  • checkNatural

Facial hair removal cream for men is not usually something I recommend; the skin on your face is extremely different to the skin on the rest of your body- thinner, more sensitive, totally different needs…not to mention the fact that beard hair is usually much coarser than hair on the rest of your body. This is why traditional hair removal creams are often not so effective at removing beard hair and can often cause damage to the skin.

I have yet to find the best hair removal cream for men to use on their face, so instead I turned to this product from Stop Hair which acts as a hair inhibitor as opposed to a remover. The product is specifically designed to be used on sensitive facial skin, and the ingredients are all natural which your skin will thank you for.

Stop Hair uses an assortment of plant derived extracts that work to inhibit hair regrowth and encourage hairs to grow back softer, thinner, and lighter. It works by reducing the amount of nutrients available to the hair follicle by building a barrier between the follicle and the hair itself. The follicle eventually becomes miniaturized and the hair begins to look like peach fuzz.

Use this product in conjunction with another hair removal method (shaving, for beards) to extend the amount of time between shaves- the longer you use it the more noticeable the results become. The best things is you can use this on any body part and in conjunction with any other type of hair removal- shaving, waxing, laser, etc.

Pros

 

  • checkNatural alternative to chemical heavy products
  • checkSafe way to inhibit facial hair growth without exposing yourself to potential damage from depilation
  • checkVersatile- can be used all over the body
  • checkSafe for use on face

Cons

 

  • Cumulative effect, not immediate
  • Still requires use of another hair removal method 

Wrapping it Up: The Winner

As I’m sure you understand by now, every man’s hair removal needs are different depending on skin type, hair type, and body part – so the overall winner is one that has proven to be the most versatile when it comes to all of these needs.

Nad’s for Men gets my vote thanks to the fact that it removes hairs effectively from every body part I’ve tried it on – and it’s pretty hard to find a genital hair removing cream for men that works this well.

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I’ve never experienced any irritation, perhaps because of the aloe vera element that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent- or perhaps because the chemical makeup of this product is just the perfect balance. I really believe this is the best hair removal cream men can get.

If you’ve got questions, comments, or crazy hair removal stories – give me a shout with all the hairy details!

 About the author Dave Levitt

Dave is a Brooklyn-based editor with a specific interest in the recent trend of men adopting beauty and self-care routines. It’s not all about the ultra-masculine-packaged, strongly-scented all-purpose shower gels anymore! Modern men are seeking the quality resources to turn to when it comes to skincare, haircare and fashion. Dave’s hard and passionate work is dedicated to building up more resources like that on the web.

November 25, 2022

How to Get Rid of Butt Hair: Everything You’ve Ever Wondered

How to get rid of butt hair at home

לפני שאתה צולל פנימה …  אם ברצונך לגלות בדיוק איך לזלזל בכל חלק בגופך  בתוצאות מדהימות, עיין  במדריך למתחילים  להסרת שיער לגברים !

כדי להיות די גלויה (ואני עומדת להיות ממש ממש גלויה), הייתי צריך לקחת רגע כדי לשבת לאחור ולהעריך את החלטות חיי האחרונות לאחר שגידשתי “בתי חזה שעירים” בדיוק עכשיו (זה היה למטרות מחקר, הבטחה).

But I digress… Let’s get to the point:

Guys and gals, if you’ve got an arsehole, you’ve got hair around it. Simple as.

Sure, for some it’s just a little bit of peach fuzz, but for others we’re talking full-on chewbacca town.

Maybe hair back there isn’t in keeping with your personal aesthetics; the good news is that it’s not hard to get rid of, and it’s also perfectly safe to do so.

If you’ve spent all this time wondering how to get rid of butt hair, rest easy. You’re about to find out.

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Our Rating

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​Shave It
​TriDeenDeenm It
​WaDeenDeenx It
​Remove It With Depilatory CrDeenDeeneam
​EpiDeenDeenlate It

Butthole Hair: Why do we Have It?

Back in our monkey man days, we needed hair to protect certain body parts from infection or to keep us warm (or, rather disturbingly, to allow our extra special body smells to stew so that we could attract a suitable mate).

Not so much anymore, thanks to things like Tinder, central heating, pressurized showers, and thermal underwear.

The thing is, evolution doesn’t seem to have got the memo.

The result?

A generation of frantic millennials searching for ways to rid themselves of bum fluff, and resorting to frankly ridiculous measures:

 

“Most recently I would just grab the hair with toilet paper and tear it out, but obviously there’s still a bunch there. How the hell do I deforest my ass crack?” (-Reddit user)

The good news is there’s a whole world of hair removal for men, including ways to remove ass hair that have nothing to do with ‘ripping it out with toilet paper’, tape, or Bic lighters (honestly, if you think you’re clueless just go read some of these real-life stories).

Manscaping the Enchanted Valley: Ass Hair Removal 101

Here’s the truth of the matter:

If you’re considering getting to grips with your butthole mohawk, that puts you among an increasingly high percentage of guys who are doing the same.

While this is something that many of our female friends have successfully been squaring away for quite a while now (yes- shock horror- women have buttock hair too), it can be a sight harder for us men to deal with for the simple fact that we don’t talk about it very often.

So to set the record straight, here are the facts:

My Arse Looks Like an Angora Sweater: Should I Shave my Butt??

When it comes to removing your bum beard, there are several options; this article is going to focus solely on the at-home methods (which are preferable in terms of cost and convenience…and dignity, in some cases).

Methods vary based on a few different factors, so base your judgement on the following:

  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Comfort
  • Length of results

Each method has its own merits (and drawbacks), so figure out which factors you value the most, and weigh up your options from there.

Without further ado:

How to Remove Hair from Your Butt: 5 Fail Safe At-Home Methods

1. Shave It

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Cheap

An age old favorite thanks to its simplicity, speed, and cost.

There are some important things to note. Pen and paper time…

Here’s how to shave your butt:

You’ll need a sharp razor and some kind of lube, for starters. Depending on your confidence level and flexibility, you might want to add a mirror to the mix as well.

Razor-wise, I’d recommend steering clear of the super close 4-5 blade variety and sticking with a 2 or 3 blade disposable, something like the Gillette Mach 3 (extra points for the sensitive version which has a lubri-strip to help prevent irritation in your enchanted valley).

When it comes to the lather, do not use soap; it will dry out your skin and make the aftermath extremely itchy.

Opt instead for a moisturizing lather with natural ingredients, something like Pacific Shaving’s organic aloe and shea butter shave cream or if you’re on a tight budget Aveeno’s Moisturizing Shave Gel works great too.

Wondering how to shave your asshair without any irritation?

All there is to it is to lather up with warm water, and move the blade slowly around the area. Keep the blade well-rinsed, as often as after every stroke if you are really hairy (this will prevent the razor from getting clogged and causing unnecessary friction on your skin).

All going well, you’ll have a shaved ass in no time, and hopefully you won’t have resorted to hiring a stranger on the internet to come to your house and do the deed for you.

The downside is that regrowth is quick and tends to be rather itchy. Ever heard the phrase “rough as a badger’s arsehole”? Well, that badger probably shaved.

Pros

 

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Cheap (the best things in life are all of the above…amirite?!)

Cons

 

  • Short term results
  • Prickly regrowth

2. Trim It

  • Great for keeping it groomed
  • Prevents irritation
  • Less itchy regrowth

If your goal isn’t to shave the whole damn thing bald, but rather just to clean the area up a bit, trimmers are the way forward.

The best part about trimmers?

The blade is protected by a foil or guard of some sort, which means it never comes into direct contact with your skin. This means you won’t suffer the same irritation and itchiness you would with a normal razor.

It’s a good idea to use a trimmer with a slight curve to it, which makes trimming contours a shade easier. The Philips Norelco Bodygroom gets my vote thanks to its pivoting head and rounded blades (perfect for avoiding cuts).

How to trim butt hair expert tip: Don’t use any cream if you go down the trimming route; it’ll only serve to clog up the head.

And if you’re still wondering about the, erm… logistics. In the immortal words of one Reddit user: “Barstool in front of mirror. Sit on it and spread eagle.”

Pros

 

  • Great for keeping the whole area “maintained” and groomed
  • Prevents irritation
  • Reduced chance of itchy regrowth and ingrown hairs… and trust me, an ingrown hair on your buttock is not something you want to experience.

Cons

 

  • Not possible to go totally bald- if that’s what you’re hoping for

3. Wax It

  • Long lasting results
  • Leaves skin totally hairless
  • Fine regrowth

If you’re wondering how to get rid of ass hair long-term: waxing is the way to go.

Let me first start by saying: waxing ass hair is neither as difficult nor as painful as you probably think it’s going to be. Truly, I promise.

This process can be done very quickly and easily with pre prepared hard wax strips like the Nads for Men body waxing strips. You’ll just need to rub the strips between your hands (vigorously) to heat the wax, then slap it on that crack, smooth it down….and pull- fast.

Once you get the hang of the angle, you’ll find that anal waxing is actually a piece of pie.

The other option, hot wax, requires a little bit more technical skill but generally garners better results if you are super hairy back there. The thing is, it’s going to be a sight harder to do yourself than the wax strips. If you’ve got a significant other who’s into…you know… pushing boundaries, then that’s probably the way to go.

Save yourself the hassle of trying to gather up all the ingredients for the hot wax one by one and invest in an all-in-one hot wax kit.

Follow the instructions, and you’ll have yourself a freshly waxed butt in no time.

Expert tip: if you find that your post-wax crack is actually a little too smooth (i.e. chafing), slap some baby powder on to absorb any moisture.

Pros

 

  • Long lasting results (3-4 weeks)
  • Leaves skin totally hairless and extremely smooth
  • Regrowth is finer than with shaving

Cons

 

  • A little painful (only a little)
  • Requires some technical skill

4. Remove It With Depilatory Cream

  • Soft(ish) regrowth
  • Removes all hair
  • Requires zero technical skill

Depilatory creams, or hair removal creams as they are more commonly called, are something you’ll either love or hate.

Personally, I’m always pleased with the results when I use them, but man alive do I make a mess in the process.

Well, if you wanna make an omelette you gotta break some eggs as they say.

At least I learned some valuable things along the way. Let me impart some wisdom:

Use a product that is specifically designed for use on sensitive skin/pubic hairs. They are concocted in such a way that they will be kinder to your skin but won’t compensate any strength when it comes to hair removal- and when it works, you’ll remove all hairs in just a few minutes.

It can be tricky to find a sensitive formula targeted for guys, but Nad’s for Men works well every time I’ve used it, and if you don’t mind the pink bottle, Veet’s Sensitive formula is a crowd favorite (plus it’s got a pump head meaning less mess).

Weird tip:

Apart from making sure there isn’t any residue from last night’s Indian down there, it can actually be better not to wash before you use this cream because your body’s natural oils will help protect your skin from the harsh chemicals.

When you apply it, be careful with the placement. Don’t want that stuff going for a swim up the channel.

Only leave the cream on for the recommended length of time. No more. No. More. (I warned you!) 

One last warning:

Successful use of this product may lead you to produce more audible farts. #justsaying

Pros

 

  • Results last longer than shaving
  • Regrowth is softer than with shaving
  • Removes all hair, leaving skin soft and smooth
  • Application requires zero technical skill

Cons

 

  • Results last shorter than waxing
  • Cream smells pretty vile
  • Improper use can lead to discomfort (or worst case- chemical burns)

5. Epilate It

  • Long-lasting results
  • Total hair removal
  • Needs almost no technical skill

Long lasting results, little to no technical skill, total hair removal. YASSSS!!!

…just be prepared for some serious yoga stretching and a few minutes of ouch.

Epilators work by pulling your hair out from the root using tiny tweezer-like mechanisms. They are electric powered, and generally require very little technical skill to get right.

On areas like your arms and legs, they’re a walk in the park. Back there? Might be a little trickier.

However, if you’re looking for results that last as long as waxing but you aren’t confident you’ll be able to manage waxing yourself just yet, epilators are a great option.

This male-specific model from Emjoi is what I use, and I’ve always had great success with it (top tip: put it on the highest speed setting; it’ll actually hurt less).

Pros

  • Long-lasting results
  • Process requires almost no technical skill
  • Epilator can also be used on the rest of your body, so it’s a good investment
  • Regrowth is softer than with shaving

Cons

  • Not gonna lie… it hurts.

Electrolysis

The electrolysis process involves transmitting a small electric current via a tiny needle into your hair follicle. This current makes hair fall out and discourages it from growing again. However, there is some degree of discomfort encountered during the process, though not as significant as in laser hair removal. A laser is much more invasive than the small current administered over this procedure. Nonetheless, electrolysis, similar to laser treatment, necessitates follow-up treatments and could prove expensive.

  1. Laser Hair Treatment

Using a laser for hair removal is the most effective technique for hair elimination. However, it is costly and associated with some risks. Using the laser hair removal technique, you will need approximately four to six laser treatments to remove butt hair. The treatment is known to cause a 70% hair growth reduction.

However, it will cause you some discomfort with the pulses being likened to pinpricks’ sensation or similar to the feel of a rubber band snapping against the skin. You should also expect some redness and swelling for several days following your treatments, especially if the concerned body region is sensitive, such as the buttocks.

You may also experience side effects such as blistering, scarring, and possibly infections. In addition, the bill for these sessions does not come cheap.

Tired of Butt Sweat? Here is How To Deal With it

For many of us, a sweaty butt is probably not news or strange. But did you know that the elimination of butt hair helps in making your butt less sweaty? It would be best if you tried it. And if you do not see any improvement, there are measures you should take to eliminate the issue.

One measure is to get moisture-resistant underpants. Such underwear is an excellent means of preventing sweaty buttocks. Underwear designed to address this issue is more efficient in eliminating sweat than the ordinary cotton 3-pack. They might be more costly, but they will be worth the extra cost if you wish to stop the sweaty butt issues.

Another remedy is standing up since most buttock sweat problems result from extended sitting durations. Sitting in the office, long journeys, and couch lounging are all activities that encourage butt sweating. Additionally, it is good for your health to stand and move every so often. This also serves to prevent issues of a sweaty butt.

You could also use powder – if it is effective for babies, it will serve you well too. Lightly dusting baby powder between your butt cheeks can help enhance overall comfort and reduce moisture. For butt sweat associated with itching or pain, seek a medicated solution.

Ensure it Remains Clean

Whichever technique you use to remove butt hair, the procedure will affect your skin and hair. To maintain your skin healthily, you must ensure your butt region is clean and well moisturized. A damaged and inflamed skin barrier encourages razor burn, thereby increasing the risk of ingrown hair development and possibly infection.

Wet wipes are an excellent means of ensuring your butt remains comfortable and clean. They are useful in cleaning and, most importantly, sanitizing after using the restroom since they have extra moisture that increases the efficiency of butt cleaning.

Many wipes also have extra moisturizers such as aloe that helps in reducing sensitive skin irritation. These are things you are not likely to find with toilet paper. Furthermore, aggressive wiping will often result in painful fissures that could last up to 12 weeks before healing and possibly hemorrhoids. Try using wet wipes, and you will be amazed to the extent of completely doing away with toilet paper.

What’s the Bottom (lol) Line?

If you’ve been wondering how to remove butt hair, well, you should now know the ins and outs of it.

What it comes down to is really whichever factors you value more: cost, convenience, comfort, and length of results. Whichever method you pick will reflect your valuation of those categories.

All that’s left next is to follow my tips, equip yourself with the right kit, and your bum will be in La-La-Land before you can say Ryan Gosling.

Happy hair removal!

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דייב הוא עורך מבוסס ברוקלין עם עניין ספציפי במגמה האחרונה של גברים המאמצים שגרות יופי וטיפול עצמי. זה לא קשור ליותר ג’לי המקלחת למטרה המיועדת במיוחד לגברי! גברים מודרניים מחפשים את המשאבים האיכותיים שאפשר לפנות אליהם בכל הנוגע לעור טיפוח, תספורת ואופנה. העבודה הקשה והלהטת של דייב מוקדשת לבניית משאבים נוספים כאלה באינטרנט.

November 25, 2022

Best Pubic Hair Removal Cream: Our Top 5

Before you dive in… For all you need to know about getting the most out of using hair removal cream, check out my beginner’s guide to finding (and using) the best hair removal cream.

How can you tell which pubic hair removal cream is really going to work, and which stuff is just going to make your skin look like it belongs to a lobster with a patchy beard and a bad case of dermatitis?

It’s a very serious question you should ask yourself before slathering the stuff all over your nether regions, and not an easy one to answer considering most of us (myself included) can barely even pronounce the words on the ingredients list- nevermind know what they are.

I’ve been through the depilatory wars and picked up a few battle scars along the way (more on that later), but not in vain! I’ve finally worked out the 5 best hair removal creams overall (hit the link above!) – and now the 5 best pubic hair removal cream products on the market, too:

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Product

Our Rating

Price

Nair Hair Remover With Argan Oil 

Best Mess-Free

Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream with Essential Oils

Best Bulk-Buy

Gigi Hair Removal Lotion for Bikini, Arms & Legs

Best Stink Free

Bikini Zone Bikini Creme Hair Remover, Green Tea Fortified

Best Fast-Acting

Nad’s For Men Hair Removal Cream

Best For Boys

 

How to tell the good from the bad (before things get ugly)

 

I won’t kid you; I’ve done some pretty severe damage to myself with hair removal cream in the past- rocking up to the office Christmas party with a badly concealed chemical burn on my upper lip being not even the worst of my stories.

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Heed the warnings, people! The ingredients in pubic hair removing products invariably contain strong chemicals that have the power to do some damage if you aren’t careful with them. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to these ingredients too, so while it’s important to read the instructions and stick to the recommended time frame, it’s paramount that you do a mini patch test before… well, you heard the man in the video.

 

In a nutshell: pubic hair removal creams are a super effective way to get rid of unwanted fuzz, but it’s extremely important to do a patch test first to avoid bad reactions.

Even if you’ve got to the stage where you think the only thing that’ll deforest the southern muff-land is a pair of garden shears, don’t forget that the underlying skin still is still very sensitive; here’s what you need to know to get the best results.

How to get rid of pubic hair using genital hair removal cream

The best way to remove pubic hair with a depilatory cream is to first do a patch test; this means applying the cream to an inconspicuous part of the body, leaving on for the recommended period of time, then waiting at least a couple of hours to check for adverse reactions. If no rashes, redness, bumps, or alien space invaders appear on your skin you can proceed to step 2.

If your pubic hair is quite long, it’s a good idea to give it a little bit of a trim before you apply the cream. The longer your hair is, the longer the cream will take to work on it, and if you leave it on past the recommended period of time you’re running the risk of experiencing a nasty chemical burn.

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In my experience, it’s best if you don’t shower before you apply the cream because the natural oils that your skin produces will act as an extra protective barrier from the harsh chemicals in the pubic hair removal product. Apply the cream, wait, then shower it off.

How do Hair Removal Creams Work?

Basically, these products contain chemicals that, when applied to your hairs, react with the proteins in each strand and break them down to form a malleable, jelly-like substance that can easily be wiped away with a damp washcloth or a spatula.

Related Content: Best Wax Strips, waxes that really works!

What’s different about hair removal cream for genital areas?

The nature of the down there hair is that it’s much thicker and coarser than hair on the rest of your body;

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at the same time, the skin on your pubic region tends to be much softer and more sensitive than skin elsewhere- not an easy combination. Pubic hair removal cream is specifically created to mitigate these differences by balancing the ingredients so that they’re strong enough to break down the hairs but gentle enough not to damage the underlying skin.

It’s important to take the right precautions, especially when it comes to the hair removing cream for bikini area. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been too keen on putting chemicals strong enough to strip the paint off the walls next to my favorite body part- but the benefits of using hair removal cream are pretty undeniable.

The benefits of using hair removing cream for genital areas

I’m the sort of person with fast regrowth and dark hairs that most certainly do not grow in a perfect little V shape, and since I spend so much time at the beach it’s really important to me that I have a reliable way to tame the beast below.

I’ve always been a waxing gal, but I can understand that the pain factor is a big turn off for a lot of people.

Related Article: Laser Hair Removal for Men’s Privates, which ones work best for men!

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Not only that, but lots of people don’t feel comfortable going to a waxing salon and baring all in front of a total stranger (not me though- no shame! Or dignity…). Shaving was never an option for me- I break out if I bring a razor anywhere near never never land. The greatest thing about a hair removing cream for pubic area is that it promises effective, safe, pain-free pubic hair removal that can be done by yourself in your own bathroom.

Sold yet? Thought so. Let’s get down to the hairy details; here are the best bikini hair removal creams I’ve found:

5 Best Pubic Hair Removal Creams

1. Best Mess-Free Product: Nair Hair Remover Glides Away Nourish With Argan Oil

  • checkNo mess!
  • checkArgan oil infusion
  • checkConvenient size

One thing I’ve never been able to get good at is putting hair removal cream where it’s supposed to go…and ONLY where it’s supposed to go!

I’m sure more seasoned depilators will not have this problem, but my uncoordinated fumblings always result with cream somewhere it’s not supposed to be…which is why I am such a big fan of this “glides away” Nair for pubic hair removal.

It comes in a plastic tube with a spinning knob at the bottom which you can twist to push the product out at the top, similar to a roll on deodorant. Then you just need to ‘glide’ the tube over the area you want to remove hair from- no need to touch it with your fingers if you do this bit right!

This product wins big time brownie points with me for its argan oil infusion, which keeps skin from drying out during and after the hair removal process.

I do have to admit though that I got a very minor amount of redness when I used it, but I think that’s because I pushed the time limit a little bit too long (see?! Follow instructions!). It’s one of the best bikini hair removal creams I’ve tried, but I’m not convinced of its suitability for sensitive skin.

Pros

 

  • checkReduced mess
  • checkMoisturizing infusion of argan oil
  • checkConvenient size for sticking in a wash bag

Cons

 

  • Not so suitable for sensitive skinned folk

2. Best Bulk Buy: Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream with Essential Oils

  • checkProtects skin from irritation
  • checkMoisturizes with essential oils
  • checkConvenient pump head

This product is not a bikini hair removal cream specifically, but thanks to the added elements with essential oils, I’ve found it’s gentle enough to use on the pubic area.

The added ingredients work as an extra protective layer to spare your skin from the harsh chemicals; they also have their own moisturizing properties too.

I’ve had great success with using this cream to remove pubic hair; it easily removed 90% of the hair from below the root (the remaining 10% were just some stubborn hairs that left behind a teeeeeeny bit of stubble, but nothing major, and still much better than shaving).

You can also get a Veet bikini hair removal cream but the thing I like most about this product is the bottle- it’s so big that you can use it a ton of times before it runs out. Plus the pump head on top is super convenient (and spares me a little bit of mess factor).

Pros

 

  • checkProtects skin from irritation
  • checkMoisturizes skin with essential oils
  • checkEffectively removes almost all hairs at first try
  • checkBig bottle with convenient pump head

Cons

 

  • Not specifically made for bikini area (but actually does the job well anyway)

3. Best Stink Free: Gigi Hair Removal Lotion

  • checkEnriched with Cocoa Butter
  • checkLeaves skin softer & smoother
  • checkSmells better than most

A good brazilian hair removal cream is hard to come by, but when I found out about this lotion from Gigi, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

When I tested this product for the first time, I used it ‘all over’ my pubic area and left it on for the maximum recommended 10 minutes. The first thing I noticed is that the smell really is a lot better than other products from Nair and Veet, which is a huge plus.

When the time was up, I wiped away the excess lotion with a damp washcloth, and was delighted to find that virtually all of the hairs slipped right off with the extra cream- and no redness or irritation at all. Not even a little bit! This is definitely going to be my personal best hair removal cream for private parts from now on.

Pros

 

  • checkWell known brand
  • checkBetter smell than most products
  • checkGentle lotion, unlikely to cause irritation

Cons

 

  • The package is rather small, best to buy 3-pack

4. Best Fast Acting: Bikini Zone Bikini Creme Hair Remover, Green Tea Fortified

  • checkWill do the deed in 4 minutes
  • checkAnti-inflammatory
  • checkSuitable for sensitive skin

Sometimes when it comes to removing pubic hair, time can be a big factor (flashback to the time I was frantically shaving my lady bits in the bathroom sink when I suddenly realized I was about to get lucky and had neglected to prepare in advance…), which is why a fast-acting pubic hair removal cream is a handy little one to have in the cupboard.

This product from bikini zone is a great choice for girls who often find themselves pressured for time when it comes to their beauty routine (or for those of you who just dislike the process of having to wait for these creams to work); the manufacturer claims the cream will do the deed in a maximum of 4 minutes. Fortified with green tea extract, this cream from Bikini Zone is naturally anti-inflammatory and gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin.

Pros

 

  • checkAnti-inflammatory
  • checkSuitable for sensitive skin
  • checkFast acting

Cons

 

  • The smell on this one is definitely not my favorite…

5. Best for Boys Bits: Nad’s For Men Hair Removal Cream

  • checkWorks on thick, coarse hair
  • checkAloe infusion
  • checkCan be used all over the body

Pubic hair removal goes way beyond making sure us ladies look good in a bikini; according to the latest stats up to 90% of all men are ‘manscaping’ now too. For all the guys out there looking for the best hair removal cream for men (and more specifically, their manhood), this one’s for you.

Nad’s is easily the best product on the market for men’s hair removal because it answers so many of the problems that guys commonly complain about when it comes to hair removal creams.

It’s probably the best hair removal cream for thick pubic hair: men’s hair is naturally a lot thicker than women’s, so men’s hair removal cream for private parts needs to be strong enough to break down the extra thick hairs (which is why a lot of guys say women specific hair removal cream doesn’t work for them) while still being gentle enough not to damage the skin.

Nad’s works in just 4 minutes, and though it’s marketed as a ‘body only’ hair removal cream, the overwhelming consensus shows that it is extremely good at removing pubic hair too. It’s also infused with aloe vera to sooth the skin and keep irritation at bay.

Pros

 

  • checkWorks well on thick, coarse male hair
  • checkAloe infusion to reduce irritation
  • checkSuitable for use all over body as well as genitals

Cons

 

  • The smell out of this bottle is definitely not one of the better ones…

The Best Pubic Hair Removal Cream of All

Time and time again I go back to the best hair removal cream for pubic area that does the job better than any others I’ve tried. No irritation and effective, easy hair removal is always the top priority here, and the one product that delivers each and every time is the Nair’s “Glides Away” with Argan oil.

This is a winning product in my opinion, not just because it works wonders on me but because I believe it will work wonders on most other people too. It can be used on sensitive skin, and it’s super gentle thanks to its added Argan oil infusion. The only downside is that the tube isn’t so big, so if you’re like me and plan to use this all the time it’s best to stock up on a few bottles so that you don’t get caught out when you need it most.

Happy hair removal!

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Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

November 25, 2022

Sugar Wax DIY: Homemade Recipe & Guide

Hairy girls know the struggle: 

Removing body hair is all about finding the most tolerable balance between pain, cost, and efficacy of results.

IMO, I’ve always felt like waxing was the lesser of the hair removal evils. 

If you’ve read my beginner’s guide to waxing at home you’ll know that I basically walked out of the womb waxing my body hair.

Now that you’ve got that rather disturbing image branded into your imagination, let me tell you why I- yes me, a self proclaimed hardcore waxaholic- have left my treasured wax warmer and hot wax collection in the back on my closet in favor of something much, much better.

Sugar waxing is the word (errmm, words) of the week, my fine feathered friends, and the sugar waxing recipe I’m about to share with you is a total godsend.

I’m about to let you in on all the reasons sugar waxing is so amazing, and I’m also going to share with you an unbelievably simple (but insanely effective) sugar wax recipe that will show you how to make wax.

Read this Article: Is It Safe to Use Hair Removal Cream During Pregnancy?

I promise to have you on your way to silky smoothdom faster than you can say “hair-free hooha”.

Sugar-WHATing? (what is sugar wax)

Although a hollywood fanny wax is most likely a 20th Century invention, experts reckon sugar waxing dates back as far as 1900 B.C.- making it by far the oldest form of hair removal in the world.

Essentially, sugarwax follows the same principles as waxing:

A sticky substance is applied to your hairs, which is then ripped off in order to remove hairs from the roots and leave skin smooth and fluff-free.

That said, sugaring is different to waxing in a number of very important ways (and if you ask me, these are the differences that make sugar wax so superior to traditional waxing).

Keep reading to find out why.

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Why sugar waxing is sweet AF: Benefits (and a lil’ bit of science)

How much money do you reckon you’ve spent on home hair removal solutions over the years?

Bit of a frightening question to ask yourself (I tallied up a gawk-worthy 5 grand worth of epilators, razors, and waxing products since I was a teenager).

The first piece of awesome news about sugar waxing is that it’s so cheap it’s literally almost free- that is, if you follow this seriously great sugaring wax recipe (no strips needed either – extra saving right there!)

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know I’m completely obsessed with finding natural, chemical-free versions of common beauty products and cosmetics- which is actually what drew me to sugaring in the first place.

I love that the entire process only uses 100% natural, safe ingredients.

This is especially important for gals (and guys) with sensitive skin:

Waxing can be a serious downer for those who are prone to inflammation, redness, irritation, and ingrown hairs.

Thankfully, these problems are significantly reduced when you ditch the traditional wax kits in favor of the sweet stuff.

DIY sugar hair removal is totally safe for sensitive skin. Not only that, it’s also less likely to damage (or remove! Eeeek) the top layers of your skin the way normal DIY wax sometimes does.

But best of all?

Sugar is actually a natural hypoallergenic. Boom!

On top of all this, sugaring is seriously eco-friendly and it’s a great substitute for wax strips.

Why?

Because no chemicals go into the making of it, and on top of that, you can sugar wax without strips- you just need to get the technique right when pulling it off.

The natural, water soluble ingredients are also really easy to wash off your skin afterwards- and if you’ve ever tried at-home waxing you know that cleaning up the aftermath is usually a total nightmare.

Honestly though, all of the above pales in comparison to this last spoonful of awesomesauce:

Sugar hair removal DIY can actually be far less painful and significantly longer lasting than normal waxing.

 

In a nutshell, the benefits of sugar waxing are many: low cost, natural ingredients, suitable for sensitive skin, easy to clean, eco-friendly, less painful and longer lasting than waxing.

My experience (which is backed up by similar recounts from literally thousands of other people) has shown that over time, sugaring can result in dramatically reduced regrowth, less painful hair removal sessions, and results that last at least 1 week longer than waxing.

My research tells me that this is due to the fact that sugaring can be done at an earlier stage in the hair’s growth cycle (you can sugar wax when hairs are just ⅛ inch long, compared with ¼ inch for standard waxing).

Removing the hair during this stage of the growth cycle has a powerful effect on minimizing regrowth and- in some cases- discouraging regrowth of some hair altogether.

I sugar once a month now, and by the time I’m ready to do a session only 60% of my hair will have grown back- meaning it’s way more manageable and less painful to remove.

Sugar wax ingredients

Yes, I realize just how ridonkulous it sounds to have such a simple ingredients list, but this is seriously all you need for the best sugar wax:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of water

…and boom! Your homemade wax is ready to go.

Note: this sugaring hair removal recipe doesn’t require extra strips.

Hard sugar wax recipe

How to make sugaring wax, step by step:

  1. Take a heavy bottom saucepan and place it on the stove (or burner, or hot plate. Whatever- just make sure it’s something with temperature control).
  2. Pour in your sugar, followed by the water, and lastly by the lemon juice (I have been asked if you can make sugar wax without lemon, but for this recipe it’s totally key).
  3. Turn on the heat on high and stir constantly, ensuring the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Keep stirring until the mixture starts bubbling (or lightly boiling), then turn the heat down to medium.
  5. Continue to stir the mixture, allowing it to bubble away ever so slightly. If it’s boiling, turn down the heat further- you don’t want the wax to properly boil or burn, otherwise it won’t work.
  6. Once the mixture turns a nice golden color, take it off the heat and allow it to cool. Once cooled, it should have the consistency of a very thick honey. You should be able to take a spoonful of it and roll it around in your hands until it turns into a ball If it’s too runny, pop it back on the stove for another 2-4 minutes.
  7. Once you’ve reached the right consistency, allow the whole mixture to cool for half an hour. Then you can scoop out some of the wax and roll it into a little squidgy ball- ready to use. With this hard sugar wax recipe, no strips will be needed!

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Storage of extra sugar wax

Another thing I love about sugaring is that it’s waste-free!

Any extra wax can be stored in an air-tight jar in the fridge until you’re ready to use it the next time.

Looking for a new set of glassware containers?

Check out this set to the left!

The wax will harden while it’s stored, so in order to loosen it up to be used the next time you’ll need to add a spoonful or two of water and reheat the wax gently.

Do it on the stove (double boiler style) until it’s the right consistency (too hard sugar wax is basically impossible to use).

Tips on how to sugar wax

  • Apply baby powder to whatever area you’re about to wax before you apply the sugar wax mixture. This will encourage the wax to adhere to your hairs, and not to your skin.

  • Pull skin taut before you apply the wax, and ensure it stays taut while you rip it off. This will reduce pain and make the wax work more effectively.
  • Apply the wax in the same direction as your hair growth and remove in the opposite direction. (Yes, this is the reverse process to normal waxing.)
  • If you get any sugar wax in places it shouldn’t be (or if you have any stuck to your skin after you’ve finished your session) you can simply wash it right off with warm water, thanks to the fact that sugar is water soluble. Finally- a solution to avoid the nasty sticky aftermath of waxing!

  • Soothe your skin post-wax with organic, cold pressed aloe vera– it’s a natural anti inflammatory and has really powerful moisturizing properties. Alternatively, sprinkle on some baby powder (this is especially good to do if you’ve just waxed your bikini area and you need to put clothes back on straight away).

beach day hairfree skin

Bottom line?

Sugar waxing is an absolutely awesome way to achieve long-lasting, super smooth, hair-free results.

The benefits of sugar waxing speak for themselves:

  • Eco-friendly & totally natural wax (strip free waxing)
  • Easy clean-up
  • Can be made 100% at home
  • Effective on short hairs
  • Cheap to do
  • Long lasting results

I mostly love the fact that with sugar waxing, you don’t need to wait for your hairs to grow as long as you would with traditional waxing. This means you stay totally hair-free like 90% of the time without ever having to shave again- winning! 

Hard sugar wax is also amazing because it doesn’t require strips (a soft sugar wax recipe will need strips though, so keep that in mind).

This sugar wax DIY hair removal recipe will have you smooth and silky in no time at all.

DIY ain’t your thing?

Don’t sweat it!

If you don’t want homemade, look into this easy made-for-you sugar wax kit!

Happy hair removal!

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November 25, 2022

The Ultimate Guide of 2020: The Best Way to Remove Pubic Hair for Males

Best ways to remove male pubic hair

Before you dive in… If you want to find out exactly how to deforest any part of your body with amazing results, check out my beginner’s guide to hair removal for men!

A wise man once said:

“A tree in a forest is just a tree, but a tree in the desert is something to look at.”

Welcome to the era of male pubic hair removal, gents; where ‘manscaping’ is the word of the day, and no intimate (pun alert) stone goes unturned.

Now, when it comes to the family jewels, there’s a lot at stake.

  • What if the depilatory cream burns your balls? 
  • What if you nick your dick?
  • What if you realize after you apply the wax strip that this entire idea was totally ridiculous and you don’t want to do this anymore??
  • What then, I ask you?!

Fear not.

By the end of this article you’ll know exactly what to expect from each male pubic grooming method, and will easily be able to decide which is the best choice for you.

Here are the 7 best ways to remove pubic hair for men!

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EDITOR’S CHOICE 1. Philips Norelco Electric Shaver

  • Cheap
  • Fast
  • Effective at removing all hairs
  • Can be done from home
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RUNNER UP 2. Nad’s For Men Hair Removal Cream

  • Easy to use
  • Can be done at home
  • Results are smoother and last somewhat longer than shaving
  • No more razor burns or bumps
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3. Nad’s for Men Hair Removal Strips

  • Easy to use
  • Can be done at home
  • Results are smoother and last somewhat longer than shaving
  • No more razor burns or bumps
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4. Emjoi Emagine Epilator for Men

  • Long lasting results
  • Eliminates razor burns and bumps
  • Reduces the risk of ingrown hairs
  • Over time reduces hair growth entirely
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5. Remington iLIGHT (Face & Body)

  • Long lasting result
  • Easy to use
  • Can be done at home
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What’s the Real Deal with Male Pubic Hair Removal?

Here’s the thing:

If your friends are anything like mine then pube grooming is probably not a casual conversation topic that gets brought up very often.

Sure, some people have no problem baring all when it comes to their grooming routines, but for the vast majority of men, we are still kind of cagey about discussing the hairy details.

Why is that?

I mean, when you consider the fact that up to 90% of modern men are taking care of their down-there-hair in some way/shape/or form, it’s surprising that the world of male genital hair removal is still somewhat enshrouded in mystery.

Let’s cut to the chase.

What are My Pubic Hair Removal Options?

Men’s pubic hair removal methods can be separated into two categories, for starters, temporary and permanent.

Temporary pubic hair removal methods are much more common, and can be carried out at home or in a professional salon, depending on your preferences. Temporary methods include:

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  • shaving,
  • trimming,
  • depilatory cream,
  • waxing/sugaring, and
  • epilation.

You might be wondering about results:

Out of these methods, results can vary from a day to a month or so, depending which method you choose and the rate of your hair growth.

Shaving garners the shortest lived results, followed by depilatory creams, while waxing/sugaring and epilation have similarly long hair-free results periods (more on that later).

Permanent hair removal methods are a different kettle of fish. This article is going to cover two methods of ‘permanent’ hair removal, laser and electrolysis.

Let me start by saying that electrolysis is more “permanent” than laser hair removal.

With laser hair removal, results will generally be very long lasting, and in some cases permanent, but not always (find out why in the laser section below). Electrolysis is the only form of truly permanent hair removal.

But be warned:

Some of these methods are easy to carry out yourself at home, others are either a bit more tricky or a bit more risky.

In the case of the latter, it’s important to know what you are capable of doing effectively yourself, and when it’s time to see a professional.

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I Don’t Want to Show My Nads to a Stranger… What Can I do at Home?

Shaving, trimming, epilation, and depilatory creams are the easiest methods to remove your pubic hair at home.

Waxing, sugaring, and laser hair removal can also all be done at home but require a little more technical skill- not impossible, but be prepared for a sharp learning curve.

But some things really should be left to the pros.

Electrolysis, for example, is something I insist should only be done in a salon by a trained professional.

While there ARE home electrolysis kits on the market, the potential risks are not worth it if you ask me (read on to the electrolysis section to find out why).

 

In a nutshell: shaving, trimming, epilation, and depilatory creams are the easiest methods to remove your pubic hair at home.

How do I Know Which Method is Best?

When deciding the best way to remove pubic hair as a male, there’s a couple of factors you will need to consider:

  • Cost: the pricing of the 7 methods in this article varies massively.
  • Comfort: some methods come with a certain pain factor. Is it worth the results?
  • Convenience: at home methods vs. salon only methods- which is more convenient for you? Moreover, which are you more comfortable with?
  • Duration of results: put all the other factors into perspective, and weigh them up with how long the results will last (this is always the biggest factor for me)

Now we’ve laid a solid foundation, let’s get to the good stuff.

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7 Ultimate Methods for Removing Male Pubic Hair 

1. Shaving (and how to shave pubic hair for men)

Razor blades have been the go-to piece of kit for male hair removal for eons, and shaving certainly has its merits.

Razors are cheap, easy to control, and can be used in the privacy of your own home.

Now, shaving men’s pubic hair is a different story to shaving your face or your head.

Guy’s pubic hair tends to be much more dense, coarse, and curly than the hair elsewhere on your body, so your risk of ingrown hairs, bumps, and razor rash is a lot higher.

Here’s how to shave your pubic area for men:

  • Make sure you soften the hairs and open the pores in your skin with warm water first; a shower or a bath is best.
  • If your hairs are really long (more than 1 inch, say) it’s a good idea to give them a trim first so that your razor blade doesn’t get super clogged (shorter hairs will also be easier to shave, and will prevent ‘pulling’). You can use an electric trimmer like the Philips Norelco which is designed for use all over the body, including shaving pubic hair on men.
  • Use a high quality shaving cream so that the razor glides over your skin, cutting the hairs as opposed to pulling them (plus it’s the best way to shave balls without doubt). Sensitive formulas are the best for the genital area, and if you can find one that is fragrance free and uses natural ingredients, even better. If you want cheap and cheerful, Cremo Original Shave Cream is a crowd fave, and produces a good slick lather, but I am always on the look for lesser known brands producing really great quality natural products, like this Oatmeal, Aloe Vera, Shea & Cocoa Butter shave cream from Falls River Soap Company.
  • Use a sharp razor with a non-aggressive profile (this will minimize the risk of cutting yourself) and wash it regularly throughout the shave- as often as every stroke if necessary. The sharper the blade, the less irritation you’ll experience. I usually go for the Gillette Mach3.
  • Post-shave, use a soothing, anti-inflammatory product to soothe the area. I am a fan of this  Kerah Lane serum because it also prevents ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
  • If it’s your first time, shave in the direction of your hair growth– this will prevent irritation during the shave and soften regrowth after. Once you get used to this a couple of times, you can try shaving in the opposite direction for a closer shave.

hair removal with shaving blade

Pros

 

  • checkCheap
  • checkFast
  • checkEffective at removing all hairs
  • checkCan be done from home

Cons

 

  • Results will only last a couple of days at best
  • Risk of uncomfortable regrowth and irritation is higher

Best for

 

  • Total hair removal on smaller areas

1. Philips Norelco Electric Shaver

2. Cremo Original Shave Cream

3. Foam-Free Oatmeal Shaving Cream

4. Gillette Mach3 Disposable Razor

5. Serum for Razor Bumps/Burns

2. Trimming (how to stay groomed but not bald)

Trimmers are a man’s best friends when it comes to pubic hair removal. It’s a great way to keep your nether region groomed, without the need to go totally bald.

It gets better though:

It’s also a brilliant option for sensitive skinned folk who don’t fancy shaving because it causes too much irritation; with trimmers, the blade never comes directly in contact with your skin, so you greatly reduce the risk of cuts, razor rash, or ingrown hairs.

The only thing you need to remember is that electric trimmers are never going to give you a super close shave because of the way they are designed. What I like to do is use trimmers as a complementary method of hair removal to normal shaving.

Here’s what I do:

I use a razor on the outer edges/upper thigh hair that I want to totally remove, then I use my Philips Norelco electric shaver on the rest of my pubic area, which I only want to trim. What I love most about this shaver is that it comes with a variety of attachments so you can alter the closeness of the shave depending on the look you’re going for. Best shaver for balls I’ve found!

Pros

 

  • checkCost effective
  • checkCan be done at home
  • checkRequires little technical skill
  • checkRechargeable, no need to buy batteries usually

Cons

 

  • Won’t produce a super close shave

Best for

 

  • Trimming pubic hair up, maintaining a ‘groomed’ look across whole pubic area

1. Philips Norelco Electric Shaver

3. Hair Removal Cream (and how to use it on your privates)

I’ve got a love hate relationship with hair removal cream, or depilatory cream as it’s technically called, and if you’ve ever so much as opened up a bottle of the stuff, I bet you know why.

It stinks. I mean, not just a little bit; it literally smells like the sort of acid murderers use when they want to dispose of a body. Yeah. Doesn’t make you want to put Nair on balls, does it.

But (and this is a big but):

It does offer a pain-free, super smooth, longer lasting alternative to shaving, and you can do it all in the privacy of your own bathroom with absolutely zero technical skill required.

Boom.

When it comes to the question of can you put Nair on your balls… well, here’s the deal:

Genital hair removal cream for men is slightly different to the Veet that your girlfriend uses on her legs.

Like we already covered, hair on your pubic area is extra thick and coarse (and the skin even more sensitive), which means the normal hair removal cream would need to be left on for longer to get results. This is less than ideal, and can lead to a chemical burn that looks awful and feels even worse.

Using a specific genital hair removing cream for men is the best choice because the product has been specifically designed to work through your thick pubic hairs without burning your skin.

 

Pro tip: If your hairs are long, trim them before using the cream, this will help the cream work its magic in the allocated time frame.

Also, I always find that not taking a shower first also helps to spare my skin from irritation because the skin’s natural oils acts as a protective barrier. All there is to it is to whip off your jocks, and slather on some cream (I have had great success with Nad’s for Men), leave for the recommended time, then hop in the shower and wipe it all away.

Easy. Right?

As long as you follow the instructions and do a patch test first, it should all go- well- smoothly.

Pros

 

  • checkEasy to use
  • checkCan be done at home
  • checkResults are smoother and last somewhat longer than shaving
  • checkNo more razor burns or bumps

Cons

 

  • Smelly
  • Messy
  • Risk of chemical irritation if you aren’t careful

Best for

 

  • Those who prefer to avoid painful methods like waxing and epilating, but want better results than they can achieve with shaving

​1. Nad’s For Men Hair Removal Cream

4. Waxing (and how to wax at home)

beach day hairfree manscape pubic hair remove

All I know after all these years of field research is this: when it comes to waxing, you’ll either love it or hate it.

Me? I love it.

Ok, so maybe I didn’t love it the first time I tried to use wax strips at home and ended up yanking it off the wrong way and giving myself a lovely purple bruise on my groin…(that’s worst case scenario, don’t be put off just yet), but I’ve learned a lot since then and now I hardly ever bother with any other methods of hair removal on my pubes.

Here’s why:

I’m a person with thick, dark hair and fast regrowth. When I used to shave down there, it’d look good for all of half a day, at which point it would start to get prickly, red, rashy; I’d have ingrown hairs, and most of it had grown back to resemble something the texture of coarse sandpaper within a day. It was awful, and for so long I accepted it as something I just had to live with.

Then, something changed.

After a friend’s recommendation, I tried waxing for the first time. I was nervous naturally, especially at the idea of getting the dreaded Brazilian boner in front of a total stranger (which, even if it does happen, is completely normal. As long as you stay professional, they will too).

And yes, while some guys want to have the male version of the ‘bikini line’ taken care of, or maybe even a sack-n-crack wax, some men have hair growing all the way up the penis- and yes, you can do full on penis waxing if that’s what you want.

But that’s not all:

Results typically last around a month. A month!

 

In a nutshell: A whole 3-4 weeks without needing to think about it once. That reason alone is why I love pubic waxing so much.

However:

What I eventually found out is that you don’t have to go to a salon to achieve these results; everything can be done at home (and for a fraction of the cost).

Home waxing can be done in two ways: with wax strips or a hot wax kit.

Wax strips are pre prepared and much less messy. I usually find they work best around the edges of the pubic zone. Try out Nad’s for Men Wax Strips; they usually work well for me when I need something quick and convenient.

If you want to go slightly more pro, hot wax kits generally garner even better results, but they’re a little more tricky to use. Invest in an all-in-one kit like this one from Wokaar, and you’ll have the heater, the wax, the strips, and the mixing tools all together- perfect for beginners.

It can be a little tricky to get the right angles if you’re going for a full brazilian, but nothing that can’t be done with some light stretching and the help of a mirror.

Expert tip: Use a cooling lotion with no fragrance and as few chemicals as possible after your wax to soothe skin and reduce inflammation. My fave is a natural aloe vera gel (put it in the fridge first for extra cool point).

Pros

 

  • checkLong lasting results
  • checkEliminates razor burns and bumps
  • checkReduces the risk of ingrown hairs
  • checkOver time reduces hair growth entirely

Cons

 

  • Initially painful
  • If doing at home, can be tricky, and some people aren’t comfortable going to a salon

Best for

 

  • Those who want a long lasting solution to their hair woes (and aren’t keen to go full monty with laser or electrolysis)

1. Nad’s for Men Hair Removal Strips

2. Rapid Melt Hair Removal Wax Kit

3. 99% Organic Aloe Vera Gel

5. Epilation (if you aren’t keen on waxing…)

hair removal epilator

If only there was a hair removal method that gave the longlasting results of waxing but required less technical skill…

There is! And it’s called: epilation.

If you saw an epilator sitting on the bathroom counter, you’d be excused for first thinking it was an electric shaver. They look quite similar on the outside, but the difference is that instead of a blade, epilator heads have dozens of tiny tweezers that pull your hairs out right from the root.

The result?

I won’t kid you, using an epilator on your pubic area is going to hurt. A lot. But you’ll be rewarded with results that last just as long as waxing, and it takes a lot less work to get there.

Using an epilator like this one from Emjoi that has a high speed function will make a big difference to your experience and results.

Plus, there are countless ways you can reduce the pain from epilation: ice cubes, over the counter pain meds, and most effective of all- numbing creams.

Pros

 

  • checkLong lasting result
  • checkEasy to use
  • checkCan be done at home

Cons

 

  • More painful than other methods

Best for

 

  • Those who want the benefits of long lasting results but aren’t keen on waxing

1. Emjoi Emagine Epilator for Men

2. LMX 4 Topical Anesthetic Cream

6. Laser Hair Removal (semi-permanent solution)

best way to remove pubic hair for male

Temporary hair removal methods are all well and good, but sometimes what we really need is a long term solution.

Laser hair removal is growing in popularity in a big way for just that reason. It provides semi-permanent to permanent results, and can be done either in salon by a professional or from your own home with the help of a home laser hair removal kit.

Maybe you already know a little bit about how it works, but still a lot of people get this wrong, so I’ll just go through the most essential parts of what you need to know:

Using a very targeted laser, the machine will ‘zap’ the base of each individual hair follicle, disabling it from growing back. Laser hair removal works best on people with fair skin and dark hair. It is not suitable for people with fair or ginger hair, or dark skin. Dark skinned people can use the specialized ND YAG laser.

It takes a bit of work:

You won’t see permanent results after just one session; it usually takes upwards of 4 or 5. Each session can cost anywhere upwards of $150 in a salon, so it’s not a really cheap option.

But that’s not the only option when it comes to laser hair removal:

You can also carry out the entire process on your own at home. Once you make the initial investment to buy the product, you won’t incur any further costs like you would by going to a salon.

You’ll need to purchase a high quality, reliable home laser hair removal device, such as the Remington iLight which is a really great choice for beginners as it’s easy to use and extremely effective.

The device comes with detailed instructions which you’ll need to follow religiously.

Compared with the cost of salon laser hair removal, the home kit is far cheaper. It’s also very effective (once you fit the suitability bracket) when used correctly over time, but do be aware that it can take quite some time to achieve the desired results, especially if you are targeting your entire genital area.

It is, however, a fantastic choice for men who want a semi-permanent to permanent solution and find that the above methods of temporary hair removal just aren’t cutting it.

Pros

 

  • checkExtremely long lasting results
  • checkEliminates issues like ingrown hairs, rashes, razor bumps, etc.
  • checkIf desired, can reduce hair growth as opposed to removing everything completely
  • checkCan be done in salon or in privacy of your own home

Cons

 

  • Pricey
  • Only suitable for certain hair/skin types
  • Results may not be entirely permanent/may not work effectively on everyone

Best for

 

  • Semi-permanent to permanent removal of pubic hair for fair skinned men with dark hair

1. Remington iLIGHT (Face & Body)

7. Electrolysis for men

swimming pool remove pubic hair for men

When all you want is to get rid of your unwanted hair once and for all at any cost- electrolysis is the way to go.

Why?

It’s the only verified form of permanent hair removal. Electrolysis works similarly to laser hair removal, in that each hair is targeted individually one-by-one, but instead of a laser, electrolysis devices use tiny hair-sized needles, which are inserted at the base of the hair and sends an electrical current down to the root.

Which basically means:

Unlike laser hair removal which targets the follicle, electrolysis targets the hair root, and ensures no hairs will ever be able to grow there again.

It takes committment to see results:

You’ll need to do several sessions before you see lasting results, but once your entire course is complete you will be hair free where it matters, for good.

When it comes to home electrolysis, you need to be extremely wary.

There are a number of home electrolysis kits on the market, and people are often drawn to them because they seem to offer an alternative to the costly professional sessions. However, there is a significant associated risk with these kits, from burns, to skin damage, to the possibility of it not working at all.

If you ask me, the risks of a DIY kit are way too high. If you are genuinely interested in taking the plunge with electrolysis, consult a trained professional.

Pros

 

  • checkTruly permanent method of pubic hair removal
  • checkCan be used to thin hair growth (as opposed to total removal) if desired

Cons

 

  • Really costly
  • Can’t be done at home safely

Best for

 

  • Beating the bush once and for all

What’s The Bottom Line?

In a nutshell, these 7 male pubic hair removal methods offer varying degrees of efficacy, depending on which factors you prioritise most:

  • Cost
  • Comfort
  • Convenience
  • Duration of results

Everyone is different, and when it comes to pubic hair removal everyone has nuanced needs and wants. Each of the 7 methods offer their own unique benefits; whichever one you choose will depend on you, and you alone.

Hope this guide on the best ways to remove pubic hair for men was as fun for you to read as it was for me to write.

And, go on and manscape.

Your lady friend will appreciate it!

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 About the author Dave Levitt

Dave is a Brooklyn-based editor with a specific interest in the recent trend of men adopting beauty and self-care routines. It’s not all about the ultra-masculine-packaged, strongly-scented all-purpose shower gels anymore! Modern men are seeking the quality resources to turn to when it comes to skincare, haircare and fashion. Dave’s hard and passionate work is dedicated to building up more resources like that on the web.

November 11, 2022

Top 10 Hair Removal Creams for Women

When I do things, I don’t do half measures (if taking things too far were an Olympic sport, I’d bring home the gold. Every. Time.) which is why this hair removal cream quest ended up being pretty expansive. Not only did I try and test all the hair removing products for women I could get my mitts on, I also did a full on search for products for men, sensitive skin, bikini area, and facial areas which you can read all about in my 5 best hair removal creams article.

In the meantime, let’s get to grips with the sticky subject of depilatory creams; why use them, how to use them, and what is the best hair removing cream for women?

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Hair removal cream is tricky (and often sticky) business; I’ve learned that the hard way. After I gave myself what I can only describe as a spectacular crimson chemical burn on my upper lip, I turned to the “hair removal horror stories” Reddit thread in the hopes of either lamenting further or laughing at people who’ve done even dumber things than I have. In the end, I did both (to the woman who used hair removal cream on her forehead and ended up with a permanent reverse widow’s peak… I have no words, but thanks for the laughs!).

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All these stories got me thinking; do the perfect hair removal creams for women really exist? Or are we fated to choose between itchy red scaly burns and chimpanzee-dom? Neither of those options being my cup of tea, I set out to get a definitive answer and find the best hair removal creams for women- keep reading to find out which product tops the list!

The Benefits of Using Hair Removal Cream

Hair removal techniques generally involve a pluck, a pull, or a blade of some description; the single best thing about hair removal cream is that you won’t need any of the above to achieve silky smooth-dom.

These products contain chemicals that break down the proteins in your hairs so that they become weak enough to come right off when scraped with either the plastic spatula that comes with the cream or with a wet washcloth. The benefit of this process is that the cream works on the hair below the surface of the skin, which means you’ll achieve a smoother and longer lasting effect than with shaving and still avoid the pain of epilating or waxing (usually at quite a reasonable cost).

The Downside (and How to Avoid It)

The acrid smell is one of the biggest turn-offs for me, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be all that avoidable. Hair removal creams’ bad smell comes from two sources: the chemicals themselves, and the reactions they cause while breaking down the hairs. In this article I’ve included as many products as I can that have improved smells, but to be honest- it’s really a case of putting perfume on a pig.

The other potential downside of depilatory cream is the adverse skin reaction you may suffer if you a) don’t use the product appropriately or b) use a product that is not suitable for your skin type; there’s a fine balance one must achieve between leaving the cream on long enough to do its job, but not so long that it starts to literally burn your skin off.

Best advice I can give to avoid bad experiences is to always do a spot test and check for reactions before applying the whole lot of it, never exceed the specified time frame, and pick a product that is appropriate for your skin type and purpose of use. If you want to be extra safe, keep some 1% hydrocortisone cream handy to apply to skin suffering a bad reaction.

Different Ways to Apply Hair Removal Cream

When I first started to use hair removal cream, there was one type of product and that was it (this was back when Veet was still called Immac and if you got any cream on your bathroom tiles it would literally strip the finish right off them). Nowadays, the world of depilatory cream has come on leaps and bounds; we now have a huge amount of choice in products, ingredients, scents, and yes- even application methods.

The standard cream application is the most common; the product usually comes in a squeezy tube or a bottle with a pump top (my favourite), which then needs to be smoothed out on your skin using either your fingers, a sponge, or a spatula.

Newer products offer different means of application, in a spray can or in a ‘gliding’ stick, for example. The great thing about these types of products is that the mess is reduced and there’s less need to touch the product with your hands.

How to Use Hair Removal Cream on Different Body Parts

While there are countless different body parts you may wish to use hair removal cream on, there are three main categories of product to meet the mishmash of needs you might have: hair removal cream for the body, the face, and bikini area.

Each of these areas has its own nuanced needs that are dependent on hair thickness and skin sensitivity, so it’s wise to pick your product according to whatever region you’re trying to deforest if you want to experience the best hair removal for women (e.g. using a cream designed for legs on your face is much more likely to result in a chemical burn or at least an uncomfortable experience).

Here are my top 10 in-depth hair removing cream reviews to help you on your way!

Top 10 Best Hair Removal Cream for Women Countdown:

1. Best Hair Removal Spray: Nair Hair Remover Sprays Away Clay

  • checkEasy to use 
  • checkConvenient spray bottle
  • checkCan be ordered in a multi-pack

I love the idea of a spray on hair removal cream; it’s super convenient and makes the application process so much easier (and cleaner). All you need to do is pop the cap off and spray it on the area that you want to remove hair from; the trick is to spray it evenly so that all areas receive the same amount of product (I find if there’s too much cream on a certain area it’s more likely to bring out a rash).

I used the spray all over my legs (including thighs), arms, and underarms with great success- I would confidently say over 90% of the hairs were removed easily. I reckon the bottle would last for about 2.5 full body sprays (not including face or bikini area, I only use specific products for those sensitive regions). Overall, it’s extremely easy to use and will effectively remove almost all hairs in 4-6 minutes; then just hop in the shower and rinse it all off.

 

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Convenient spray bottle
  • Effectively removes almost all hairs
  • Can be ordered in a multi-pack to save money

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Some people may find a spray harder to control than a cream
  • Not suitable for face (or bikini, in my opinion)

2. Best for Sensitive Skin: Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream, Sensitive Formula

  • checkSafe for use on sensitive skin 
  • checkAloe against inflammation
  • checkVitamin E for moisture

It’s no wonder so many people rave about how awesome this product from Veet is. My favorite thing about the product is the big bottle with the handy pump head; I often find myself going through a bottle of depilatory cream so fast that I need to buy in bulk- not the case for this mega sized hair removal monster bottle.

If you’re a lady prone to sensitive skin, you know how important it is to pick a product that is suitable for your skin type- especially when it comes to something as chemically abrasive as hair removal cream. Veet’s sensitive formula hair removal cream is strong enough to effectively remove hairs without causing irritation to your skin, thanks to its winning infusion of aloe vera and vitamin E which protect your skin from irritation during and provide essential moisturization afterwards.

 

Pros

  • Safe for use on sensitive skin
  • Aloe for anti-inflammatory properties
  • Vitamin E for moisture
  • Large size bottle and pump head = extra convenient

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not suitable for use on bikini or face

3. Best for Normal Skin: Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream with Essential Oils

  • checkBig bottle+pump head = handy 
  • checkShea butter for moisture
  • checkImproved scent

That’s right, two Veet products in a row; they really are the go-to brand when it comes to hair removal for women. If you don’t need the sensitive formula I can highly recommend using this ‘essential oils’ version; it really smells quite a bit less chemically than the other Veet products and ooohhh the results are just so good. Not only did it remove all the hairs on my legs and arms but they feel so smooth and moisturized ever since- and no redness or irritation at all. If anything, I maybe experienced a very slight tingle but it definitely wasn’t anything uncomfortable. It’s infused with orange and grapefruit oil as well as moisturizing shea butter for silky smooth results- win-win!

Like I said, I used it on my legs and arms only, but a friend of mine (male) said that he used it on his pubic area and it was totally fine, however he recommends leaving it on for no more than 4 minutes if you have sensitive skin. Me, I’m going to stick to the bikini specific products for my own nether regions- keep reading to find out which bikini hair removal cream won my vote.

 

Pros

  • Versatile, can be used all over the body
  • Improved scent
  • Big bottle + pump head = handy
  • Shea butter for moisture
  • Effectively removes virtually all hairs

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Possibly unsuitable for sensitive skin
  • Unsuitable for use on facial areas

4. Best Facial Hair Removal Cream for Women: Olay Smooth Finish Duo

  • checkDesigned for use on face 
  • checkComes with protective balm
  • checkDoesn’t invoke thick regrowth

For gals with facial hair it can be such a nightmare trying to find a product that effectively removes everything, doesn’t cause irritation on your sensitive facial skin, and doesn’t invoke thick stubbly regrowth. This Smooth Finish duo from Olay is an absolute godsend; honestly, it ticks all my boxes (which is no easy feat).

Unlike hair removal products for women to use on the body, this Olay hair removal cream is gentle enough that it can be used anywhere on your face without making you break out in a rash. The product comes in two different versions to treat different types of hair: fine to medium hairs and medium to coarse hairs, so pick wisely depending on whether you’re trying to remove fluff from your upper lip or a big bad whisker on your chin.

The best thing about this product, in my opinion, is the protective balm that comes with it. Just slather that on beforehand and your skin will be shielded from the harmful chemicals while they work on breaking down the hairs.

 

Pros

  • Suitable for use on face
  • Protective balm provides shield from irritating chemicals
  • Effectively removes fine and coarse hairs alike
  • Regrowth will be as fine as if you waxed it

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Small tube will be used up relatively quickly if using on larger areas (whole chin, for example)
  • Not suitable for rest of body (I’m sure it would work, but with such a small tube there’s no point)

5. Best Moisturizing: Nair Cocoa Butter Hair Remover Lotion

  • checkExtra moisturizing 
  • checkPowerful and effective
  • checkCan be used all over body

One of the downsides of using hair removal cream is that the chemicals can often lead to dried out skin, so I’m always on the lookout for products that have moisturizing elements in their ingredients list (preferably natural ones). If you’ve read any of our previous posts on the best creams, soaps, and shave balms you’ll know how much we love anything with cocoa butter, so naturally as soon as I saw this lotion from Nair, I was all over it. Or, it was all over me, rather.I put on a pretty thick, even layer of the cream onto my legs and left it there for the maximum amount of time (I hadn’t shaved in a long time so I felt it needed an extra minute or two); if you have sensitive skin I’d say start with 3 minutes and see how your skin reacts- any more may be a bit overwhelming. The smell isn’t the best, but lo and behold it removed all of my leg hairs in one go- and they felt so smooth and moisturized after, no dry skin for me!

 

Pros

  • Extra moisturizing cocoa butter
  • Powerful and effective at removing hairs
  • Can be bought in a handy multipack
  • Versatile and can be used all over body (not face)

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Smell isn’t great
  • Not suitable for face

6. Best In-Shower: Nair Shower Power Max with Moroccan Argan Oil

  • checkLess mess and less time 
  • checkHandy pump bottle
  • checkMoisturizing argan oil

In-shower products are the bees knees as far as I’m concerned; they cut back on mess and save you time because you can combine the ‘waiting period’ with your shower time instead of doing it one step after the other. Enter: The Shower Power Max range, which has totally earned itself a spot on this list with their argan infused hair removal cream.I sometimes find the in-shower versions are a lot stronger (stronger smelling for sure), maybe because the chemicals need to be more resilient to being washed off… but the great thing about this nair for women product is that it is very gentle compared with other similar creams from different brands- the smell isn’t too bad either! I love the way my skin felt after I used this one, really soft (made even softer because the hairs all appeared to be removed from below the surface of the skin). Not only is the turquoise packaging cute enough to display in the bathroom, it also comes with a handy matching sponge for application and removal.

 

Pros

  • In shower means less mess and less time
  • Moisturizing argan oil for smooth skin
  • Comes with application sponge
  • Nice packaging
  • Handy pump bottle

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not for use on face
  • Not specifically for use on sensitive skin (although I had no adverse reactions)

7. Best Bargain Buy: Veet Botanic Inspirations Gel Cream

  • checkVersatile
  • checkSafe for sensitive skin 
  • checkGreat for girls on a budget

If you’re on a budget, the Botanic Veet hair removal cream is just the ticket; it’s a slightly smaller serving of product than the others I’ve reviewed, which brings the cost of the tube down- perfect if you’re in need of silky smooth pins for the weekend but your budget is tight.Similar to the sensitive formula reviewed above, this botanic inspired cream is infused with anti-inflammatory aloe vera which will protect your skin from irritation and soothe any redness that may be caused. It’s also full of vitamin E which will keep your skin healthy and hydrated even when exposed to the harsh hair removing chemicals. It’s so gentle that it can be used on sensitive skin safely (the manufacturer claims it’s okay to use on your bikini line too)- although it’s smart to do a test patch beforehand just in case.

 

Pros

  • Safe for sensitive skin
  • Great for girls on a budget
  • Aloe for anti-inflammatory
  • Vit. E to protect and hydrate
  • Versatile + can be used all over the body

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not suitable for use on face
  • Smaller package so will run out faster

8. Best “Extra Strength”: Sally Hansen Spray-On Shower-Off Hair Remover Extra Strength for Women

  • checkConvenient spray bottle 
  • checkCan be showered off easily
  • checkPretty effective on coarse hair

Just the name of this product already tells you two of the major benefits: it’s got that handy spray nozzle which makes application of the product so much cleaner and easier, and it can be washed off in the shower- double whammy. The extra strength factor is an awesome added bonus, especially for women who have very coarse, thick hair and doubt whether a depilatory cream will work for them.The spray nozzle is super easy to use on arms and underarms as well as the front of the leg, although spraying the back of the legs can require a little bit of a stretch (I have my yoga teacher to thank for the fact that I was able to do it pretty easily). I left the spray on for 5 minutes (you can leave it on for up to 10 minutes but what with “extra strength” in the title I thought I’d be conservative). The spray and hairs came off easily when I washed it directly with the shower nozzle, and the majority of my skin was smooth and hair free; there were a couple of areas that still had some small patches of stubble on them, but I think that was my own fault for not leaving it on long enough. Next time I’ll try 7 minutes.

 

Pros

  • Convenient spray bottle
  • Can be showered off easily
  • Pretty effective on coarse hair

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not for use on the face
  • It’s a little tricky to spray the hard to reach areas

9. Best “Glide” Application: Nair Bikini Cream Glides Away with Argan Oil

  • checkClean and easy application 
  • checkEffectively removes pubic hairs
  • checkArgan oil for moisture

I have a friend who hates the texture of hair removal cream; she says it makes her gawk when she touches it with her fingers (which I thought was a tad dramatic but it did lead me to discover this awesome product from Nair, so I’ll let it slide). She recommended this one to me just before we went on holiday together with our boyfriends, and honestly I’ve never looked back.It works by twisting the little dial at the bottom of the tube- sort of like a roll-on deodorant- and then the cream pushes out of the top, which you can then apply directly onto your skin without needing to use your fingers. Top marks for cleanliness! The argan infusion wins big brownie points in my books too. It works very effectively on coarse pubic hairs, but I do have to warn you that if you apply it to an area that doesn’t have much hair on it it will burn your skin- so be careful applying it to sparse areas/around your bikini line where the hair ends.

 

Pros

  • ‘Gliding’ application is clean and easy
  • Effectively removes coarse pubic hairs
  • Argan oil for moisture and skin health

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not for use anywhere except bikini area
  • Not suitable for use on very sensitive skin

10. Best for Bikini Area: ‘Bikini Zone’ Hair Removal Cream

  • checkGreen tea fortified
  • checkEffectively removes pubic hairs
  • checkEncourages finer regrowth

Putting all of these hair melting chemicals anywhere near coochie-town is not something I do lightly- I’ve gone through the wars when it comes to removing my down-there-hair, and let me tell you my search for the best hair removal cream for bikini area was one of the greatest battles of all *drumroll please*.This Bikini Zone product is simply perfection, because it does the job fast with regimental effectiveness but I can always trust that my skin will be safe from burns, rashes, and irritation of any kind. Fortified with green tea extract, this cream from Bikini Zone is naturally anti-inflammatory and gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin. The best part is, I actually found regrowth was a lot finer after just 2 uses!

 

Pros

  • Effectively removes thick pubic hairs in 4 minutes
  • Infused with green tea
  • Encourages finer regrowth

 

Cons​​​​​

  • The smell on this one is definitely not my favorite

 

So… Which is the Overall Best Hair Removal Cream for Women?

 

As always, the best for you may not be the best for me; everyone’s skin and hair is different and therefore has different, nuanced needs. The product that I’m nominating as best depilatory cream gets the vote for its overall usability, effectiveness, and versatility.

A brand that has set the gold standard for hair removal cream for many years now, Nair hair removal cream wins my heart (and legs, arms, bikini line, and underarms) for their Cocoa Butter Hair Removal Lotion. It’s such a great all-round product because it can be used anywhere on the body (besides face) without causing irritation and it effectively removes all my hairs, all the time.

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I managed to snag a multipack on sale, so the price was absolutely unbeatable too. Plus, I’ll admit this is probably the winning factor for me, the cocoa butter addition makes my skin sooo smooth and moisturized afterwards that I don’t even need to use another lotion- it’s like two products in one!

   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

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November 11, 2022

15 Best Tweezers for Every Purpose & Budget

What do tweezers, toilet paper, and that guy I used to copy lecture notes off of on Wednesdays all have in common?

Unless I really need them, I’m probably not thinking about them.

Harsh?

Maybe, but also true. The problem is, at least 2 of the things on that list definitely merit thinking about in advance.

Today, I’m here to help you pick your perfect pair of tweezers. In my eyes, these 15 little guys have got to be some of the best tweezers in the world!

Why all the Fuss?

The thing about tweezers – they’re probably the most underrated thing in my makeup bag; or at least they were before I learned my lesson the hard way.

I never paid any attention to which tweezers I bought (which was usually quite a frequent occasion since I’m prone to misplacing the handy little buggers…), I never bothered to “maintain” them – heck, I didn’t even know you were supposed to maintain them.

Here’s the other thing about tweezers: investing in a good pair will pay for itself.

Why?

Oh, so many more reasons than you can even begin to imagine. While I may not like to admit it, I don’t just wake up with silky smooth legs and perfectly preened eyebrows.

Nor have I been graced with the fine, wispy hairlessness that come with Asian genes (thanks for the crazy dark body hair, Greek Grandma).

But look, if you’re here too, then neither do you. We all have to deal with unwanted hair, and the most essential piece of kit for tackling those “stray soldiers” as I like to call them, is a pair of badass tweezers.

best tweezers

How to Make Sure Your Pluck Packs a Punch

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that once you’ve invested in said pair you’re going to wonder how you ever got this far into life without them.

Honestly, it’ll start as a thought to get a bit more on top of your eyebrow routine, and soon you’ll be using them for everything, from putting on fake eyelashes, to removing splinters and digging out ingrown hairs.

A quality pair of tweezers are the best investment you never even knew about.

eyebrow on fleek from using best tweezer

How to do Eyebrows with Tweezers

We’ve all gone a little pluck-happy at some point, taken off “a few” too many hairs, and ended up looking like Christina Aguilera circa ‘Stripped’.

So what, I hear you say. Hair grows back! Ehhh, well that’s the thing…

If you’ve gone way overboard for way too long, some of those hair follicles will be too damaged to produce hair in a normal growth cycle. It took me a couple of years of virtually no plucking to get back to my natural eyebrow shape.

The key is knowing which hairs are stray hairs. If your eyebrow is a highway, the strays are the hitchhikers- catch my drift?

Step two is knowing how to measure out where your eyebrows should begin, arch, and end.

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Plucking Facial Hair with Tweezers

Like I said, I’m rocking 25% Greek genes, so thick dark hairs have been part of my daily life since I was a kid.

I can tell you right now, those clandestine hair-culling sessions would have gone a heck of alot smoother (yup, intended, and I’ll do it again!) if I had already snagged myself a pair of quality tweezers.

Speaking of which, I wonder which tweezers Aphrodite used…

Anyway, I digress. The point here is that facial hairs are by their nature, thick and dark and coarse and usually quite difficult to pull out.

So, in order to tackle them, you need a pair of tweezers that are precise, and have a good grip.

There’s nothing more frustrating than grabbing onto a hair with your tweezers only to have it slip right out again (I’ll let you in on a little secret: professional tweezers don’t do this!).

Here’s some tips from the experts when plucking those pesky facial hairs:

  • The obvious part: make sure you’re using good quality tweezers
  • Tie back your hair so that it’s out of the way
  • Wash your face: this will remove excess dirt and oil which will make plucking the smaller hairs somewhat easier, and it will also help to prevent post-pluck breakouts.
  • Stand in good lighting, preferably natural light, near a window.
  • Start with the darker, more obvious hairs first. If that doesn’t do the trick, move onto the finer hairs too.
  • Afterwards, soothe your skin with some aloe vera, witch hazel, or any natural product that has anti-inflammatory properties (*no perfumes or alcohol!*).

pretty brows from using best tweezer

Digging out Ingrown Hair with Tweezers

I’m going to start this section by suggesting you be very careful when typing anything into YouTube about removing ingrown hairs.

There’s a lot of gross video footage out there on the world wide interwebs.

If you suffer from ingrown hairs quite often then you’ve probably tried just about everything to remove and prevent them.

Not only do they look less than ideal, but they can also end up being quite painful too.

An ingrown hair is one that has been cut or broken below the surface, and has sort of somehow lost its way down there instead of exiting through the surface of your skin.

This can result in either a superficial ingrown hair (one that is growing in a curl just below the surface of the skin) or a deep ingrown hair.

Your body starts to treat the ingrown hair like a foreign object, which is why the area will often look swollen and red; if the body is trying to reject the hair it’s pretty much safe to say you can go ahead and give it a helping hand.

Just be careful, ingrown hair tweezing can be a very aggressive form of removal, but with the right tools you’ll have it done in no time.

  • Make sure your tweezers are clean and sterilized before you go anywhere near the area. The last thing you want is a bacterial infection.
  • Have a shower, or use a warm compress on the affected area first to calm down the irritation and make your skin more receptive to plucking.
  • I find that using a pair of pointed tweezers is best for ingrown hair removal because they’re precise (precision is paramount here so that you minimize the aggressive “digging”), and the small head means you can always see what your doing.

How to Sharpen Tweezers

This is such a simple step, I don’t know why I overlooked this for so long (and then complained about my tweezers not grabbing my hair properly…). All you need to keep your tweezers in check is a nail file.

This trick can also be done with a DIY ‘sharpener’ made out of sandpaper, but the long and short of it is an emory board will do the job just fine, and is way simpler.

What to Look for In Tweezers:

Eyebrow Tweezers

When it comes down to finding the best tweezers for eyebrows, it will vastly depend on your own individual needs.

Regardless, you’ll most likely want to pick between pointed tweezers, straight tweezers, or slant tweezers (or rounded tweezers if you’re worried about poking yourself).

Pointed tweezers are best for picking up small, fine hairs that require high amounts of precision plucking. Like I mentioned when we talked about ingrown hair removal, the pointed tip and small head mean that you can always see exactly what you’re doing, and remove just the hairs you are after.

Straight tweezers are best for picking up more than one hair at once because of their flat surface area. This is useful if you are trying to pluck a large area or remove a tonne of hairs at once, but personally I find them a bit too clunky for my eyebrows.

Slanted tweezers are my favorite because they’re so versatile. Flip them over and you have yourself a pointed edge for precision plucking, or you can use the flat side to grab several hairs at a time. Keep them sharp, and they’ll be your go-to piece of kit.

best tweezer for eyebrow shaping

Tweezers for Chin Hair

Chin hair tends to be coarse and thick, so the best tweezers for stubborn chin hair will have a good grip and a high quality head (preferably made from stainless steel). When looking for the best tweezers for facial hair, it’s also important to look for a pair that is comfortable to hold and easy to manoeuvre around close to your skin.

Tweezers for Pubic Hair

The same goes for plucking pubic hair as chin hair; you’ll want tweezers that are durable, have a good grip, and can easily move around close to the surface of your skin. Tweezing pubic hair does carry its own risks though, so you should make sure that you know your options before you go all gung-ho with the tweezers on your nether regions.

Professional Tweezers

What makes a pair of tweezers ‘professional’? There is one resounding message coming from all eyebrow artists and hair gurus around the globe.

The material that your tweezers are made of are extremely important. Professionals use stainless steel tweezers because they are long-lasting, durable, and have a strong grip. A professional pair of tweezers will have been designed so that the grip from your fingers is transferred and distributed down to the head of the tweezers to give you maximum power and maneuverability.

Before we start with the nominations, I want to point out one thing regarding which brands I chose to include, and particularly which brand I chose to omit.

Some of the tweezers you will see reviews for below are produced by small, lesser known brands, and have so far received far less publicity than their competitors.

Despite the lack of publicity, rest assured these are awesome products that deserve every bit of praise I’m about to give them.

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Meanwhile, many of the products on Amazon that carry large numbers of reviews are actually not all they’re cracked up to be.Take Tweezerman, for example. They used to pretty much set the benchmark for the whole industry, but nowadays the cheaper production processes have led to a big drop in quality. The purpose of this monster review is to sift through all of the products, and find the best of the best in today’s market. With all this in mind, let’s move onto our top 15 nominations for best tweezers for every purpose: 

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Product

Our Rating

Price

Best Tweezer for Eyebrows: Classic Necessity Mini Slant Tip Tweezers
Best Needle Nose Tweezer: Satin Edge Needle Nose
Best Ingrown Hair Tweezer: Majestic Bombay Surgical Tweezers for Ingrown Hair
Best Tweezer for Chin Hair: Got Glamour Micro Slant Tweezer
Best Slanted Tip Tweezer: Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers
Best Round Tip Tweezer: Rubis Switzerland Safety Tip Tweezer
Best Square Tip Tweezer: TopInox Straight Tweezers by Niegeloh
Best Pointed Slant Tweezer: Tweezees Precision Slant Tweezers
Best Curved Tweezer: ReNext Black Nail Art Tweezer for Rhinestones
Best Tweezer with a Brush: Benefit Cosmetics Grooming Tweezers
Best Stainless Steel Tweezer: Rubis Slanted Tip Tweezer
Best Mini Tweezer: Tweezty Mini Slant Tweezers
Best Professional Tweezer Rubis Switzerland Evolution / Elegance Two Tip Tweezer
Best Scissor Tweezers: beaute Tsuru Professional Scissor Handle Tweezers

15 Best Tweezers Countdown

1. Best Tweezer for Eyebrows: Classic Necessity Mini Slant Tip, Matte Black

  • checkGreat value
  • checkSpecifically designed for brows
  • checkPulls out even the finest hairs

It may be number one on the list, but by no means is this nomination and easy one to pick. Not so long ago, Tweezerman ruled the roost and pretty much set the gold standard for eyebrow shaping tools; since they started outsourcing to India the quality has dropped majorly though. There was a big gap in the market and a hella’ lotta’ companies clamouring to fill it. While I have had wonderful experiences trying out other products like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers, it’s Classic Necessity that take my vote for the win today with their stainless steel slant tip model.

Price is playing a factor here, I’ll happily admit. I am absolutely willing to fork out for quality where it is necessary, but why would you when there’s bargain buys that perform just as well? The Classic Necessity tweezers are ergonomically designed (i.e. super comfy to hold, no hand cramps) and slanted at the perfect angle to tweeze brows. The mini sized tip is awesome because it means you can always see exactly what you’re doing, too.

These tweezers pull out all of the little blonde hairs from the root; I had no problems with hairs breaking.Big plus: they come inside this super swish black case- very pro looking. Classic Necessity definitely gets my vote for best eyebrow tweezers!

 

Pros

  • Great value
  • Pulls out even the finest little hairs
  • Awesome packaging and carry case
  • Specifically designed for brows
  • Stainless steel makes these very durable

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Very sharp, be careful of poking yourself

2. Best Needle Nose Tweezer: Satin Edge SE2020

  • checkExtremely sharp
  • checkVery precise
  • checkVersatile

If you’ve got tiny work to do, you need the Satin Edge Needle Nose Tweezers. There are a tonne of needle nose tweezers on the market, but these are by far and above the most professional, precise, and goddamn pointy pair on the market.

The tweezers narrow down into the sharpest point you can imagine. These are great for a whole load of tiny tasks (hair plucking being but one) blackhead removal, digging out splinters or ingrown hairs, feeding your Venus Flytrap… However, the small surface area makes them unsuitable for situations where you need to get a strong grip on a hair (it would struggle with a stubborn chin hair, I’d imagine), or when you need to pluck several hairs at a time. These babies are all about precision.

 

Pros

  • Extremely sharp
  • Very precise
  • Versatile
  • Value for money

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not suitable if you require a strong grip

3. Best Ingrown Hair Tweezer: Majestic Bombay Surgical Tweezers

  • checkStrong grip
  • checkVery pointy, precise head
  • checkAwesome bright yellow color

If you struggle with ingrown hairs you’ll already know how important it is to have the right tools on hand to deal with them. And no, poking around in there with a safety pin is not acceptable!

You need something that has a super accurate pointy head on it, one that can easily break the skin if necessary, and hook under the troublesome hair.

I first started to use these Majestic Bombay tweezers after receiving a recommendation from a guy friend who gets chronic ingrown hairs on his neck.

He told me that he had finally found tweezers that were accurate enough to pick out the hair even inside a swollen area, and strong enough to pull it out in one try.

Obviously, I had to see this for myself to believe it- and I can safely say I’ve never needed to look for another pair of tweezers for ingrown hairs since.

The head is made from stainless steel, which is a must when dealing with ingrown hairs. Not only is it durable, but it will stand disinfection from alcohol without tarnishing.

I absolutely love the bright yellow color too- easy to pick out amongst the mess of my makeup bag.

 

Pros

  • Strong grip
  • Very pointy, precise head
  • Stainless steel head
  • Awesome bright yellow color

 

Cons​​​​​

  • The point is almost to fine to grab the smallest of hairs, so I wouldn’t recommend it for plucking eyebrows etc.

4. Best Tweezer for Chin Hair: Got Glamour Micro Slant Tweezer

  • checkGood strong grip
  • checkUltimate accuracy
  • checkEven pressure distribution

Stubborn chin hairs require tweezers that have bionic grip and easy maneuverability, so that you can get in close to the surface of your skin and grab onto the pesky strays.

These bad boys from Got Glamour meet all of our expectations and more when it comes to facial hair plucking performance.

The jaws line up perfectly, which means that your hairs won’t end up slipping through the tweezers.

It also means your fingers don’t need to work to grip as hard because the good design allows power to be perfectly distributed along the length of the tweezers.

The best part about this product in my opinion is the “micro” aspect; the reduced size of the head means that you have the benefit of being able to see precisely what you are doing at all times, without having to sacrifice much surface area.

 

Pros

  • Good strong grip
  • Reduced head size for ultimate accuracy
  • Even pressure distribution
  • Allows you to get in close to the skin
  • Stainless steel

 

Cons​​​​​

  • You’ll need to wait for the hairs to grow a couple of mm above the surface of your skin before you can pluck it out, which may not be ideal for some people

5. Best Slanted Tip Tweezer: Anastasia Beverly Hills

  • checkStrong grip on coarse hairs
  • checkPrecise pulling on fine hairs
  • checkSuper versatile slanted shape

I mentioned these tweezers from Anastasia up above in the eyebrows section; they were close contenders for much more than just this one nomination.

Don’t be mislead by the cuteness of these; these tweezers are heavy duty gear, capable of tackling any hair related troubles you may have.

What I love most about these tweezers is how diverse their use is.

The grip is strong enough to grab onto thick chin hairs and yank them out first try, which is so important when you’re dealing with facial hair because pulling at the same follicle multiple times can cause redness and irritation.

At the same time, despite the sharpness of the head and the strength of the grasp, I never encountered an issue with slicing the hairs instead of pulling them- not even the really fine blonde ones.

These aren’t the cheapest pair of pluckers on the market by any means, but consider it an investment piece.

Once you buy these you’ll never need another pair.

 

Pros

  • 100% stainless steel
  • Strong grip on coarse hairs
  • Precise pulling on fine hairs (and no slicing!)
  • Slanted shape is super versatile

 

Cons​​​​​

  • A bit on the pricey side

6. Best Round Tip Tweezer: Rubis Switzerland Safety Tip Tweezer

  • checkNo nasty pokes
  • checkStrong grip
  • checkSafe to use in delicate places

Round tip tweezers are the least commonly sought after because their shape is unsuitable for a lot of common “tweezery” tasks.

However, they do serve a specific purpose: it’s a lot harder to give yourself a bad poke with a round tip tweezer.

If you’ve got bad hand-eye coordination, if you’re not very confident with sharp and pointy things, or if you’re planning to pluck away somewhere that you DEFINITELY don’t want to stab (your eye, perhaps…) then the round tippers might be for you.  

What I’ve found though, is that it’s surprisingly difficult to find a round tip tweezer that has a solid grip on it.

I guess this is because of the shape; the jaws must line up absolutely seamlessly otherwise hairs will just slip through.

That’s where Rubis stepped in with their pair of round tip safety tweezers; finally I found a product that doesn’t sacrifice pull power for safety.

They’re great for pulling out multiple hairs at once, so they’re ideal for something like nose hair removal.

 

Pros

  • Safety tip means no nasty pokes
  • Still has strong grip
  • Good for people who are not confident with sharp, pointy tweezers
  • Safe to use in delicate places/on children if necessary

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not the cheapest tweezers around
  • Not accurate, so unsuitable for precision plucking

7. Best Square Tip Tweezer: Topinox Straight Tips by Niegeloh

  • checkLess likely to poke your skin
  • checkGrabs large clumps of hair
  • checkGood, German quality

Square tip tweezers are a dying breed, it has to be said. Sort of like the round tip tweezer, in that it does have its uses, but overall levels of accuracy and functionality are inferior to a slant tip.

Square tips can be beneficial if you’re worried about poking yourself; they’re forte however is being able to pull out larger clumps of hair all in one go. If you are prioritizing getting a job lot done quick, then square tips might be handy.

Handcrafted in Germany, these tweezers are the best of the square tip bunch in my opinion.

They’re crafted well; they feel substantial in your hand as opposed to the sort of cheap “plasticy” feeling you can get with some other brands.

They did the job removing some fine hairs I had on my upper lip, but overall I found them to be less useful than a slanted tip model which does just the same when you change the angle a little bit.

 

Pros

  • Less likely to poke yourself
  • Good at grabbing large clumps of hair in one tug
  • German quality

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not very accurate
  • The medium-high price tag isn’t worth the lack of versatility in my opinion

8. Best Pointed Slant Tweezer: Tweezees Precision Slant Tweezers

  • checkSmall, precise head
  • checkStainless steel
  • checkHigh quality

By far and away my favourite style of tweezer; pointed slant tweezers are so underrated.

You have on one hand the versatility of a slanted tweezer: you can easily grab hairs on any part of the face thanks to the user-friendly angle, you can use the flat angle to grab large bunches of hairs at once and you have the added benefit of a pointed head for those ultra-precise tasks.

If you ask me, pointed slant tweezers offer the best of both worlds.

This model from Tweezees are my favourite. They’re super sharp, and thanks to the high quality stainless steel (crafted in Japan) I’ve never had to re-sharpen them.

Easily the best tweezers for face I’ve ever had; even the most tiny hairs don’t stand a chance since I bought these!

I’d recommend them to any stray hair fanatic out there.

 

Pros

  • So versatile
  • Stainless steel
  • High quality
  • Small, precise head so you can always see what you’re doing
  • Can also grab large clumps of hair at once with flat edge

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Sharp, pointy tip may be unsuitable for certain people

9. Best Curved Tweezer: ReNext

  • checkSuper accurate
  • checkExtremely versatile
  • checkHeavy duty tweezers

These tweezers are unlike most of the models reviewed above, in that their forte is not plucking hairs.

Nope, curved tweezers shine when it comes to picking up and placing down small items that would be too finicky for your fingers.

This model has become a staple in my cosmetics bag ever since my friend told me how to use them to apply fake eyelashes.

Let me start by saying I love fake eyelashes, but I never wear them really because every time I try to put them on myself they end up somewhere near my eyebrow.

These tweezers were a total game changer for me! I use them to apply clusters of fake lashes and it works perfectly; I can always see exactly where I am placing the lashes and I get them on perfectly every time.

My friend uses them for individual lashes too, and she swears by these tweezers to do so.

They’ll also work with strip lashes, small gems for nail art, removing blackheads (make sure to sterilize first), and even for removing tiny fine hairs.

They’re sharp, sturdy, and super high quality; such a handy thing to have around the house!

 

Pros

  • Good quality, heavy duty tweezers
  • Extremely versatile use
  • Super accurate when it comes to picking up and placing down small objects
  • Great value for money

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not suitable for hardcore hair tweezing

10. Best Tweezer with a Light: Revlon Spotlight LED

  • checkHelps you see and remove even the smallest, finest hairs
  • checkGreat value for money

My biggest eyebrow related problem is that when I do my brows in the bathroom I can pluck away like mad until I’m certain I’ve got all the strays, then as soon as I jump in the car and look in the visor mirror I see that I’ve missed a tonne.

It’s a lighting problem, for sure- but sometimes even when I’m in perfect natural light I feel like my tweezers let me down.

These tweezers from Revlon do just the trick; think of it as holding a teeny spotlight straight up onto your brows.

Personally, I have my qualms with Revlon tweezers (the pairs I’ve tested were functional overall, but often had problems with alignment) but thanks to the light factor on this particular model, I’m all for it.

The only thing I’ll say against them is that the it’s powered by not one but three little cell batteries inside which are quite expensive (4-5 USD each) to replace when they run out of juice.

 Overall, I love the concept and in terms of value for money I haven’t found anything better yet.

Hopefully this model is going to continue to develop into something a little more sustainable long term.

 

Pros

  • Helps you see and remove even the smallest, finest, blonde hairs
  • Great value for money

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Light is battery powered and costly to replace

11. Best Tweezer with a Brush: Benefit Cosmetics Grooming Tweezer

  • checkHelps keep your tweezing pattern in check
  • checkUltimate brow pal!

I’ve been a huge fan of Benefit ever since I was a teenager. I saved up for what felt like ages to buy a pot of Hoola bronzer, and the rest is history – as they say.

So you can imagine how pumped I was when I heard that benefit were going to be launching their own brow specific line of products.

This tweezer brush set is just one of the awesome products released in the line; it might seem rudimentary but it is such a handy combo to have on hand.

I mean, practically every eyebrow pencil has a brush on the other end, so why not a pair of tweezers?

It’s the ultimate brow pal for me because I have sort of curly eyebrow hairs that grow in all different directions.

So brushing and combing after I remove a couple of hairs is practically essential, unless I want to end up a little less Cara Delevigne and a little more Pamela Anderson.

 

Pros

  • Helps keep your tweezing pattern in check
  • Excellent choice for people like me who find it difficult to coordinate 2 objects at the same time. Oh the woes of it all…

 

Cons​​​​​

  • I found the movement of the arms a tiny bit inflexible

12. Best Stainless Steel Tweezer: Rubis Slanted Tip Tweezer

  • checkStrong grip
  • checkCan pull out every hair
  • checkStainless steel so won’t tarnish

It’s not the first time the Swiss artisans at Rubis have made it into our nominations list and *spoiler alert* it won’t be the last, either.

If it’s a heavy duty, stainless steel, all round excellent pair of tweezers you’re looking for- then this one from Rubis will probably be the only pair you ever need.

These tweezers pull out every hair, every time. It’s always a little bit scary to peer into the magnifying mirror, especially if I’ve let things go a little bit Frida Kahlo recently…

but I have to say, armed with a set of Rubis tweezers it’s much less of a stressy experience.

Yes, I know these tweezers aren’t exactly a bargain but believe me when I say you get what you pay for: efficient, effective, strong grip, extremely durable.

And, if you don’t drop the pointy end on the bathroom tiles then they will probably last you a lifetime.

 

Pros

  • Strong grip
  • Extremely durable, long-lasting product
  • Can pull out every hair – coarse or fine – no slicing
  • Stainless steel so won’t tarnish
  • Professional looking steel finish

 

Cons​​​​​

  • …..think of it as an investment piece.

13. Best Mini Tweezer: Tweezty Mini Slant Tweezers

  • checkGood grip
  • checkEasy to handle
  • checkPerfect to keep in your purse

​I’ll be the first to admit I was a little hesitant to buy a pair of mini tweezers; it just seemed sort of redundant.

However, once I got my hands on this set from Tweezty I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were not only comfortable to use, but also did a brilliant job of removing hair.

I assumed that such a small pair of tweezers would be difficult to handle, but these weren’t like that at all.

They had a great grip, and managed very well even on the fine hairs (no slipping- yay!).

I also tried the mini tweezers from Tweezerman, but found they were far too sharp and ended up slicing the hairs instead of pulling them; the Tweezty’s definitely win over here.

I have quite small hands, as far as hands go – I’m not sure how a larger handed person would fare with these.

I will say that they are the best for carrying around in your purse (because you never know, you know?).

 

Pros

  • Good grip
  • Perfect tweezer to keep in your purse

 

Cons​​​​​

  • May be hard to use for a large handed person

​14. Best Professional Tweezer: Rubis Surgical Steel Evolution Elegance

  • checkPointed for precision plucking
  • checkSurgical steel, extra durable
  • checkRubis offer free sharpenings

​If you want professional level tweezers, it has got to be a pair of pointed slants like this model from Rubis.

Crafted in Switzerland from high quality surgical steel, these tweezers are a hair plucking powerhouse.

They are the best tweezers for chin hairs (yes, even the really stubborn one!) and yet still fine enough to pick up little fair eyebrow hairs.

They’ll pull hairs out from the root, they won’t slice despite their sharpness.

If it’s precision plucking you need to do (or maybe splinter removal, or anything that requires a clear line of vision) just turn them around and make use of the super fine pointed end.

If you need to pluck a larger area, just angle the tweezers so that you can make use of the flat edge.

Diverse, functional, and in true Rubis style- promises to last a lifetime.

 

Pros

  • Pointed tweezers for precision plucking
  • Flat edge to pull large clumps of hair at once
  • Surgical steel will not tarnish and is extremely durable
  • Rubis offer free sharpenings

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Hefty price tag (it’s worth it though)

15. Best Scissor Tweezers: beaute Tsuru

  • checkEnhanced grip power
  • checkGood on coarse hair
  • checkSquare tip ideal for larger areas

Scissor tweezers are great if your fingers struggle with traditional tweezers, maybe because of arthritis, or just a lack of dexterity in your digits.

Some people also claim they have an increased grip power when using scissor tweezers (personally I don’t care to use them because I find it difficult to see what I’m doing).

Crafted from stainless steel, this pair from beaute Tsuru have a square tip which make them great for plucking larger amounts of hair in a shorter amount of time.

While they aren’t the most precise tweezer out there, they certainly have their uses. In my experience, they tend to work better for coarse hair.

 

Pros

  • Stable
  • Enhanced grip power
  • Good on coarse hair
  • Square tip ideal for larger areas

 

Cons​​​​​

  • Not very accurate
  • A little clunky

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The Winner

So what is the best tweezer to buy?

It’s got to be the Rubis Slanted Tip Tweezer that takes my vote this time, for a couple of reasons.

In my humble opinion, it’s the best all rounder of all the tweezers I’ve laboriously tried and tested. It gives a professional performance, pulls out every hair- coarse or fine- and thanks to the slanted tip it’s also extremely versatile.

In my eyes, these have got to be some of the best tweezers in the world – but all the others in this review are not far behind:

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Like with everything however, your own winning pair of tweezers will depend solely on your own requirements- once you measure up what your needs are, it should become obvious which set is for you!

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   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

November 11, 2022

Bikini Waxing At Home: Tips, Tricks & 5 Awesome Products

When it comes to bikini waxing, I’m a seasoned veteran.

If you read my beginner’s guide to waxing at home, you’ll already be familiar with the story of how one of my first failed waxing attempts caused my lady bits to end up looking like Bruce Willis circa his 1995 appearance as John McClane (he had more hair then… kinda).

That being said, if you’ve ever tried to wax your own vajangle before, you’ll already be quite familiar with the cold, hard truth of the matter:

Vag waxing is an art.

I think it was Picasso that said all children are born artists, the trouble is trying to remain an artist as you grow older. Now, that’s not to say you should be asking the next child you see brandishing a box of crayons to whip out their wax warmer and deforest your hoo-ha (you can go to jail for that kind of thing).

No, my point is that when it comes to brazilian waxing, everyone can be an artist.

At-Home Brazilian & Bikini Waxing is Totally Achievable

So many women are put off the idea of doing their own bikini wax at home before they’ve even tried.

Maybe it’s because they feel like they’ll never be able to achieve decent results on their own. Maybe it’s because they’re worried they won’t be able to psyche themselves up to rip off the strip and will have to walk around with globs of wax stuck to their minge for the rest of eternity. Who am I to guess what other people’s reasons are for doing what they do?

I am here to tell you that giving yourself a bikini or brazilian wax at home is completely within the realms of possibility- as long as you stick to the pro tips I’m about to go through, and- do yourself a favor- invest in the right equipment.

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The Ins and Outs of it: Bikini Wax VS Brazilian Wax

Let’s clear up this one matter before we go any further:

There are a couple of bikini wax styles that you should know about.

A standard bikini wax entails removing the hair from the most outer sides of your pubic region (i.e. the bits that might stick out the edge of your bikini, should they be left to run wild and free).

You’ve also got an extended bikini wax (or full bikini wax, as it’s sometimes called) which removes that hair plus a bit more from along the top as well, giving you a nice little ‘v’ shape.

A brazilian, however, is a whole other tin of tuna.

There are different levels of brazilian wax. Some, such as the ‘bermuda triangle’ or ‘desert island’ leave you with a small triangular shape of pubic hair on the front, but remove everything from the sides, labia, and back- yes, I mean around your bum.

Full brazilians (the official name is actually a “Hollywood”, although they’re commonly referred to as brazilians) leave you bald as a baby- or as Dave Chappelle put it: “smooth as eggs” (granted, he was talking about waxing his own bojangles but same goes). In other words: totally hairless.

If you were to compare a bikini versus brazilian wax- the former are a shade easier to achieve on your own. However, with a bit of practice and perseverance, both are totally achievable.

I Know What you’re Thinking… Does Bikini Waxing Hurt?

I honestly don’t think it’ll do you any favors to avoid the truth here:

Waxing your hoo-ha hurts like FACK. But it probably doesn’t hurt as much as your fearing it will.

(FYI: in my experience, bikini waxes hurt considerably less than brazilian waxes. The area in question just isn’t as sensitive- the most sensitive bits are always the ones that hurt the most. Does a brazilian wax hurt? In short: yes. But again, not as much as you might be thinking.)

The moment you rip off the wax strip you’ll experience a sharp stinging sensation on the surface of your skin (you did just rip out all your hairs en masse after all). The feeling will quickly fade.

After that, your skin will feel very sensitive, so it’s important not to wax the same area again- even if there’s stray hairs leftover.

There is truth to the old wives tale that repeated waxing over time will become less painful (and thin your hair growth too). I’ve been waxing for the best part of a decade now and my hair growth is much much more sparse than when I first started- and each rip of a strip is less painful than the last.

How Long does a Bikini/Brazilian Wax Last?

Typically, it takes between 3-6 weeks for hair to grow back after a wax. Some people report as much as 8 weeks hair-free, others as little as two.

If your wax lasts less than 2 weeks it could mean one of two things:

Either you a) have insanely fast regrowth, which there’s very little you can do about (unless you invest in a method of permanent hair removal).

Or b) the more likely reason: your waxing technique isn’t perfect yet, and you actually broke the hairs somewhere down the shaft instead of ripping them out from the root. This causes faster and rougher regrowth.

My regrowth is average/fast, and I find I have about 2.5 weeks of totally perfect smoothness, at which point a few wispy soft hairs start to show up, followed by the inevitable black stubble.

In total I get about 3 and a half weeks out of it. I end up waxing once a month.

How to Prepare for Bikini & Brazilian Waxing

In my complete beginner’s guide to waxing at home I detail every step you should take when preparing for a wax. 

It’s super simple, but insanely important.

The steps cover everything from pre-wax skin care to post-wax tricks to avoid redness and inflammation.

The one thing I’ll say that’s even more important for bikini waxing though, is making sure your hair is the right length. Ideally, it should be ¼ inch and no longer. Others will advise it can be as long as ¾ inch, but in my experience longer hair is much harder to deal with (and often more painful to remove).

How to Give Yourself a Brazilian Wax

Let’s be real:

You’re going to try to wax an area half way down your body, between your legs, out of your direct line of vision. You’re gonna need to do some weird bending and propping of limbs to get the job done right!

Squatting over a mirror can be very helpful (and also very bizarre to see yourself from such an angle… It’s literally seeing “a whole new side of yourself”).

Most important of all is to make sure your skin is held taut before you rip off the wax. Pull it as tight as you can in every direction (splaying your fingers can achieve this), then pull it even tighter.

Do small sections at a time. Cut the wax strips to size if you’re using pre packaged strips. Start in the least sensitive areas and work your way around.

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Top 5 Most Awesome Products for a Flawless Bikini Wax

1. Best Hard Wax for Brazilians: GiGi Brazilian Body Hard Wax

  • checkNo need for strips  
  • checkVery versatile
  • checkLasts ages  (>20 waxes) 

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Another review, another GiGi product. What can I say?! I can’t get enough of the stuff- and it seems like I’m not the only one.

Time and time again we see GiGi’s waxes and warmers turning up at the top of the list when it comes to the “must haves” of the wax world.

This Brazilian Body Hard Wax is designed for (and I quote) “extreme waxing”.

Now, I’m going to go ahead and assume that doesn’t refer to giving yourself a brazilian while you scale an 800 meter cliff face with no harness. But it does produce absolutely flawless results- in fact, I reckon this baby right here produced the best brazilian wax results I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes.

It’s a hard wax, which means it’s designed for use on short, coarse hair (and doesn’t require any strips- yay for the environment!). You will, however, need to grab some wooden applicators (popsicle stick style) and a wax warmer.

Note: you can heat hard wax without a wax warmer, but it’s slower, slightly dangerous, and doesn’t always produce the best results. The key to success is in the warmer, if you ask me (GiGi also make the best wax warmer too, no surprise).

Upside: the money that you spend on the wax warmer is absolutely worth it when you consider how insanely cost effective it is to use this wax. I reckon one pot would work for almost 50 bikini waxes. You do the math.

Pros

 

  • checkNo need for strips 
  • checkDesigned specifically for short, coarse hair 
  • checkVersatile, can be used all over the body (armpits and other small areas work best)
  • checkThe pot lasts ages  (>20 waxes) 

Cons

 

  • For best results you’ll need to purchase the extra wax warmer

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2. Best for Ease of Use: Cirepil Blue Wax

  • checkAll over the body wax
  • checkGood at removing coarse hairs 
  • checkSuitable for sensitive areas

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Cirepil is a brand that’s been around for a loooong time, and despite the fact that professional waxers report loving their products, not all that many people know about their wax.

Well, I’m here to change all that! I ended up with a pot of their day-glow blue wax after my boyfriend’s sister recommended it to me (she’s French and wonderful- and flawlessly beautiful, so whatever she recommends, I go buy 15).

I heated the tin up in the wax warmer, stirring it every now and then to make sure it was melted through. The first thing I noticed about this wax is the consistency- it’s much more viscous than other waxes, and when it dries on your skin it sort of has a rubbery feeling. Sounds weird, but it means it’s way easier to pull off your skin without it breaking or crumbling. Winning!

The manufacturers claim the wax is designed to be used all over the body, but is particularly good on short, shaved, or coarse hairs. Awesome news for those who also want to wax their underarms, legs, or face!

Pros

 

  • checkRubbery texture makes it easy to use 
  • checkDesigned for use all over the body
  • checkParticularly good at removing coarse hairs 
  • checkSuitable for use on sensitive areas 

Cons

 

  • For best results, you’ll need to make an extra purchase (wax warmer) 
  • Pricier than other brands 

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3. Best Complete Wax Kit: Parissa Hot Wax, Bikini & Brazilian Waxing Kit

  • checkAll-in-one kit  
  • checkNo wax warmer/strips needed 
  • checkAfter care oil included

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This Parissa wax kit is a best seller, and I can totally see why. 

Not only does your money get you an awesome wax (that really performs) but it also gets you a mini stove top wax warmer, wooden applicators, and a pre epilation wax oil. This kit is all you’ll need for the entire waxing process from start to finish.

The post epilation oil is really a life saver. Whack a thin sheen of it on your pubic area after you remove the wax- it does wonders to reduce pain and irritation.

The wax doesn’t need to be heated in a wax warmer, which is an awesome money saver initially. You just heat up the mini pan on the stove or hot plate.

Now, I will say the downside of not having a wax warmer is that you don’t have a thermostat, so you need to be extra careful about what temperature the wax is before you apply it to your skin. Always test it on your wrist first- if it’s comfortable there, it’ll be fine in fanny-town.

Also FYI: there’s a light fragrance, sort of like a eucalyptus essential oil if I had to guess. I’d imagine this isn’t ideal for extra sensitive skin- if that’s you, better do a patch test somewhere inconspicuous before you go slathering it all over your netheryahyah.

Pros

 

  • checkAll-in-one kit 
  • checkExcellent at grabbing short, coarse hairs 
  • checkNo wax warmer or strips needed 
  • checkAfter care oil leaves skin feeling super soft and lovely 

Cons

 

  • Need to be extra careful with temperature control 
  • May not be ideal for very sensitive skin 

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4. Best Ready-Made Strips: Nad’s Body Wax Strips

  • checkConvenient  
  • checkEasy to use 
  • checkVersatile

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If I’m totally honest, strips are never going to give you the same results as hot wax. Hot wax is much better at grabbing hairs, especially short hairs that may have been shaved in the past. 

Wax strips do have their place in any gals repertoire though, mostly because they are just so goddamn convenient. And clean. Don’t forget clean.

Nads are a staple brand in the world of hair removal, and their ready made wax strips are a crowd favorite. You’ll need to cut them to size with a pair of scissors before you use them, which is no biggie. Then, piece by piece, warm the wax between your hands and apply it to the area.

Start small! I can’t stress this enough. Your down-there region isn’t a smooth plain, and waxing around corners doesn’t work. Trust me. I know. I’ve tried.

This bumper pack of 24 strips will do for a couple of full brazilians, and even more normal bikini waxes. Or, if you prefer, you can also use them on your legs, arms, and underarms. Their versatility is a big plus.

Pros

 

  • checkConvenient 
  • checkEasy to use 
  • checkVersatile, can be used all over the body 

Cons

 

  • Arguably less effective than hot wax 

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5. Best All-Rounder: BodyHonee All Natural Hard Wax

  • checkNo wax warmer or strips needed
  • checkSuitable for sensitive skin 
  • checkAnti-inflammatory ingredients 

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I’m in love with BodyHonee these days. It can be so hard to find hair removal brands that make all-natural products (and when you do, you often sacrifice performance for the sake of the ingredients list).

Not with these guys though, they consistently bring out waxes that are 100% natural, and they all work amazingly. The wax is made from beeswax and plant-based chlorophyll which acts as an anti-inflammatory.

You don’t need a wax warmer for this baby, just bang it in the microwave and off you trot. No strips needed either since it’s hard wax. Two thumbs up for the environment and your pocket!

Their hard wax is designed specifically for use on short, coarse hairs so it’s perfect for bikini and brazilian waxing. But best of all, you can also use it on your underarms and face as well! The natural formula means it’s gentle enough to use even on super sensitive areas (I use it to wax my upper lip and I’ve never had a bad reaction).

All in all, it’s an awesome at home bikini wax.

Pros

 

  • checkNatural ingredients 
  • checkSuitable for sensitive skin 
  • checkSoothing anti-inflammatory ingredients 
  • checkNo wax warmer or strips needed

Cons

 

  • Only comes with 2 stirrer sticks, so you’ll need to buy extra 

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What’s the Bottom Line?

Bikini and brazilian waxing at home is definitely not as scary as it sounds. There’s a learning curve, that’s for sure. But think of it as upskilling: once you learn how to do it, you’ll never have to umm and ahh about going to a salon, spending tons of money on professional treatments, or *gasp* shaving- ever again.

Learning the technique is one thing. Getting the right gear is another. Do yourself a favor and make sure you buy high quality wax like those listed above. After all, you’re gonna be slathering it all over your baby maker.

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All of the waxes listed above are safe, high quality, and perform really well.

If you’re still unsure about which one is for you, I’d suggest going with the Parissa Wax Kit- especially if you don’t own a wax warmer yet. The fact that it’s an all-in-one set is so convenient; you won’t need to purchase anything extra.

If your experience is anything like mine, you’ll be silky smooth and ready to rock an itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini in no time.

Happy hair removal!

 

   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

September 9, 2022

Black Men Beard Care: Tips, Tricks, and 5 Best Products

Before you dive in… I just wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss my epic guide to 77 best black men beard styles! – Dennis Walker

When it comes to black men’s facial hair, many will run into a common set of difficulties. African American men’s hair is naturally coarse and curly so newly grown beard hairs after a shave will grow inward, leaving unsightly and painful razor bumps. One of the most effective solutions to this grooming problem is to just let your beard grow.

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However:

For many black men, growing a beard poses a completely different array of issues. Initial chin and cheek fuzz might grow in patches rather than in a rich, full-bodied bundle.

For black men looking for a way on how to grow a beard and maintain it, take a look at the list of tips I’ve compiled!

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​Best Beard Wash: Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo
​Best Beard Oil: Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil
​Best Beard Balm: Seven Potions Woodland Harmony Beard Balm
​Best Beard Comb: Loffect Anti-Static Beard Comb
​Best Beard Straightener: Entil Cordless Hair Straightener

The Quick Guide to Black Men Beard Care: Step by Step

1. Apply the Correct Beard Care Products

Without the help of the right products, most black men will end up with dry, crackly beards. The problem with most black men beard grooming products on the market is that they eliminate naturally occurring oils that hydrate your skin and beard. If possible, avoid such commercial products and, instead, be on the search for hot-processed soaps specifically made for beard maintenance. In addition, avoid using hair shampoo on your beard since it can cause irritation on your face.

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2. Stay Away from Harsh Chemicals

The creams and liquids you put on your face can either enhance stunt beard growth. Ingredients like isopropyl alcohol have been found to strip natural-forming oils from black men facial hair, leaving it dehydrated and increasing the risk of split ends. Especially for black men, you’ll want to do anything possible to maintain proper moisture levels on your face and neck.

3. Apply Beard Oil Regularly

After shampooing and conditioning your beard, apply oil that moisturizes both your beard and the skin underneath. Coincidentally, beard oil can reduce the risk of the occurrence of ingrown hairs and ultimately razor burn. Use natural oils such as grapeseed, jojoba, or apricot oil that won’t harm your skin – or use an organic mix (this one is hard to beat) hand-crafted by professionals.

4. Trap Moisture with a Beard Balm

Beard balm acts as extra insurance to keep your beard extra moist. Try to find a balm (Seven Potions is my current favorite) that’s made of natural ingredients such as beeswax that won’t irritate your skin and make your beard too greasy. One common problem that any man faces when growing a beard is the incessant itching. This is mainly caused by excessive dryness by either harsh chemicals or ingrown hair. A natural ingredient-based beard balm can help soothe the itch and get you past the initial stages of developing a healthy beard. Additionally, balm can be used to shape and model your beard however you like.

5. Exercise Patience

If you’re thinking about growing a beard, then you should know that the beginning stages might not be what you’d expect. You will notice a sudden appearance of razor bumps, and your beard might grow in little patches around your cheeks. For the first month, resist the urge to cut or style your beard. As it grows to its fuller state, you can decide on what sort of style you’d like.

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6. Modify Your Diet and Exercise Routine

You’ve probably heard of this before, but what you eat plays a significant role on how your body and beard grow. A poor diet of processed foods can stunt beard growth and leave it dry and brittle. Your facial hair’s condition has a direct relation to your body’s health, so it’s important to eat a balanced and nutritious diet to enhance facial hair growth. Additionally, exercising also has an impact on hair growth. A regular workout routine increases testosterone levels which reduces stress and boosts the metabolism – two factors that affect facial hair development.

7. Invest in a Styling Beard Comb

Black men with curly beards definitely need a handy comb like this one to help with maintenance and daily styling. A comb can help combat split ends which can prevent proper beard growth. When searching for a beard comb, ensure that you find one with rounded teeth since sharp teeth can break when used to stroke your thick, bushy beard. Your comb should be used to spread oil and balm evenly throughout your beard.

8. Keep a Beard Care Checklist

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It might sound excessive, but sticking to a beard care checklist can really help improve the quality of your beard. There might be certain moments in your life where you forget to take must-have items with you, so if you tick off the items on your checklist, you’ll know you’ve got everything covered. These items should help you get on the right track to growing and maintaining the perfect beard.

  • Beard Soap and Shampoo – ensure that your soap is all-natural with its original glycerin content intact. Glycerin helps your hair and beard retain moisture for longer.
  • Beard Oil – stick to natural oils like grapeseed, jojoba, apricot, or argan oil. Stay away from synthetic oils that can disrupt the pH balance of your hair, leaving it dry prone to tearing.
  • Beard Brush – your brush should help distribute your beard oil evenly. Make sure the bristles of your brush aren’t too rough.
  • Beard Comb – a comb helps style your beard on the go. Find a comb with curved edges as opposed to sharp teeth that can break when combing thick beards.
  • Mustache Comb – a mustache comb comes with thinner, finer teeth for fine-tuning your mustache for a more stylish appearance.

9. Use Beard leave-in Conditioner

Another essential item to your beard grooming kit is the beard conditioner. Like any other hair conditioner, beard conditioners moisturize and nourish your hair strands to give you a soft and strong beard. In addition, it hydrates and nourishes your dry skin, which helps to provide you with supple and healthy skin void of beard dandruff.

Ideally, it would be best to use a conditioner after every beard wash to help restore the essential oils needed to keep your beard moist. As a black man, you want to condition your beard at least three times a week to give it the extra moisture necessary to prevent it from becoming dry and brittle. While most beard butter has moisturizing properties, investing in a leave-in conditioner is better. Not only does it keep your beard soft, but it is also formulated to give you a fuller beard.

Dealing With Patchy Beards

Every man desires to have a thick and fuller beard. However, this can be difficult to achieve, especially with a patchy beard that refuses to thicken. While most believe patchy beards are hereditary, some result from a poor diet devoid of essential nutrients and vitamins. So you want to adopt a healthy diet full of nutrients such as vitamin E that will promote facial hair growth. In addition, you want to go for a natural beard oil rich in castor and jojoba oil, as they are known to promote healthy beard growth.

Best beard products for black men

Now that we know the essentials, it’s important to have the proper equipment and black men beard care products. In truth, there are more than five high-quality beard care products for black men – such as ArtNaturals, Wisdom, and Billy Jealousy – but they all follow one common rule: organic-based ingredients only. In the following segment, we’ll give you our picks of some of the best products for black men beard care.

1. Best Beard Wash: Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo

  • Organic ingredients
  • Woodsy fragrance
  • Versatile product

This Australian-made beard wash made of all-natural ingredients such as beeswax, honey, and a selection of paraben-free essential oils that preserve. This versatile shampoo can be used on all parts of the body without risk of dehydrating body hair and skin. What’s unique about this shampoo is that it’s in bar form, so there’s hardly any risk of overusing it per application. Although it does contain fragrance, it’s not overpowering, nor is it made of skin irritation-inducing essences. However, the lack of synthetic ingredients means this bar of soap will dissolve quickly when exposed to running water. To overcome this issue, users are recommended to apply this shampoo outside of the shower.

Pros

  • Made of organic ingredients
  • Contains a woodsy fragrance that’s not overbearing
  • Can be used all over the body

Cons

  • Dissolves quickly in running water
  • Limited quantity per bar (125 grams or 4.4 ounces)

2. Best Beard Oil: Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil

  • Long-lasting
  • Multi-purpose
  • Hand-crafted

Honest Amish’s most popular beard oil is made of all-natural and organic scents and oils that both moisturizes and smoothens beards, making it one of the best beard oils for African American men. This hand-crafted beard oil gives off an amazing scent without downplaying the benefits of its avocado, pumpkinseed, jojoba, and argan oils. The smell dissipates rather quickly, but users can still enjoy the benefits that this beard oil has to offer. This multi-purpose oil doesn’t just give your beard sheen and promote growth, but it can also be used to relieve itching and beard dandruff. One problem with this product is, because it’s hand-made, there appears to be a lack of quality standard, making each bottle completely unique in fragrance and performance.

Pros

  • Organic-based ingredients
  • Long-lasting, so a few drops can go a long way
  • Multi-purpose oil for taming wild beard and head hair

Cons

  • Every purchase is a gamble in terms of quality
  • Might leave a greasy film on your beard for several hours

3. Best Beard Balm: Seven Potions Woodland Harmony Beard Balm

  • Premium blend of oils
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Great, long-lasting scent

This Seven Potions-produced beard balm is a premium blend of organic ingredients including coconut oil, jojoba wax, cocoa butter, and essential oils. In terms of aroma, this balm gives off a woodland-like smell that sticks to your beard without eliminating moisture. To improve its moisturizing effect, this balm is laced with vegan-friendly glycerin – an ingredient that is commonly reduced or eliminated from store-bought brands. An issue that some customers have is that this balm doesn’t melt well, leaving visible traces of the waxy substance in your beard. Users are recommended to give their beards a thorough brushing after applying this balm to avoid visible residue. Essentially, with careful handling and proper cleanup, Seven Potions Woodland can be one of the best beard balms for black men.

Pros

  • Organic ingredients and vegan-friendly
  • Can soothe beard itchiness and dryness
  • Amazing, long-lasting scent

Cons

  • Requires a patient hand to apply into the beard
  • Works more effectively on straight beards

4. Best Beard Comb: Loffect Anti-Static Beard Comb

  • Anti-static
  • Soft-edged teeth
  • For all types of beards

Oftentimes, a beard comb will leave patches of your beard sticking outward, but with this anti-static beard comb, your beard style troubles are over. This comb is made of natural wood and features soft-edged teeth that won’t break off and get lost in the abyss of your beard. This comb is suitable for all types of beards, from tightly curled to long and straight. Handle this comb carefully, and consider purchasing a cushiony comb case: because it’s made of wood, the teeth can snap off easily due to even the slightest of falls.

Pros

  • Anti-static properties to keep your beard in check
  • Wide gaps between soft-edged teeth to prevent tearing and tugging

Cons

  • A little too small (pocket size)
  • Can’t withstand drops

5. Best Beard Straightener: Entil Cordless Hair Straightener

  • Energy-efficient
  • Portable
  • For beards of any texture

The most unique thing about this beard and hair straightener is that it’s cordless and can be charged by connecting it with anything – laptop, car charger or power bank – using a USB cable. Its 3/4 ceramic plates are quicker to heat up and retain heat for longer, reducing energy usage while simultaneously improving straightening quality. This device is small, but it’s the perfect solution to style your beard on the fly!

However, this device does come with its own set of drawbacks. For instance, it is not a plug-in flat iron, so it may not stay hot consistently, and might not get as hot as corded devices. On the bright side, this is definitely a safer tool for less experienced hair straightener users: it’s a lot harder to burn yourself (or your beard) with this device!

Pros

  • Compact size
  • 30-minute auto shut-off feature for extra safety
  • Excellent performance on beards of any texture (3 temperature settings)

Cons

  • Possibly inconsistent temperature
  • Needs charging

6. Best Beard Growth Kit: FULLIGHT TECH Beard Growth Kit

If you are on a beard growth journey and do not know where to start, this beard care kit would be a great addition to your routine. At the lowest price, you get all the essential items for your beard growth: Shampoo Wash, Beard Care Growth Oil, Balm, Brush, Comb, Scissors & Storage Bag. This kit’s beard oil and balm are formulated to promote growth and keep your beard shiny and soft. In addition, they contain argan oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter that work to give you a full and nice beard.

Another good feature is that this beard grooming kit comes with a beard wash shampoo formulated to clean your beard while keeping it moist and soft. However, before purchasing this kit, you should note that the oil has a smell that can be unpleasant to you. So, if you are one for scent-free products, this one might not be for you.

Pros

  • All in one beard kit
  • Rich in essential oils and nutrients that promote beard growth
  • Moisturizing beard wash shampoo

Cons

  • Strong smell

The Bottom Line

I hope this post taught you a thing or two about proper beard care for black men.

The most important advice of all is this:

When it comes to hair and beard grooming for African Americans, it’s important to find a product that won’t strip your hairs and skin of its naturally forming oils. The only sort of shampoos, balms, and oils you should ever apply on your beard are ones with natural beard care ingredients that won’t cause skin irritation and add plenty of moisture on and around the beards of black men.

For African Americans, growing and maintaining a full-bodied beard is a challenge… but the results are definitely worth the trouble!

I hope this guide will help you grow a healthy, trendy, and all around epic beard.

Thoughts? Comments? Crazy beard style ideas? Share with me in the comment section below!

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 About the author Dennis Walker

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September 9, 2022

Full Beginner’s Guide to Waxing at Home 2022

When it comes to hair removal, there’s only ever been two things that I really care about: long lasting results, and smooth, rash-free regrowth.

*Sigh*…

It sounds like such a simple checklist, but if you’re anything like me you know that achieving these results is far from simple- especially if you’re someone with dark, thick hair, and fast regrowth.

I’ve done my fair share of outrageous things in an effort to get to this point (if there was ever an appropriate time to tell you about the occasion my belly button piercing got stuck in an epilator, this would probably be it).

But I’ve finally found the light at the end of the hairy tunnel: I’ve discovered how to wax at home like a pro.

And the best part?

Waxing at home is something anyone can do successfully.

That means no horror stories about it being too painful to go through with and ending up with a wax strip stuck to your whatsit for the next three days, zero close encounters accidentally gluing your hooha together because you were a bit heavy handed with the hot wax, and nil chance of ending up with a violet bruise on your thingamajig because you didn’t pull the strip off the right way.

Just silky smoothness and total hairlessness.

All you need are one or two essential tools, and one or two more expert tips- fortunately for you, this article is about to give you both.

So… Why Wax?

At home waxing is not as hard as you think; I promise.

There are just a few tricks that you need to get down in order to get the best results. It doesn’t always work out perfectly the first time, but if you’re anything like me, as soon as it clicks you’ll unlock a serious level-up in your hair removal game.

Here’s the lowdown when it comes to at home waxing:

 

  • Much cheaper than salon treatments

Let’s face it:

Salon waxing is insanely expensive.

With the money you would have spent on a salon wax, you can buy a home waxing kit and still have money to pay for a night out afterwards (which, if we’re honest, is exactly what you’ll want to do once you’re all silky smooth). Let’s have a look at the tools you might want to get for at-home waxing (I’ll be reviewing all of these later in this article):

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Product

Our Rating

Price

Gigi Brazilian Waxing Kit, 14 Ounce
Nad’s Body Wax Strips, 24 Strips
Yeelen Hair Removal Hot Wax Warmer Waxing Kit
GiGi Honee Natural All Purpose Hair Removing Hot Wax 14 Oz Jar
FantaSea Non Woven Facial and Body Wax 100 Strips, 50 small 50 large
  • Long lasting results:

     

How long does waxing last?

Typically, you’ll be hairless for 3-4 weeks afterwards. Imagine that: a whole month without needing to worry about hair removal once! Of course, results will depend on the rate of your hair regrowth, but coming from someone whose hair grows back extremely fast (I’ll shave in the evening and have full on stubble when I wake up in the morning) I can safely say this is a huge factor.

In a nutshell: the results of at home waxing will last just as long as a salon treatment, but for a fraction of the price!

  • Suitable for all hair types

     

This is one of the greatest things about waxing.

I know so many girls who are basically excluded from using a certain hair removal method because their hair isn’t suitable: hair that’s too thin won’t work well with epilators, blonde and red haired folk can’t use lasers, and hair that’s unusually coarse sometimes doesn’t respond well to depilatories.

Waxing works on all hair types, and when done right, will effectively remove 100% of the hairs from any given area.

  • Can be done all over the body

     

Whether you’re getting to grips with your leg fur or tackling the fanny forest, waxing is extremely versatile.

Many other hair removal methods are only suitable for use on certain parts of the body, but the best thing about waxing is that it can be done virtually everywhere (more on that in the next section).

  • Improved regrowth

     

Between ingrown hairs, razor rash, bumps, burns, and itchiness… hair regrowth sucks.

I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time on the beach, which means lots of time in bikinis… Unluckily, I am not and never have been one of those girls whose pubes grow in a cute little ‘v’ shape and stays politely within the bikini boundary.

A typical week used to go something like this:

Day 1: Hair looks like cross between wookie and shetland pony. Time to shave. Nice and smooth…for all of 8 hours.

Day 2: Oh hello there stubble, you’re looking even darker and pricklier than usual.

Day 3: Have woken self up in middle of night due to accidental over-scratching of front bum area. Note to self: wear oven mitts to bed in future.

Day 4: Stubble now visible even from a distance, so shave again out of necessity. Nearly rip skin off due to razor rash and skin irritation. Don’t finish shaving because of it.

Day 5, 6, and 7: Skin and hair recovering from previous days abuse. Bumps, ingrown hairs, redness galore.

It was a constant battle.

When I started waxing? Everything changed.

Shaving and depilatories are great for some things, but at the end of the day they are just slicing off the hair somewhere along the shaft, which does nothing to improve regrowth.

Waxing is all about removing hairs from the root, which has a couple of important effects:

  1. When hair regrows, it’s a totally new hair, so the thinnest part is at the top (i.e. less scratchy and irritating stubble and massively reduced chance of ingrown hairs and rashes).
  2. Hair grows in cycles, so all your hairs won’t necessarily grow back at the same time (the visual effect will be that your hair growth has thinned). For me, I wax once a month, and only about 60% of my hair has grown back at that point. If I wait longer (say 8 weeks) then all hairs will have grown back by then.
  3. If you continuously wax, over time you may find that some hairs don’t grow back at all because the follicle has been permanently damaged.(I have found this to be true on my bikini area.)
  • Convenience

     

The single most important factor for so many people:

At home waxing is super convenient because it can be done in the privacy of your own bedroom or bathroom, at any time that suits you. No waiting for appointments, no depending on other people, no fitting things into a schedule.

You control everything about the experience.

Where can I wax? More importantly… where can I not wax?

Like I mentioned briefly above, waxing is amazingly versatile. Most people prefer waxing because of the clean and smooth results after removing body hair. You may be familiar with certain waxing areas in your body, like Brazilian waxes, leg hair wax, and facial hair wax, but there are other options. Some of the places you can wax are further explained below.

You can wax virtually every part of your body: legs (both upper and lower), bikini/brazilian (which I am now an expert on thanks to all the extra research I did on this area), butt, back, arms, underarms, back, chest, shoulders, tummy, and even on the face (check out the full story of my search for the best tools for facial waxing here).

There are even waxing kits out there that can be used on your nose and ears; just be careful if you want to use it here- wax should stay on your outer ear, not inner.

Do take note that eyebrow waxing is a bit of an art; if you’re going to go down this route make sure you get yourself a high quality eyebrow waxing kit, either like Sally Hansen’s hot wax kits for eyebrows, face and lip or a simple kit with eyebrow waxing strips.

How long does hair have to be to wax? (And how long is too long?)

This is key.

There is an optimal length for hair that is going to be waxed.

The minimum length is generally considered to be ¼ inch, and the maximum (yes, there is a maximum) is around ¾ inch.

If hair is any shorter than this, the wax won’t be able to adhere to the hair properly, and if it’s any longer, the wax strip will pull the hair more, causing more discomfort than it would if the hairs were shorter.

I usually try to wax as soon as my hairs are long enough; in my experience, if you remove the hair at the ‘sweet’ point in the growth cycle, it discourages the hairs from growing back at all (this is one of the key reasons sugar waxing is so popular – be sure to check my sugar wax recipe).

Keep reading to find out how best to optimize your hair length before you wax.

The Different Types of Wax and What are they Best For

First thing’s first:

When diving into the world of DIY waxing, it pays to know the difference between the different types of wax out there.

Here’s the ins and outs of it:

Hot vs. Cold

The first big difference you need to know about is hot wax and cold wax:

The hot variety is a ‘home waxing kit’ style of product, which typically includes the wax itself (often in the form of beads), some strips of muslin (only if it’s a soft wax kit- keep reading the next section to find out the difference between soft and hard wax), and some kind of applicator (like a wooden spatula). You can read all about my quest to find the best waxing kit!

The wax component needs to be heated in the supplied heater until it melts fully and can be easily spread on the skin.

Here’s why hot wax kits rock:

The heater has a temperature regulator on it, which means wax will be heated to optimum temperature for the entirety of the waxing process; no waxing burns because it’s too hot, and not need to reheat the wax mid-session because it cooled down too much and went hard.

Simple, and stress-free.

My absolute favorite kit is the Gigi Brazilian waxing kit (brazilian wax refers to the fact that it is suitable for use on extra thick coarse hairs, but in reality it can be used all over the body).

Not only does it include the wax, warmer, and spatula, but it also comes with a pre-epilation oil and cooling gel, so it’s literally an all-in-one package.

Alternatively, cold wax refers to pre prepared wax strips that need to be heated using your hands (or a hairdryer if you’re lazy).

The benefit of cold wax is that it’s much less messy and very easy to apply (not to mention it’s super portable and easy to travel with).

The downside?

9 times out of 10, cold wax isn’t as effective as its hot sister because it’s more difficult for the wax to adhere properly to the hairs.

It definitely has its benefits- which is why I always keep a pack of Nad’s all natural beeswax strips in my cosmetics bag in case of unruly hair related emergencies.

If you want to know which wax strips have proven to be way better than all the others, catch the full article here!

Hard vs. Soft

Now,

When it comes to hot ​​​​wax, not all products are created equal!

Here, you’ve got another subgroup of wax types: hard wax and soft wax.

Soft wax is the type that needs to be applied thinly with a spatula and covered with a muslin strip in order to remove it.

It’s most suitable for use on large areas of the body, such as arms and legs, and is extra good at grabbing fine hairs.

While you can use a wax heater for soft wax, a lot of products can also be heated in the microwave without the waxing machine (good choice if you’re on a tight budget); this Honee wax from Gigi is a great choice when paired with a pack of high quality muslin wax strips (or homemade wax strips if you’re feeling innovative).

Hard wax (otherwise known as stripless wax) is applied in a thick layer on the skin using a spatula, then left to cool ever so slightly so that it can be peeled off directly with your fingers.

Hard wax kits are usually used to treat sensitive areas with coarse hair, such as bikini/brazilian area, eyebrows, and underarms- it’s extra good at grabbing short, thick hairs, and is generally considered to be less painful than soft wax when used on the face.

Note: hard wax hair removal is only suitable on small areas; hard wax breaks when applied to large areas.

The Gigi hard wax kit I mentioned already is easily the best at home wax kit out there (yup, it gets two mentions- it’s that good).

How to Use Wax at Home (Like a Pro)

Preparation

Once you’ve got your ducks in a row and your wax ready to go, you’re going to need to prep the area you’re about to wax.

Preparation is vital to the success of your self waxing efforts.

The waxing process removes the hair from the follicle; therefore, prepping is vital to avoid skin irritation and bumps. With proper preparation, there will be no unwanted reactions, and your skin will be much smoother. Several waxing sessions do not end well due to bad prepping. Several things need to be kept in mind before the actual waxing process.

Luckily, solid prep is super simple and requires very little extra effort (or expense).

Follow these rules religiously:

  1. Exfoliate

Hugely important for preventing ingrown hairs.

Doubly important for sloughing away dead skin so that hairs are more available for the wax to stick to.

Best to do this at least one day in advance of your wax, since exfoliating right before might make your skin overly sensitive and cause it to become irritated by the wax itself.

Use a damp washcloth or a natural hemp loofa with a small amount of exfoliating product. Go for something all natural and free from micro beads, which are extremely damaging to the ocean. My favorite is Premium Nature’s coconut milk exfoliating scrub, because it’s packed full of organic cruelty-free ingredients like coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, and sea salt.

  1. Trim the hairs if needed

Remember when I said there is an optimal hair length for waxing?

And if your hairs are too long, the wax is going to yank and pull them instead of swifty removing them, which is only going to cause you unnecessary discomfort.

If hairs are longer than ¾ of an inch, trim them down to ¼-½ an inch first using an electric shaver like the ever popular Panasonic ES2207P.

This is such a good product to have in your collection because it is so versatile, and can be used to complement your other hair removal methods (sometimes I prefer to just trim my ‘brazilian’ area and wax the bikini line).

  1. Sprinkle on some baby powder

This is one expert tip that changed everything for me.

Just before you apply the wax, sprinkle baby powder over the area you’re about to do. It will absorb any extra moisture,meaning the wax will stick to the hair and not to your skin.

You can thank me for that one later.

  1. If you’re sensitive to pain, learn to manage it.

Honestly, the pain of waxing is not all it’s made out to be (in my opinion).

But:

If you have a really low threshold, or it’s your first time and you’re feeling a bit out of your comfort zone, you can always rely on a pain management method (read on to find out my expert recommendations for a painless wax).

Application

Once skin is perfectly prepped, you’re ready to go.

Here’s how to use wax at home (and get results like a pro!):

  1. How to apply wax

     

Apply in the direction of the hair growth. Remove in opposite direction.

Simple as.

  1. Hold skin taut

     

Golden rule!

Use one hand to hold skin taut and stretch it as much as possible (this is crucial for reducing pain and allowing wax to effectively pull hair- not skin).

  1. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL: The angle to remove the wax strip

     

This is the tip that changed my waxing game.

Don’t pull the wax off at a 90 degree angle (i.e. straight up).

This is painful, can lead to skin damage, and likely won’t remove your hair very well.

The goal is the pull back the wax/strip on itself as close to the skin as possible.

The better you get at reaching this angle, the more effective your self waxing efforts will be.

  1. Redoing same section: what not to do

     

If you find that you didn’t remove all the hairs after the first strip is removed, it’s not always a good idea to go back over the same area immediately (or at all).

Soft wax, for example, can’t be applied to the same area twice because it removes a thin layer of skin with each strip. Doing this more than once can lead to pretty nasty skin irritation.

In this case:

Leave the area and carry on somewhere else. At the end, you can use tweezers to remove the leftover hairs. Or, if there’s really a lot left, wait until the next day and do it again.

  1. Reduce stinging with this one simple trick

     

Salons use this trick all the time.

Immediately after you rip of the wax strip, quickly pat the area that’s stinging using your (clean) fingers. Do so gently while applying just enough pressure to relieve the smarting.

You won’t even believe how well this works because it sounds so simple!

Just try it.

How to Remove wax from Skin

Inevitably, you’re going to end up with a small amount of waxy residue on your skin after you’ve finished.

You can try different options to rid the wax, but before we get to other alternatives, start by washing the area with warm water, then using a water-based lotion to moisturize the area to prevent dry skin. If that doesn’t work, here are other methods:

    • One way you can try is using a hot water compress. Soak a clean washcloth in hot water, then place it on the area with the wax residue, and leave it for about 60 seconds to allow it to soften the wax. You can then remove the wax from the skin using the washcloth.
    • You can also try using oil by dipping cotton pads in oil. This can be olive oil, mineral oil, or massage oil. Please also note that warmer oil is more preferred than cold oil. Place the soaked pad right on the waxy residue till saturation, do this for about two minutes. Once done, use a cotton pad to clean off the wax residue.
    • Petroleum jelly can also remove wax. Apply a generous amount of it to the area with the residue. Leave it on for five minutes, then use a clean cotton pad to wipe off the site. The wax should come off along with the petroleum jelly.
    • Using alcohol is relatively simple. Begin using alcohol pads or a cotton pad dipped in alcohol to rub the wax residue. Do this in a circular motion until it peels off or dissolves. You may experience skin irritation afterward. Should this happen, apply moisturizing lotion to the area.
    • Ice is another solution. Get some ice cubes and hold them over the residue wax for about 60 seconds. Some of the wax will be brittle after this. Just flake them off. In some instances, you might want to peel or scrape but do not, as it can result in skin damage. If the leftover wax does not flake off, use the other removal methods mentioned above.

Since the wax isn’t water soluble, water won’t be enough to get it off (neither will most soaps, not without a good bit of scrubbing which is a big no-no straight after a wax!).

The experts use oil to remove excess wax.

The trick is to use a lightweight oil that is all natural and contains no added fragrances or chemicals.

My go-to choice is either Aria Starr’s Organic Argan Oil or this super-formula Ancient Greek Remedy blend of lavender, almond, grapeseed and olive oil.

Gently rub the oil onto the remaining waxy area in small circular motions, and the wax should slip right off (and you’re skin will be super moisturized and dewy too!).

Post-Wax Recovery 

The treatment doesn’t end when the last strip is pulled off; you need to pay extra care during the recovery period for two reasons:

  • To ensure your newly smoothed skin looks its best for the next couple of hair-free weeks
  • And to set yourself up for an even better waxing experience next time.

What to do:

Use a gentle, anti inflammatory product such as Amara Organics Cold Pressed Aloe Vera Gel, which will soothe skin and reduce any sign of redness or inflammation post-wax (it’s also one of the best natural moisturizers out there, and can be used as a hair mask too!).

After the first 24-48 hours, you can start to gently exfoliate the waxed area. You should do this every couple of days to keep dead skin cells at bay and reduce the chance of getting ingrown hairs

What to avoid:

  • Chemical based products

     

If you’ve read this far, you can tell I’m a religious believer in all-natural products.

This isn’t just because they are much better for the environment and your skin:

But because chemical based products and cosmetics with added fragrance are the opposite of what your skin wants/needs- especially after it’s been waxed.

Post-wax, your skin is at its most sensitive, and chemicals will only serve to inflame and aggravate your skin.

Steer clear of them in a big way. Stick to natural.

  • Hot showers or baths

     

High temperatures of any kind are going to cause your waxed skin to prickle and sting and can actually lead to pretty nasty inflammation.

Avoid very hot showers, baths, saunas, and steam rooms for 24 hours.

  • Sunbathing

     

Direct sunlight and heat are the opposite of what you want post-wax. Avoid for 24 hours.

  • Chlorinated swimming pools

     

Chemical laden pool water soaking on your extremely sensitive, freshly waxed skin? No.

Just no.

Wait at least a day.

  • Tight clothing and underwear

     

Tight clothing will rub against your skin and lead to redness, rashes, and bumps after waxing.

Avoid all tight clothes, especially scratchy lacy underwear. Stick to breathables and light cotton.

Pain Management

If you really can’t cope with the pain of waxing, there are a couple of super effective options available to help you minimize your discomfort.

  1. Oral pain meds

A simple over the counter pain medication like Paracetamol can help to dull your sensitivity. Pop one half an hour before you start to wax.

  1. Topical numbing cream

Favored by those going under the tattooing needle, topical numbing creams are an extremely effective way to reduce your sensitivity to waxing.

The Relax and Wax No-Scream-Cream is a crowd favorite, while many others claim great results with HUSH anesthetic cream which is actually designed to be used for tattoos (so you can be sure it’s extra powerful).

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Bottom line

Waxing at home is the way to go for so many reasons.

And if there’s any nugget of wisdom I might have imparted on you, it’s that it is so easy to get salon quality results at home.

Happy hair removal!

Any questions left unanswered? Drop a line and I’ll share my two cents.

   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

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