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April 29, 2020

7 Reasons Why I Don’t Recommend Home Electrolysis

Home electrolysis might seem like a convenient solution to permanent hair removal. The only problem is:

Many overlook the lesser-known downsides to carrying out the procedure at home.

In efforts to avoid any undesired results in your hair removal journey, I’ll be uncovering my top seven reasons to reconsider home electrolysis and the preferred alternative when it comes to permanent hair removal (spoiler alert: it’s home laser hair removal. Cheaper and easier!)

But firsts things first: what exactly is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is a form of permanent hair removal, carried out through inserting a fine needle or probe into the hair follicle where a short current of electricity is released directly to the root. This process effectively renders the follicle incapable of regrowth as the root is destroyed completely. The dead hair is then removed with a tweezer.

It is important to remember that there are minor details that need to be considered for the effectiveness of the procedure, such as the life cycle of the hair. Hair needs to be targeted during the period known as the anagen phase. When this is done correctly, the hair should not ever grow back – or at least not grown back for a long time.

Read this Article: 9 Expert Tips for Pain-Free Epilation (That Actually Work)

While this may sound technical and complex, like most hair removal techniques, electrolysis has too developed to become a self-administered procedure that can be carried out in the comfort of your home. However, just because a procedure can be done at home, doesn’t mean it should be and I’m about to let you know why.

Here are some of the drawbacks to consider when it comes to home electrolysis.

1. Ridiculously Time Consuming

If you take into consideration exactly how the procedure is done, you will understand that this is in fact a hair-by-hair technique. Each hair needs to be treated individually, and if you happen to be a rather hairy person/treating an especially hairy area, this process can prove to be extremely time-consuming. As in, you’ll feel like you’ve been doing it…

2. Expensive

This procedure is not only time-consuming but also draining on the pockets. The cost of electrolysis is something to consider before getting started. This is a procedure that requires multiple sessions to cover the concerned area, and as a result electrolysis costs can add up.

There are a number of hidden costs associated with home electrolysis – or quite possibly medical bills that could pop up along the way should you gain first-hand experience with any of the other drawbacks I’ll be mentioning later on.

Plus: cheaper at-home electrolysis machines can become defective, and constantly replacing these is not exactly cost-effective.

You should also consider the amount of time you spend on your sessions personally; value your time accordingly.

3. Invasive and Painful

The treatment is inherently painful given its invasive nature. The procedure is exactly as described above, only in this case you will be pricking yourself with a fine probing needle, instead of being pricked. This might be a tricky one for those with a low pain threshold.

4. Requires Skill

Remember what I said about having to poke yourself with a fine probing needle? Well turns out it’s actually not that simple. The person handling the electric hair removal procedure, in this case – you, needs to be skilled in carrying out the treatment effectively.

Undergoing electrolysis at the mercy of unskilled hands (even if they are your own) can lead to a string of undesired outcomes – like nasty infections as a result of unsanitary equipment, or worse – electrocution.

5. Might Result in Scarring

It may not come as quite the shock as electrocution does, but permanent skin damage is still something that can occur. This is especially the case with a lack of know-how when it comes to carrying out the procedure.

Permanent skin damage such as scarring is not only physically painful but can also take an emotional toll on you, especially if these scars are clearly visible, like on your face for example.

6. Can be Tricky to do Alone

As with many hair removal treatments, home electrolysis hair removal can be a tough one to do alone. The major reason why this is a red flag for me is because when performing electrolysis on yourself, especially in hard to reach areas, the consideration must be made that a higher risk of error exists.

As the previously mentioned disadvantages note, a lack of accuracy in this regards is far more than just a miss-prick of the needle. There are very serious complications at risk.

7. Far Less Effective

Home electrolysis machines are essentially mimics of the professional equipment. This often means that they can be less effective that those found at beauty salons and operated by trained professionals. An example of this is the lower voltage found on at-home electrolysis machines.

The resulting consequence of this is a lesser effectiveness with regards to the current of electricity that is released and thus, a lesser level of effectiveness in terms of destroying the hair.

Clearly there is more to electrolysis hair removal that one would initially expect. The drawbacks outweigh the benefits. I for one, would advise against home electrolysis, especially with so many simpler and safer options on the market.

So what do I recommend instead? When it comes to permanent DIY hair removal, in my opinion there is no better option than IPL machines – you guessed it, I’m talking about home laser hair removal products.

Electrolysis VS Laser Hair Removal

Now after going through a comprehensive list of side effects and warnings when it comes to home electrolysis, it’s important for me to put your mind at ease and let you know that home laser hair removal is completely safe.

Opting for home laser hair removal can save you a whole lot of money in the long run and it may also lead to permanent hair removal.

At-home laser hair removal is done with a handheld device through which pulsed light is release to break down hair at the follicle. Once the hair has been treated enough times, it will be too damaged to regrow.

Choosing the right laser hair removal device for you couldn’t be simpler, as the market for laser hair removal and home-based laser hair removal has grown substantially. This growth has led to technological advancements that cater to darker skin tones and very light hair – there are now models to cater to everyone!

Thoughts? Comments? Crazy hair removal stories? Share with us in the comment section below!

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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!

April 29, 2020

Chest Hair Removal 101: What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of It?

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

It seems the trend of showing off a hairy chest has well and truly died, and in its place comes a new wave of men losing it for smooth skin.

The truth of the matter is:

Professional salons all over the world are reporting significant spikes in the number of men coming to have their chest hair removed, and while it used to be something limited mainly to swimmers and metrosexuals, many surmise the recent increase can be attributed to partners asking their man to “clean up”.

Whatever your motivations are, below are the dos and don’ts of at-home chest hair removal for men:

How to get rid of chest hair: The Do’s

1. Chest wax

Waxing has got to be one of the most effective ways to totally remove chest hair, and thanks to the (relatively) smooth regrowth, it’s a much better choice than shaving.

Why?

The chest area is a large one, but with waxing- you can remove the hairs in bulk with a pull of a single wax strip.

As I mentioned earlier, I find hot wax way more effective than the pre prepared strips (although it’s also a lot messier. If you want to keep it simple for the first try I recommend these wax strips from Nad’s), they just seem to have a better grip on the hairs.

Here’s the crux of it:

The hot wax kit (such as this all inclusive set from Genround, the best choice for the pro waxing man IMO) will come with instructions which you should follow closely, but in general the process will be to:

  • heat up the wax in the microwave (or in the electric wax heater that you can purchase as part of the kit) until it’s runny and glue-like
  • stir it with a small wooden spatula (not plastic- it’ll melt), and apply it directly to your skin.
  • Then, gently press a strip of muslin cloth or suitable paper on top of the wax while it’s still runny and hot
  • pat it gently, wait several seconds, and rip it off in the direction opposite your hair growth. And repeat.

Start small! No need to go coating your entire chest all at once. Also, start at a point you think is least sensitive; it can be hard to motivate yourself to go on if you begin with the most sensitive areas.

You can always take an over the counter pain killer half an hour before you start to mitigate some of the discomfort, and a cooling aloe vera gel (or any other kind of soothing lotion) afterwards will take away the after-sting.

Self-waxing can be tricky for first timers:

It’s a good idea to watch some videos first so you can see the correct angle to pull the strips off from. Once you get the technique down though, it’s plain sailing- and results will last a good few weeks.

Bonus points for this one:

Regrowth tends to be far less stubbly than shaving, which makes your chest much more pleasant to the touch when the hairs do start to grow back.

Read this Article: 15 Best Tweezers for Every Purpose & Budget

2. Hair removal cream

Depilatory creams are a great way to tackle chest fur, and offer a pain-free alternative to waxing.

It’s a super simple process:

Simply apply the cream all over the hairy area, and wait no more than the recommended amount of minutes before hopping in the shower and wiping it off.

Cream, hair, the whole shebang.

But you might still be wondering:

How does the regrowth compare with shaving?

Generally, results will last anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on your hair growth, and the texture of the regrowth will be somewhat softer than shaving. My favorite products are the range of Nair Men Hair Removal Creams because they come in a big bottle with a pump head, meaning not only is it cleaner and more convenient to use, but the bigger bottle size also lasts a decent amount of time, even when using it on large areas like the chest.

But be warned:

Hair removal cream is messy business, and usually smells like someone is dissolving a body in a tub of acid.

No, really. This is because the chemicals themselves smell bad to begin with, but when applied to the hairs, it begins a chemical reaction which makes the smell even stronger.

3. Electric trimmer

Trimmers are a brilliant way to keep chest hair in check, but they don’t offer full-on removal.

If you’re going for the more natural look, trimmers are the way to go. Each device will have different settings so you can tailor how long/short a cut you want.

I’m a Braun man myself; the Braun 3010 model is my favorite as it can be used in the shower and it recharges insanely fast.

4. Laser hair removal

Although it can be costly to purchase an at-home laser hair removal machine in the short run (Remington have a great entry level budget-friendly model), it does offer a long term solution to your chest hair woes.

Why?

Treatments can be tailored for total hair removal, or just hair thinning depending on what look you’re going for. It’s usually a low-pain or no-pain process too.

But it’s really important to note:

Your suitability for laser hair removal will depend on your skin pigment and hair color, so it’s important to read up on this before you buy the machine yourself.

5. Epilation

Epilators are a good choice for chest hair removal because they will clear away hair from a large area in a relatively short time frame.

It’s going to sting a bit on the chest, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the pain from epilation if it’s bothering you.

Check out this one from Emjoi, specifically designed for male epilation. Another use for this epilator? For mens pubic hair! (Not gonna lie, though… It hurts!)

The Don’ts

1. Shaving

When it comes to chest hair, shaving is definitely not ideal.

Here’s the truth of the matter:

Results will last a very short period of time, a couple of days at best, and regrowth will be stubbly and sharp to the touch. Shaving also carries increased risk of ingrown hairs, and since chest hairs are usually curly anyway, that risk doubles.

2. Tweezing

With the chest being such a large area, tweezing would be far too time consuming to be an effective method of hair removal.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there’s really no “best” overall chest hair removing method; but based on this article, you should be able to find the right solution for your own individual needs.

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Got a question? An intimate issue? An epic chest waxing story? I want them all – let me know in the comments below!

 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.

April 29, 2020

9 Expert Tips for Pain-Free Epilation (That Actually Work)

If you’ve got an epilator, I am going to go ahead and assume you’ve got a love/hate relationship with it.

I personally ended up opting for home laser hair removal which was not only cheap compared to professional treatments but also provided permanent results, which meant adios to my epilator!

Until then, I honestly can’t begin to count the amount of times I have dramatically fallen out with mine and threatened to put an end to its miserable little life by throwing it out the window of my 15th floor apartment (or if I was feeling particularly creative — pretending to take it out for a nice quiet day at the beach, hiring a jetski and, once out far far from shore, dropping it out in the middle of the ocean).

Yeah, epilation can give the most smoothy, sexy, silky skinned results and bring you one step closer to achieving your dream of being a naked mole rat…

…but honestly one could not be blamed for wanting to give it all up thanks to the pain it causes *sob*.

Despair you shall not! I’ve gone and done an epic scouring of the interwebs to find an answer to your calls for a pain-free solution, and in the process I’ve unearthed a handful of top-notch expert beauty blogs that offer a huge range of pain-free epilation tips that actually work.

Whether it’s basic best practice techniques or more exotic ideas for what to rub on your skin ‘post-epi’, the tips you’re about to read are sure to have you on your way to a (practically) pain free experience.

Read this Article: 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Recommend Home Electrolysis

1. Scrub the absolute cr*p out of your skin first

It’s pretty much unanimous, exfoliating is of the absolute utmost importance if you’re going to epilate your hair away.

Why?

It prevents dead skin cells from building up and potentially causing irritating ingrown hairs and unsightly red bumps. As pointed out on the ever-stylish The Beauty & The Geek blog, exfoliating will also free up any ingrown hairs you already have and bring them to the surface of your skin to be epilated.

One more expert tip (from the experts!): do the exfoliating the day before to avoid making your skin overly sensitive.

2. Fast and Furious: The “Ripping off the Band-aid” Technique

So, this kid named Sammy falls over. Sammy’s crying, he’s inexplicably covered in blueberry jam, and most disastrous of all, he’s got a scrape on his wickle knee. Daddy to the rescue whisks Sammy up into his tanned, toned arms (because why not) and proceeds to gently place an Angry Birds band-aid on the scrape — all better.

But the trauma is not over for wee Sammy. It’s now come time to take the band-aid off.

Dad promises to peel it off slowly on the count of three, then on the count of two he rips it the hell off. Sneaky ol’ Pa. Yet, lo and behold, the anticipated pain is over before Sammy’s even had time to process what happened. Same same epilating!

If you’ve ever plucked your eyebrows, you know what I’m talking about. Using the tweezer to pull a hair out slowly is way more painful than just yanking it out as fast as possible, amirite?

From Head to Toe testifies: although it might seem counter-intuitive, the faster and more furiously you go at it the less pain overall you’ll be in. You’ll also get the job done quicker and minimize the chance of needing to go over the same area multiple times.

3. Get wet (not that kind of wet! Focus!)

Haven’t you heard the phrase wetter is better? Me neither — but anyway, same goes for epilation; taking a warm shower or bath will open up your pores and therefore make pulling out the hairs easier and less painful. If you use a wet/dry epilator you can actually use it in the shower or bath, just…yeah, make sure the manual says you can use it wet.

Now, we should point out that this trick doesn’t work so well for everyone. Josie over at Fashion Mumblr wrote a really insightful article about this, making an excellent point that if you’re a person with naturally soft hairs, then getting them wet first may result in the epilator snapping the hairs off instead of pulling them out. Now, she hadn’t experienced it personally and nor have I, but it is something to watch out for if you try this technique and aren’t achieving the desired effect.

pain free epilation

4. Keep your skin tighter than the corset Angelina Jolie wore in Mr & Mrs Smith

…yes that one.

By using one hand to hold your skin tight or “taut” and continuing to epilate with the other, you’ll be able to significantly reduce the amount of pain you’re experiencing. The crew over at Beautiful Hamesha do a great job of explaining the reasoning behind this: tightening the skin exposes the roots of the hairs which makes it easier for the epilator to do its job with little resistance. Like they explain, it’ll be a little tricky in the beginning but once you get the hang of it you’ll be reaping the benefits.

5. Chill… Chill hard.

I’m sure you will have heard about the benefits of using some sort of soothing after care product already, and it’s true. Using a cooling lotion can definitely help with the after epilation ouchies; keep an eye out for products with ingredients like aloe, coconut, tea tree, or shea. The more natural the product, the better — so try to avoid anything with alcohol derived ingredients or parabens.

You can even try using ice to numb the area before you start epilating, as suggested by Andrea over at Hair Facts.

The best combo I found was aloe and ice — genius!  Aloe is an absolute lifesaver in so many ways.

I’m lucky that I live in a hot climate where I can grow my own in the garden, so I always have a fresh aloe supply that I keep in the fridge for situations just like this. For more info on the benefits of aloe vera for sensitive skinned gals who are braving the epilator, check out the blog on the topic from Natalie at The Only Ones.

Pro tip: try putting whatever product you are going to use in the fridge the night before to make it extra cool.

6. Have a trim first

Generally speaking, if you’re going to start removing hair by pulling it out from the roots (i.e. waxing, sugaring or epilating) you’re going to want to hop off the shaving train.

Shaving causes hairs to be cut off, generally at the thickest point — which is why the regrowth is so prickly and stubbly (as is pointed out in the super comprehensive post on the subject from Lily Pebbles). Removing hair from the follicle itself means that when it regrows, it will be much finer.

Basically, shaving every once in awhile in between epilations can actually serve to undo a lot of your hard work.

However, the razor-epilator relationship is not so black and white.

We learned a tonne (and had a serious laugh) reading the honest and super informative blog from Daniella Argento, who talks about what her experience as a trans woman was like to use an epilator for the first time. Her top tip (after learning the hard way, I might add) was to shave a couple days beforehand, this way the epilator will really pluck the hairs as opposed to pulling.

She also points out that because your hair grows back in cycles, by shaving first you’ll be able to tackle smaller amounts of hair at each time, thereby reducing the pain factor.

7. Be aware of the direction of your hair growth

Between all of the different forms of hair removal torture out there, it can be confusing to know whether to remove hair in the direction of the growth or not. Waxing goes against the growth for example, but sugaring with it. When it comes to epilation though, the jury is unanimous: you really must move the epilator in the opposite direction to the hair growth.

I was really chuffed when I found this expert tip from Kathryn Rossiter at Becoming You, which honestly makes all the difference; rub the hair in the opposite direction to the hair growth with your hand first to make all of the hairs stand up. This will make it easier for the tweezers to grip onto your hairs! While this doesn’t exactly help to reduce pain directly, it does make the epilator work more effectively and minimise the chances of you needing to go over the same area twice.

8. Save sensitive parts for last

Diving straight in the deep end and trying to tackle your most sensitive parts first to “get them out of the way” may actually end up being your downfall. As the hair removal guru Andrea over at above-mentioned Hair Facts says, removing hair from your sensitive areas can leave you feeling stressed out and tense, which may end up discouraging you from finishing the job.

We highly recommend checking out her full blog on the subject of managing hair removal pain, where you will find tonnes of great ideas — from turning up your favorite tunes, to practicing special breathing techniques.

9. If you really, REALLY can’t handle it still: numbing cream/pain killers

This is probably the most extreme (albeit effective) pain relief. Applying a numbing cream before you epilate will surely reduce the pain you’re experiencing, but let me warn you these creams can also make your skin and hairs quite slippery and therefore harder to remove. Best off patch testing it first to see if it will still work with the epilator.

If you’re going down the numbing cream route, it’s super important to make sure the product you are using will not irritate those with sensitive skin. We recommend thoroughly checking the active ingredients first, and even seeking the advice of a dermatologist if you’re unsure.

The crew member over at hilarious Vagina Pagina blog recommends using Orajel (also sometimes known as Benzocaine), for her it made the difference from unbearable pain to totally tolerable.

In terms of oral painkillers like Ibuprofen or aspirin, I’ve heard mixed reviews. The most comprehensive answer I have come across is from the knowledgeable blog Waxing with Judy, who says that although these medications do hold value in terms of reducing inflammation, they do little in terms of actually reducing pain. Check out her blog post on the matter to find out the science behind it!

So to wrap it all up…

  • Exfoliate
  • Use your epilator at full speed
  • Take a shower
  • Keep your skin tight
  • If you’ve got very long hairs, trim them down or shave first
  • Epilate in the opposite direction to your hair growth for maximum effect
  • Save the sensitive parts for last
  • Using a cooling after care product
  • Last resort: numbing cream.

Just practice the tips we talked about in this article, and you’ll be smooth as a gravy train in no time!

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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!

April 29, 2020

Ear Hair Removal 101

Psst! Before you dive in… I just wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss my epic guide to hair removal for men!

The thing about ear hair is that- more than likely- everyone else is going to notice you have it before you do.

That’s the cold hard truth I’m afraid!

But if you stay on top of it, it’s easily taken care of. Let’s have a look at the options available for temporary and permanent ear hair removal.

Read Related Article: How to Remove Unibrow?

How to Get Rid of Ear Hair: The Do’s

1. Trimming

Ear hairs only look unsightly when they’re really sticking out in most cases, so keeping them in check with a little trim every now and then will often be enough.

It can be difficult to get in there with a normal sized electric trimmer, but there are plenty of ear sized mini-trimmers available (that also work wonders on overgrown nose hairs and eyebrows too).

The Panasonic ER-GN30-K is my top choice because it’s so cheap and does the job extremely well; plus it’s slim sized and can be inconspicuously popped into my wash bag if I’m going to be traveling.

2. Plucking

If you’ve just got a couple of unruly strays sticking out your lugs, a pair of tweezers will do the job. Simple and fuss free.

 

Expert tip: Better pick a pair of round tip or slant tip tweezers, as opposed to the point tips – you won’t want to stick yourself inside the ear with one of them.

I like the classic stainless steel slant tips from Rubis Swiss– literally the gold standard of the tweezer world and the only pair you’ll ever need to buy.

3. Waxing

Although this method definitely requires a bit of finesse, one well-positioned blob of hot wax in the ear will effectively rip out all the unwanted hairs at once.

If you’ve got a mini forest situation, this is probably the best option for you.

Although this kit is designed for the nose, it can be used on the ears too with the exact same technique.

How to Get Rid of Ear Hair: The Don’ts

1. Home electrolysis

We need to get serious for a sec:

I’ve already mentioned my concerns about home electrolysis, but I want to specifically stress it here, because I’ve heard several comments from men about this type of treatment.

Long story short:

While electrolysis will provide permanent ear hair removal, it should really only ever be carried out by a qualified physician. Not you, in a mirror, trying and failing to look halfway around the other side of your head while waving around a mini death stick needley whatsit.

2. Depilatory creams

Your ear is a canal. You do NOT want those chemicals going for a swim up that river.

The Bottom Line

So… how to get rid of ear hair? Is there an option for permanent ear hair removal? Well… there’s really no “best” overall answer – but based on this post, you should be able to find the right solution for your own individual needs.

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Got a question? An issue? A crazy ear hair story? Be sure to share with all of us in the comments below!

 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.

April 29, 2020

How to Remove Unibrow?

Psst! Before you dive in… I just wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss my epic guide to hair removal for men!

As one GQ journalist so rightly put it:

“If, as the old saying goes, the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the eyebrows are the curtains: Get ’em wrong and you screw up the whole view”.

Bad news for the unibrow-prone, your days of pulling off the caterpillar look are well and truly over.

The good news is:

Tuning up your eyebrows is just about the lowest maintenance of all the hair removal concerns you could possibly have.

Precision is what it’s all about when it comes to your brows (lest you end up with about 75% less of your eyebrow than you planned…), which immediately limits your options to just a few of the following…

Read Related Article: Ear Hair Removal 101

How to Remove Unibrow: The Do’s

1. Trimming

Here’s the deal:

You can easily keep your eyebrows in check by using a slim sized electric trimmer, one that’s small enough to mow the lawn between your eyes, and whose trim length can be adjusted to cut back those few hairs that grow inexplicably longer and thicker than the rest.

‘What tools do I need?’, you might be wondering:

This shaver from Remington is one of the best one-for-all products out there; it comes with 8 attachments, meaning you can use it as a full sized shaver for the rest of your body and pop on the small-sized head to trim up your brows (and nose and ear hair).

Trimming will give you a more than decent overall appearance, but if it’s a smooth landing strip you’re looking for, better try one of the following methods instead.

2. Tweezing

Plucking is the age old solution when it comes to eyebrows.

Why?

It’s precise, effective, and carries no ongoing cost.

Start small in the middle and work your way in! If you want to continue on shaping the rest of your brows, remember only to pluck the strays, otherwise you’re going to end up with a baby caterpillar chasing momma caterpillar scene right on your very own forehead.

via GIPHY

3. Waxing

Waxing a unibrow is the best solution for mass clearing the hairs at once.

The truth is:

It doesn’t require a lot of skill to get right the way waxing some of your other body parts does, and because it’s such a small area the pain is over and done before you’ve even realized it. The trick is to position the wax in just the right place.

Be careful of removing hair too far inland and taking away more eyebrow than intended.

You can always mark your skin first with a small pen/make up pencil before you apply the wax so you have some guidelines.

This mini-sized kit from Parissa is ideal.

How to Remove Unibrow: The Don’ts

1. Hair removal cream

Too imprecise, and putting those sorts of chemicals near your eyes in definitely not recommended.

2. Epilation

Again, too imprecise. Better to tweeze.

3. Shaving

No, no, and three times, no. Not only is it very difficult to shave that area with precision, but the stubbly regrowth you’ll get from shaving is not the look you’re going for.

4. Laser hair removal

Using lasers near your eyes is a big no-no; even the professional salons won’t treat eyebrows with laser hair removal.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there’s really no “best” overall method how to remove unibrow; but based on this article, you should be able to find the right solution for your own individual needs.

Got a question? A hair removal issue? A crazy unibrow story? I want them all – give me a shout in the comments below!

Found this post useful? Don’t forget to save it for later on Pinterest!

 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.

April 29, 2020

Best Safety Razor Blades For Sensitive Skin of 2020 – Complete Reviews with Comparison

Best Safety Razor Blades For Sensitive Skin of 2019

If you have sensitive skin, you know how hard it can be to find razor blades that do not cause irritation or outbreaks.

Well, we are to help you find the best safety razor blades for sensitive skin, so you can shave in comfort.

Related Reading: Best Electric Razor For Women’s Facial Hair – Complete Reviews with Comparisons 

Comparison Table

ImageProductPrice
Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades
Feather Double Edge Blades
7 O’clock Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades
MERKUR Double Edge Razor Blades
Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades

Best Safety Razor Blades For Sensitive Skin: Reviews

1. Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • checkVery affordable
  • checkDurable
  • checkVery sharp

Here we have an extremely cost-effective option if you need safety razor blades for a very low cost.

Review

What is nice about the Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades is that you get 20 boxes of them, each with 5 blades inside. For under $10, you get a full 100 safety razor blades.

Not only are they very affordable, but they are also quite versatile, as they are designed to fit any double-edged safety razor out there.

The Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades are made out of high-quality steel, and they have a super sharp and smooth cutting edge. These safety razor blades are made to be very durable, plus they do a great job at providing a smooth and close shave, even for very sensitive skin.

Pros

 

  • checkVery affordable
  • checkDurable
  • checkVery sharp
  • checkFit any double-edge safety razor

Cons

 

  • Blade surface may be slightly uneven

2. Feather Double Edge Blades

  • checkExtremely sharp
  • checkVery durable
  • checkPremium steel and platinum

Here we have a slightly more expensive option — these cost around 3 times as much as the previous option. Although, with that being said, the quality is very high.

Review

When you purchase Feather Double Edge Blades, you get 50 double-edge safety razor blades for under $15, which makes them costlier than the option we just looked at. However, the level of quality is very high, as the Feather Double Edge Blades are made with premium stainless steel and feature a platinum coating.

This makes these blades extremely durable and long lasting, not to mention that they have a very smooth and sharp cutting edge.

It’s not hard to get a close shave with these Feather Double Edge Blades, and they are designed to prevent irritation for people who suffer from sensitive skin. It’s a high-quality Japanese safety razor blade that is designed to fit pretty much all double-edge safety razors out there.

Pros

 

  • checkExtremely sharp
  • checkVery durable
  • checkPremium steel and platinum

Cons

 

  • Blades may nick your skin

3. 7 O’clock Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • checkQuite cost effective
  • checkSharp and durable
  • checkGreat for people with sensitive skin

In terms of the price, the 7 O’clock Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades sit in the middle between the two products we looked at, and they come with a high level of quality.

Review

Here, when you purchase the 7 O’clock Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades, you get a total of 100 blades for under $15, which is pretty darn good if you ask us. Keep in mind that these double edge safety razor blades come from the Gillette brand name and they are made in Russia.

These are made with very high-quality stainless steel, so they won’t rust, and they should be durable enough to last for quite some time to come.

The 7 O’clock Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades can be used for most double-edge safety razors, and they are extremely sharp. They provide quite a close shave and they should be good enough to prevent irritation for people who have sensitive skin.

Pros

 

  • checkQuite cost effective
  • checkSharp and durable
  • checkGreat for people with sensitive skin

Cons

 

  • May not receive the right blades

4. MERKUR Double Edge Razor Blades

  • checkVery high quality
  • checkSuper sharp
  • checkSmooth and irritation-free

Here we have what is by far the most expensive option so far on our list today, but when it comes down to it, they are most likely the very best.

Review​

The MERKUR Double Edge Razor Blades cost just over $10 and you get a total of 10 blades, which means that they cost over $1 per blade, making them by far the priciest option in this review.

With that being said, when it comes to safety razors, Merkur is a world-leading brand that is very reputable. These are made in Germany, and we all know that the Germans make some really high-quality products, such as these MERKUR Double Edge Razor Blades.

These are stainless steel blades that are platinum coated, so they are about as durable as can be. They feature a superiorly smooth cutting edge that is very sharp and provides a super close shave without causing irritation.

What’s also nice is that the MERKUR Double Edge Razor Blades are compatible with even the cheapest of safety razors.

Pros

 

  • checkVery high quality
  • checkSuper sharp
  • checkSmooth and irritation-free
  • checkWork with most double edge safety razors

Cons

 

  • Comparably expensive

5. Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades

  • checkVery cost effective
  • checkWon’t rust
  • checkQuite sharp

Now we are going back to a much cheaper option, about as cost effective as the first option which we looked at.

Review

When you purchase the Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades, you get a total of 100 blades for around $10, so they are quite affordable. 

They are made with fairly high-quality stainless steel, so they should stay sharp enough for a few shaves, and they won’t rust either.

They feature a cutting edge sharp enough to get a super-close shave, and smooth enough to prevent irritation. They also fit most kinds of double-edge safety razors.

Pros

 

  • checkVery cost effective
  • checkWon’t rust
  • checkQuite sharp

Cons

 

  • Need to be changed fairly often

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Final Verdict

When it comes down to it, although they are much more expensive than any other option on our list, the Merkur safety razors blades are undoubtedly the best option for sensitive skin.

However, all 4 of the other options, although not quite as good, still get the job done, and they are much more cost effective.

 

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April 29, 2020

IPL vs Laser Hair Removal: Which One Should You Choose?

I’m not gonna lie:

I’ve basically lived my whole life with a little more hair than I would have asked for. Thanks, genetics!

So you can trust that ya girl has tried basically every hair removal method out there and that I’m always trying and comparing new methods – IPL vs. laser vs. waxing, not to mention volunteering myself as guinea pig for the latest in at-home hair removal tech.

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of permanent hair removal. Luckily, there are a LOT of options out there for gals like you and me. Laser and IPL are both methods that help to weaken and kill hairs at the root, stopping the hair from growing in the first place. How good is that?!

Read this Article: Best Way to Get Rid of Back Hair

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However, solutions like laser and IPL can be a bit of a costly investment – I *need* to know if they’re gonna work out in the long run. And since you’re here, you’re probably looking for that info too. There are a few key differences in laser vs. IPL, and we can go through them together to figure out which one is the best.

Related Reading: Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover Review

What’s the Difference Between IPL and Laser?

Laser hair removal vs. IPL – they’re the same thing, right? No, they’re not and it’s important to understand these differences to choose the one that’s right for you. They both work to achieve basically the same desired effect – using light to zap the root of the hair follicle to stop it from growing, only laser uses an actual, well, laser.

There’s actually a common misconception that they’re just two different types of laser hair removal, but they’re distinct in their own right with their own pros and cons!

How Does IPL Work?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, which is not as concentrated as laser but still incredibly effective at zapping hair follicles. IPL helps to get rid of unwanted hair by making use of broader wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the hair down to the root, killing the root in the process.

It also tends to be friendlier on the wallet per session (phew!), but requires a couple more sessions compared to laser to get the same results. It’s the best option for covering larger areas like legs and arms – it’s fantastic for getting a bigger area covered per session.

How Does Laser Work?

Laser hair removal uses a really specific wavelength of light concentrated on individual hairs to kill the root and prevent it from growing ever again. It sounds super intense, but in the hands of a skilled technician, it’s the speediest option for getting rid of those hairs for good!

It’s perfect for smaller bits that need that concentrated power, such as your underarms, face and bikini area. Also, because it targets each hair individually, it’s the best option for girls with darker skin tones – some light therapies can have unintended side effects by also targeting the melanin in skin, instead of just the hair.

What about BBL?

There’s actually a third treatment that gets lumped in with types of laser hair removal – Broad Band Light, aka BBL. BBL works most like IPL, but if you really throw down and compare BBL vs. IPL, they’re still pretty different beasts.

Along with hair removal, BBL is also incredibly effective at brightening sunspots, acne scars, and overall evening out skin tone. Treating these concerns is generally what BBL is used for, rather than hair removal.

IPL vs. Laser: So… Which One Is Better?

Looking at Laser vs. IPL, they’re both amazing options for permanently getting rid of any unwanted fuzz on ya body. I know I’m ready for smooth skin without ingrowns, stubble, or still having to go in for a wax every few weeks! Come through, smooth skin!

The most important things that you need to weigh up when choosing IPL vs. Laser hair removal are things like your:

  • skin tone
  • hair color
  • budget

It’s also so important to note that both of these methods work best on dark, pigmented hair that the light or laser can easily target – unfortunately, they just won’t work on blonde, grey or light red hair!

IPL is going to be best for lighter skin tones, and is generally costs less per session, but takes more sessions and time to work. You can even do it yourself at home – the ultimate budget friendly option.

Laser is more dark-skin friendly and produces faster results, but is a more expensive upfront investment. It is a service performed only by trained professionals, so your results are basically guaranteed.

No matter which hair removal method you choose, you can be totally assured that your skin will remain smooth and hair-free – and you’ll never have to drop another dollar on a shaving razor or wax ever again!

   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!

April 29, 2020

Home Laser Hair Removal: Tips to Make it More Effective [Before & After]

If you’ve read any of my previous posts on home laser hair removal, then you’ll know I like to consider myself a trailblazer in the Hair Struggle.

I’ve shared my experiences and research on laser hair removal devices for dark skin, the face, a Brazilian, well, for pretty much any body part that generates unwanted hair. I highly recommend reading those posts before purchasing your choice of weapon!

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You’ve read the device instructions back-to-front and your laser is charging, so let’s start with the most basic question:

What to do Before Laser Hair Removal?

If it’s your first-time laser hair removal experiment or you just want to learn how to do it better, there are a few expectations you need to set and a few to drop.

Embarking on this journey means being consistent to get the best results. There is no magic to this where you use the device once and then remain hair-free forever. Each hair follicle is on its own mission, in their own growth cycles totally unaware of the guy next to them. It’s a commitment for a few months to really see any noticeable difference.

One time, I had been lasering myself for about six months and over the holidays, I let it slide (happened once, and never again)…

…I definitely noticed the sparse regrowth and I was super happy with that, so I just got back on track to keep it up. One question that I often get asked about Laser hair removal is, how often to do it? Well, I say keep it at every four weeks (consistently) for up to eight sessions.

So, now your head is in the game for your first laser hair removal session (or maybe you’re just improving your technique), but either way, we are ready to go through my tips for laser hair removal.

1. The Right Time

Set aside a comfortable amount of time. Don’t think you can laser your body in ten minutes before going out on that date. It’s a pamper, grooming session that needs your time and attention.

I also recommend starting in autumn or winter because it’s easier to be tan-free, which is what you want before (and after) laser hair removal. Another thing to consider is avoid laser hair removal around menstruation as this could heighten any pain you may feel.

2. Know Your Type

Different hair and skin types can react differently to laser hair removal because the laser aims at the hair’s pigment. This is why darker hair follicles are easier to laser off than blonde, grey, or red hair. Most laser hair removal devices have settings for various skin and hair types so as I said earlier, make sure you know every function and setting on the device before using it.

3. Physical Preparation

An important to-do before getting laser hair removal is shaving. Why shave before laser hair removal? Some people are surprised at this, asking, “Should I shave before laser hair removal because surely the hair should be long?”

The opposite is true.

According to my endless research – and practical application – it’s best to shave about eight hours before you have that laser out nuking your follicles. The more visibility the laser has, the more effective the laser hair removal session will be.

4. One Thing At A Time

Before laser hair removal sessions, stop all other hair removal treatments such as waxing and bleaching. Waxing before laser hair removal empties the hair follicle and bleaching lightens it, which makes the laser less effective.

5. Goodbye Sun

I could’ve listed this one first because it is also very noteworthy, but I’m hoping you are going through all these laser hair removal tips as each one is just as important as the other. Tanning before laser hair removal under the sun, sunbed, or using self-tan lotions is highly discouraged both before and after laser hair removal.

My advice is to try avoid the sun about four weeks before and keep applying a high factor sun cream. And remember to follow this advice after the laser hair removal session as well. Saying the words ‘laser hair removal’ and ‘sunburn’ in the same sentence just sounds ouch!

After the Treatment

Now that the first laser hair removal session is done, you need to take note of additional laser hair removal tips for ‘after treatment’ because this is just as important.

Please remember:

Tweezing/plucking after laser hair removal (as well as waxing) should be avoided because you’ll be removing hair from the follicle and the next laser hair removal session is going to be pointless because the laser won’t hit the target.

If you need to deforest post-laser, shaving after laser hair removal is actually the best thing to do! Ironically, while you are doing laser to avoid shaving, for a short while shaving will become your best friend.

The good news?

Post-shave, there will be little to no regrowth for a gooood while.

On a completely different note, one surprising thing you need to avoid is working out after laser hair removal. Unfortunately, it is best to not exercise excessively (if at all, for at least a day) because when your body sweats it creates a bacterial festival, which could lead to infection and ingrown hairs.

Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire!

I can’t stress this enough:

You need to apply sun cream regularly specifically after laser hair removal as exposure to the sun can irritate the skin and interfere with the laser treatment.

The same applies for about twenty-four hours to avoid hot showers, deodorants, perfumes, and perfumed lotions that can react when applied to skin that has just been exposed to The Force.

Remember, it is going to be sensitive so you don’t want to make it any worse.

The Bottom Line…

If you’re wondering what to expect after laser hair removal, don’t expect too much (right away) and keep at it for at least eight months! During and after the process, use the laser hair removal tips listed above to make it stress-free and comfortable because, well –

I can vouch for the results at the end of it.

It is worth it and I feel victorious that we are winning in the Hair Struggle.

Any thoughts or questions? Share in the comment section below!

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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!

April 29, 2020

Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover Review

Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover Review

Are you tired of using subpar razors and trimmers to remove your leg hair? When you have a bad razor, you end up with an uneven shave, hairs left behind, and even cuts.

It’s not comfortable, and of course, waxing is painful, not something which everybody wants to go through.

However, there are some really nice high-quality shavers for women’s legs, and in this article we are going to review one of the best.

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Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover: Review

The Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover is a moderately priced women’s leg hair remover, which can also be used on other body parts. However, keep in mind that this product cannot be used on the armpits.

Who is this product for?

The Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover is designed for any woman who wants to remove leg hair with ease, for a limited cost, and who wants a product that will last.

If you have sensitive skin and a lot of skin contours that are hard to deal with in terms of other normal razors, the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover is a good option for you.

It’s designed for fast, safe, and easy hair removal. It does cost more than your average razor, but it also lasts much longer and is far easier to use as well.

What’s included?

When you purchase the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover, you get a hair remover that features a pivoting head, one that comes complete with 4 gold-plated shaving heads for fast, efficient, and close leg shaving every single time.

Keep in mind that the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover is a rechargeable leg shaver, and it comes with the charging cable and equipment included as well.

Overview of features

The Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover has a good number of features which are worth mentioning.

For one, this is a battery-powered device, which some people may not like, but the fact that you do not have to deal with a power cord is nice because you can use it from anywhere without needing a wall socket, plus there is no cord to get in the way.

On that same note, the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover has a pretty good battery life, and can easily last more than long enough to shave your legs and other areas of your body before it needs to be recharged.

Something else which stands out about this hair remover is that it comes with a head that is designed to work well over the contours of your legs.

You get a total of 4 high-quality gold-plated razor heads which provide a really close shave every time.

When it comes down to it, the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover is probably the next best options next to waxing, one that will provide you with baby-smooth legs. No matter what kind of contours your legs have, it is going to be able to maneuver over them with ease.

The included shaver head, which has 4 razor heads in a square pattern, is designed to last for many shaves, at least 100, or even more. 

There is also the fact that the replacement heads are easy to find and don’t cost all that much, although the cost will start to add up over time.

Something else you might like about the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover is that it comes with a very ergonomic design.

It is made to fit in the palm of your hand with ease, so you can hold it effectively without slipping, and thus you can get an accurate shave without cutting yourself.

What is also pretty cool is that the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover comes with LED lights so you can see exactly what is going on at all times.

Finally, it is made to provide you with a super close shave without risking any cuts, nicks, or irritation.

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Tutorial

There is really not too much to know about using the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover. It is a very simple device.

All you have to do is plug it in, make sure it is charged, use the on/off switch to turn it on, and slowly pull it along your skin to remove all hair.

You don’t need any water or soap, just the hair remover itself. If you notice it getting dull, you will need to replace the shaving head.

Pros

 

  • check4 shaver heads to work with contours
  • checkLong lasting battery life
  • checkErgonomic design to fit in the palm of the hand
  • checkClose and accurate shave every single time

Cons

 

  • Somewhat expensive, especially to replace the head
  • Not the most durable item out there

Alternatives

In case you would like to go with something a little more basic, which does not require any kind of power source, or in other words, if you want a basic cartridge razor, there are some good alternatives you can take a look at.

One such option is the Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor, and another good option is any product from Venus.

Conclusion

When all is said and done, if you need a good leg shaver, the Finishing Touch Flawless Legs Women’s Hair Remover is a great way to go.

It fits comfortably in your hand, it has good battery life, and it provides you with a really close shave every time.

April 29, 2020

Best Way to Get Rid of Back Hair

Psst! Before you dive in… I just wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss my epic guide to hair removal for men!

At the end of the day, some men (and their women/men) like hair.

Some of them like beards.

Some of them like a good hairy chest.

Some of them even say the little tufts of fur on their man’s knuckles are “cute” (i.e. tolerable).

But when it comes to back hair, it seems society’s general appreciation for the permanent sweater fades- fast.

In waxing salons, a back hair wax for men is the most common male treatment, but back hair removal at home is tricky (that is, if you’re talking an area any further away than your shoulders).

You either need to have a partner prepared to go through one of the least sexy experiences they ever imagined they go through with you, or you need to have the right equipment to do it yourself.

Needs differ greatly from person to person when it comes to deforesting the back:

While some are after total hair removal, many are just looking to manage the growth and reduce its thickness.

Related Reading: How to Get Rid of Stomach Hair?

Below is a rundown of the best ways to get rid of back hair:

4 Best Ways to Get Rid of Back Hair

1. Hair removal cream

This is the most foolproof method of total back hair removal; the only difficulty lies in the application. Obviously it’s best if there’s someone at home who can help you apply it, otherwise you’re looking at a few minutes of contorting and wriggling as you try to apply it all over the hard to reach areas- not impossible, but not exactly easy.

To make it easier for yourself you can invest in a long-armed applicator, such as this Zehui Long Armed Applicator (which also doubles as a massager…because why not).

Expert tip:

Since you’re dealing with such a large surface area, you’re going to want to buy a cream that comes in a big bottle (preferably with a pump head for cleanliness); I usually stick with Nair for Men for this reason.

2. Shaving

…with a really REALLY long razor…no seriously.

Okay, so it’s not the most elegant of solutions, but a long-armed razor will help you reach the middle of your back without pulling a muscle.

If you’ve been wondering how to shave your back alone, look no further than this specifically designed product from BakBlade:

It’s the best I’ve found for the job. The best part about it is how wide the blade is, meaning you can take care of huge areas in a small amount of time.

In truth:

Although shaving isn’t the optimal solution here (mainly because it takes quite some time to do and results are fleeting) it’s still worth mentioning for its cheapness and simplicity.

Read this Article: IPL vs Laser Hair Removal: Which One Should You Choose?

3. Back waxing or epilating

These methods of back hair removal, while long lasting and super effective, are not something that can really be done on your own.

You’re in luck if you’ve got a willing partner; you can even make it into something fun if you get creative.

If you go down this route, kit yourself out with a good quality high speed epilator, or wax strips/hot wax.

4. Laser hair removal

Lasering your back is a brilliant way of either totally removing or reducing your hair growth- depending on what your needs are.

The thing is:

You’re not going to be able to do it solo. If you have a partner willing to help you with your at-home laser hair removal, you’ll find it offers a long term solution.

The Bottom Line?

Men’s hair removal methods vary greatly depending on body part and hair growth patterns, so there’s really no best-overall way to get rid of back hair, but you can choose the best method for you out of shaving, hair removal creams, laser and back waxing. 

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Got a question? A hair removal challenge? A crazy-ass story? I want them all! Give me a shout in the comment section.

 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.