February 8, 2021

Illuminage Precise Touch Hair Removal Review – 2022 Deep Dive

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Iluminage Beauty was a company founded in 2000 by Dr. Shimon Eckhouse in the city of Yokneam Illit, Israel based on his invention of the elōs intense pulsed light (IPL) technology. Eckhouse and his colleague Goldman invented modern IPL technology in 1993 and began producing medical, and later, consumer IPL devices for treatment of a variety of skin conditions and for hair removal.

IPL is now a very common treatment method of permanent depilation and the technology is currently available in consumer devices from a variety of manufacturers. What makes the elōs technology different from other IPL devices you can find on the market is that, unlike other manufacturer devices, it is not limited in effectiveness to only certain skin tones or hair colors.

Most IPL devices cannot function on very dark or tanned skin and also have limited effectiveness on light hair colors. The elōs technology does not suffer from any of these shortcomings and has been verified in clinical trials to work on all skin tones and almost all hair colors (only grey hair was not tested, but Illuminate claims the device will work). See more on the specifics below in our “How elōs works” section.

Iluminage Beauty and its sister company Syneron Medical ceased operations in 2018 and merged with Lescolton to form Syneron-Candela. The company now exclusively produces commercial medical devices, so elōs devices are still available on the market but no further production of the IPL machines is planned.

A Deep Dive into The Iluminage Precise Touch

The Precise Touch is a great hair removal device that is comfortable and easy to use, causing no skin damage or irritation if used in the correct skin locations (not for use on genitals or breasts). Many IPL devices out there are sort of generalist devices for the whole body, but the Precise Touch is precise, as it is so named, and is intended for the delicate, small skin areas of the neck, jawline, and upper lip.

Treatments are in the form of brief pulses of light directed into the skin through a two-centimeter square window which will stun the matrix cells at the base of the follicle and stop hair growth. For the device to work properly, the treatment area should be shaved, clean, and dry, and treatments can be performed every week over a month and a half for permanent hair removal (more on how this works below).

What the Precise Touch is and what it is not
The Precise Touch is an IPL device, not a laser device. That is the short answer.

When trying to read up on at-home hair removal that does not involve depilatory creams or waxes, you will likely find many, many reviews about all the latest rage in-home laser hair removal devices. However, nearly everything that you will read on the internet regarding home laser hair removal is completely and totally false.

This is not to say that the performance review of those devices is false, just the description of what they are and how they work is misleading. This can probably be chalked up to a general lack of understanding of physics among the public, but we will bring you totally up-to-speed on how these IPL devices and elōs specifically work.

All the “laser” devices you find out there, including the Precise Touch, are IPL devices that do not involve lasers but use some form of quartz bulb illumination system. To date, there is only one approved consumer laser hair removal device and it is made by Tria.

The Precise Touch specifically uses a xenon bulb illumination source, which is fast-recharging and tends to be effective over a broader range of skin tones and hair colors. Why are IPL devices not lasers, you may ask?

Lasers are light wavelength narrowband devices that only emit coherent sources of light, meaning that all emitted light is of the same frequency and waveform. They are spatially-coherent devices, illuminating only a very small target area, and tend to remain spatially-coherent over considerable distances because the light output is directed through a collimator.

Laser light is also temporally-coherent, with emitted waveforms in the same temporal phase which drives stationary interference, ensuring that the emitted light remains in a narrow bandwidth of the electromagnetic spectrum (i.e., it appears as one color). The technology of IPL is quite different, however, and the emitted light is not collimated or coherent and is projected in a much broader electromagnetic band range.

As a parallel example, almost anyone these days can easily distinguish between a laser pointer and an LED flashlight. The devices are simply that different.

How elōs works
Before we describe the specifics of IPL technology, keep in mind that the elōs technology is a bit different from your standard IPL device and it is for this reason that elōs is more broadly effective across a range of skin tones and hair colors. What distinguishes elōs is its joint use of radiofrequency emissions (RF) with IPL emissions.

The IPL and RF energies work in combination to heat the hair shaft and stunt matrix cells in the hair follicle. Matrix cells are the only living part of the hair and are responsible for the production of the keratin polymers and embedding of melanin pigments in the construction of the hair shaft.

IPL frequencies are tailored to be absorbed by melanins in the hair, which consist of two types of modified tyrosine polymers. Eumelanin is dark brown pigment and pheomelanin is more of a yellow pigment.

The combination of these two pigments in different ratios is the foundation for different hair colors and skin tones. Absorption of IPL frequencies by melanins causes a spectral phase shift of the light to the infrared band, which produces heat.

The heat produced is intense, but very brief because the emitted light is a momentary flash and just enough to stun the matrix cells without incurring any damage to the surrounding tissues. The RF emissions work in a different, longer wavelength electromagnetic band range and similarly produce brief, momentary heating.

Collectively, both emissions damage matrix cells in the hair follicle and arrest hair growth, and the addition of RF emissions allows the elōs device to target a broader range of hair and skin types than other IPL devices. However, users should be aware that IPL treatments for permanent hair removal require a longer treatment cycle than professional laser hair removal treatments.

The typical treatment cycle for IPL devices is six to eight weeks, applying a treatment every two weeks with periodic follow-ups over the next six months as maintenance. The reason for this lengthy treatment cycle is connected to how IPL devices work: they only can target hair follicles in a particular state of growth, referred to as anagen phase.

Hair growth is a cyclical process that involves an anagen phase (active hair growth), catagen phase (follicle involution), and telogen phase (mature hair phase). The majority of hair on the body at any given time consists of telogen phase hairs, with this stage in a hair life cycle typically lasting about two to three months and ending when the hair is shed.

Anagen phase hairs will grow at one centimeter per month until they reach their terminal length, then transition to catagen phase hairs for two to three weeks before entering the telogen phase. After hair shedding, the follicle will reenter the anagen phase and begin new hair growth.

IPL requires catching hair follicles during their anagen phase and disabling matrix cells to break the hair growth cycle. This is the reason for repeated treatments and having to wait it out for all the follicles in the treated area to go through a cycle.

Who’s It For?

The Precise Touch is perfect for people who want to permanently remove body hair from small, sensitive areas of the skin. It is intended to treat areas such as the upper lip, neck, and jawline, but will also work well on armpits, the bikini line, and forearms. The bulb of the device has an estimated lifespan of about 150,000 flashes and is estimated to be able to treat about 195,000 square centimeters of skin with a total of 80 treatments.

That number of treatments will provide basically two years of use time before the bulb needs to be replaced. The Precise Touch is also offered in a second-tier, a more expensive model with a bulb lifespan of 300,000 flashes, which will treat approximately 240,000 square centimeters of skin over 150 treatments with an estimated use time of 10 years.

How to use the Precise Touch
The device is extremely easy to operate and does most of the work for you, however, it is recommended that the intended treatment area is shaved prior to using the device. The treatment steps are as follows:

  1. Shave hair from the intended area
  2. Power on the device. The blinking blue light indicators report the energy level (1-3) and the device powers up at energy level 1.
  3. Using the elōs button on the back, you can adjust the energy output to the desired level (it is recommended to start at power level 1 and see if that is adequate for you by doing a small patch test and waiting a day to see if you have any skin reaction).
  4. Place the device on the skin so that the silver faceplate makes contact. This is the RF emitter and the device will not flash if it does not sense contact with the skin.
  5. Slowly glide the device over the area to be treated. The device will flash cyclically as long as it is applied to the skin.
  6. For small, delicate areas like the face, place, and allow to flash once, then remove and reposition (in this mode you will need to treat the area 2-3 times in a session using the device in a stamping motion).

If you have fair hair (blonde, red, or grey), it is recommended to wax or epilate the treatment area before using it. Plucked hairs leave microscopic wounds in the follicle and the light energies will heat the blood left in the base of the follicle, which overcomes the limitations with the low melanin content of the hair.

You will also need to double the number of treatments for results, although the device instructions do not specify this change in the treatment pattern.

Illuminage recommends 7 treatments, one each week, for optimal results (more, if you have fair hair). For treatments of the face, you should treat intended areas 2-3 times weekly.

As for how long a treatment requires in time, both armpits take between 2.5 – 5 minutes to treat, depending on the color and density of the hair shafts. A note about permanent hair removal: It is not really permanent, since hormone changes can stimulate the development of new follicle tissue, but full treatment cycles should keep the skin hair-free for a year or two.

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What We Like About the Illuminage Precise Touch

The Precise Touch is pain-free, very easy to use, and does not weigh much, so it is comfortable to hold and you will not tire after a long treatment session. Many users report positive results after just a few treatments and most users to find that treatment cycles of less than six weeks are completely adequate. Compared with other IPL devices, the Precise Touch is more effective and produces better results in less time.

Among all the positive attributes of the Precise Touch, we feel the biggest advantage of this device compared with other devices on the market is its ability to effectively treat all skin tones (Fitzpatrick Scale I-VI) and affect all colors of hair. The overwhelming majority of IPL device manufacturers cannot make this claim and the Precise Touch has been verified to perform this way through clinical trial validations.

The main difference between the Precise Touch and other IPL devices is its inclusion of RF emissions with light therapy to effectively target hair follicles, regardless of skin tone or hair color.

What We Don’t Like About the Illuminage Precise Touch

Many users complain that the flashes are too bright, however, the product package does contain a set of goggles to address this issue. The goggles are rather dark, however, and many customers find that they cannot see a thing with them on (as an alternative, users can wear sunglasses).

The device is intended for small areas, so attempting to treat any large areas of skin (such as the forearms) takes time and patience. If this is what is desired, Iluminage makes a bigger model for large skin areas (the Touch).

There have been some reports of device failures, but in each case, Iluminage has either repaired or replaced the product. You can also find some unfavorable reviews of the device out there from dissatisfied users who claim the Precise Touch does not work. In these cases, and based on their description of use, it is apparent that the customers do not fully understand how the devices work and the amount of time required for observable results (read the manual!).


  • Proven in clinical trials to work on all hair, including blonde and red hair
  • FDA and CE certified for safety
  • Comfortable to use and easy to operate
  • Small treatment area (2 square cm) is great for delicate locations (neck, jawline, and upper lip)
  • Fast bulb recharge = fast treatment time
  • Safe for all skin tones (Fitzpatrick Scale I-VI)
  • No skin tone sensor necessary
  • Corded, so no need to charge a battery
  • Uses a combination of IPL and RF energy emissions for safety and reduced skin reaction
  • Built-in UV filter
  • Great customer service from the manufacturer


  • For lighter hair colors (grey, blonde, red), required epilation prior to treatment lengthens the treatment interval several weeks
  • Not intended for treating large skin areas, such as the legs
  • Instructional materials do not fully explain what permanent hair removal means
  • The manufacturer has discontinued the device (and their other hair removal devices), so supplies are limited

What’s Included?

  • Iluminage Precise Touch
  • Quick start card (other instructional materials are on the packaging box)
  • Power cable with AC/DC power supply (UK Commonwealth style plug)
  • Device stand
  • Goggles with a charcoal tint

Overview Of Features

  • Combined IPL and RF emission treatments
  • A 2-year limited warranty
  • The device is a small size (only 5.7 x 6.1 in; 15 x 15.5 cm)
  • Bulb rated for 150,000 flashes (there is a more-expensive 300,000 flash mode as well)
  • 94% hair reduction in 7 weeks
  • Three power levels

Review Summary

If you are looking to remove hair from sensitive areas of the skin in a permanent and pain-free way but do not want to foot the bill of going to a dermatologist for laser hair removal, the Precise Touch is an excellent means of achieving your goals.


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May 10, 2020

Why is Hair Removal Cream not Working? [Depilatory Creams 101]

Like many of my fellow hairy girls, I had a very early experience with depilatory creams – mainly because my parents completely forbid me from shaving, telling me that I was too young (and also that I would become hairier! What a lie).

While wistfully browsing the women’s body grooming section at the drugstore, I spotted my salvation (or so I thought) – a can of Veet, promising silky smooth legs, no shaving required.


I could finally stop being Chewbacca’s little sister.

This was it – I was finally going to get rid of my leg hair discreetly and effectively because it wasn’t technically shaving. Well, my scheming little self was shocked when I actually used the stuff. I thought I would come out the other end of using Veet cream as a smooth, hairless nymph – but that wasn’t the case.

Afterward, my legs were covered tiny, itchy bumps – AND, I still had patches of half-dissolved hair all up and down my legs. Not the look I was going for, obvi.

So what went wrong? Why is hair removal cream not working for me?

First off:

I didn’t patch test. Because depilatory creams are extremely basic (as in, alkaline) to dissolve the keratin bonds that hold your hair together, they can sometimes irritate skin. A patch test is the best way to check how resilient (or not, in my case) your skin will be to the chemicals in depilatory creams.

Second, it wasn’t strong enough for my thick hairs – even though it had been strong enough to irritate my skin and stink out my bathroom, I still had some thicker hairs left in uneven patches, something I clearly did not anticipate.

Luckily, this didn’t entirely put me off hair removal creams – they definitely have their advantages over other methods of hair removal, and are one of my favorite go-to products for being hairfree because they’re so easy to use and yield quick, hairless results.

How Does Hair Removal Cream Work?

Hair removal creams will use a blend of alkaline ingredients in a moisturizing, lotion-like base to soften hairs, and basically turn them to jelly so that they can be easily wiped away from the skin. Ta-dah!

You can use them pretty much anywhere on your body (legs, bikini, underarm, face) so long as it’s correctly formulated for that area – please don’t use body-strength creams on your upper lip!

It’s these same alkaline ingredients that are responsible for that signature, slightly nostril-singeing chemical smell that you get with hair removal creams. The smell can be a make or break deal for a lot of girls out there, and I don’t blame them – even hair removal creams that have scent added to cover-up fail to cover anything up at all!

Sometimes, such a strong chemical smell can make you wonder if maybe, just maybe, hair removal cream is bad for you. It’s okay, I can see how one would think that – they absolutely STINK and when used incorrectly, your skin could become very, very irritated. But on the whole, they’re completely safe to use, even during pregnancy! In that case, it’s more about whether or not your pregnancy nose can handle the smell.

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Hair removal creams take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to work, and it’s absolutely essential that you stick to the time recommended to you on the instructions. There was a time when I decided that the instructions did not apply to me and again – I was left rashy for weeks after.

Does Hair Removal Cream Hurt?

IMO, this is the number one advantage that hair removal cream has over basically all other removal methods –

it’s actually painless.

…At least, it is when it’s done correctly. Hair removal cream should only ever be used on healthy, unbroken skin – no rashes, mosquito bites, shaving nicks, nada.

This goes for everywhere that you plan to use it, even on your bikini area – if you can’t handle bikini waxing but still want a smooth bikini line, hair removal cream could be the way to go – here’s my post about the best pubic hair removal cream.

If your skin is sensitive and always seems to tingle or burn (wash that ish off ASAP if it’s burning!) then, unfortunately, hair removal creams may not be right for your skin type – luckily, there’s a whole world of other de-hairing options out there.

Getting the Most Out of Hair Removal Cream

If you’ve used hair removal creams before, dutifully followed all the instructions and still found that you had a few leftover hairs time and time again, you might be sitting there thinking, “Wait, why doesn’t hair removal cream work on me?”

There are a couple tips and tricks that you can use to get the most out of your hair removal creams for gloriously smooth, hairfree skin.

A cream designed for facial hair might not be strong enough to dissolve hair on your underarms, and likewise, a product designed for your bikini area could be too strong for your face.

Like waxing, there’s an ideal length for hair removal via depilatory creams – because they rely on a thick, even layer coating the hair to dissolve it, some hair can be too short for it to be visibly effective.

Doing this helps ensure you’ve taken off as much of the hair as possible down to the root, totally eliminating any chance of leaving any half-dissolved hairs behind. Get ready to feel smooth AF!

Which Is Better: Hair Removal Cream or Waxing? 

Now in comparison, waxing is a whole different ball game. The major difference is how exactly the hair is removed from the skin. Waxing rips hair out at the root for a few weeks of totally hairless skin but can be painful if you’re not used to it. Hair removal cream only dissolves the visible hair on the skin, not the root, so regrowth from depilatory creams can appear pretty quickly – so you’d have to use a hair removal cream about once a week for general upkeep.

Improper waxing aftercare can leave you more prone to ingrowns than hair removal creams because the hair root is totally removed, and the hair has to regrow completely. But, there’s no funky smell and it’s over relatively quickly in the hands of a skilled aesthetician.

They’re both excellent ways of managing body hair (believe me, I know) and, at the end of the day, comes down to your personal hair-managing preference.

Here’s to happy hair removal!

May 7, 2020

The Notorious Pubic Hair-STI Study: What You Really Need to Know

You may have seen a few frightening articles floating around lately about a new study claiming that there’s a definite relationship between pubic grooming (waxing, shaving, sugaring, trimming, you name it, it’s grooming) and STIs.

I'm not going to lie:

I got pretty freaked out at first... but I knew that there had to be more info, especially if I could find the original study (which I did, thanks to my internet ninja skills.)

It definitely LOOKS alarming on the surface, but when you dig into the nitty-gritty of the study itself, there are actually more questions than answers from the data collected.

Going into this, I’d just like to say that this study doesn’t prove a cause and effect relationship. The researchers literally say so. That is, the results of this study aren’t “If you wax/trim/pluck/shave your pubes, you will get STIs.” *Coach Carr voice from Mean Girls*

Source: https://apilgriminnarnia.com/

But what does it really tell us about our grooming habits and STIs?

The study, which involved asking 7,500 people about their pubic grooming habits (this is considered a good sample size, btw - one of the only things that I remember from my STATS 101 class is that large sample sizes are always better and more likely to help you find useful info!) grouped people into four categories:

  • Never Groomed (never trimmed, waxed, plucked, ever. Nada. Nothing. You’re all natural, babe!)
  • Ever Groomed (so even if you’ve only ever waxed or shaved once, you fall into this category)
  • Extreme Groomers (11+ times a year - this is about the frequency of someone that goes for a wax every 4-6 weeks. Personally, I’d rename this category to “Maintenance Groomers”)
  • High-Frequency Groomers (trim daily or weekly - if you groom this frequently, it’s probably time to consider laser hair removal!)

They also asked participants about their STI history to try and pinpoint any relationships between the frequency of grooming and STIs. The types of STIs were also split into three categories: those transmitted through skin, those transmitted through body fluids, and lice.

(I guess the silver lining is, if you’re grooming down there pretty regularly, you probably won’t get lice.)

Researchers did find that statistically, if you had ever groomed your pubes, you were more likely to contract an STI in your lifetime. And the chances were even higher if you were a High-Frequency groomer.

But again -this isn’t a causal relationship. There’s no Coach Carr logic here. Let’s go into what the researchers found - and what they need to investigate further.

"Much to Learn You Still Have"

So, one reason that the scientists hypothesized for the apparent relationship between higher rates of STIs was that more frequent waxing, plucking, or otherwise yanking hairs out of skin left it more vulnerable to STI transmission through skin.

I thought this was pretty plausible - think about how sensitive your skin is after a waxing session. Sore, right? And all those hair follicles that your hair got ripped out from are basically open and vulnerable to attack.

Source: Giphy.com

This could, hypothetically, create more opportunities for STIs to transfer through skin-to-skin contact when you’re bumping uglies. Tbh, that’s probably another good reason to use pubic hair removal cream or even better, book in for a laser appointment - not only does laser leave you smooth permanently, it’s literally not traumatizing to skin in the way that yanking lots of hair out at once via waxing or sugaring is. It’ll save you time, stress, ingrowns, and maybe even STIs in the long run.


Any definitive relationship between skin trauma caused by pubic grooming and STIs can’t be proved with this study alone.

We need more info!

Another idea that the scientists had was just that people who groomed themselves more frequently are just more sexually active, specifically with non-relationship partners (read: hook-ups, girl!)

And I don’t blame them - wouldn’t you to look your best from head to toe for that hottie that you swiped right on Tinder? However, this is still only a hunch about the extra sexually-active bunch of the participants in the study. Researchers need to gather more info for - they didn’t ask about condom use, or about grooming habits of people in long-term relationships, or about how frequently people got tested for STIs.

So again... we need more info!

So What's the Bottom Line?

This study is actually a really interesting place to start when it comes to having a look at how we take care of our bodies and what some of the (unintended) results could be.

What I think it does point out is the current norm/expectation for people (obvi, mainly women but some guys too) to remove body hair. I mean, it’s just preference - if you’re all natural and rocking it, you do you! But overall, hair removal has always struck me as something that I (and I’m 100% sure I’m not alone here) do to make myself more presentable - and with pubic grooming, more attractive.

Also, I know I sound like a high school sex ed teacher, but this is a pretty great reminder to ALWAYS USE A CONDOM! Above all, above every single little iota of info in this study, we need to remember what impacts STI transmission the MOST is protection.

So ladies - no matter if you sugar, wax, trim, or do nothing at all, don’t forget to protect yourself - and you won’t have to ever worry if your monthly hair removal sesh is putting you at risk for STIs! 

   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!

May 7, 2020

Does Home Laser Hair Removal Cause Cancer?

Although I am a no-Hair Evangelist, I feel I should also play fair and look at the not-so-cool facts about laser hair removal.

Okay, the really big question to start with is:

Does laser hair removal cause cancer?

No. It doesn’t, and that is the short and sweet answer, but we’re not going to leave it there on my word.

This research proves that over a twenty-five year research period, there is no evidence to directly link the use of lasers and IPL (intense pulsed light a.k.a. home laser hair removal machines) to cancer, specifically skin cancer.


(I suppose there always has to be a ‘but’)…

…there were a handful of hearsay cases where melanomas were detected after laser hair removal was used for a period of over twenty years (still doesn’t sound nearly as scary as smoking stats).

We need to be realistic though:

Anything you do over a really long time may expose you to risks down the line, but the cancer research and laser hair removal is quite clear-cut without alarm bells, red flags, and dire warnings.

That answers the cancer question, but it doesn’t exclude the fact that there are other possible IPL side effects. So, let’s take a look at those.

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What Are The Possible Side Effects of Home Laser Hair Removal?

IPL treatment side effects include feeling pain, discomfort, or feeling itchy after laser hair removal, but it is temporary and there are tricks that can help for relief. Let’s talk in-depth about the most common issues:

1. Burns

After laser treatment, your skin could behave and feel like it’s been sunburned, even with peeling afterwards. This is laser hair removal burn and also why I mentioned in a previous post that it really does help to start applying high factor sun cream from four weeks before treatment and then continuously after treatment as well.

2. Swelling

Swelling after laser hair removal is also quite common but not permanent! Just apply soothing gels or take anti-inflammatories if it causes a lot of tenderness and pain.

3. Hyperpigmentation

Firstly, what is hyperpigmentation?

Think of it like having freckles or patches of discolored skin which vary in size and severity.

Laser hair removal hyperpigmentation is a more serious possible side effect, but you can follow some simple rules to reduce this.  It is most commonly caused by “over lasering” an area, so don’t sit and text in one hand, while you have your laser in the other. Lasers penetrate the lower skin layers, so overheating in an area under the skin will cause lighter skin patches.

So, if you’re wondering who is more susceptible to laser hair removal discoloration, well unfortunately, people with darker skin tones (like me!) are prone to hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal. I can safely say that to date (touch wood), I have not yet experienced this side effect. If you’re feeling a little unsure, try laser a small area first to see if you are predisposed to developing laser hair removal dark spots.

But, one very important rule to follow before and after treatment is to avoid the sun! It can worsen or even trigger the hyperpigmentation after laser hair removal.

I actually cannot stress this point enough:

Line up those sun cream bottles, keep your hat on, and keep covered. This is also a good reason to start your laser hair treatment in autumn or winter.

4. Itching

Itching after laser hair removal is another common side effect. In fact, I found this to be the worst one of the Brazilian laser hair removal side effects. It is not very classy to keep having to scratch down there so I highly recommend using a cool compress or Aloe Vera gel after treatment.

5. Irritation

You could also experience redness or any other skin irritation after laser hair removal… but don’t panic. It does not mean you’re a case study for Laser Hair Removal Gone Wrong, it is just your skin having a laser hair removal reaction. In very rare cases, laser hair removal has stimulated dormant infections and, in that case, you would need to get proper medical creams and advice to treat it.

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe for my Face?

I want to end off talking about the face.

It generally is a safe, tried, and tested technique but if things do go wrong it’s a bit more difficult to hide.

I have read some credible research where 10% of people could experience crusting of the skin on the face. Again, this is another temporary side effect and proper aftercare will help alleviate the crusting.

Be super careful when using laser hair removal on your face because of the eyes! When I’m brave enough to use the laser on my face, I will invest in a pair of heavy duty factory eyewear.

Pigmentation issues can also affect the skin on your face and it seems quite usual to see your skin going lighter (or even darker) while lasering, but it usually rectifies itself post treatment. But, like I said before, permanent discoloration could occur, specifically in us darker beauties!

Blistering and scarring has been reported after laser hair removal on the face. I would be very worried about the potential of scarring because this is permanent.

How does scarring happen?

By using the wrong settings on your laser device – so make sure you learn everything you can about the device and went through the manual more than once.


Be safe, be knowledgeable about what you’re doing, and look after your skin before and after laser hair removal, no matter which part of your body is going hairless.

Happy hair removal!

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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

Is It Safe to Use Hair Removal Cream During Pregnancy?

If you’re reading this, then I think it’s a pretty safe bet for me to say “Congrats”!

Because girl, why else would you be wondering “What hair removal cream can I use when pregnant”?

And, if you’re a long time reader of my blog, then it’s pretty safe to say that you’re also a self-confessed hairy girl like me – and now you’re doing your due research to see if you can keep up with your fave de-hairing and de-fuzzing treatments now that you have a bun in the oven.

…Or you’re a nosey Nelly and want to know what a difference pregnancy makes on your hair removal routine. That’s okay gal – we can find that out together!

You’re pregnant, and your body is changing – and I’m not just talking about the size of your stomach. Pregnancy hormones can kick-start extra hair growth, so you just might find that you have some extra hair here and there – and yes, I mean more than usual! (And in different places than usual…)

When you’re pregnant, there seems to be an endless list of things that you can’t do or can’t eat – have sushi, eat soft cheeses, drink alcohol… (Kudos to all my pregnant mamas out there, by the way – there’s no way I would be able to give up sushi and rosé for 9 months!)

You can’t help but wonder – are depilatory creams off limits too?

Is hair removal cream safe during pregnancy?

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So, Can Hair Removal Cream Be Used During Pregnancy?

If you’re super loyal to your depilatory creams, you’ll be thrilled to know that they’re totally safe for you and bub during your pregnancy. They can totally be used in your regular hair removal routine, as well as for zapping any new hormonally-charged hairs that are coming through in places that you never thought possible…

I’ll just leave that to your imagination.

It’s not hard to see why depilatory creams are one of the most favored hair removal methods – you just apply to where it’s needed, then wipe off once time’s up. I went over some of my favorite creams in my best pubic hair removal cream guide.


(and that’s a big however…)

…there are a couple of important things to note that might influence whether or not you want to use hair removal cream during pregnancy.

1) The Smell

There’s no getting around that most depilatory creams smell.

Like, really smell.

And, we all know that pregnant women are especially sensitive to strong smells (or even not so strong smells).

Even in the most well ventilated, airy room, it’s totally possible that your pregnancy nose wouldn’t be able to handle how strong some hair removal creams are. I mean, there are some out there that even my non-pregnant self can’t handle – so I can’t imagine how strong that would smell to someone that is!

Read this Article: Sugar Wax DIY: Homemade Recipe & Guide

2) Skin Sensitivity

Pregnancy could also make your skin more sensitive, could cause skin issues like dryness and flakiness, even from products that you’ve used time and time again with no issues.

Again, this is down to hormones and how they’re affecting your hair and skin.

Check this out: Best Electric Razor For Sensitive Skin of [year] 

How Do I Know Which Hair Removal Cream Is Best During Pregnancy?

But, there is one pretty crucial step that you can take to make sure that you know which hair removal cream is safe during pregnancy – patch testing. Patch testing is something that you should be doing with every beauty and skin care product anyway, but that’s a post for another time.

It’s strongly recommended by pretty much any dermatologist to do before any product, because patch testing will let you know beforehand if your skin can handle what you’re about to slather over it.

The perfect patch test basically entails leaving your chosen hair removal cream of choice on your skin for the allotted time (always follow instructions!) to see how well it behaves on your skin, and if your nose can handle it. If your trusty depilatory cream passes the test – congrats!

If you find that your old reliable just isn’t cutting it anymore, I have some tips on what to look for to help answer the question “What hair removal cream can I use when pregnant?”

  • Developed for sensitive skin. Creams targeted for pubic hair removal would be a great place to start, as they’re designed to remove coarser hair, without irritating the more sensitive skin down there. The Gigi Hair Removal lotion is designed for the bikini area, making it perfect for sensitive skin, and it smells amazing too.
  • Added nourishing ingredients. Ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E can help counteract any irritation and stinging from the chemicals commonly found in hair removal cream. The Veet Hair Removal Cream Sensitive Skin with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E has two ingredients proven to protect and nourish.

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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

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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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!

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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.