Getting rid of body hair is just one of the many joys of being a person who dislikes being hairy. While it’s up to every individual whether they want to go bare or not – I personally think that female body hair is making a comeback, which is pretty awesome – many people decide to keep their faces, armpits, legs, and pubic areas free of fuzz. But how do they do it?
I’m sure you’ve heard of and probably even tried the basics: plucking stray hairs from your eyebrows, waxing your vag, shaving your legs, using depilatory creams for your underarms. But believe it or not, those aren’t the only ways to remove body hair. There are more methods available, from DIY recipes you can make in your own kitchen to treatments done by professionals that can go for $200 a pop. Confused? Here are 9 surprising ways to remove body hair that you didn’t know about:
Lentils and PotatoesNo, this isn't a vegan soup recipe. Combining potatoes, lentils, honey, and lemon juice creates a paste that can be used to lighten unwanted body hair with the natural bleaching effects of the ingredients. When used routinely, it can remove excess hair. It's not a miracle worker, but if you're interested in doing something more natural that works slowly, it might be good to try. Source: iStock
SugaringThis isn't quite as sweet as it sounds, but it can be a less painful alternative to waxing. It's actually similar to waxing in that a thick paste or gel is applied to the area, and depending on the recipe used, the hair is either flicked off or removed with cloths. Many salons offer sugaring, and honestly, heading to a professional may be the way to go, especially if you're a beginner. But if you want to save money, you can try to DIY with a store-bought gel like Shobha or a homemade recipe like this one. Source
EpilatorsAn epilator might look like a Medieval torture instrument, but it's actually an electrical device that grasps hairs and pulls them out at the root. This can cause somewhat intense discomfort because it essentially involves plucking a large area of hair all at once, but the effect lasts longer than shaving. Source
ThreadingYou may have seen brave souls getting this done in public at kiosks at the mall. For a more private experience, head to your local salon. Laser hair removal is the process of beaming highly concentrated light into hair follicles, which is then absorbed, killing the hair. This is a more expensive method of hair removal due to the expertise required and the long-term effects produced—lasering typically results in permanent hair loss after three-seven sessions. Cost varies depending on the size of the area being lasered, but sessions are upwards of $200. Source
PapayaYou can make a papaya paste recipe by adding tumeric that can be massaged into the area for 15-20 minutes at least twice a week to remove hair. Adding more ingredients—gram flour, Aloe Vera gel and turmeric powder, mustard oil and essential oil—makes a thicker paste that you allow to dry on the area before rubbing off with a cloth, which should also be repeated multiple times a week to fully remove hair. Source: iStock
An Egg White MaskWhen peeled off of your face, the stickiness of an egg white mask can pull out unwanted hair, especially when done two to three times a week. I think I'd rather eat my eggs! This sounds painful, and not very foolproof. Source
Have you tried any of these body hair removal methods? How do you get rid of your body hair? Tell me in the comments.