In an ideal world, our underarms are smooth and hair-free. But the reality is that we often have to deal with underarm hair growth, razor burns, dark spots, and ingrown hair. If you want to remove underarm hair, you may want to consider the following options:
Laser Hair Removal
Many spas and clinics nowadays offer laser hair removal and it’s a very popular service too since it’s relatively painless. However, it can get expensive as you’ll need several treatments to remove hair semi-permanently. Laser works by zapping hair. But it’s not for everyone. Those with thin or light hair may have a harder time as the laser can’t pick up. Moreover, those with medium to dark skin have a risk of burning the skin using at-home laser hair removal equipment.
IPL Hair Removal
Intense pulsed light or IPL works similarly to laser in removing hair. It uses light to zap the hair, and the only difference is that IPL utilizes broad-spectrum light which creates heat to destroy and seal the hair follicles. Similar to laser hair removal, you need to get several treatments with IPL to successfully remove hair. It’s also not for those with dark skin.
Waxing works for all hair types and skin tone and if you do it regularly, it will make underarm hair softer, thinner and will grow much slower as well. The only drawback is that it can get painful and the results are not permanent. But with a skilled esthetician like the ones at Ministry of Waxing or Brow Art 23 salon, they should be able to keep the pain level low. Of course, like the ones we’ve mentioned so far, there are at-home waxing kits you can use. The key is to make sure you use the correct product to ensure an easy and convenient waxing.
Sugaring is sort of like waxing – you pull out hair using a mixture of lemon juice, water and yes sugar. Boil this mixture until it reaches a syrupy consistency and then cool down until it’s warm enough. Then spread the mixture onto your underarm where the hairs are and let it sit for a bit, then pull/rip it off.
Depilating is easy and affordable. Apply the cream onto the skin to dissolve hair and rinse. The active ingredients of this product break down keratin bonds. But the problem with depilatory creams is that it can cause skin reactions including hives, itching, redness, burns and blisters.
Epilators offer long-lasting results and you will basically pull your underarm hair roots when you use this method. The main issue is that it can be very painful. You also stand the risk of developing ingrown and skin breakouts. Be sure to exfoliate your skin a day before using an epilator.
Last but not the least, shaving. It’s cheap, quick and very convenient. But because it only cuts the hair shaft and not remove its roots, it will grow back in just 1-2 days.
Learn how to do sugaring here: