Tips for effective body hair removal

Whilst I’m sure some will disagree with the fact I’m promoting body hair removal but I’m an avid fan of hair free, smooth skin so here’s some more information about some of my favourite techniques.

Choose your tools 

Whatever your method of hair removal, invest in great tools. I honestly think you get what you pay for. If you buy razors from the Pound Shop don’t wonder when your legs are sliced open.

Exfoliate and moisturise

It’s important to exfoliate and moisturise your skin. I’ve only recently started doing it properly and it’s almost instantly made a huge improvement to the dry skin on my legs. It makes all types of body hair removal, much easier.



I’m sure you’re familiar with this type of hair removal, but shaving cuts off the hair at skin-level.

How much does it hurt?

Shaving is completely painless as you are careful with your weapon/razor. Invest in a good quality razor, use shaving cream and take your time. I find whenever I shave in a rush the bathroom looks like a murder scene.

How much does it cost?

Shaving costs are dependent on the price of your razor and shaving products. You might want to invest in a good quality razor with replacement blades rather than disposables but either way, shaving is a relatively inexpensive form of hair removal.

How long does it last?

Not long unfortunately. I find shaving such a tedious task and with hair growth in 1-3 days it feels like it’s a never ending cycle.


Waxing is considered a more painful hair removal technique as hairs are removed by pulling them from your skin by the root. Wax is applied to the skin and then removed quickly using a cloth strip.

I always find waxing a bit hit and miss and find it totally depends on the beautician. I love the smooth, hair free feeling after waxing IF I’ve had a great wax but I hate it when I haven’t and I find random hairs. Worse still, if I’ve had a bikini wax and I’m left bruised or even bleeding.

How much does it hurt?

It all depends on your pain threshold. As you’re pulling hairs from the skin very quickly there will obviously be some pain. For me, the only part that is painful is around the ankle area of my leg. To reduce pain you can take some paracetamols before being waxed and avoid being waxed when you’re due or on your period.

How much does it cost?

It depends whether you buy a home waxing kit or visit a salon and have someone do it for you. A basic home waxing kit will cost between £5-£15 depending on whether you buy wax in a pot or pre coated wax strips.

Professional waxing is my preferred method as it’s much less messy and costs around £20 for a full leg strip wax.

How long does it last?

It usually takes 3 to 6 weeks for hair to start growing back. Over time if you continue to wax, the hair will become finer and much softer.


Hair Removal cream

Hair Removal cream is easy to use and very cheap. You simply apply a layer of cream over the hair and leave for around 15 minutes before washing off the cream and the hair. Although it’s easy, I do find it quite messy and I struggle to find the time to sit still long enough to let the cream work.

How much does it hurt?

No, not at all.

How much does it cost?

A tube of hair removal cream costs around £4 a tube.

How long does it last?

I find hair removal cream lasts about the same amount of time as shaving. The hair is only removed from the surface of the skin so regrowth is quick.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is a more long term hair removal technique. The root of the hair is destroyed using a laser. Although it can be a permenant change, sometimes the hair just becomes lighter or finer. There are no guarantees that the hair wont return.

How much does it hurt?

I’m no expert (I’ve only had one session) but I found it quite uncomfortable. It felt like a short burst of burning to my skin. I have a pretty high pain threshold and it wasn’t for me. I didn’t book any further sessions but I imagine there are many who are braver than me.

How much does it cost?

It costs around £100-£150 per session and I would recommend doing your research to make sure you’re going to a reputable company.

How long does it last?

You’ll need to to have a course of sessions to see any obvious hair reduction. It can be a permanent reduction in hair but there are no guarantees.

Have you tried any of the techniques above? Which one do you prefer?

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