It’s time to introduce another guest blogger on What Emma Did – Welcome Maria Bastet. Maria is a hair removal enthusiast who blogs on all topics concerning the subject. You can find more of her articles located HairRemoval.org. Here are her hair removal tips perfect for the Summer!
OK, so let’s be honest: there’s nothing more frustrating that body hair. Whether you’re talking about unsightly facial hair, stubborn leg hair or “hair down there,” getting rid of it isn’t always easy. Sure, you can spend thousands on laser hair removal or electrolysis, but they have their limitations. Some skin types don’t take well, and there is little long term data on how effective some of those methods are. For many women, natural hair removal is truly the best choice.
That said, there are a ton of ways you can remove hair naturally. Some are more effective than others, and some are, frankly, more painful. Let’s take a look at the top 10 natural hair removal techniques:
- Plucking. This one’s been around for centuries. Plucking takes time and it’s painful. It’s especially effective for bushy eyebrows, but probably not terribly worth it for other regions of the body.
- Waxing. This is a common way to get rid of that hair, and you can do it yourself or have it done in a salon. You can even make the wax at home with sugar, water, and lemon juice. You apply the wax to the necessary region, let it cool and harden, and then remove it with a waxing strip. And yes, it hurts like hell.
- Sugaring. This is another old-time natural hair removal method. It fluctuates in popularity, but right now seems to be on the rise. Essentially, you use a mixture of sugar, honey, molasses, lemon and corn starch. You apply it to the area and use waxing strips to remove it, pulling out the hair.
- Honey wax strips. This is a method similar to sugaring that relies primarily on honey as its main ingredient.
- Turmeric paste. This is a common natural hair removal technique in India. You use a mixture of flour, turmeric, and yogurt, allowing it to dry on the skin. Once it does, you can gently scrub it off and it will remove the unwanted hair.
- Threading. This method is popular in some Arab countries, and utilizes a twisted thread. You brush the twisted thread across the skin, it catches hairs and pulls them or breaks them off. Threading does create a risk of scarring, and is probably one of the most painful natural hair removal methods.
- Shaving. This is probably the most temporary method of natural hair removal. It lasts for 1-3 days at a time, and you run the risks of cuts, ingrown hairs, and stubble. It takes a constant commitment.
- Bleaching. We’ll leave it up to you as to whether or not you want to consider this one “natural” or not. Bleaching doesn’t remove the hair, but it disguises its presence by taking away its pigment. Bleaching can irritate the skin, and is most often used on the face or arms.
- Epilation. In the most basic sense, plucking, waxing, sugaring, and threading are all epilation techniques in that they pull the hair out. There are also mechanical devices you can buy that will accomplish the same thing.
10. Friction. While not as popular as it may have been at one time, you can use abrasives like a pumice stone in order to buff away the hair. This method is often tremendously irritating to the skin.