Fast Hair Removal for Summer
Girls, it’s that time again!
With summer right around the corner, hair–and not the ones on your head–are about to become a top priority. Shorts, skirts, and gasp, bathing suits leave little to the imagination, and covering up isn’t always an option. The battle against stubble on your legs, bikini line, underarms and beyond is a continuous one, and although the basics of hair removal remain the same, this summer there are a few new weapons you can add to your arsenal.
Yes, it’s the shortest-lived hair-eliminating option, but shaving remains a fast, easy and cheap way to get smooth skin. I am loving the Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle, since it’s outfitted with a battery-operated trimmer for more, er, personal grooming. $8.99, drugstores nationwide.
I’m not usually one to buy into infomercial products, but Smooth Away is a pretty interesting concept. Basically, you gently buff away body hair with a sandpaper-like pad that leaves your skin exfoliated and virtually fuzz-free. You can easily tackle both legs in about 10 minutes, and since you don’t need water, you can skip the shower and save yourself some time. $9.99, drugstore.com.
Fortunately for all of us, depilatories have come a long way from the stinky, messy creams that never seemed to really take off as a hair-removal option-yet they’ve been around for ages. I think I tried Nair one summer at sleepaway camp, and that’s where my depilatory story ended, until I tried Veet Spray On Hair Removal Cream. Just spray this depilatory on in the shower and use the plastic “razor” to remove it after 5 minutes for easy, hands-free hair removal. Though I had a hard time keeping myself occupied for the 5 minutes needed for the cream to work (you apply to dry legs and have to stay out of the water), I was happy with the lack of smell and a few days’ worth of smooth legs. $8.59, drugstores nationwide.
The best thing about waxing is that it leaves you stubble-free for the longest period of time, but I’m not a fan of doing it myself. I’ve been getting waxed from the knee up for about as long as I can remember (I shave from the knee down), and even though I know I could save myself about $500 a year by doing it at home, a lack of time and unwillingness to inflict pain upon myself keeps me from doing so. That’s not to say that waxing wouldn’t be an option for you. There are plenty of kits, ranging from affordable drugstore products designed for just about any body part to the more pricy organic Acorelle Hair Removal Strips ($32, blissworld.com).
If you’re serious about tackling hair for the long-term (and willing to make an investment), there are a slew of devices that utilize technologies that were once available only at the doctor’s office. The TRIA and the No!No! are two of the most popular, and they truly do help stop hair from growing back with ongoing use. I’ve tried the TRIA, and it totally worked, but I will say that the drawback is the amount of time it takes. Unfortunately, these devices aren’t for everyone, and they’re best used by those with light skin and dark hair, since they can cause pigment changes on darker skin tones.
Dealing with ingrown hairs
Regardless of the hair-removal method you choose, ingrowns can be a pesky problem, especially along the bikini line. My advice: Pick up Tend Skin ($20, sephora.com) or another product like Completely Bare’s Bikini Bump Blaster ($32, completelybare.com) to prevent dead skin cell buildup that can clog pores and lead to unsightly and painful ingrowns.
Now that you know about these fast hair removal for summer, you can be fuzz-free all season long.