Body hair removal is extremely popular around the world, especially among women. With so many different methods of hair removal available, it’s sometimes hard to understand which are not only the most effective, but also the least harmful methods of hair removal.


Waxing is a highly effective form of hair removal, as it removes hair from the root, leaving the skin smoother for longer than other forms of hair removal. According to WebMD, a fresh wax can last anywhere between 3 and 6 weeks. In addition, for those who wax often, once the hair does grow back, it does so finer than before — a plus for many. This is because waxing damages the hair overtime, Livestrong reported.

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Unfortunately, waxing also comes with its share of health hazards. For example, WebMD reported that possible side effects of waxing include redness, bumps, and risk of infection in and around the hair follicle. In addition, some research suggests that removing pubic hair, no matter the method, increases risk of contracting an STD,


Shaving is the most common form of hair removal for both men and women. Although popular, shaving is far from the most effective form of hair removal. According to WebMD, shaving lasts between one and three days, depending on how fast your hair grows.

In addition, shaving can increase risk of having ingrown hairs. This risk is higher in people with very thick, coarse, or curly hair. Shaving in the direction of hair growth and ensuring that you do not shave with a dull razor can help to minimize this risk.

Hair Removal Creams

Hair removal creams work by dissolving the hair at the skin’s surface. Because the hair’s root is still kept intact it does not last as long as waxing, but it will last longer than a typical shave. What’s more, according to Cosmopolitan, depilatory creams also work to exfoliate the skin, which is an added bonus.

However, the chemicals used in these creams can be dangerous to the skin, especially if exposed to sunlight. Although rare, it is possible to sustain third degree chemical burns if you sunbathe or swim too soon after using a depilatory cream.

Each hair removal method comes with its own set of pros and risks,

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