Roll-on wax

Applying wax is an absolute breeze when it comes directly from a cartridge with a roller applicator. Not to mention how hygienic this method of epilation is; there’s absolutely no need to even touch the roller wax itself. It’s a comfortable and convenient method applied at a low temperature. Before the procedure, it should be warmed in the microwave or in a special wax heater for just a few seconds. You might need strips as they are not always included in the kit. This is the easiest method to remove hair when it comes to waxing!

Advantages:

  • it’s simple & quick. Once you’ve got the technique down to a tee (applying a light pressure along your skin is best). There’s no need to apply the wax and spread it out with a spatula as you do with hard wax beads. Just roll on and strip it off;
  • no mess – no chance of wax splatters or accidently spilling a pot of hot wax and making a massive mess everywhere. It’s all compactly packed up neatly ready for use;
  • it’s hygienic – no need to even touch the wax which makes it a very clean technique;
  • it’s cost-effective – designed to be applied in a thin, consistent wax layer which is sufficient for removing the hair; and
  • it’s versatile. There are different sized rollers available meaning this technique can be used for basically any area of the body.

Disadvantages:

  • some brands may be too strong for applying in delicate areas such as the bikini line;
  • may cause skin irritation;
  • a risk of contamination if a new cartridge and head are not implemented in professional spas and salons;
  • it’s painful;
  • some brands have cartridges that get too hot to hold; and
  • wax shouldn’t be used over varicose veins, moles, warts or skin that is damaged in any way including sunburnt skin, so, if you have any of these on the area you want your hair removed, then this method is not an option.

Hard Wax

Mixes of resin and beeswax of different temperatures are used for the waxing procedure. You will need paper strips for removing the substance. Using warm wax does not leave any chance for hair growth in the bikini area, arms or legs while hot wax can successfully cope even with the thickest and coarsest body hair.

In addition to the classic thick compositions of wax, it also can be granulated or in a gel-like form and can come in different colors and flavors. These are only for pleasure and do not affect the final result: in any case, you can forget about hair removal for at least one week.

Advantages:

  • with regular use, hair becomes softer and thinner;
  • the tip of the hair becomes pointed as hair grows straight out of the follicle;
  • no irritation of the skin such as itching or redness;
  • it can be performed at home; and
  • it’s affordable.

Disadvantages:

  • it’s painful, especially for those with sensitive skin;
  • hair can be damaged right under the skin or on its surface;
  • you should take precautions to prevent skin contamination; and
  • in the case of self-waxing, it is difficult to remove all hair evenly.

WAX STRIPS

The procedure is also called cold waxing. Ready-to-use high-quality wax strips can easily pull your hair out by the root. As a bonus, the strips are embedded with moisturizing and soothing ingredients.

Advantages:

  • easy and simple to use;
  • no extra equipment needed, only the wax strips alone;
  • low cost, one strip can be used several times;
  • long lasting effect, up to 4 weeks; and
  • gradual deterioration of hair growth as a result of bulbs being regularly damaged.

Disadvantages:

  • it’s painful;
  • sticky skin due to wax residues;
  • possible risk of an allergic reaction to the ingredients of the strips;
  • sometimes you need to clean up remaining hair with tweezers;
  • possible bruises or scratches on your skin when strips are not fixed well;
  • the risk of damaged hairs leading to their growth accelerating; and
  • the possibility of hair coarsening when wax strips are used on the face.

Active Enzyme Epilation

It is the only way to remove hair at home permanently without the use of any hardware devices. Enzyme serums are applied after the removal of hair from the root. Enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin penetrate into the empty hair follicles and destroy them. After the first use the hair can start growing back again but after the fourth or fifth time (the procedure is carried out 1-2 times a month) growth will decline. For complete removal, it will take at least six months.

The active enzyme hair removal procedure is not limited to one session. Since human hair develops in a particular cycle, in order to get rid of the hair completely, you should undergo a course of several procedures.

Advantages:

  • suitable for people with highly sensitive skin;
  • the procedure is completely painless;
  • there are no need time-consuming preparations before the procedure;
  • the procedure doesn’t take long – one procedure of both legs takes only 45 minutes;
  • suitable for any type of skin and hair color;
  • can treat a large area at once, so it is a high advantage for people who have excessive unwanted hair growth;
  • as a rule, there are no ingrown hairs after the procedure; and
  • it can be used in hard to reach places such as the bikini area and underarms.

Disadvantages:

  • slow hair involution;
  • the use of chemical agents slightly limits the number of potential candidates for the enzymatic method of hair removal;
  • extremely thick hair may not be dissolved completely;
  • after the first procedure, the hair grows back rather fast and it requires several sessions for a permanent effect; and
  • it is undesirable to use enzymes on the face.

Hair Removal Cream

From first impressions, it is the ideal hair removal method. All you need is to apply the special cream or spray it on your skin and, after a few minutes, remove it along with the hair. The special formula destroys the hair shaft. In fact, not all hairs are the same; some are thinner, thicker, longer, shorter and so on. In order to avoid bare spots, the procedure must be repeated several times.

Advantages:

  • it’s painless;
  • no effort involved;
  • it’s relatively cheap; and
  • can be used for hair removal in the bikini area.

Disadvantages:

  • the risk of allergic reactions (always do a test for sensitivity before use);
  • possible irritation;
  • poor result if hairs are thick; and
  • restriction to use chemical depilatory products for eyebrows areas as it can cause burns of the mucosa.

Electric epilator

Though similar to the shaver, this device removes hairs from the root. The first time the procedure can be quite painful but over time, new hairs become thinner making them easier to pull out. Cooling, massage and peeling nozzles help reduce discomfort.

Advantages:

  • chance to permanently get rid of unwanted hair;
  • easy and comfortable to use.
  • can easily travel it;
  • it’s compact and extremely handy.
  • it takes only 10-15 minutes to clear up excess hairs;
  • long-term use and economic;
  • it’s a reliable device for controlling unwanted hair growth for a long time, the lifetime of these appliances ranges from 5 to 10 years; and
  • models are equipped with a battery and can be used anywhere.

Disadvantages:

  • it’s painful;
  • ingrown hairs;
  • irritation in sensitive areas
  • contradictions for women with varicose veins;
  • minor bruising may occur, if capillaries are too thin and close to the skin; and
  • it is not recommended to use in the case of scratches, skin damages, and moles.