Visiting a salon to get rid of unwanted body hair can wind up costing a lot of money, which is why so many students are deciding to go the DIY route. Unfortunately, DIY hair removal can be tricky, confusing and sometimes downright painful!
Here’s what you need to know in order to ensure a more pleasant, effective and, of course, smoother experience all round…
Cost: You can get a set of 5 razors for as little as R12,95 at Dischem. However, if you want to avoid razor bumps and other painful consequences of buying a little too cheap, you can get a slightly better quality pack of razors for around R30.
Pros: Shaving is really easy and is a great method for getting rid of hair all over the body, from your legs to your underarms, and even your bikini area once you get the hang of it!
Cons: Razor bumps, ingrown hairs and rashes are all possibilities if you shave with a cheap or a blunt razor. Also, hair tends to grow back fairly quickly. You’ll have to shave at least every second day to maintain that silky smooth end result.
Cost: You will use different types of wax / wax strips for hair removal on different aspects of your body. Generally speaking, however, you should pay between R29,95 and R134,95 for a box of strips.
Pros: Waxing provides longer lasting results. You can expect to enjoy that smoothness for a few weeks as opposed to a few days (when compared to shaving).
Cons: The process can be pretty darn painful! Luckily, there are many products out there that have been designed to keep the ouch-factor to a minimum. At the end of the day, it depends on your personal pain threshold.
- Did you know that you can also make your own hot wax? Here’s how it’s done:
- You’ll need 2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and a 1/4 cup of clean water
- Pour all ingredients into a pot and heat up slowly on medium heat, stirring regularly
- Keep stirring until the mixture reaches a syrupy consistency and turns golden brown
- Pour into a clean glass jar and allow time to cool
When you’re ready to use the wax, heat some of it up in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Test it on the underside of your wrist to make sure it’s not too hot then apply to the skin in the same direction as the hair growth using a wooden ice cream stick. Cover the area with a cloth strip (the thinner, the better) and press down to ensure that the wax properly adheres to the hair. Finally, pull the end of the cloth in the opposite direction of the hair growth in one swift motion. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to apply a thin layer of talcum powder before waxing, as well as a soothing cream afterwards.
Cost: You can usually get a cream bleach kit for under R100. At Dischem, prices range between R64,95 and R84,95.
Pros: There is no pain involved in bleaching, and it is also relatively easy to do just as long as you follow the instructions on the box.
Cons: Bleaching doesn’t actually get rid of the hair – it simply makes it appear lighter. Therefore, if you’re looking for a silky smooth result, this hair removal option probably isn’t the one for you.
What is your favourite DIY hair removal option? We’d love to hear why it works for you and whether or not you believe that going the DIY route is money well saved?