If you’re bored of having to shave your underarms to get the smooth skin you want, then you’ll be glad to know that there are ways to get rid of armpit hair without shaving. Laser hair removal offers a more long term method of removing armpit hair without shaving. Waxing and depilatory creams are effective short-term alternatives.
To help you decide on the best method of underarm hair removal for you, here’s a bit more information on this particular area of the body and why hair grows there.
Why do we have armpit hair?
Considering it’s something that most people have and pretty much take for granted, the purpose of underarm hair is still debated. Accepted theories for why we have underarm hair include aiding ventilation to the skin by directing sweat and other moisture away, protecting skin against friction and abrasion, and acting as a barrier to discomfort or injury.
What are the available methods of armpit hair removal?
Many people choose to remove underarm hair for aesthetic reasons and because it makes them feel fresher. As mentioned at the top of this article, shaving, depilatory creams and waxing are widely-used methods, with the former being the most popular. Epilators are also an option to consider. As the underarms are so sensitive and sometimes prone to ingrown hairs, it is important to use products that are designed specifically for this area.
What are the pros and cons of shaving armpit hair?
Shaving underarm hair is a good option for many people as it’s simple, quick, painless and relatively cheap. There’s little mess involved and razors, creams and foams are widely available. The main drawback is dealing with constant regrowth as the hair is only removed from the surface and often the armpit hair is still visible after shaving. This can also result in the hair growing back coarser, darker and more rapidly. Other downsides include skin sensitivity, cuts and abrasions. Unsightly skin darkening can also occur.
How to remove armpit hair without shaving
As mentioned, waxing and depilatory creams are effective short-term ways for removing armpit hair instead of shaving. Most people who have tried waxing will tell you that regrowth is slower than shaving, and ingrown hairs are rare. However, many waxers report a considerable amount of discomfort during waxing and some sensitivity after. There’s also a risk of infection, burns and skin darkening. In addition, with both waxing and epilating a period of regrowth is required for the hair to reach the correct length before you can remove the hair again, which can be inconvenient.
How to remove armpit hair permanently
The most effective option to reduce underarm hair permanently is laser hair removal. While there is an initial expense compared with other methods, the long term benefits are huge: once the hair is gone, it’s gone!
Looking at the long-term outlay for non-permanent options; you can’t reuse wax so you’ll have to keep buying it (or pay a salon), and razors and creams need to be replaced regularly. This is before you even consider the time you spend shaving and waxing every year. Multiply that by another few decades and you can see that over a long periods of time, laser removal is a cost effective investment.
How does it work and how long does it take?
Laser hair removal involves the use of lasers to deliver mild radiation to the hair follicles which causes damage to them and reduces hair growth.
All body hair goes through cycles of growth so a number of appointments are needed to target hair when it is in the active growth phase. Generally, around six to ten treatments are needed. As underarm laser hair removal is targeting a smaller area of the body, each appointment should only take a matter of minutes.