People choose to remove body hair for any number of reasons. Women often choose to remove hair on their legs, around their bikini lines and under their arms because they think it is more feminine. Men may remove hair for their own reasons such as for sports. If you’re tired of your method, you may want to try waxing, laser or cream hair removal instead.

The various hair removal methods each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a quick breakdown of the types, how they work and their pros and cons.

  • Shaving is by far the least expensive of all hair removal methods. Your costs would include the razor and desired shaving cream. In fact the low cost is the biggest benefit. The worst part is how temporary this method is. Most people will have to shave again every one to three days.
  • Creams or depilatories are temporary methods of hair removal. The pros include being inexpensive and easy to do. They also work quickly. The cons are that some of the creams can be harsh on sensitive skin. They are also messy and the results don’t last more than two weeks before you have to repeat the process.
  • Sugaring is another hair removal method which is inexpensive. While this does last longer than shaving and creams, up to six weeks at a time, it can be quite painful. The sugaring pastes are all-natural which is great for those concerned about the environment. The cost is approximately $10 for a small area like the upper lip and $75 per leg if you want them sugared.
  • Waxing may be another hair removal choice if you’re concerned about cost. It is quick and inexpensive, which are positives for this method. However, some people have adverse reactions to the wax, it can be quite painful, and it only lasts three to six weeks before having to repeat. Costs are comparable to sugaring.
  • Electrolysis is a permanent solution for the removal of hair. It is the process of passing a small electrical current through a needle and into the hair follicle. This benefit of this method is it kills the hair so it doesn’t grow back. Unfortunately, it is expensive if you have an area of any size to be treated. The process takes up to thirty half-hour visits which cost approximately $60 per visit. If it isn’t done by a professional, skin damage can occur.
  • Laser hair removal is accomplished by a professional who uses a laser beam to target the hair follicle. The pro of this method is that it disables the hair follicle much like electrolysis. The cons include some skin discomfort at the site of the treatment and the expense associated with it. You will need five or six treatments which are spaced a month apart. Each session can cost $200 or more depending upon where you live.

Hair removal can be inexpensive or it can break the bank. By looking at the above methods, you can see that each one has their own advantages and disadvantages. With this information you can make a better informed decision about which method is the best choice for you.