Unsightly hairs no more. This season master the art of hair removal with our guide for the best hair removal treatments.
It's summer time, which means that hair removal season is at its peak. No one wants to be put into a situation where body hair makes an unwanted appearance. Between the dresses, tank tops and bathing suits, not to mention the prolonged hours of daylight (no more dark haunts to provide cover for your overgrown brows) unsightly stubble is a no-no. But the options – oh, the options! – when it comes to getting rid of your unwanted hair are getting to be more and more.
To help make the call on which hair removal technique is best for you, we've called in a roundtable of experts to give us the pros, cons and the pain associated with waxing, threading and sugaring to help you on your way to a summer of smooth skin and manicured hair.
Who: Lindsay Brown
Owner of Cutie Pie Wax Bar Inc. cutiepiewaxbar.com; West Vancouver, BC
Master of: Hard and Soft wax
Who: Ravy Mehroke
CEO/co-founder of Bombay Brow Bar bombaybrowbar.com; Vancouver, BC
Master of: Threading
Who: Paola Girotti
Owner of Sugarmoon sugarmoonsalon.com; Toronto, ON
Master of: Body Sugaring
How does each technique work to remove body hair?
Soft wax: Soft wax is applied in the direction of hair growth, covered with a cloth strip and pulled quickly in the opposite direction to remove unwanted hair out from the follicle.
Hard Wax: Hard wax is applied thickly to the skin, and it hardens as it cools. It is removed by flicking up an edge of the hardened wax and pulling it off - so it is strip-less.
Threading: Threading is an ancient Indian technique that is used for hair removal. It is used widely in India and the Middle East. The thread is made of 100% cotton and twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin entwining the hairs in the thread, which are then lifted out from the follicle. Traditionally, threading is used on the entire face, including upper lip, chin, eyebrows, sideburns and cheeks.
Body Sugaring: Removes unwanted body hair using a paste made of sugar, lemon and water. There are 2 types of processes: the main "strip method" and the "hand technique" which is what Sugarmoon uses. This method uses a small ball of paste, applied over the entire body, to remove the hair.
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