Most of us have to deal with unwanted body hair – it’s a fact of life for much of the nation. For some of us it’s on visible areas of the body, while for others it’s somewhere a little more intimate. Here we look into the ways to tackle this unwanted body hair, comparing tweezing, waxing and shaving with one of the newest kids on the cosmetic surgery block, laser hair removal which is a permanant solution to unwanted body hair.  

For many people, this is the easiest and most straightforward way to remove hair – simply pulling it out. Although this can work for the odd stray follicle here and there, it’s not the best way to tackle patches of unwanted hair, such as under the arms or around the bikini line. On the plus side, tweezing is cheap – tweezers can be picked up for a few pounds from a chemist.


On the other hand, waxing is best if you’ve got a large area of hair to remove, rather than one or two. Although home waxing kits are sold in beauty stores, most people choose to pay a professional to carry out the job. It involves soaking cloths in wax, applying them to the skin and pulling them off to remove the hair. The treatment is semi-permanent – you can expect the results to last for between two weeks and two months, so repeat appointments will be a must.

This is the way that many of us deal with at least some of our shaving, whether it’s mean grooming their beard hair or women tackling their legs in the shower. However, the results don’t last long – you’ll usually be going over the same area again and again, day after day, week after week.

Laser hair removal
Looking for a way to permanently remove hair, making the above effectively redundant? Then laser hair removal could be the answer. It involves destroying the base of the hair follicle with lasers, removing unwanted hair gently from almost all areas of the body. The sessions, which reputable clinics will carry out with FDA-approved advanced lasers, usually take between 15 minutes and an hour.

Laser hair removal is a way of permanently removing hair, leaving all of the above pretty redundant. It involves destroying the base of the hair follicle with lasers (reputable clinics will use advanced FDA-approved lasers), gently removing unwanted hair from almost all areas of the body. The sessions take between 15 minutes to an hour, and the best results are seen through having follow-up appointments. While it’s not the cheapest of the treatments mentioned here – in fact, it’s significantly more expensive – over time it could actually end up saving you money on your saving costs.