Short skirt season is here, people! For us extra-fuzzy ladies, a run-of-the mill razor might not be enough. Fortunately, the YouBeauty staff tested out eight different at-home hair removers — from razors to wax strips to depilators — to give you our honest opinion on the best way to get bare this summer.
A little caveat: the founder and CEO of UNI K Wax Centers, Noemi Grupenmager, advises to leave hair removal for professionals. However, she understands that it can be much quicker to eliminate our body hair ourselves — so make sure you do it safely. Before you try the following hair removal methods, Grupenmager,suggests thoroughly cleansing the area with a natural antiseptic lotion to remove all excess oil and bacteria from the skin. Afterwards, apply an aloe vera lotion to moisturize and soothe the area.
The burns, rashes, and missed hairy patches that have plagued us all at some point may soon become a thing of the past. Read on for YouBeauty’s top picks for at-home hair removers that actually work!
1The Cutie Razor: Sphynx’s Travel Razor
2Slow Down Hair Growth: Whish Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel
3The Best Shaving Cream: EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream
Those of us who have sensitive skin but are also, shall we say, “blessed” with plenty of hair, have a tough decision to make. Do we shave with lighter products to make sure that we don’t miss a spot? Or do we use the heavier products that can lead to in-growns, but lasting smoothness? Thankfully, products like eos’ new Lavender Jasmine Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream have found a way to take care of your skin and ensure that your shave is perfect.
This was by far the most luxurious shaving product I’ve ever used — I can’t believe this thing is so inexpensive! Lavender isn’t one of my favorite scents, but something about the jasmine mixture worked for me here. I would use this product as a regular old moisturizer – which eos also makes, although in different scents. Whether you have sensitive or normal skin, I highly recommend this product.
Available at Target. -Leah Prinzivalli, Staff Writer
4The Best Depilatory: Blizz ‘Fuzz’ Off Foam
Bliss ‘Fuzz’ Off Foam looks like a spray can of shaving gel, but works like a depilatory cream. After shaking the bottle, I sprayed the foam as evenly as I could across both my legs and tops of my toes where my hair was looking beastly.
‘Fuzz’ Off foam is light, soft, and most importantly, virtually scent-free. Some depilatory products which shall remain nameless just plain reek, but this one smells like a generic fresh-scent (which itself is easily masked if you slather lotion on your skin afterwards).
After about five to eight minutes of letting ‘Fuzz’ Off Foam work its magic, I wiped my legs clean of about two-months-worth of hair with a wet wash cloth. Voila! My legs were soft and smooth in less than ten minutes.
Two days later, my legs are still feeling soft and smooth — not a lick of stubble. Over the years, I’ve tried everything from shaving to waxing to depilatory creams to remove my (considerable) body hair and hands-down, this has been my quickest and easiest experience of them all.
My only complaint is the price — $32 — which may be steep for some folks. Many women would probably rather just suck it up and shave in the shower every day rather than replenish cans of ‘Fuzz’ Off Foam as needed.
However, in my experience, Bliss Spa products have always been top-tier in terms of quality. (And let’s be honest, they smell great.) As someone who always cuts herself shaving but nevertheless intends to wear dresses for every day of spring and summer, Bliss ‘Fuzz’ Off Foam is worth the expense. Goodbye, razors — I’m a convert.
Available at Ulta Beauty. -Jessica Wakeman, Executive Editor
5The Best Razor: Bic’s Soleil Glow
I’m a disciple of the disposable razor. Like, very disposable.” Bags of six-for-$1 at my local Family Dollar kind of disposable, shave on Friday night then toss that shit” disposable. For our little experiment, I got to try the Bic Soleil Glow, which has the “triple blast” power of three blades. The website tells me the razor is supposed to be “polished, graceful, and chic… the radiant kind of fabulous.” I don’t know if I felt quite so many adjectives, but I’ve always found that a fresh shave can be as much of a mood booster as a nice makeup job. If you have any plans on smooth-looking legs for summer, get on board with me now. We’ll meet back at the dollar store in November.
Available at Target. -Leah Prinzivalli, Staff Writer
6The Best At Home Waxing: Sweet Ease At Home Waxing Strips
I hate to admit it but I have a mustache (gasp!). Not a full blown man-beard, but a few dark hairs in the upper corners of my lip that I absolutely despise. Tweezing doesn’t get the job done, and having it professionally waxed seems unnecessary since it’s only a few stray hairs. So, what to do?
The Sweet Ease At Home Waxing Face Kit has been my absolute savior with this super-secret issue that I’ve been trying to hide from the world. The wax strips come in a face, bikini, or leg kit, and are portable so you can bring it anywhere (they’re great for vacation!). All you have to do is peel the strips apart, warm it with your hands, press to the desired area and pull off the strip to reveal soft, smooth skin! It’s so quick, hurts less than waxing in a salon and is the perfect emergency hair-remover, if you ask me.
Available at Ulta Beauty. -Julie Ricevuto, Staff Writer
7The Best Shaving Cream: Whish Shave Crave Shave Cream
8The Best At Home Laser: Tria’s Hair Removal Laser 4X
If you shave in the morning but still have a 5 o’clock shadow by night fall, it’s time to reconsider your hair removal technique. Get rid of those suckers for life with the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, the first and only FDA-cleared hair removal laser.
I tried this product out on my armpits, since that’s where hair grows the fastest for me. The laser permanently disables the hair follicle to stop growth, so I figured something that can do that must really hurt, right? Nope. Thankfully, there are different treatment levels so you can test out the weakest level first if you’re worried about pain.
I kid you not, I saw results after my first use. I definitely felt a bit of a sting while using it, but it was not at all like the pain that I was expecting. After my first use, I noticed that it took hair a lot longer to grow back in (although it did eventually all grow back), and after the second use it took even longer to grow. Now, I’ve been using the Tria once a week and I’m loving the results. The day when I can skip shaving my pits is close — hallelujah for that!
Available at Sephora. -Julie Ricevuto, Staff Writer