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Removal Options for Leg Hair

Manual Shaving

Shaving hair is the most common method of hair removal. It is fast and inexpensive, and razors are readily available. You need a razor and some sort of lubricating cream to help the razor move across your skin. Either buy specially made shaving cream or use body wash or soap. Razors come in a variety of types as well. Disposable razors come in bigger packs of five or 10. Once the blade is dull, throw it away and insert a new one. Razors with exchangeable heads allow you to keep the handle and replace the blade as needed. Razor heads have between one and five blades and may contain moisturizing strips. Some come equipped with rubber grips that help pull the skin tight and make the shave smoother.

Electric Shaving

Electric razors are available for women and come in many sizes and shapes. You can buy rechargeable razors and waterproof versions. They work quickly and eliminate the hassle of frequently buying new razors. However, they do not cut as closely as a traditional razor. Some women don't like them because they are bulky and need to be charged. Men's razors are also an option. They tend to be more affordable and offer more varieties.

Waxing

Wax legs by spreading a specially designed wax over the hairs and allowing it to set. The wax tightens around the hairs as it hardens. When you pull off the wax, it pulls the hair out at the roots. This is a painful process but produces smooth results that often last for weeks. Many types of wax are available for women. Use soft wax by spreading it on the skin, pressing cloth strips on top and pulling the strips back to remove hair. Use self-hardening wax by applying it with a spatula and allowing it to set. Grip the end of the hard but pliable wax and pull it back. Manufacturers formulate wax for many hair types. Always apply wax in the direction of hair growth and pull it back against hair growth. This method reduces the chance of ingrown hairs. Apply wax to clean, dry skin. After waxing, use azulene oil, a special plant oil, to soothe the skin and remove any remaining wax.

Sugaring

Sugaring is similar to waxing but utilizes a paste made from sugar instead of wax. This old-fashioned method of hair removal saves money if you make your own sugaring paste, typically from sugar, water and lemon juice. Sugaring is similar to soft wax. Spread the paste on the skin and press on fabric strips. Pull the fabric back to remove hairs. Some people believe sugaring is less painful than waxing because it adheres only to the hair, not the skin.

Depilatory Creams

Depilatory creams contain a chemical mix that removes the hair at the skin's surface. Some women prefer this method of hair removal because it works quickly and is convenient. It is also less expensive than other methods. However, risks exist because these creams contain chemicals that can burn the skin.

Laser and Electrolysis

Laser and electrolysis are two long-lasting ways to remove hair, although electrolysis is the only one that removes hair permanently. Laser hair removal reduces growth. In electrolysis, electricity passes through the hair follicle, killing it. The process consumes more time and creates more pain than laser hair removal. Laser hair removal uses light technology to remove several hairs at once but does not always kill the hair follicles. Women often find this process painful but not as painful as electrolysis. Both procedures are expensive and not as readily done on legs because there is so much more surface area to cover. Laser hair removal is more common on legs than electrolysis.

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