Temporary Hair Removal Methods

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temporary hair removal methodsOn a bad hair day it seems justified to complain that our hair “has a mind of its own”. The same can also be said of unwanted hairs. These undesirables tend to sprout up wherever they want and keep to their own schedule. And like a door-to-door salesperson, they quickly become a nuisance. Shaving these hairs lasts only a day or two. Shaving then becomes a constant prickly problem. And plucking these hairs is painful and time-consuming. Read below for some temporary hair removal methods.



Temporary Hair Removal Methods



Many people with unwanted hair find the idea of permanent hair removal appealing. However, once a price tag is attached to this idea, it quickly turns into quite an investment. If you are looking for an effective way to remove unwanted hair that doesn’t involve a razor or tweezer, consider one of the temporary hair removal methods below.



temporary hair removal methods waxing


How it works

Waxing is one of the temporary hair removal methods. Waxing removes hair from the root and is long-lasting. Removing hair with wax is usually done one of two ways: with hard wax or using strip waxing. With hard wax, a thick layer of wax is applied to the designated part of the body. After the wax cools and hardens it is quickly removed from the skin. The hairs are then pulled from the skin along with the hardened wax.

In strip waxing a thin layer of wax is applied to the designated area. A slim cloth or paper strip then adheres to the sticky layer. The esthetician rapidly pulls the cloth against the direction of hair growth to remove hairs.

Waxing is done successfully on just about any part of the body. Common areas of hair removal are as follows: eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms and underarms. Waxing can be done on just about any type of skin as well. However, some may be more sensitive to waxing than others.


Also Read: Long Term Hair Removal Methods


Cost Factor

Most waxing takes place at a spa or salon, and is performed by an esthetician. Because it is done by a licensed professional, waxing is more expensive than shaving. The price of waxing also depends on what portion of the body is being waxed. Waxing an upper lip or the eyebrows usually costs $10 – $25. Waxing one entire leg costs $60 – $75 at most spas.

Some prefer to save money and purchase a large container of wax from a beauty supply store and try it at home. But if you aren’t trained properly waxing at home is a messy and (even more) painful enterprise. Rather than ending up an extremely sticky situation or turning yourself into a burn victim, you may opt to purchase wax strips at a local grocery or drug store.

These pre-waxed strips area easy to heat up by rubbing them between the palms or using a hair dryer. Shortly after smoothing the warmed strip to the selected area pull the strip quickly to remove the hair. One box of pre-waxed strips typically costs $4 – $12 and contains several strips. These strips then can be used on other areas or in future waxes. Using these kits does take a little practice and patience, but generally yields hair-free results for a fraction of the price of a professional job.


Pain Factor

Getting waxing done is no day at the park; it is a rather painful experience as far as hair removal goes. And certain places on the body are usually more sensitive to the pain than others. For example, getting the upper lip waxed is usually more painful than a leg.

In addition to certain areas being more sensitive to waxing than others, many people are more sensitive to strip waxing. If you find strip waxing to be especially painful, you may wish to find an esthetician that uses the hard wax instead.

Immediately after waxing the skin may appear pink or red, and a stinging sensation also usually lingers. Applying a cool aloe vera gel immediately after a wax job helps to reduce the stinging. Generally 20 minutes afterwards the pain diminishes and the skin should appear normal in coloring. In a few cases, irritated red bumps or a rash develops afterwards. If this is a problem that is consistent after waxing, it may be beneficial to notify your esthetician or look into another method of hair removal.


Lasting factor

Waxing is not permanent but lasts longer than shaving. While shaving removes the hair that grows on top of the skin, waxing is able to remove hair from the root. After waxing it usually takes two to eight weeks for the hair to grow back.



Some hair may appear in less than two weeks after a wax since some hairs may have been growing prior to the wax. If they didn’t reach the surface, and hence pulled by the wax, they will resurface sooner. However, when hair does grow back after a wax it is much softer in texture than the hairs after a shave.


Best for

Waxing done by a professional esthetician is generally safe for most people. However, those with especially sensitive skin may not want to choose this method of hair removal. Since waxing can be pricey, those on a strict budget may want to opt for a less expensive method – especially if they have a multitude of hairy arenas.


Depilatory Cream

temporary hair removal methods depilatory cream


How it works

Depilatory cream or lotion is one of the other temporary hair removal methods. Depilatory cream basically dissolves unwanted hair. This product is made of a variety of alkaline chemicals like calcium thioglycogate and sodium hydroxide that help to wipe out the hairs. After applying a substantial layer of depilatory cream over the hairs, the ingredients of the solution work to break down the hairs’ keratin. Keratin are the fibrous proteins that made up a hair’s structure.

Depending on the strength of the cream and the thickness of the hair, the depilatory cream usually needs to sit on the designated area for four to ten minutes. Then using a warm, damp wash cloth wipe away the cream and hair remnants. Skin should be smooth and hairless.


Cost Factor

A container of depilatory cream costs usually $3 to $10. Regardless of the brand, you usually are able to get quite a few applications out of a single bottle. Depilatory products are commonly in a lotion or cream form. However, they are available in gel, roll-ons, and aerosol sprays as well.

When purchasing temporary hair removal cream it is a good idea to pay attention to the label. Some creams are intended for facial air, while others remove unwanted hair on larger areas of the body. These different bottles will vary in strength.


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Pain factor

Aside from feeling a bit chilly, applying depilatory creams to the skin should not hurt. However, it is best to make sure there aren’t any cuts, burns, or scrapes in the targeted area. Otherwise, applying the product to these areas of unwanted hair causes quite a sting. There are a myriad of chemicals in depilatory cream, and most open sores don’t appreciate the direct contact.

Pain and irritation also occurs if you leave depilatory products on too long. When left on too long, it burns the skin. Some individuals are more sensitive to the chemical reaction of hair removal cream than others. To prevent burning it is beneficial to test just a small area when using the product for the first time. Otherwise, you might end up with a bright, pink-skinned mustache in lieu of a few strands of upper lip hair.


Lasting factor

Using depilatory products will rid you of unwanted hairs longer than shaving. Shaving only removes the hair from the surface of the skin and therefore lasts a day or two. Hair removal products get slightly beneath the surface to dissolve the hair. Generally, depilatory treatments yield smooth skin for three to five days. And when it returns, it will be much softer than the shaving-induced stubble.



There are a couple of drawbacks to using temporary hair removal products. The first is that it is a process that takes practice and finesse. Leaving the cream on too long results in burns, irritation, and red skin. On the other hand, if the product is removed too soon, the unwanted hairs remain intact. It usually takes some trial and error to get familiar with a particular brand and the ideal amount of time required.

The other drawback of depilatory cream is the unappealing odor. The sulfuric smell of the cream very much resembles rotten eggs. This unpleasant smell also intensifies as it’s working its magic to dissolve the hair.

Buying hair removal cream that is infused with essential oils is nicer to the olfactory senses. Despite the foul odor, the smell usually disappears after the cream is wiped away clear from the designated area. Applying a light-sensed lotion afterwards helps to create a nicer aroma. Moisturizing the area following a treatment is also beneficial to the skin.


Best for

Using depilatory cream is great for those short on time and short on cash. Many find this hair removal method appealing since it doesn’t require an appointment with an esthetician. It is easy to do in the comforts of your own bathroom.

While hair removal creams are over the counter, peruse the different types and consider what is best for you. Keep in mind what area of the body you want to target and be sure to purchase a depilatory product that is intended for that area. Using a cream intended for legs on the face may cause severe irritation.

If you have sensitive skin you’ll want to consider purchasing a product that accounts for that. For sensitive skin there are now quite a few variety of depilatory products. Most of these contain aloe vera and Vitamin E which are gentle to the skin.



temporary hair removal methods threading


How it works

Threading is on of the other temporary hair removal methods that dates back to ancient times in present India and Egypt. The technicians who specialize in these temporary hair removal methods use a cotton thread to rapidly remove unwanted hairs. Essentially the thread is lassoed around each hair. Then the specialist pulls on the thread so that the hair is lifted out of its follicle.


Cost Factor

The price of threading fluctuates depending on the area of on unwanted hairs to be removed. The eyebrow region usually ranges from $10 – $40. The upper lip area costs $6 – $12. And a full face treatment ranges from $30 – $55. The price also varies by location since larger cities tend to be more expensive.


Pain factor

The sensation of threading is very similar to having hairs plucked or tweezed, but in a faster sequence. Plucking is a relatively slow process, while the specialists quickly go from one hair to the next. If tweezing doesn’t bother you then this treatment won’t cause additional pain.

If your skin is sensitive you might want to apply a numbing spray to the targeted area prior to a threading appointment. This helps to reduce the burn. Adding a warm compress to the area following an appointment reduces pain as well.


Lasting factor

Threading removes unwanted hair for a much longer period of time than shaving. It usually takes two to six weeks for the hair to fully regrow after a threading appointment. The hair also usually returns feeling soft.

Many who frequently undergo threading treatments say threading reduces hair over time. Continually pulling the hairs at the root weakens the follicle. Weak or damaged follicles therefore are less likely to sprout new hairs.



If you are one who likes to have a completely hair-free body, threading will not accomplish this. Threading generally only works on unwanted hairs that are fine in texture, which usually are on or around the face. It is also necessary to have some hair growth so that the thread wraps around the hair.

The other drawback is that it is often difficult to find a technician who specializes in threading. Currently, estheticians do not have a licensed training program for this method. Rather, this technique is usually passed down from a mother, older sister, or relative.


Best for

Customers who are limited in time will appreciate this temporary hair removal method. Professionals who specialize in threading are usually able to remove hairs fast. Skilled specialists can remove hair from an area in a matter of minutes. Threading works best on fine hairs.

This procedure is also good for those with sensitive skin. Many of the chemicals in wax or depilatory creams cause irritation in some individuals. If you are one who is sensitive to those products, threading may be a gentler alternative.

Finally, those with unruly eyebrows find threading to be ideal. A skilled specialist in threading will shape the brows in addition to just removing the hairs. Those who continually undergo this process find that the unruliness of their eyebrows decreases over time.

Some individuals prefer one of these temporary hair removal methods. Others like to change up their methods. If you are someone who has tried all the temporary methods and feel that it is still a constant battle you may want to look into permanent hair removal methods. They generally are more costly. However, the permanent results may be worth the investment!


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