7 Methods Underarm Hair Removal

7 Methods of Underarm Hair Removal: Which is Right for You?

TL:DR Summary

  • Shaving: A wallet-friendly method, shaving is common for its effectiveness on coarse hair, but watch out for ingrown hairs.
  • Plucking: Plucking removes hair from the root, slowing growth but can be painful. Cleanliness is key to avoid irritation.
  • Waxing: Popular like a summer blockbuster, waxing is versatile and effective, though it can be a skin-irritating rollercoaster.
  • Threading: An art form in hair removal, threading offers precision and less discomfort, keeping underarms hair-free for weeks.
  • Depilatory Creams: Quick and easy, these creams are painless but may not remove all hair, potentially leading to irritation.
  • Electrolysis & Laser Removal: FDA-approved electrolysis offers permanent results, while laser removal is effective for all skin types, targeting hair follicles for long-lasting smoothness.
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Introduction: 7 Methods of Underarm Hair Removal: Which is Right for You?

In the quest for smooth, hair-free skin, finding the perfect underarm hair removal method can seem like navigating through a complex maze. With a multitude of options available, it’s like standing at a crossroads, uncertain which path will lead you to your desired destination. But fear not, for Wellaholic is here to light your way and guide you through this labyrinth of choices.

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In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore seven distinct methods of underarm hair removal, each with its unique characteristics and benefits.

It is very important to moisturize underarms after shaving, because after shaving, your underarms skin becomes dry

Method 1: Shaving

Shaving, the stalwart of hair removal methods, is a tried and tested route that many of us embark on in our quest for smooth, hair-free skin. Not only is it the most common method, but it’s also the kindest to your wallet. It’s particularly effective on those stubborn, coarse hairs that seem to have a mind of their own.

Change blades, dry your razor: Avoid bumps, stay infection-free

To reap the maximum benefits from shaving, it’s essential to arm yourself with a sharp blade. The secret to a close shave lies in increasing the surface area of the skin being shaved. Think of it as mowing a lawn – you want to cover as much ground as possible in each stroke. For optimal results, make shaving a part of your daily routine, much like brushing your teeth or washing your face.

The American Academy of Dermatology advises changing the blade or disposing of disposable razors after 5 to 7 shaves to minimize irritation. Proper storage in a dry area between shaves is also recommended to prevent bacterial growth on the razor which could lead to skin infections​.

Dry shaving increases the risk of cuts and irritation. It also keeps you from taking advantage of one of shaving's benefits: exfoliation.

Method 2: Plucking

Plucking, also known as tweezing, removes unwanted underarm hair from its root. This means it will grow more slowly but it will be very painful for many. It is strongly recommended you pull out hair toward its advancement to prevent damage and irritation to the follicles. However, before plucking, be sure to thoroughly clean the tweezers you will be using before making the attempt.

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When plucking, it’s important to start with clean hands and a disinfected pair of tweezers. This will help reduce the risk of infection and minimise any discomfort you may experience during the process. Additionally, avoid pulling too hard on the skin around the area you’re treating – this can increase your chances of developing redness, bumps or ingrown hairs after plucking. If you feel any pain or other signs of skin irritation while plucking, stop immediately and apply an ice cube to soothe the affected area.

It’s advised to start with clean hands and a disinfected pair of tweezers when plucking, as maintaining cleanliness and properly disinfecting your tweezers not only promotes good hygiene but also helps in prolonging the lifespan of the tweezers.

Method 3: Waxing

Waxing, a method of hair removal that’s as popular as a summer blockbuster, offers the convenience of at-home use with minimal effort. Picture this: you apply wax to your skin in neat strips, and with a swift pull, voila! Hair be gone. It’s particularly effective on those finer hairs that are more elusive. Now, we won’t sugarcoat it – waxing can be a bit like riding a rollercoaster. There’s a slight sting, especially if not done correctly. But hey, no pain, no gain, right?

The beauty of waxing is its versatility. It’s like the Swiss Army knife of hair removal methods. From your eyebrows to your bikini line, waxing has got you covered. It’s an all-in-one solution that leaves no hair behind. But every rose has its thorns, and waxing is no exception. It can be a bit of a rough ride for your skin, leaving it looking like a tomato fresh off the vine. But don’t let that deter you. With the right aftercare, your skin will be back to its radiant self in no time.

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Method 4: Threading

Threading, a technique that uses a special string to deftly remove unwanted hair, is like an art form. It’s typically performed by salon professionals, as it requires a level of precision akin to a ballet dancer’s pirouette. The goal? To avoid breaking your hair follicles.

While threading might not be the first method that comes to mind for underarm hair removal, it’s gaining popularity faster than a trending hashtag. Why, you ask? Well, imagine not having to worry about underarm hair for a blissful six weeks. That’s right, threading offers the luxury of time before those pesky hairs decide to make a comeback.

Threading: Faster than trends, gentler than plucking

But the benefits don’t stop there. Threading is as clean as a whistle. The thread, once it has done its job, is discarded faster than last season’s fashion trends. And if you’re worried about discomfort, let us put your mind at ease. Threading is no more uncomfortable than plucking – in fact, many find it less so.

Method 5: Depilatory Cream

There are many advantages and disadvantages to using depilatory cream. The main advantage is that it is quick and easy to use. It can be applied in minutes, and most people find it to be painless.  The disadvantage of depilatory cream is that it can be difficult to remove all of the hair. Some people find that they have to use a lot of cream, which can become expensive over time. Additionally, some people may not be able to get all of the hair removed, which could lead to irritation or even a rash.

Hair removal creams, also called depilatory creams, contain chemicals that break down hair proteins, weakening the base of the hair
electrolysis treatments can cause some discomfort or pain during the procedure due to the electrical current used to target individual hairs

Method 6: Electrolysis

Electrolysis is a method of hair removal that has been approved as safe by the FDA, a major health authority. This method is particularly effective for removing underarm hair permanently.

The process of electrolysis works by destroying the root of the hair. It does this by using an electric current. When the root of the hair is destroyed, the hair becomes unable to grow back. This is why electrolysis can provide permanent results.

Harsh hair? Electrolysis conquers coarse growth

This method is especially beneficial for those with thick or coarse hair. Because these types of hair are often more difficult to remove through other methods, electrolysis can be a great solution.

Electrolysis is a popular method of hair removal because it’s effective and easy to perform. However, one downside is that it can be quite painful. The sensation of the electric current can cause discomfort during the procedure.

SHR is considered one of the best diode laser hair removal treatments in Singapore because of its effectiveness and compatibility with various skin types

Method 7: Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a popular and effective method of removing unwanted hair for all skin types and hair colours. According to the Mayo Clinic, Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair. Lasers work by targeting the hair follicle and destroying it with heat.

This results in permanent hairless skin. There are several types of lasers available, and each has its own specific benefits and drawbacks. Laser hair removal can be expensive, but it’s typically more affordable than other methods like waxing or electrolysis. In general, laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair.

Sensitive? No sweat: Lasers offer gentle, permanent freedom

Laser hair removal is an effective and long-lasting solution to unwanted facial and armpit hair. It uses laser technology to target the pigment in each individual strand of hair, destroying it at its root and preventing further growth. Laser hair removal has become increasingly popular due to its precision, accuracy and comfort. With just a few treatments, many individuals can experience permanently smooth skin without any stubble or ingrown hairs.

Those with sensitive skin need not worry as laser technology has been designed to be gentle on the skin’s surface. Furthermore, pulsed light systems are now available which use even less heat than traditional lasers, making them an ideal choice for those with particularly sensitive areas such as around the eyes or neckline.

Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to hair removal. What works wonders for your best friend might not be your cup of tea. It’s all about finding what suits you and your unique needs.


And there you have it, folks – a comprehensive guide to the seven methods of underarm hair removal. From the tried-and-true shaving and waxing to the increasingly popular threading, we’ve explored a variety of paths on the quest for smooth, hair-free skin. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to hair removal. What works wonders for your best friend might not be your cup of tea. It’s all about finding what suits you and your unique needs.

So go forth and experiment. Try out different methods, mix and match, until you find the one that feels like it was made just for you. After all, the journey is just as important as the destination. We hope this guide has been helpful in your quest for the perfect underarm hair removal method. Here’s to smooth skin and confidence that shines brighter than the sun! Happy hair removing!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the most effective method for permanent underarm hair removal?

A: Laser hair removal is considered one of the most effective methods for permanent underarm hair removal. It targets hair follicles and reduces regrowth, offering long-lasting results.

How does laser hair removal work on underarms?

A: Laser hair removal works by emitting concentrated light energy that’s absorbed by the hair pigment. The energy damages the hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. It’s a popular choice for achieving smooth underarms.

Is laser hair removal suitable for all skin types and hair colors?

A: Yes, laser hair removal is suitable for a wide range of skin types and hair colors. With advancements in technology, even individuals with darker skin tones can benefit from effective laser hair removal treatments.

What makes underarm laser hair removal in Singapore popular?

A: Underarm laser hair removal in Singapore is popular due to its efficiency and long-lasting results. The tropical climate makes maintaining hair-free underarms a priority, and laser hair removal addresses this need effectively.

Can laser hair removal help with ingrown hairs in the underarm area?

A: Yes, laser hair removal can be effective in reducing ingrown hairs in the underarm area. By targeting hair at the root, it helps prevent hair from growing back into the skin and causing ingrown hair issues.

Is underarm laser hair removal a painful procedure?

A: Underarm laser hair removal is generally well-tolerated, with most individuals experiencing only mild discomfort. Modern systems often incorporate cooling technology to minimize any sensation during the treatment.

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Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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