7 Methods Underarm Hair Removal

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

Smooth Moves: Underarm Hair Removal Made Easy

  • For busy individuals, shaving is a convenient option for quick underarm hair removal that can be done in the shower. However, the smooth results are short-lived, requiring frequent upkeep.
  • Waxing removes hair from the roots, providing longer-lasting smoothness of up to four weeks. While it can be pricey at salons, at-home wax strips offer an affordable alternative.
  • Depilatory creams dissolve hair without the pain of waxing. They’re mess-free and easy to apply, though the hair tends to grow back faster compared to waxing.
  • For precision hair removal, threading is a gentle option that doesn’t use harsh chemicals, making it suitable for sensitive skin. However, the process can be time-consuming for larger areas like underarms.
  • Epilating effectively removes hair from the roots, keeping underarms smooth for 2-3 weeks. While the tweezer-plucking sensation takes some getting used to, the long-lasting results are worth it.
  • For long-term hair removal, laser treatments target hair follicles for permanent reduction. Although pricey, the investment can be worthwhile for fuss-free, smooth underarms.
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Introduction: 7 Methods of Underarm Hair Removal: Which is Right for You?

In my years in the aesthetics field, I’ve talked to many people about underarm hair removal. Each person’s skin and lifestyle make their best method unique. Some people prefer quick solutions. Others opt for solutions that stand the test of time. I’ve seen it all and helped many find their match.

In this article, I’ll share seven popular methods. From shaving to laser, we’ll explore each one. I’ll help you understand which might suit you best.

It’s all about finding the right fit for your skin and life. Let’s dive in and find your method.

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 recommends replacing disposable razor blades after 5 to 7 shaves to reduce irritation. Store the razor in a dry area between shaves to prevent bacteria from growing and causing 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.

Tidy tools, gentle touch for perfect brows

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. To prevent skin problems, avoid pulling too hard on the skin while plucking. This can cause redness, bumps, or ingrown hairs.

To avoid discomfort or irritation while plucking, stop and apply an ice cube to the affected area for relief.

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 absorbs 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

At Wellaholic, I’ve witnessed the popularity of laser hair removal among people who want to get rid of facial and armpit hair.

This technique targets hair pigment with laser light, destroying it right at the root. What makes it stand out is its precision and the level of comfort it offers. A few sessions in, and you’re looking at smooth, stubble-free skin, often permanently.

For those of us with sensitive skin, the thought of laser treatments might seem daunting. However, advancements in technology have brought us pulsed light systems. These are even gentler, using less heat while still delivering results. They’re perfect for tender areas, ensuring that everyone can aim for that smooth skin, worry-free.

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.

Wellaholic’s Professional Observations (with Our Customers)

In our personal experience with customers at Wellaholic, we have observed a few interesting points about fat freezing and its effectiveness for fat loss.

Firstly, many of our customers come to us with stubborn pockets of fat that they have been unable to get rid of despite maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. These areas often include the belly, love handles, and thighs. After undergoing our WellaFreeze 360 treatment, which uses advanced 360-degree cooling technology, they are often amazed at the visible reduction in fat in these targeted areas.

We have noticed that the best results are achieved when customers commit to a series of treatments, typically spaced a few weeks apart. This allows the body time to naturally eliminate the frozen fat cells through its metabolic processes. Many customers report seeing a noticeable difference after just a couple of sessions, with optimal results usually seen around 2-3 months post-treatment.

Interestingly, we’ve also found that fat freezing can have a positive ripple effect on our customers’ overall health and wellness journey. Seeing the tangible results of their WellaFreeze 360 treatments often motivates them to maintain a healthier lifestyle to sustain and enhance their fat loss results. They become more mindful of their food choices and more committed to their fitness routines.

Of course, it’s important to remember that while fat freezing is a fantastic tool for spot reduction, it is not a magic bullet for overall weight loss. We always advise our customers that WellaFreeze 360 works best in conjunction with a balanced diet and regular physical activity for optimal, long-lasting results.

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 removing hair from the root, it helps stop hair from growing back into the skin and causing ingrown hair.

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.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

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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