Getting silky smooth skin is every girl’s dream. Nowadays, there are many ways to get rid of body hair, and get baby-soft skin. But, what’s the best hair removal option? This is a question that bugs everyone!

It’s often hard to choose the right hair removal tool. Which is the best - razor, waxing, epilator, or depilatory cream? It depends on a) ease and quickness of the tool, b) the duration of the result, c) pain caused, and, d) price.

Let’s take a quick look.

1) Razor

Almost everyone has used a razor to shave off body hair. There are many different kinds available in the market now, specially designed for women.

a) Ease and quickness

Shaving is extremely quick and easy. All you need is a little soap or lotion to apply to the skin, and you’re good to go! There are razors with flexible heads to reach all the nooks and crannies.

b) Duration of result

Shaving only cuts off the part of the hair on top of the skin. Its root still stays in the skin and keeps growing. So the result doesn’t last longer than 3 days. The new hair also feels a little stubbly.

c) Pain

Shaving isn’t painful at all. Just remember to be careful and not to nick yourself, especially in the delicate areas. However, you can get rashes and in-grown hair if you don’t shave properly.

d) Price

Disposable razors are available at about Rs.50, while the ones with reusable blades are priced at around Rs.250. So, it’s a fairly pocket-friendly option.

2) Wax

You can either wax your hair off at home or go to the salon for the same. There are both hot and cold varieties of wax available in the market.

a) Ease and quickness

Waxing is not easy to perform at home, especially when newbies are trying it. It’s best to take a pro’s help, who knows the technique to prevent pain and stretching of the skin. It is a time-consuming process.

b) Duration of result

The idea is to put a layer of liquid wax on the skin, which sticks to the hair strands, cover it with a strip and then pull the wax strip off the skin - this in turn pulls the hair strands out from the roots. So, the result lasts for 3-6 weeks.

c) Pain

Of course, the pulling off of the hair can be painful, especially in the delicate and sensitive areas. It can also leave the skin feeling irritated.

d) Price

The cost of waxing can be anything between Rs.250 and Rs.800, depending on the salon you’re going to. The hot and cold wax for at-home uses can cost about Rs.100-200.

3. Epilator

Epilator does exactly what the name says - it’s an electronic device that epilates, i.e. pulls hair out of the skin from the roots.

a) Ease and quickness

It’s easy to use at home and should not take any more than the time you’d dedicate to shaving. It also helps to have a mess-free hair removal session.

b) Duration of result

Again, like waxing, the result can last for 3-6 weeks, as the hair is removed from the roots. Plus, you can use it even when the newly growing hair strands are really small.

c) Pain

Epilating can be quite painful, as the process of pulling out the hair from the roots happens slowly. Epilators can leave the skin in delicate and sensitive areas particularly raw.

d) Price

For epilators, you have to make a one-time investment, starting from Rs. 2000. While it may seem like a big sum in a single go, the device will last for several years.

4) Depilatory Cream

Another commonly used hair removal method is using the depilatory cream, which dissolves the hair on top of the skin.

a) Ease and quickness.

You have to keep the cream on the skin for about 10 minutes and wash it off. The hair above the skin goes away.

b) Duration of result

Since the root of the hair still remains in the skin, the result lasts for about 4 days. The new hair appears fine and natural, unlike the result of shaving.

c) Pain

It’s a painless process, but the chemicals in the cream can make the skin itch, or leave dark spots on the skin at the hair shafts. It’s an absolute no-no on the face and sensitive areas.

d) Price

The price of depilatory cream starts from around Rs.100, and a jar can last for a fairly long time.

So, now you have an idea of the factors to consider while buying the right hair removal tool. We recommend shaving for temporary removal, and epilators for a more permanent solution; although waxing might be easier for hair removal in the private and delicate parts of the body. Don’t forget to prioritize your skin’s health while choosing the right tool.