While the majority of women long for a full-bodied mane of lustrous locks, it’s safe to say that this aspiration is one strictly reserved for the scalp area. For all other bodily locales, there are a plethora of at-home and salon hair removal options to choose from.
For traditionalists who can't bear to part ways with their trusted razors, try upgrading to the Venus ProSkin Sensitive Razor (£9.99, Boots.com). New to the market, it features five floating blades with an extra-rich protective ribbon of moisture to achieve a super close shave, minus the usual ensuing irritation.
If you favour longer-lasting results (fuzz-free for up to four weeks) and have a penchant for waxing (if that is indeed possible) look no further than Veet's Easy Wax Electrical Roll-On Kit (£29.99, www.boots.com). The Easy Wax is a hand-held, self-heating home-waxing system with a roll-on applicator that heats to the perfect temperature and delivers the perfect dose of wax for professional results. According to hair removal expert Arezoo Kaviani, aka the Queen of Waxing, this gadget will “revolutionise home waxing forever,” believing that the even distribution of wax to the skin is key to achieving perfect salon-standard results.
For those amongst us seeking an at-home solution that gives the smooth, long-lasting effects of waxing but don’t want those ‘in-between days’ of waiting for re-growth, epilating is by far the best option. We highly recommend Braun’s new Silk-épil 7 Dual Epilator (£159.99, Argos) which incorporates no less than forty tweezers and a Venus blade to swiftly and effectively remove hair as short as 0.5mm, whilst simultaneously exfoliating the skin to minimise the likelihood of ingrown hairs.
A top tip from Beauty Expert Nichola Joss for achieving optimum results is to prep the skin pre-epilation by rubbing it with a towel to ensure hairs stand on end, enabling the epilator to capture them more easily. Also, stretching your knees in front of you and running the epilator against the direction of hair growth will quickly and easily remove all hair, even from tricky areas.
If you require a long-lasting hair removal gadget which can be used on the face (e.g. upper lip area) as well as the body, we suggest opting for no!no! Professional Hair Removal System (£193.50, Selfridges), which uses safe Thermicon technology (gentle virtually painless pulses of heat) to crystalise and subsequently remove hair on both face and body. Elle Macpherson has also recently launched an IPL hair removal system which can be used at home to quickly and painlessly remove hair from all areas of the body.
Feelings of anguish and dread preceding the obligatory monthly wax is now very much a thing of the past thanks to waxing boutiques such as Strip Waxing Bar, frequented by the likes of Elle Macpherson which has quickly become renowned for offering a truly luxury waxing experience in utterly opulent surroundings by highly trained therapists. Carleigh Rayner (Training Manager at Strip) states that it is much more beneficial to have a professional therapist tend to your hair removal needs in order to achieve the precise angles necessary to remove the hair in the correct way.
For those keen to avoid the perils and pitfalls of home waxing (namely hair breakage, painful irritation and in-grown hairs) we highly recommend Strip and their extensive treatment menu, which offers waxing and threading for both the face and body. www.stripwaxbar.com
Laser Hair Removal
If you're keen to try a hair removal treatment with permanent results we suggest the pain free Laser Hair Removal from Court House Clinics (they have ten clinics covering from the Midlands to the South of England). The treatment works by generating pulses of infrared diode laser energy which gradually heats the hair follicles until they can no longer produce new hair. Suitable for the face, body and all skin types, Soprano delivers fast results in just a few short sessions. No recovery time is needed but you will need 6-8 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart for best results. (From £460 for a course of 6 treatments on the bikini line 0845 555 5050)www.courthousecllinics.com