The lock down has been extremely challenging on all fronts, physical as well as psychological. When it comes to women and our exhaustive skincare and grooming routine, it’s been double torture. It’s physical misery leading to mental stress especially since it shows on our skin. Yes, those facials and spa sessions are sorely missed. While we have been religiously following our skincare rituals with DIY facials, hair removal is still a part of self-care that’s missing. Since the lock down began and our favourite salons & laser clinics shut doors, we’ve been left at our mercy. For those, who’ve normalized body hair, we salute you while those who’re still seeking for the right body hair removal options, we hair you!
To sum it up, we’re in a hairy situation where it’s wise to not step out for some time. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot take things in your own hands. Especially with things easing up and more and more people looking forward to reuniting with their friends & family. Here’s a survival guide to managing hair removal at-home during the lock down. From waxing to shaving and DIY scrubs, these 13 tips are perfect to ace the hair removal process at home.
Waxing at home
Waxing is one of those things that look super exciting when you’re experiencing from the other end. But try heating the wax and applying it on your elbow and you’ll realise why the parlor aunty was better off with it. 5 months into the lock down and our body hair have grown in abundance. Maintain social distancing and rip the hair off by waxing at home. It’s ideal for all hair types and removes the hair from the root.
Since it involves a cycle of 30-45 days for hair regrowth, you don’t have to stress about repeating it anytime soon. All you need is waxing strips and some amount of confidence similar to your parlor aunty. A strong removal involves supporting stretch and the right temperature of the wax (neither too hot to avoid burns nor too cold to avoid wastage) to remove the hair efficiently.
Shaving at home
Gone are the days when shaving meant sneaking off with your dad’s razor to shave off body hair. However, it also meant dealing with post-shave cuts, nicks and irritation. We’ve come a long way and we’ve better options in today’s times. There is hair removal razor for ladies! Bombay Shaving Company’s Defender For Her is a new women’s razor designed using Flex-Blade Technology and anti-clog design for a smooth & close shave with a one-stroke irritation-free shave.
Epilating is slightly painful but sought after hair removal option during the lock down. The epilator removes one hair strand at a time. It is economical but slightly painful to use. However, the regrowth time is relatively slow since it removes the hair from the roots. You can enjoy hair-free arms and legs for close to 2-3 weeks before the hair begins to grow & show. Start with the underarms since it’s the least painful area followed by arms, legs and nether parts of the body.
Hair removal cream
Hair removal creams are no-brainers when it comes to at-home hair removal. Hair removal or depilatory creams chemically dissolve body hair at the surface of the skin. It’s an easy and temporary way to get rid of body hair at home. Be sure to check the instructions before use and get a patch test done to eliminate any allergy to the product. Also leaving the cream on for a longer duration can lead to burns so you need to be extremely careful while trying this one
out. This hair removal method is suitable for smaller areas like upper lip, underarms etc.
Facial hair removal
Facial hair removal is a recent trend among women. The interest rose with the number of conversations around how makeup settles differently when applied on the hair-free face. You can choose between a face razor for the cheeks while threading is the most popular choice to shape the eyebrows and clean up the upper lip and side chin.
IPL home kits
IPL home kits have become the rage since the lock down. Missing out on those salon appointments have encouraged us to adapt to home hair removal options. IPL kits are slightly heavy on the pocket and may not effectively remove hair similar to your salon experience. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) machines emit a broad spectrum of light wavelengths which scatter within the skin & target the hair growth pigment. The beam of light is absorbed by the pigment and turned into heat which damages the cells that lead to growth, thereby causing reduced growth. You don’t need much preparation to use IPL home kits for hair removal but you must refrain from using perfumes & chemicals on your skin for at least 24 hours.
that doesn’t cause damage and removes hair efficiently with less pain. Bikini hair razors are advisable since these are normal shaving razors but with an extra sensitive coating that cuts the hair finely without hurting or causing post-shave irritation. End the process with a soothing after-shave balm and you’re bound to be more than delighted with your choice of hair removal. Since the bikini area falls into the sensitive category, it’s important to use a hair removal method
DIY hair removals
Lately, the only way to deal with the lockdown is by becoming atmanirbhar ie. self-dependent. Since we’re all for trends using kitchen ingredients then why not add another to the list! DIY hair removals are definitely in & among other things, let’s add DIY hair removals too!
Mix 20gms of sugar with 60ml each of honey and lemon. Add 20ml of water to form a semi-liquid solution. Heat it on low temperature until it turns into a wax-like consistency. Allow it to cool before applying it to the respective area. Use wax strips & peel off in the direction opposite to the hair growth.
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a small amount of mashed papaya. Apply and wash off.
Eggs are one of the most inexpensive ways to remove body hair during the lockdown. Mix 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon of cornflour. Apply and wash off.
Oatmeal and banana scrub
Mix one mashed banana with one oatmeal. Apply it on the respective area and massage in the direction opposite to your hair growth. Rinse with warm water.
Gram/chickpea flour scrub
Mix half a cup of gram flour with a carrier oil. You can either choose lavender or olive oil. Add some curd and apply it on the respective areas. Allow it to dry and then scrub off. It’s great to remove body hair as well as exfoliate the skin.
Cornflour peel off mask
Mix half a cup of cornflour with a limited quantity of milk till it attains a gel consistency. Apply on the respective area and let it dry. Peel off gently and pat dry.