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The average person has five million hair follicles, of which 100,000 are on the scalp. The rest are on the face, armpits, chest, arms, back, legs, pubic region, and even the toes.

With loads of hair follicles all over the body, it’s no wonder many folks consider them unwanted. If you’re one of them, you’ve likely spent countless hours shaving or tweezing.

Fortunately, those hair removal methods aren’t your only options. There are faster, longer-lasting, and more effective ways to eliminate unwanted hair.

We’ll tell you all about them below, so read on.


Threading is an ancient hair removal technique that scientists say originated in India. It involves a piece of string that a practitioner doubles and twists. The thread then gets rolled over the areas with unwanted hair.

That movement simultaneously plucks short rows of hair at the follicle level. Because of this, you can expect its effects to last between 2 and 5 weeks.

Threading allows for the precise removal of hair. For the same reason, it’s an ideal method for cleaning and shaping eyebrows. However, it can be pretty painful since the skin where the brows grow is thin.


Waxing uses hot or cold resin wax to remove hair from the tip to the root.

To be effective, you must apply the wax in the same direction as your hair growth. Then, you have to yank it quickly in the opposite direction.

That application method makes waxing pretty painful. There’s also a chance the strands can break instead of getting plucked from the follicle.

However, the wax should remove large patches of hair strands down to the roots if done right. You can expect these results to last between 3 and 6 weeks.


Sugaring involves a candy-like paste of heated sugar, lemon, and water. Once cooled, you can apply it directly on the skin with unwanted hair.

Like waxing, you must pull the sugar mixture quickly to remove the strands from the tips to the roots. This similarity is also why sugaring’s results often last as long as waxing’s.

The primary difference between waxing and sugaring is the direction. With sugaring, you must apply the paste toward the opposite direction of your hair growth. Then, you have to yank it in the same direction as your hair growth.

Another critical difference is that sugaring may cause less pain and irritation. That’s because the candy-like paste only adheres to the hair, not the skin. Have a look here to learn more about how and where it works.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal involves a laser light-producing device. A practitioner directs the beam onto the patches of skin with unwanted hair.

The laser light then gets absorbed by the hair’s melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives your hair its color.

The laser light also gets converted into heat energy, destroying the hair strands. This destruction then impairs the hair regrowth process.

As a result, the destroyed strands fall out and take longer to grow again.

Laser hair removal is the most effective and longest-lasting hair removal method. However, it’s also the most expensive.

Choose Among These Hair Removal Methods

The best hair removal methods for you depend on where your unwanted hair is and your budget.

For example, if you only wish to shape your eyebrows, go with threading, an inexpensive option. But if you want almost everything else to be hair-free, opt for waxing, sugaring, or laser. Just remember that laser costs the most of all hair removal techniques.

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