How to get a smooth bikini line
Hair removal is a personal choice—and this can feel especially true when it comes to the bikini area. If you enjoy the look and feel of a hairless bikini line, there are many ways to achieve just that — but not all hair methods are stubble and irritation-free. Here is a list of the six most common hair removal methods, including each one's pros and cons:
Shaving is a very affordable and accessible hair removal option in the short-term, but it's estimated that the lifetime investment of shaving is over $10,000. Plus, results only tend to last for a few days. Because shaving only removes hair at the surface, ingrown hairs tend to be common. Shaving can also lead to razor burn, particularly when used on sensitive skin, such as the bikini area.
Waxing produces longer-lasting results than shaving, lasting anywhere from two to four weeks. It's also affordable, including salon and at-home options. But, there is a big pain factor involved — no matter what kind of wax you use, it will always hurt. This hair removal can lead to irritated skin and ingrown hairs as the hair grows back.
3. Hair removal creams
Hair removal creams, also known as depilatory creams, break down visible hair through a chemical reaction. You then wipe away the hairs, leaving behind smooth skin. However, the ingredients found in hair removal creams can irritate sensitive skin, and the results only last a few days.
4. Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is one of the only hair removal methods that result in a permanent reduction of hair. It works by targeting the melanin in hair follicles and zapping them with wavelengths of light. One thing to note is that while laser hair removal works on all skin types, it doesn't work on light blonde, red or grey hair. Pain levels can vary, but most describe the sensation similar to a rubber band being snapped against the skin. A series of treatments are typically needed to achieve desired results, so laser hair removal is an investment. But, it can save you thousands of dollars in your lifetime compared to other hair removal methods.
5. Trimming with scissors
Trimming the bikini area with scissors is a good option if you prefer a more au natural look. While this method won't remove hair directly from the skin's surface, it allows you to manicure the area. This ensures pubic hair is more manageable. To avoid accidental nicks, sanitize scissors beforehand and go slowly.
Because laser hair removal doesn't work on light blonde, red, and grey hair, electrolysis is a great choice for permanent hair removal if you have one of those hair colors. It works by inserting a probe into the hair follicle and sending an electric current through it, which damages the follicle enough to prevent hair growth. Many compare electrolysis to getting a tattoo in terms of pain level, but it's usually managed with pain medication. Depending on the area being treated, you may need up to 30 sessions to achieve desired results.
Visit the nation's leading hair removal experts
When it comes to removing unwanted hair anywhere on the body, go to a trusted and experienced aesthetic dermatology provider, like LaserAway, the nation's leading expert in laser hair removal. You can talk through your treatment goals with a highly skilled and experienced clinician during a free comprehensive consultation.