Ways of Removing Hair on Body and Methods Used for It

Hair removal, also known as epilation or depilation, is the process of removing thread like covering that grows from the surface of the skin. Hair typically grows all over the body except for the palms of the hands, lips, particular areas of genitals and foot. Normally human beings have visible hair in the following areas: face, head, eyebrows, eyelashes, chest, abdomen, pubic area, legs, armpits and back. Hair is a composed of protein and the appearance of hair is a sign of people’s age and health. Hair protects our body from ultraviolet rays, trauma which insulate the skin against temperature changes. Removing hair is always done for perceived cosmetic or social reasons, but these hair removal methods can injure the skin and generate dark spots on the body.

The processes used to remove hair have different types and regions, those are:    

  • Shaving
  • Depilatory cream
  • Threading
  • Waxing
  • Electrolysis
  • Laser  

During the 20th century, in many countries women prefer to wear shorter dresses, swimsuits and the significant exposure of parts of the body on which hair is commonly found. Hence they have been interested to remove unwanted hair on their body such as on legs, underarms and elsewhere. Some of the people may also remove their pubic hair for particular reasons. Anyway, some of the women in Western traditions decide not to remove hair from their bodies, either as a preference or as an act of defiance against what they regard to be an oppressive ritual.

Hair Removal Methods


Waxing is one of the effective methods to remove unwanted hair on the body temporarily.  This method commonly used for eyebrows, upper lip, chin, underarm, back, bikini and full leg.
First clean the area where you like to remove hair and apply hair removal cream, after that cover with special cloth strips. After wax was set, remove the strip then only hair clears from skin. It will not damage the skin. In this procedure you will get pain when removing waxing strip


  • It is quickly and most inexpensive method
  • It leaves skin smooth
  • Using wax most of the times hair will get softer
  • It damage the hair follicle because of this hair growing can be stopped
  • You can do this at home with waxing kits and supplies
  • Immediately unwanted hair can be remove on large areas of the body


  • Heavy painful for sensitive skin
  • It is temporary hair removal process
  • You can use once only wax on, wax off
  • Results of waxing last for a couple weeks
  • For getting smooth before you should have to be hairy
  • Leads to disaster if you don’t have cleanliness or lack of knowledge

Hair Removal Cost : 

Generally waxing hair removal kits cost is between $20 - $100
Average wax hair removal prices estimated by professional in salons or spas

  • Eyebrow: $8 - $50 (Avg)
  • Lip: $5 - $25 (Avg)
  • Sides of Face: $5 - $18 (Avg)
  • Chin: $5 - $25  (Avg)
  • Underarms: $18 - $40 (Avg)
  • Chest: $40 - $120 (Avg)
  • Shoulders: $20 - $40 (Avg)
  • Full Arm:  $35 - $70 (Avg)
  • Half Arm: $15 - $40 (Avg)
  • Back: $35 - $100 (Avg)
  • Bikini: $19 - $75 (Avg)
  • Brazilian Bikini: $55 - $100 (Avg)
  • Full Leg: $45 - $100 (Avg)
  • Half Leg: $30 - $55 (Avg)


Nowadays threading is one of the popular hair removal methods in western society.  Middle East and South Asia are origin of threading. To remove hair experts swiping quickly using a thin cotton or polyester peace of thread against to the skin at root without taking any along. Eyebrows, facial hair, fine body hair are most effective hair removal threading areas.

Advantages of threading

  • It is healthy hair removal method (In threading no chemical are used)
  • This method is suitable for all types of skin event sensitive skin also
  • It is quick and inexpensive process method with experts
  • Very less pain than waxing
  • Threading treatment results at least for 2 to 4 weeks

Disadvantages of threading

  • People who have acne this method can cause acne ruptures
  • Threading can cause folliculitis
  • It is very painful process if any unskilled practitioner did threading
  • It's very difficult to find an expert skilled practitioner
  • After threading skin can become pink and puffy
  • Flat parts of the body is only effective in this treatment


Average threading treatment prices

  • Eyebrow: $12 - $50 (Avg)
  • Lip: $6 - $20 (Avg)
  • Full Face: $35 - $60 (Avg)
  • Chin: $6 - $15 (Avg)

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the method of removing unwanted hair by the way of exposure to pulses of laser light that demolish the hair follicle. One of the first available articles relating to laser hair removal, this was authored by the group at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1998. The virtue of laser hair removal is now generally accepted in the dermatology community and laser hair removal is broadly practiced in clinics, and in homes also by using certain devices they planned and priced for customer self-treatment.

This hair removal process is best method to remove unwanted hair if you’re not satisfied with hot waxing, epilation, tweezing and shaving. Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. The treatment can be done for face, under arms, bikini area, back, arms and legs.


Lasers can selectively target dark, common hairs at the same time leaving the nearby skin safe.  


Each pulse of the laser obtains minimum time and at the same time it can treat many hairs. The laser can treat a region around the size of a section every second. Small areas like the upper lip can be treated in less period of time and huge areas like back or legs may take more than an hour.


  • This method is most effective hair removal process
  • This process less painful when compare to electrolysis
  • This technique can perfume well and safe
  • This method not consume high time


  • Laser hair removal treatment is very cost method
  • Multiple treatments are needed
  • It is not permanent hair removal solution
  • This method can be side effects. i.e.,

Side effects

Below are some possible side effects with laser hair removal treatment.

  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Blistering
  •  Bacterial Infections
  • Herpes simplex Outbreaks
  •  Temporary skin darkening or lightening
  • Itching


Average laser hair removal treatment price is $429 as per American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Lip: $ 75.00 (Avg)
Chin: $75.00 (Avg)
Lip & Chin: $125.00 (Avg)
Beard (includes neck): $350.00 (Avg)
Chest: $250.00 (Avg)
Half Back: $250.00 (Avg)
Full Back: $500.00 (Avg)
Underarms: $125.00 (Avg)
Bikini Standard : $150.00 (Avg)
Bikini Ultra: $200.00 (Avg)
Brazillian Female: $350.00 (Avg)
Brazillian - Male: $400.00 (Avg)
Ears: $75.00 (Avg)
Half Arms - female: $300.00 (Avg)
Legs -lower: $400.00 (Avg)
Brows: $75.00 (Avg)
Full Face (excludes neck): $225.00


Plucking hair removal also called as the tweezing, this method is used to remove hairs manually with electronic devices from eyebrows or stray hairs on the face. In plucking hair removal process one or a few hairs are removed at a time from the root levels of the hairs, so that after removing hairs it takes 6 week time to grow the hairs again from removal place.

  • Pros:
  • Plucking hair removal is a very convenient way to remove hairs without any issues. In this process you can easily remove the hairs without doing any paper work.
  • Frequent tweezing can damage your hairs and even stop growing, so be cautious about doing this plucking hair removal on regular basis.


  • It is time consuming process and takes more than half hour to shape your eyebrows by removing hairs.


At Home: Average cost of a quality tweezer is $20 - $40.

Professional: Average cost of a quality tweezer is $10 - $50 and you can get discounts 15% - 20%.


In general the word “depilatory” is used for removing of hairs. In medical the word “depilatories” means removing hairs by using chemical products. In this hair removal process chemical product with the nature of alkaline is kept on the hairs and removed hairs after it becomes jelly-like. This process night takes only 5 - 10 minutes.


  • This is the fast and takes only 5 - 10 minutes to remove hairs effectively.
  • You can get the hair removal creams from your nearest medical stores as they are widely available on any store.


  • In this process chemical products are used so it is a considerable risk in the future.
  • It gives short lived results and the used chemical cream might not be removed entirely from skins root levels, so it is a considerable risk in the future.
  • Cost: Depilatory hair removal creams prices range varies from brand to brand. The product prices range should be around $4 - $12.


The FDA approved permanent hair removal treatment is Electrolysis hair removal, this the only permanent hair removal treatment recognized by the FDA. If you want to remove your hairs permanently and want 100% satisfaction, you should undergo with multiple sessions of the treatment. But this treatment should not remove hairs 100% permanently for all the persons.


  • This is the best way to remove hairs permanently compared to any other methods


  • You have to go with multiple treatments anywhere from 15 - 30 sessions.
  • If this process done incorrect it causes the skin damage.
  • Cost: The average cost per 30 minutes session of the treatment is around $45


Tweezing is a process to remove human hair or animal hair from the body. Generally for humans it is done through titivating purposes with the help of tweezers. Epilator is used for motorized hair plucker.


  • The main advantage of this process is removing eyebrows or stray hairs on the face.
  • Requires use of mirror.


  • One should not use this process to remove hair from nose. Always remove hair in your nose to avoid potentially dangerous infections.
  • Difficult for large areas.
  • May cause ingrown hairs.
  • May cause pitting or scarring.
  • Some areas are difficult to do yourself.


It may cost from $2.00 to $20.00.


Sugaring is a process of hair removal from the root. It is ancient middle-eastern practice such as natural paste or gel made from ingredients like sugar, water, and lemon juice are used. The natural ingredients are only used in recipes. It is also known as sugar waxing but it is not exact term, because these processes will be similar to waxing.


  • Doesn't Hurt the Skin
  • It can be easily prepared at home.
  • This will use natural ingredients and no chemicals are used in its making.
  • This process last up to for 2 to 6 weeks.


  • For sensitive skin this process may be painful
  • This process cannot remove coarser hair
  • After this process mild rashes, skin irritation, redness, and ingrown hair problem will be seen in sensitive skin
  • It will be messy to make wax at home.


  • Face: Both Eyebrows $10 - $50 (average)
  • Lip: $10 - $25 (average)
  • Sides of Face: $10 - $18 (average)
  • Chin: $10 - $25 (average)
  • Underarms: $15 - $40 (average)
  • Chest: $35 - $120 (average)
  • Shoulders: $40 - $55 (average)
  • Full Arm: $35 - $80 (average)
  • Half Arm: $40 - $60 (average)
  • Back: $50 - $110 (average)
  • Bikini: $30 - $75 (average)
  • Brazilian Bikini: $60 - $110 (average)
  • Half Leg: $30 - $55 (average)
  • Full Leg: $55 - $100 (average)


Epilation is a process for removing hair temporarily in a single plucking action from the roots. Epilator is a device that will remove hair mechanically. This process is similar to waxing but it will not remove hair from the epithelium of the outermost cell layer.

This process is painful to some people because it involves removal of hair from roots. Due to the pain involved when epilation is done first in particular area because of this most of the people prefer professional waxing first, then they will prefer this process to stop regrowth of hair.


  • Regrowth  of hair is slow (2-4 weeks)
  • By this process the hair gets softer and thinner
  • It's less messy than waxing
  • This process removes shorter hairs compared to waxing.
  • Epilator device work for longer time unless needs replacing
  • This process is one of the easiest ways to remove the hair.


  • More painful on thick and coarse hair.
  • It is process can be painful for sensitive skin such as back of legs
  • After usingepilator you found red blotches and bumps on the skin
  • Ingrown hairs are more common than shaving.
  • Hard to pluck out fine hairs.


Duration:  Up to 15 minutes

Cost (Spa Therapist): £15.00 (average)
Cost (Advanced Therapist): £18.00 (average)

Duration:  Up to 30 minutes

Price (Spa Therapist):  £25.00 (average)
Cost (Advanced Therapist): £30.00 (average)


Abrasive Hair removal is of various types. This is the process for removing dead skin at particular, pumice stones are suited perfectly. These stones are useful for the lining of removal gloves in the process of abrasive hair removal, its takes off fine body hair. Sandpaper is also having the same lining. This is the material that is used often in the preparation of discs, sandblasters and belts.

How Abrasives Work

Rubbing the material on the skin will remove the hair, which creates a friction on the skin’s surface and wears down to the removal of hairs. At starting the Abrasives are mostly used on the hard surface of the skin such as legs and scalp later it moved to using of soft areas such as face.
It costs from $2.00 to $6.00 per mitt.


The Hair removal can also be called as epilation or depilation. It is the process name of hair removal on body and also states the methods and results to achieve.

Generally hair grows on entire body of every human being. If that hair is become more visible during and after growing up in men will be more problematic and it looks so thicker than women body hair visible. Every men and women have hair on some places of body such as eyebrows, eyelashes, armpits, pubic region, arms, head and legs. Even those men’s are having the thicker hair on their face, abdomen, back and chest. In some places of the body hair doesn’t grows such as underside of the hands, lips and certain areas of the genital structure or the underside of the feet.

There are different numbers of reasons and forms of hair removals, including cultural, sexual, medical and religious. In all human cultures these forms of hair removals are learned from since Neolithic Era. The removing of hair in various different times and regions, but shaving is the method regularly used to remove hair.

The average cost of single treatment is $429


Basically Bleaching is not a method to use for hair removal, but to make the hair noticeable by less people. This process is mainly useful for the small areas but it looks dark and therefore noticed the hair like arms, face or neck. Bleaching is a process of applying a chemical in the desired area that which takes off the pigment from the hair.

The average cost of bleach hair cream is $5.72

Hair growth in unwanted areas is a problem faced by both men and women. It is mainly due to hormonal changes during puberty. So to remove this unwanted hair two types can be employed depending upon the requirement and cost. Following are two types of hair removal techniques:

  • Temporary Hair Removal
  • Permanent Hair Removal

Temporary Hair Removal

Temporary hair removal methods are many but only some of these are suitable for any type of skin. These temporary methods long last for hours to several months.


There are several temporary hair removal methods from which some of them may be painful and others do not create much pain. Following are some of the temporary hair removal methods:

  • Shaving
  • Depilatory Creams
  • Tweezing
  • Waxing
  • Threading
  • Friction
  • Sugaring
  • Rotary Epilators
  • Powder
  • Usage of Turmeric along with other products.

Generally there are many disadvantages with temporary hair removal methods compared to advantages.


  • Inexpensive
  • Quick methods
  • Some of the methods can be performed at home only
  •  Easily available in market
  • Safe


  • Sometimes painful
  • Can result with ingrown hair
  • Will result in scarring
  • Will not long-last for long periods of time
  • Skin irritation
  • Cuts
  • Bumps
  • Bleeding

Permanent Hair Removal Methods:

Permanent hair removal method do not mean that the hair will be removed but it will not be grown for very long term of period unless like temporary methods. It gives a positive effect and self-esteem is raised with a long term beauty.  In permanent methods generally the cells that are responsible for hair growth will be destroyed permanently. Two most important points in permanent hair removal methods to consider are accuracy of electroligist as well as efficiency of electrolysis method.


Following are few types of permanent hair removal techniques:

  • Electrolysis
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Diode Epilation
  • Intense Pulsed Light
  • Thermolysis


  • Hair growth will be after long-term


  • Expensive
  • Skin inflammation
  • Minor burns
  • Infected hair follicles
  • Side Effects