The rule of fashion seems to be that whatever is least convenient and most unnatural is the most fashionable, which explains why women can’t go to the beach or the pool without feeling uncomfortable in show-it-all bathing suits, and suffering from the combination of shaved legs and an application of stinging sunscreen.
Shaving, the most commonly used hair-removal method, is quick, but often creates a new problem in the form of razor burn or bumps. Waxing lasts longer because it yanks the hair out from the root, but it’s very painful, and unless you get do a highly professional job of it, you’ll end up with skin irritation. Ingrown hairs are a problem with both methods, contributing to skin irritation.
Chemical hair removal by using products like Nair or Neat works for some people, but can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation, especially if you are trying to remove facial hair. After all, hair and skin are both composed of collagen, and an acid that breaks down hair is going to affect skin as well. Chemical depilatories last about as long as shaving, because they don’t really take much hair off below the skin, no matter what the ads say.
Hair Removal for Your Bikini Line Requires Special Attention
The bikini area is composed of the coarsest hair on the body and the most sensitive skin, so fashion insists that it be placed on public view, and it must be utterly smooth. Some lucky souls are either so blond or so tough-skinned that keeping the bikini-line hair-free isn’t a big deal, but most women have a terrible time.