I told my mom that I want to start shaving, but she said
that I am too young to use razor. Yesterday, she bought me a hair removal cream
that is supposed to work on your legs and body. Would it really work, and is it
the best thing to use?
Depilatories, or hair removal creams, are a good option when
your parents don’t want you to use a razor, or you’re not a big fan of the
results of shaving. They do work, though
the results might not be ideal for you.
How do they work?
Instead of slicing off hair at the root like a razor,
depilatories use chemicals that break down the hair’s protein structure, which
allows it to be easily removed when you rub off the cream.
What’s good about them?
Well, they’re pretty inexpensive. Most are in the $10-range,
give or take a few bucks. The results typically last for about a week depending
on your hair type and color. The process is easy—literally wipe on, wipe off.
And for most people, it’s pain free.
Now for the bad news.
Chemical depilatories can be stinky and messy, and they can
also irritate sensitive skin. Because of this, you should always test a small
patch of skin to make sure the chemicals don’t cause a bad reaction.
What should I buy?
When it comes to picking the best brand, you’ve got quite a
few to choose from these days. Nair has a huge following, and it was originally
created by a mom for her daughter’s use—she, too, thought her child was too
young to use a razor. If you try Nair and you’re not a fan, don’t write off the
whole slew of products. We recommend trying a different brand before seeking
different hair removal options simply because a different chemical formula
might better suit your body.
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 5/6/2011 9:54:00 AM
POSTED IN body, shaving 101, hair problems, body hair 101, depilatory deets