Although there are many methods available to remove hair from the bikini line, there are distinct differences that cause some methods to be preferred over others. The skin’s sensitivity in this area is an important factor as well as the level of difficulty in applying certain methods to this intricate area. Many contributing factors can cause some women to use an entirely different method for the bikini line area than for removing hair on the rest of the body. There are benefits and drawbacks associated with all of the methods used to remove hair from the bikini line area. The best method can only be determined by the individual’s situation and needs.
Waxing is probably the most preferred method of hair removal for the pubic and bikini areas. Although not permanent, the results are the most long-lasting of the temporary methods. Waxing also offers the most thorough results because it may be applied to every area of the genitalia. It is performed by a licensed cosmetologist allowing for an ease of application that cannot be achieved by doing it yourself. The results can usually last 6 – 8 weeks.
However, bikini waxing is usually very painful when the dried wax is removed and for some time after. The skin requires a period of recovery after the procedure. This process opens the pores of the skin causing a heightened vulnerability to bacteria and infection. It is important to evaluate the spa in which the procedure is being performed to help limit risk of exposure to bacteria.
Shaving is by far the most common method used. Razors are inexpensive and the individual has control over the timing of the application. Since it is usually performed in the shower or bath, privacy is not compromised and this method is the most convenient. It is often used in between appointments for other procedures by some women.
Some of the drawbacks of shaving include skin irritation and the occurrence of ingrown hair. Frequent shaving can also cause discoloration of the skin commonly referred to as razor burn. Since it only removes hair at the surface of the skin, shaving requires more frequent application than any of the other bikini hair removal methods.
The use of electrolysis to remove hair in the bikini area has virtually permanent results. Electricity is used to effectively destroy the follicle of the hair under the skin and greatly inhibits or eliminates future growth. The procedure is virtually painless and only takes between 10 and 30 minutes to complete a session.
The procedure must be performed by a licensed electrologist in a certified facility. It may take several treatments in order to remove all the hair from the bikini line area. Although more expensive than the other methods, electrolysis results in minimal pain and recovery time. There is usually only a slight tingling or burning sensation after the treatment.
Removing bikini line hair with the use of a laser also yields permanent or nearly permanent results. The coarse texture typical to the hair in this area makes it ideal for laser treatment as each strand is more easily extracted than the finer hair found on other body parts. Follow-up treatments are often necessary to address new growth. Permanent hair removal is generally achieved after 7 to 14 sessions. This treatment must also be performed by a licensed technician in a certified facility.