Wait, how many methods are we doing?
Is that blood?
Hi, everyone! I’m Sophia Panych.
And this is almost every way to remove your leg hair.
Can I back out of this?
If you’re somebody who choose to remove their leg hair,
there are so many different ways to do it.
We pick 21 methods,
and then I waited another two weeks
to see how my hair grew back.
Yeah, some of these are a little out there.
But in the name of beauty,
I wanna try out as many as possible.
This is a straight razor,
and when you think about this going near your legs,
If you’re going for that straight out of the 1920s vibe
when you shave off your leg hair,
then this is for you.
The slightly less intense version of this
would be the safety razor
which had a blade guard and two cutting edges.
These things are rediculously sharp.
That’s not going on my legs.
The biggest benifit of the safety razor is
that it is so economical.
You buy what is often a stainless steel handle.
You buy that once and you have got it for life.
A pack of 100 razor blades is 10 dollars?
But they can be tricky to use.
You need some practice to get the technique down.
So you are not supposed to press down or drag.
If you do that with this, you will cut yourself,
which I did.
But I have to say this shave was very smooth.
It was a little too smooth.
Disposable razors are great because they’re cheap,
and they’re readily available.
You can literally find them anywhere.
But the downside is they only have two blades,
they don’t usually have a lubrication strip,
they don’t have an ergonomical handle,
and the head of the razor doesn’t bend.
It makes it really hard to go over the curves and bumps
of your legs without cutting or nicking yourself.
The dispose is great if you forget your razor
while traveling and don’t want to spend a lot of money.
But I personally wouldn’t use them on a regular basis.
Plus, they are pretty wasteful
when it comes to the environment.
Many steps up from the disposable razor
is the cartridge razor.
These are especially made with leg shaving in mind.
Multiple blades on the razor are angled to capture
every hair on the first pass.
And the razor heads are often spring mounted,
so that they adjust to the contours of your legs.
Downside of cartridge razor is they can be expensive.
A pack of 4 or 5 can run you anywhere
from 20 dollars to 30 dollars.
Yeah, it’s pretty ridiculous.
But I’d rather shave my legs quick
and easy with no cuts when I am rushing in the morning
than walk out with bloody legs.
So this is a fancy looking electric razor.
But it still has the rotating heads that have little blades
that spin around, catch your hair and cut it off.
You can shave dry, so you don’t need any water, shaving cream,
you can just shave and go.
The downside of an electric razor is it’s just another thing
you have to plug in, or charge, or use batteries for,
which I can never find.
I don’t think I get a close enough shave
with an electric razor, but that’s just me.
Basically, an epilator is a bunch of tweezers
that roll around your legs and yank out your hair.
You know, there is a lot that’s good about the epilator.
It leaves your legs super smooth,
but it just hurts way too much for me.
The discomfort experience in the beginning
will decrease considerably with repeatedly use
as the skin adapts to the process.
Alright, on that note.
I don’t wanna do this.
So, according to dermatologists,
you could potentially see some, not much,
hair reduction overtime if you apply it regularly.
一些 但是不多 的毛发减少
Epilating is mechanically playing the hair out,
and sometimes, as you do that over and over again,
you will disfigure the hair bulb.
And so that hair bulb may scar down
and not produce any hair any more.
Who would do this to themselves?
My friend does her bikini area,
I don’t know how she does it.
Is that blood?
Okay, no, I’m done.
Next up, depilatories.
It’s a lot sexier than it was in the 90s.
I first tried a depilatory cream
when I was trying to hide from my parents the fact
that I was trying to remove my leg hair.
Depilatories are painless.
You put it on, you leave it on for three to seven minutes
depending on what the packaging says,
and it dissolves your hair away.
Depilatories can be messy, smelly.
Oh, yeah, there it is.
And they can be irritating.
So my advice with depilatory creams
is always do a patch test first
to see if it’s going to irritate your skin or not.
This is a spray option that come with a scraper.
It’s kind of like an ice scraper for your legs.
Between the two options,
the spray actually left behind a little bit of stubble,
whereas the cream left my leg completely smooth.
Depilatory creams are dissolving the hair at the surface.
It’s not going into your hair follicle
and dissolving and killing the hair follicle.
It’s not that strong.
So it’s going to grow back
just as fast as you would shaving.
So apparently there are people out there
using duct tape to remove their leg hair.
They’re most viral challenges.
But seriously, there’s nothing in the world that you could do
to convince me to use it on my own legs.
Yeah. we are not doing this.
So sugaring is very similar to waxing.
I find it doesn’t hurt as much.
My skin reacts to things like hot wax.
So when I find a method
that doesn’t cost a lot of irration,
I stick with it and that’s why I have stuck with sugaring for so long.
Because it’s just the mixture of sugar, lemon and water,
whatever is left on your skin dissolves away easily.
So clean up is a breeze.
For me, sugaring has all the benifits of waxing.
It’s just less painful,
and for me, causes less irritation afterwards.
This kit comes with denim straps
that you can actually wash and reuse,
so that’s really nice because it means
that you are not creating a lot of waste.
Sugaring does tend to be
a little bit more expensive than waxing,
so a place that does both might
wax your legs for $50 and sugar your legs for $55.
So it’s not a huge difference, but it can add up.
Tweezing is a method of hair removal.
I don’t think it’s a variable method of
removing all of your leg hair.
If you’re tweezing your whole leg, you’re a masochist.
But remember those tough curve spots around your ancle
that the razor might have trouble with?
Well, tweezing is a great solution to get rid of those.
I’m calling this next category abrasives.
Spoiler alert, they hurt.
This is a depilation sponge.
Do not be fooled by its cute packaging.
You wet your skin,
then you rub this vigorously in circle motions,
and yeah, it takes off your hair.
But it also seemed to take off three layers of my skin.
I get it, you don’t use any product or blade,
but, actually, no, I don’t get it.
This cute little thing is apparently called a hair mitten.
Similarly you rub this on your hair,
and it’s supposed to remove it.
But it really just reminded me of wrapping
sandpaper around my hand
and rubbing my leg, that feels weird.
So this is a pumice stone,
and apparently, people use it to remove leg hair.
I don’t know who came up with this idea.
Like, people do this?
But using a pumice stone to remove your leg hair,
in my opinion, is not a good option.
I had definite abrasions after this next day.
It reminds me of the that time my best friend’s dad gave her
a sanding block to exfoliate her feet.
Is this from of a hardware store?
And she wondered why she had cuts all over her feet.
I am not rubbing my skin with this, I’m sorry.
With all the other methods we’ve covered,
I will happily stick to shaving or waxing.
I would definitely epilate over the abrasives.
Probably just have a couple glasses of wine before I did it.
Let’s talk about waxing.
There’s a lot to cover here.
With any waxing technique,
the hair needs to be at least a quarter inch long if it’s fine,
half inch long if it’s thick.
However long that takes,
you’re gonna have to be in that awkward stubble growth phase.
Soft wax is probably the wax that people are most familiar with.
It’s the type that you spread on your leg,
you cover with a fabric strip,
you rub the fabric strip, and you rip it off.
When you’re waxing, you need to make sure
to apply the wax downwards as the hair grows,
and rip it up in the opposite direction.
Soft wax is great because it covers large surfaces at once.
It can be painful depending on your skin and hair type,
and it can cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
This is hard wax,
and it actually starts out as these little wax pellets
that then get melted down.
Hard wax, it’s a wax that hardens on your skin.
You don’t use strips.
It’s a quick and efficient way to remove your leg hair
because you can cover large surfaces at once.
Hard wax, I think, creates less of a mess than soft wax
because you don’t need any fabric strips.
And a lot of people find hard wax
to be less painful than soft wax,
and gentler on the skin
provided it’s not too hot or spread too thick.
If you wanna reduce the pain,
if you’re really sensitive to waxing,
you could take an Advil or a Tylenol an hour before.
While numbing cream like Lanacane or other topical anesthetics
can somewhat numb the pain,
it’s not recommended,
you might not be able to tell if the wax is too hot.
Hard wax tends to grab coarser hairs better than soft wax does,
and it is gentler on your skin.
Premade wax strips are really great in theory.
They are way less messy than
having to spread the wax on with a wooden stick,
they’re not hot,
but they are way more painful
than any other form of waxing that I’ve tried.
Oh, this is hard to watch.
And, you know what,
I’ve found that it sometimes didn’t cling to all the hairs,
and the hairs break in half.
In some instances,
you’re not ripping the hair out at the root.
Cold wax is another type of wax,
but, you guessed it,
you use it cold.
Cold wax is a little less messy
because the wax isn’t hot and runny.
There’s no chance of burning yourself,
so that’s a big plus.
But getting cold wax out of the tub is really hard.
It wasn’t as painful as the hot wax,
it was less messy,
and I didn’t get any irritation afterwards.
Oh. With cold wax,
it’s harder to get a super clean, smooth result.
Heated wax tends to soften the follicles,
so the hairs pull out more easily.
Cold wax doesn’t heat the hair follicles,
so it’s going to take more effort to rip those hairs out.
This cold wax was great.
It’s very similar to sugaring,
but just struggling with it to get out of the jar was a hassle.
Laser hair removal.
There are three types of lasers that are used in laser hair removal.
The diode, the alexandrite, and the Nd:YAG,
and the one that you see in at-home devices is the diode.
Unlock the device by holding the skin sensor
against the skin in the area you wish to treat.
It worked by shooting heat down the follicle.
That increase in temperature
either shuts down the follicle completely
or causes a long delay in the growth phase.
Afterwards, the follicle
will produce a hair that’s thinner and lighter.
A lot of dermatologists actually recommend
at-home diodes as a followup to in-office procedures.
So maybe you go for a couple sessions,
and then you follow up regularly with your own at-home diode.
I’m feeling it.
But they are pricey.
That’s the problem.
The newer versions can run between $350 and $450.
You may not see great results if you have really thick hair.
Thick hair in general, whether you’re in office
or using an at-home device,
it’s harder to reduce
because there’s a lot more of it and there’s more pigment.
At-home lasers are about 30% to 50% weaker
than an in-office laser,
so you don’t hurt yourself, basically.
No, it didn’t hurt that bad,
I just wasn’t expecting it.
Which means you have to use them more frequently.
So this all begs the question,
what is it like to get an in-office laser treatment?
The laser that doctors use in-office
is a lot bigger, a lot more complicated, and a lot more powerful
than the ones that they sell you for home use,
which is also why you need to put on these really chic glasses.
– You ready? – Yeah.
You wanna shave the hair,
so that the laser doesn’t
start targeting the hair on the surface of your skin,
which can cause burning.
We decided not to use numbing cream,
because we didn’t wanna add to the length of the treatment.
In-office are higher-powered, quicker, and more effective,
医美设备力度更强 更快 更高效
and they’re the best option for people
who want near-permanent hair removal.
They’re more expensive than a lot of options,
and require a pretty large time commitment.
– You okay? – Yup.
It can range anywhere from six months to a year.
It’s like you get used to it after a while.
Oh, not that one.
And we’re done.
There are also different types of lasers now
that can be used for light skin and dark skin,
but regardless of your skin tone,
you absolutely cannot have a tan,
or have a lot of time in the sun,
because those tanning cells will get targeted by the laser,
and cause damage, and it can be very painful,
and cause permanent damage to your skin.
Okay, back to the studio.
At-home intense pulsed light, or IPL.
IPL is a really distant relative of lasers,
and like lasers, it also uses heat to injure the hair’s root.
You’re going to be seeing
about 30% to 50% reduction of hair with either device,
whereas, in-office, you’re going to be seeing about 50% to 80%.
After reading these instructions,
I’m actually more nervous than before I opened it up.
Especially because there’s something called gentle mode.
At-home IPL devices are actually a really
great safe method of hair reduction.
They have built in safety features,
so if the skin is too dark, it won’t fire.
You probably are gonna have to use this for
three to six weeks regularly
to start seeing any sort of reduction.
However, it also depends on how thick your hair is.
The thicker your hair is, the less effective it’s gonna be.
An IPL device also will not work for light hair.
Since it covers bigger areas at a time,
it’s faster to use than a diode laser,
so you could probably do both legs in about 10 to 20 minutes.
Let’s take a look at a couple DIY home remedies.
I was really skeptical about these.
This DIY remedy involves half a tablespoon of cornflower,
one egg white, and one tablespoon of sugar.
applying it to your leg,let it dry,
and when you peel it off,
it’s supposed to remove your leg hair.
But, as you can see, it was kind of just a runny mess.
There’s no way this is gonna work.
At Allure, we tend to stay away from at-home remedies.
You never know how they’re gonna work out.
With so many other methods,
it’s better to just stick to some of the more traditional ones.
That did nothing.
This DIY method involves mixing two tablespoons of milk
with one tablespoon of gelatin,
microwave it for 15 seconds,
you smear it on.
Once it dries, you pull it up just like wax.
Oh, it smells funky.
This method really reminded me just of wax.
It looked like wax, it dried like wax.
I think, if I had left it on for longer,
and on an area, like a flatter area,
it may have worked a little better.
It did pull out some hairs, but not a ton.
It got three hairs.
But it was fun to play with.
So the big question after trying all these methods is
how did the hair grow back?
Two weeks later, my hair still hasn’t grown back from the wax.
It’ll probably be one more week
until you see any sort of regrowth.
An epilator shows the same results as waxing,
because it’s doing the same thing,
it’s removing the hair at the root.
The abrasives clearly didn’t work,
as you can see from the scabs and lots of hair leftover.
Any of the shaving methods
end up with the same regrowth results,
because cutting the hair at the surface,
it’s all gonna look the same when it grows back.
But you’ll also see the injuries
that came from the disposable razor and the safety razor.
Those cuts, they might be small, but they’re mighty.
They hurt and they’ll last for a while.
The depilatory looked similar to the regrowth of shaving,
because again, you’re doing a similar thing.
You’re removing the hair at the surface.
That myth about hair growing back darker or thicker
after shaving or waxing is just not true.
You’re not changing the actual make-up of the hair,
so nothing’s going to change about how it grows back.
It really comes down to what you want
and what method works best for you.
Do you want to reduce the amount of hair?
If so, use a laser.
If you just wanna remove it temporarily,
waxing or shaving works.
If you prefer epilating and it doesn’t hurt you,
But if you can’t stand it,
and you wanna use a depilatory,
and it doesn’t aggravate your skin,
that’s fine too.
There’s so many different ways you can remove leg hair,
and not every method’s going to be right for you.
So I say take what we’ve learned here and experiment.
See what you like,
and remember, no one’s saying you have to remove your leg hair.
If you wanna let it grow, let it grow.
It’s certainly going to be the least painful method of them all.
Wait, how many methods are we doing?