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Underarm Hair Removal

When to Use the Pros

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You want the longest lasting results for underarm hair removal, right? All of the options below keep you hair-free for weeks, maybe even permanently. Because of the location of the underarm and the process of these methods, you'll have to go to the professionals.

1. Waxing

Waxing removes the entire hair follicle from the root if done correctly, lasting up to six weeks.

You may be wondering why you need to get this done professionally. First, you need two hands to wax, and one hand will be unavailable because you’ll have to extend your arm straight up to get to your underarm. Second, the underarm can be a bit tricky because the hair often grows in different directions, instead of all in the same way. Needless to say, your home results won’t work out well.

For Best Results: You need to be aware in instances or circumstances when you shouldn't get waxing, like if you're in cancer therapy getting radiation or chemotherapy. Read the full waxing precautions and warnings list.

2. Sugaring

The real sugaring uses a paste to remove the entire hair follicle from the root, lasting up to six weeks. Although, similar to waxing, people choose sugaring because it’s more gentle to those with sensitive skin and is the less painful option.

Why you shouldn’t sugar at home for underarm hair removal is the same reason as above, in waxing.

For Best Results: Hair needs to be at least 1/16” for the sugar to be able to hold onto and remove.

Ask the salon or spa before booking the appointment if it’s the real sugaring method, not just some sugar mixed with a wax product. Try to book an appointment with a technician that’s been recommended by a friend or family member.

3. Electrolysis

An electric current is applied with a very fine needle-shaped electrode, or metal probe into each hair follicle for about one minute to destroy the root. Electrolysis is the only method approved for permanent hair removal by the FDA, although everyone doesn't acheive 100% success.

For Best Results: Electrolysis is a very long process that requires many sessions, so know exactly what you’re getting into before getting your first treatment.
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