DIY de-fuzzing

Monday, 25 February 2013

DIY de-fuzzingA regular visit to the salon for a trim just isn’t practical. What happens when your go-to therapist is booked solid and you need to get into your bikini and onto the beach ASAP? Not to mention the fact that it can get a little (lot) costly! Why not save some precious time and pennies with some DIY? Here are some quick and affordable options for getting rid of unwanted hair in the comfort of your own home.


Shaving means cutting your hair off at the surface of the skin. All you need is some warm, soapy water or shaving cream to create lather over the area to be shaved, a sharp razor with at least three blades (toss it after five to 10 shaves) and you’re good to go. Shave using light, gentle strokes against hair growth and rinse frequently. This is the quickest option but because it only gets rid of hair from the base, if your hair is darker than your skin colour, subsurface hair may be noticeable. It’s also the least painful (unless you cut yourself of course). If you use this method of hair removal, stick to shaving your legs and underarms only. Men, your face will suffice (unless you’re a serious sportsman, in which case you’re excused to shave your legs too – depending on the sport) and go for a shaving gel like Nivea for men sensitive shaving gel, R69,95. Finish off with Sorbet Man Post Shave Balm, R69,95.


When you wax, you pull your hair out from the root by applying the sticky stuff to the surface of your skin and peeling it (the wax and the hairs together) off in the opposite direction to that of your hair growth. Your kit would include either strip wax, like ready-to-use wax strips for your bikini, legs and underarm like Nair Argan Oil Bikini & Underarm Sensitive Glide-On, R89.95, or hot wax that you can heat up in your microwave when needed. We recommend Mandy’s Fabulous Film Wax, R106.99. Waxing is messy but some packs include wipes for removing any excess wax and soothing sensitive skin, or you could use Johnson’s Baby Oil, R32.95. Although waxing takes more time than shaving, it saves time in the long run because your fluff should only grow back after two weeks. But there is the eina factor to consider!


Like waxing, epilators also remove hair from the roots, except instead of using wax to do so, these electrical appliances have mini tweezers on a roller that revolves at a high speed along the surface of your skin, trapping your hairs and pulling them out. Some are battery-operated and can be used dry or in the bath or shower, like the Philips SatinSoft Wet and Dry Epilator, R749.99. If you can’t decide between shaving and using an epilator, the Body Duo 2-in-1 Shaver and Epilator from Veet, R699, is for you. Although epilation isn’t as messy as waxing, it’s more painful and could cause ingrown hairs, so it’s best used to remove regrowth or to touch up after a wax.

Hair removal creams

Hair removal creams aka chemical depilatories are either rubbed or sprayed onto your skin to dissolve your hair’s protein structure, loosening your hair from the follicle and making it weak enough to be rubbed and washed off. Lotions, gels, roll-ons and aerosols are also available. Your hair is removed from just below the surface of your skin, so you won’t feel stubble as soon as after a shave. Be sure to conduct a patch test and follow the instructions carefully. We recommend Sensitive Skin Hair Removal Cream from Veet, R32.99.


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Jessica is still trying to forgive Benefit for leaving the country, but delighted at the arrival of Lush. When she’s not dreaming of California, she’s living it up in Cape Town, the glorious city this girly farm girl from Natal has come to call home. Beauty, fashion and foodie things are her loves.

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  1. Afsana Chhipa

    I have a Braun epilator that i’ve used for 5 years. It is awesome. No more worries, atleast for a good few weeks. I can deal with the pain for the time and effort it takes to shave regularly. I would love to try the laser removal though. Just need to save first.

    4 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Epilators are the way to go! Like RoseAngel I also decided to go through the pain and do my bikini also, and I am so glad I did! First hair-removal method that I am happy with (previously tried shaving, waxing, creams etc)

    6 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    I prefer waxing to shaving but I hate the ingrown that I sometimes get. I personally hate hair and even though waxing is time consuming it takes a long time for the hair to grow bath. It’s a good idea to apply fino balm on the waxed area to prevent ingrown hair.

    6 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Been shaving my under arms and bikini area since I was a tween, and because of it, the hair has become thick and hardy! I hate it cos I have to shave every second day. Recently bought the veet duo epilator for use on my legs (I have only ever used hair removal creams on my legs so the hair there is very thin and doesn’t even grow at the back) it’s great cos I use the epilator and my hubby uses the razor side for his face so good value for money! I was very brave today and decided to use the epilator side on my bikini area OUCH!!!!! I went slowly and got the whole area done and DAMN am I glad I did! I have not felt thi area so smooth since before I started shaving. I am hoping that it will grow thinner and will do it again in a few days as it grows back so that it won’t be so thick again and hopefully it won’t be as painfull. There were a few places where there were like four if five hairs growing out the exact same spot and those bled a little so I’m happy I could rinse the epilator side with water. Tried to do my underarm area also but found that to be too painfull so will try again after using Emla, a anesthetic cream I use for my daughters when they have to get shots and if it still too painfull will brave up and give waxing a shot. I am tired of thick dark fugly under arm and bikini area hair so one way or the other it’s going, and so is the shaving. Wonder if those creams that I saw the other day that supposedly help to decrease hair growth actually work? Has anyone tried them? Let me know………

    6 years ago •

  1. DebbieT

    I epilate and it really works. Have minimal hair and if you just do touch ups once a week or every 2 weeks you’re good to go for at least 3 weeks. Do however get a few ingrown hairs.

    6 years ago •

  1. diamond

    Shaving for me thank you, cant stand the pain of waxing and epilators

    6 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Great Advice on the different ways for hair removal.

    6 years ago •

  1. Anne

    I prefer waxing, hair takes way longer to grow than after shaving

    6 years ago •

  1. voges

    I prefer shaving as its alot less payless than waxing

    6 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Using the epilator is painful but worth it

    6 years ago •

  1. Nettie

    hair removal creams never works on me, – but thanks for the tips

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Never tried shaving my face, imaging the look on my boyfriends face walking in on me with a face full of shaving cream……I’d stick with the waxing.

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I would advise laser, it is the best thing I have done! I hardly have any hair, and makes life so much easier.

    6 years ago •

  1. Harte-Joubert

    I enjoy Salon waxes, but in summer for the extra smoothness, especially when wearing a dress or a skirt…shaving is it!

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    I use hair remaval creams, best for me

    6 years ago •

  1. Anni*

    The epilator – can’t get myself to use it. It hurts too much when you have to do it yourself!

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Great advice, thanks. i’m not really hairy, so i prefer to shave.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Awesome. I wax for the most part and am currently undergoing laser on my lip.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I usually shave but use the Veet hair removal cream which really does work for your bikini line!

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I find hair removal creams the easiest to work with.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Waxing is so much better as long as your exfoliate and moisturise to avoid ingrowns since they pretty much know how to be a literal pain and annoyance.

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    You eventually get used to the painful epilator. And the results really are awesome. I love mine.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I prefer epilators and hair removal creams

    6 years ago •

  1. Alison

    Love the advice. I now know a lot more about the different methods of hair removal. Waxing and shaving are my usual, I have never tried an epilator, but after reading more information on it I am going to consider it. Thank you!

    6 years ago •

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