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What is the best way to remove underarm hair? | Hair removal tips for women

Updated on September 6, 2014

How to remove underarm hair quickly and safely!

In North America, it is rare to see a women with hairy underarms, and if a woman does forget to shave, she'll be loathed to show you. Even countries like France and Italy, which were once renowned for their free and easy attitude towards armpit hair, have jumped on the bandwagon, with women shaving, waxing and undergoing laser hair removal everyday to achieve a clean and smooth look under the arms.If you are wondering what the best way to remove underarm hair is, you've come to the right place. I've experimented with a variety of hair removal methods in my time, and have found that each method has its pros and cons depending on the situation and the sensitivity of your skin. On this page, I'd like to share these pros and cons with you so you can make an educated decision about which method is right for you.

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1. Shaving your underarm hair

The best ways to remove underarm hair

Shaving your underarm hair is probably a method you've tried at least once in your life as it is undoubtedly the cheapest, quickest and most common way of removing unwanted hair. All you have to do is lather soap under your armpits, and gently run the razor downwards and then upwards along the skin, and voila: smooth, hairless skin.There are two types of razors one can use. The first is the manual razor with disposable blades. This is the cheapest kind of razor and can usually be bought in bulk packs of five or more. This type of razor will give you a close shave, but after using it a few times, the blade will begin to dull and develop rust around the edges. At this point, it is time to throw away the razor and start using a new one.The second type of razor is an electric shaver such as the popular Close Curves shaver by Panasonic. This type of shaver was made to fit the contours of your body, catching even the most difficult-to-reach hairs. It uses specialised blades that give you the closest shave possible without any irritation.The Pros and Cons of Shaving- shaving will leave you with a very close and smooth shave if done correctly- it is the most economical way of removing armpit hair- it is the fastest way of removing hair under the arms- it is the least painful way of removing hair- shaving may leave you with razor burn, irritation or ingrown hairs- hair grow back very quickly (within 2-3 days)- is far from a permanent solution- hair that grows back is coarse and prickly

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The Best Razors and Shavers on Amazon

In this section, I have listed the best razor and the best shaver for women on Amazon. With either of these products, you can be sure to achieve that clean and smooth shave you've been dreaming of for years.

Gillette Venus Embrace Pink Razor, 1 Razor Handle and 2 Razor Blade Refills (packaging may vary)
Gillette Venus Embrace Pink Razor, 1 Razor Handle and 2 Razor Blade Refills (packaging may vary)

This Gillette Venus Embrace has everything a woman could want from a razor - five sharp blades, a moisture strip, and a design that hugs your curves.

 
Panasonic ES2207P Ladies Electric Shaver, 3-Blade Cordless Women’s Electric Razor with Pop-Up Trimmer, Use Wet or Dry
Panasonic ES2207P Ladies Electric Shaver, 3-Blade Cordless Women’s Electric Razor with Pop-Up Trimmer, Use Wet or Dry

This shaver can be used in and out of the shower, on wet or dry skin. It has a triple blade shaver and a pop up trimmer for those hard-to-reach hairs.

 

2. Waxing your underarm hair

The best ways to remove underarm hair

Waxing is another common method many women use to eliminate hair under the arms. Waxing can be performed either in a professional beauty salon or at home with hot or cold home waxing kits.If you decide to visit a beauty salon, you'll usually end up spending around $10 to wax your armpits, and around $30-40 if you want to depilate your legs and bikini line as well. Since I am a wimp when it comes to inflicting pain on myself, I actually prefer to visit a salon as the entire process is in the skilled hands of the beautician. Plus, she always does a much better job of removing the hairs than I do on my own.If you have a high threshold for pain, however, you may want to try an at home waxing kit such as the GiGi Mini Pro Waxing Kit. The average kit comes with a container filled with wax and a series of paper strips. All you have to do is spread the wax evenly across your armpit, place a paper strip firmly on top, and have the courage to rip it off in one quick motion. It is best to let the armpit hair grow out before you do this to get the best grip possible on the hairs.The Pros and Cons of Waxing- waxing lasts for a number of weeks- if done frequently, hair growth may decrease over time- hair is left finer and less prickly than with shaving- is quick and relatively inexpensive considering the duration of the results- is quite painful, especially under the armpits and around the bikini line- may result in ingrown hairs

The Best At Home Waxing Kit on Amazon

GiGi is well-known as one of the best at home waxing kit producers around. To see some of their products, have a look below.

GiGi Mini Pro Hair Removal Waxing Kit
GiGi Mini Pro Hair Removal Waxing Kit

The perfect waxing kit for beginners!

 
Gigi Honee Combo #1 Economy Warmer With All Purpose Honee - Small Strips & Wood Applicators
Gigi Honee Combo #1 Economy Warmer With All Purpose Honee - Small Strips & Wood Applicators

A wax warmer, muslin strips and wooden applicators all in one package!

 

3. Epilation to remove underarm hair

The best ways to remove underarm hair

Epilation refers to the removal of hair from the root. It is done with an epilator, a small hand-held machine with a number of rotating tweezers.To remove as much of your underarm hair from the root as possible, you must make sure that your hair is trimmed down to a few millimetres in length so the machine's tweezers can easily grab them. You must also make a point to move the epilator slowly, or else it won't have the time to lift the hairs out of the pores, and may end up snapping the hairs in two.I am not going to lie - epilation is an extremely painful process if you aren't used to it. In fact, I never use my epilator under my arms or along my bikini line because the skin is too sensitive. That being said, there are many women out there with higher pain thresholds than me who manage to epilate their underarms without issue.It is said that exfoliating, having a warm shower, or placing a cold icepack on the area beforehand may help ease the pain. You could also try taking ibuprofen or Tylenol a half an hour before beginning the process.The Pros and Cons of Epilation- lasts as long as waxing (a few weeks) if done correctly- you only pay once for the epilator and it will last for years- very efficient at pulling out hairs from the root- very painful at first- takes a long time to do- difficult to use for those with a low pain threshold- the epilator must be thoroughly cleaned every time- may leave you with ingrown hairs

The Best Epilators on Amazon

The following epilators have received very high ratings on Amazon from women who use them on a regular basis. Before deciding whether or not epilation is for you, be sure to read through some of the helpful reviews written here. I am sure they will give you a more neutral look at the pros and cons of epilation under the armpits than I could give you!

Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator, White/Gray
Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator, White/Gray

A rather new epilator by Philips which has received some very good ratings so far. I wouldn't mind trying this model out!

 
Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator, White
Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator, White

Very similar to the epilator I own. It does a great job at removing hairs from the root, but I repeat: for me, it is only tolerable on the legs, not under the arms.

 

4. Hair removal cream for underarms

The best ways to remove underarm hair

Another underarm hair removal option which many woman use is hair removal cream such as Veet or Nair. I recommend Veet as it is the brand I use most frequently on my arm hair and underarms.To use hair removal cream, slather on a thick layer of the product under your armpits so that it completely covers the hair. Make sure your hair is at least a couple of centimetres long before using the cream, as it tends to not work on short hair or stubble. Wait a maximum of six minutes before removing the product. If you leave it on any longer, you risk burning your skin, especially if it is sensitive. You should notice the hair frizzle up and remove itself naturally from your skin when you gently wash the product away under lukewarm water.In all honesty, I tend to use hair removal cream more frequently on my arm hair than under my arms. This is because it is more effective on fine light hair than on thick coarse underarm or bikini hair. However, if you aren't particularly hairy "under there", you'll definitely want to give hair removal cream a chance.The Pros and Cons of Hair Removal Cream- removes hair in a matter of minutes- lasts a long time if you only use it on small areas like your underarms- relatively inexpensive- leaves your skin smooth, soft and stubble-free if used correctly- the result lasts slightly longer than shaving- the product does not have a pleasant smell- may burn your skin if you leave it on too long- is not as effective on underarm hair as it is on ordinary arm and leg hair

The Best Hair Removal Creams on Amazon

The following hair removal creams are the most popular on Amazon. If you are tired of shaving, creams are a great solution.

Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream with Essential Oils, 6.78 Ounce
Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream with Essential Oils, 6.78 Ounce

This Veet gel is the product I have used on and off over the years for all kinds of hair removal. It works well, and smells slightly better than some of the other products out there.

 
The Bare Pair 'Threesome' King Kombo - Body Hair Management System (w/ Exfoliating Glove)
The Bare Pair 'Threesome' King Kombo - Body Hair Management System (w/ Exfoliating Glove)

This product was made for men, and it is for this very reason that I recommend it for thick underarm hair. It has received excellent ratings from men who want to give their bodies a smooth look.

 

5. Underarm Laser Hair Removal

The best ways to remove armpit hair

Underarm laser hair removal has become extremely popular in recent years despite its sizeable cost. To give you a ballpark figure, I had laser hair removal performed on my legs and bikini line and it cost me well over $3000 for twelve sessions. However, it was worth it, as I now have 60% less hair on my legs and 70% less hair along my bikini line to deal with.Given the small area of your underarms, there is no doubt you will pay less than I paid for a full lower-body treatment. Happily, laser hair removal works extremely well on thick dark hair, making underarm hair the perfect target. The result on underarm hair is near-permanent, though you may have to go in for "touch-up sessions" every one to two years.So, what's the catch? Besides the cost, there is also the fact that laser hair removal is quite painful. The thicker and darker the hair, the more it stings. Most compare the pain to an elastic band snapping against your skin. I would compare it to a red-hot needle searing your skin. The good thing is that the pain passes in an instant, leaving you with a slight sunburned feeling at the end of the session. To keep your skin moisturised and healthy, it is very important that you use the before-and-after creams with which the beauty salon provides you.The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal- the results are near-permanent- works extremely well on people with dark coarse hair and fair skin- less painful than epilation or waxing- does not work well on people with dark skin- an element of pain involved- extremely expensive- a long process (may take up to two years to complete)

The Best Home Laser Hair Removal Products on Amazon

If you have already undergone laser hair surgery, and would like to perform those necessary touch-ups in the comfort of your own home, an at home laser hair removal machine could be your best bet. Have a look below to see the best laser hair removal machines on Amazon at the moment.

Silk'n SN-002 SensEpil All-Over Hair Removal Handheld Device
Silk'n SN-002 SensEpil All-Over Hair Removal Handheld Device

Here is another laser hair removal machine which has received very good reviews overall on Amazon.

 

My Personal Hair Removal Recommendations - The methods I personally use on a daily basis

Currently, I use a combination of all five hair removal methods mentioned above. As each method has its merits, it also has its shortcomings. Below, I'll explain exactly when I use each method on my underarms and why.Shaving, in my case, is a quick fix. If I find out at the last minute that a trip to the swimming pool is in order, the razor is the first tool I turn to. If I have more time on my hands, I'll use a hair removal cream like Veet or I'll book at appointment at my local beauty salon for a waxing session. I almost always go in for a waxing session at the beginning of the summer so that I am covered for the month of July. All my epilator did was cause me pain and suffering under my arms, so I save the torture device for my less-sensitive legs. I have yet to try laser hair removal under my arms, but after seeing the results on my legs and bikini line, I am tempted to try when my wallet looks a little less vacant!

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      benpakenham 4 years ago

      Tnx, nice lens :)My GF used a laser hair removal clinic in Los Angeles which makes her really happy, comparing with others, they offer better price and professional staff. it is New Look Skin Center www.newlookskincenter.com I hope it can be useful for you as it was/is for my GF :)

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