Best hair removal products, services, and resources

Hair removal options can seem overwhelming, but some great products exist hidden among all the scams.

Recommendations for professional methods

Choosing a practitioner:

Topical anesthetic creams

> Numb 520

> LMX-5

Hair removal aftercare

Tend Skin

Anthony Ingrown Hair Treatment

Ingrown Hair Eliminating Peeling Pads

MiN New York Solution2 Post Shave Treatment

Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra

Pinaud Clubman Styptic Pencil

Amara Organics Aloe Vera Gel

MenScience Androceuticals Men’s Scrub, Shave and Soothe Kit

Neutrogena Alcohol And Oil-Free Toner

Witch Hazel

Friction methods

This option is inexpensive, but it’s only ideal for for legs and arms. It can also work on some fine hair. It does not work well in bikini area, underarms, face, or on coarse hair. See my page on friction for more information.

Hair Off hair remover mitten

DigHealth Natural Earth Lava Pumice Stone

 

Tweezerman LTD Pedro Callus Stone

3M emery cloth sheets for hair removal

Waxing kits

Gigi Combo #2 With Economy Warmer – All Pur…

Gigi Mini Professional Kit #140

Clean And Easy Waxing Spa Basic Kit

Tweezers

I rarely make a wholehearted recommendation, but I feel the best tweezers are made by Tweezerman. Their products are really first rate, and they offer realigning and resharpening on many models. I prefer the wide grip slant models:

Buy Tweezerman tweezers now (via Amazon)

Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer

Japonesque Precision Brow Groomer

Rubis Tweezers Slanted Tip

MEHAZ Rubis Swiss Tweeze – Slanted – Stainl…

Home electrolysis

Note: I do not recommend home electrolysis because it is very difficult to do properly. If you decide to try after reading my tips and tricks, you must use a devices where a thin metal probe inserted into the follicle to touch the hair root directly. This needs to happen to destroy the hair root. Electric tweezers and transdermal and transcutaneous devices often claim to be permanent, but there is no statistically significant evidence that proves this claim, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

These are the only consumer devices on the market that use a metal probe inserted into the hair follicle:

CLEAN N EASY Deluxe Electrolysis

Home laser

Almost every “home laser” should be avoided. Most do not work as claimed, and permanent reduction of hair is unusual. These are lower power than professional lasers offered at clinics and salons, so they are not as effective.

 

arrow TRIA Beauty (power level is about 7-22 Joules/cm2)

Other products

arrow Silk’n Flash&Go (power level is about 3-5 Joules/cm2)

Rotary epilators

I recommend getting a rotary epilator with an LED light built in. It makes the process much easier, especially on blonde, red, and gray hair.

Silk-epil models by Braun

See also

Emjoi Light Caress Cordless Hair Remover

Braun 3240 Silk Epil SoftPerfection epilator.

Braun 5270 Silk-épil X’elle Body Sys…

Braun 5180 Silk-Epil X’elle Easy Start Epil…

Braun SE7781 Silk-Epil Xpressive Epilator B…

Epilady Duet 3 Epilator

Epilady Legend Rechargeable Epilator

Epilady Discrette Epilator

Electric razors

WAHL Professional 5 Star Series Bump Free S…

Braun 360° Complete Shaver – 8985

Braun Contour System Shaver – Silver (5790)

Books

Cosmetic and Medical Electrolysis and Tempo…by R.N. Richards

Modern Electrology by Fino Gior

The Complete Guide to Laser Hair Removal

Winning The Battle Against Unwanted Hair

See also:

> Hair removal information: recommended and non-recommended