The last installment in a series centered on hair waxing, this post will highlight aesthetic options that are either longer-lasting than or an alternative to waxing.

So, waxing isn’t your thing or you’d prefer something more long-term. No problem, we’ve got some suggestions for you.


Shaving is the most common means of hair removal, while waxing is the oldest. However, shaving has its pros and cons. For example, if you shave your leg hair, it grows back faster than if you wax it. If you use a dull blade when shaving, you could cut yourself or get razor burn. If you pull the blade in the wrong direction, you could miss several patches of hair or cut them at the wrong angle.

However, if you’re going to shave, against which we have no bias, Gillette Venus recommends that you use a sharp razor, ensure your skin is properly lubricated and hydrated, use a good shaving gel, and apply the right techniques. And, above all, take your time. Any time spent on self-care should be relaxing and enjoyable. Don’t rush through it.

Bleaching and Depilatories

Mirza Aesthetics™ does not recommend using bleach or a depilatory to remove unwanted hair. Why? Simply because of the nature of these products. These products can be potentially dangerous, containing harsh chemicals.

While there are some at-home bleaching kits and recipes, they often don’t remove the hair as much as lighten and thin it out. What’s more, a depilatory, if applied incorrectly or left on too long, can have severe repercussions. There are many other negative effects of these methods to consider, so, consult a professional before journeying to the store.

Threading and Sugaring

Threading in its simplicity is just as it sounds: The use of fine threads to remove unwanted hair. However, notably, this treatment is commonly used on facial hair. Facial hair is often thin and sparse. However, arm and leg hair can be coarse and thick, so, threading is not a recommended option.

Sugaring, however, is a resurging ancient method. As its name implies, a gel-like sugar paste is applied to the leg and allowed to harden. It’s important to note that the paste doesn’t fully harden, but becomes a thicker consistency.

An aesthetician will then flick or pluck out each hair follicle. As the sugar latches on to the hair at its root, any follicles that regrow will, thus, be thinner. Still, only one session won’t bring these results; multiple sessions are needed.

Laser Hair Removal

In terms of pain, the most convenient method is laser hair removal. The procedure is fairly simple, too! A device uses lasers to heat up hair follicles on your legs. Then, the hair follicles fall off.

How does the laser hair removal process feel? Many clients report feeling a slight sting and compare the experience to a zap. Even the worst side effects are nothing like bleaching, depilatories, razor burn or the repeated sessions of sugaring.

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Ultimately, laser hair removal may be the easiest method for pain. But, is it the easiest on your wallet? While most salons and aestheticians will raise their prices for this service, because this is a highly demanded procedure, there are some that simply don’t. Fortunately for you, we’re one of them.

To wax or not to wax

Ultimately, the decision to wax or not is yours. But, having an open discussion about it, can really bring to light some disconcerting factors. If you try waxing, or any of the alternatives we discussed, let us know how it goes! You can find us on all of the socials — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Realself, and so many more! If you’re even interested in laser hair removal, feel free to reach out for more information, we’re happy to help.

The information provided herein has been reviewed for accuracy, but cannot be guaranteed to be free of infallalacy. The information herein does not qualify as a diagnosis nor does it substitute a consultation with a licensed physician.


PUBLISHED: 20200110

Post Author: Dr. Mirza

With over 15 years of experiences as a licensed physician, Dr. Muhammad Mirza is very knowledgeable in cosmetics. Having specialized in neurology, our doctor knows exactly how to contour cosmetic products to your needs perfectly. Dr. Mirza takes his knowledge and shares it on his website, in his offices, and across various other platforms.