If you have too much body hair. How can you remove it permanently?
There are so many ways how to get rid of body hair--from shaving to waxing to laser IPL hair removal --but what about natural methods? Are there ways to get rid of your body hair using ONLY ingredients found in nature? No lasers, no harsh hair removal creams, and definitely no risk of razor burn!
Thankfully, there are a few natural hair removal methods that work. If you want to know how to get rid of body hair for good, read on to find out a few simple methods for all-natural hair removal…
How to Permanently Get Rid of Body Hair: Does "Permanent" Exist?
Before we look at the hair removal methods, we have to talk about the hairy elephant in the room…
So many people are looking for a permanent hair removal method, one that will eliminate body hair once and for all. They try everything from waxing to electrolysis to laser IPL hair removal , all in an effort to stop those pesky hairs from growing back.
But is there such a thing as "permanent"? Is there any way to prevent hair from re-growing, or will it always come back in the end?
Truth time: there's only ONE hair removal method that can be considered permanent. Electrolysis burns the hair follicles, damaging them so much that your body is unable to repair them. With the follicles damaged, they cannot sprout new hairs.
However, even electrolysis isn't 100% permanent. Many people who undergo this type of hair removal end up re-growing body hair after a few years. By the time 10 years have passed since the completion of electrolysis, hair follicles have re-grown at least a percentage of body hair. It's not as dark or thick as it was before the electrolysis, but it's still visible.
Laser IPL hair removal usually only works for up to a year or so. The light beam does damage the hair follicles, but not to the extent of electrolysis. It slows down the re-growth rate without actually stopping it. That's why it's recommended to get follow-up laser IPL hair removal treatment every year. That way, the laser will burn away the hair once more.
As for the other hair removal methods (waxing, tweezing, shaving, sugaring, threading, etc.), the hair removal doesn’t last anywhere near as long. Wax your legs, and you may not see proper hair re-growth for a month or so. Wax your back or shoulders, and the results may last a bit longer (due to the sparsity of hair in these regions). However, in the end, the hair will always grow back!
Understanding this will help you to realize that there is no such thing as "permanent" hair removal. People who are looking for how to get rid of body hair permanently naturally are going to be disappointed. The natural hair removal methods below are highly effective, but they can't promise anything permanent!
How to Get Rid of Body Hair the Natural Way
While you may not be able to "permanently" get rid of body hair, the methods below will be highly effective to help you in your weekly/monthly struggle to keep your body hair under control. Try these remedies to find out which work best!
Papaya is so much more than just a tropical fruit! It's packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as a specific enzyme called papain. Papain helps to break down your hair follicles, slowing down your hair re-growth rate. Not only will it deal with the hairs currently sprouting from the follicles, but it can delay the return of your body hair.
The best thing about papaya is that it's highly nourishing for your skin, and it can be applied even to those with highly sensitive skin. It's a beautiful exfoliating substance that will get rid of body hair as it provides nutrients to your skin. Talk about a win-win!
Papaya Remedy #1:
For this remedy, you will need:
Raw turmeric root
Using a knife, peel and chop the papaya into small cubes. Use a fork to mash the cubes into a thick, juicy papaya pulp.
Grate a knuckle-sized piece of raw turmeric root using the smallest holes. This will give you zest-sized pieces, which you can mix into the papaya pulp. Mix the pulp well to ensure the turmeric is properly absorbed, and apply the paste to the body parts with unwanted hair.
Gently massage the pulp into your skin, and let it sit for up to 20 minutes. Once the time has passed, rinse the pulp from your skin with warm water. There may be a bit of yellowing of your skin (the result of the turmeric), but it will fade in a few days.
This is a remedy to repeat once or twice a week. Once the body hair has lightened, you can shave/wax. Give your skin a day to recover, then apply the mixture again. Keep applying it regularly, and you may not have to worry about waxing or shaving for a long time!
Papaya Remedy #2:
For this remedy, you will need:
Crush half a cup of papaya into a thick pulp, and mix half a tablespoon each of gram flour and turmeric powder. Add in two tablespoons of mustard oil, four tablespoons of aloe vera (gel or raw), and a couple of drops of peppermint oil.
Apply the mixture to your skin, and let it dry. After about 20 minutes (15 for those with sensitive skin), rinse it off with warm water. This will help to lighten your body hair and prevent the hair follicles from re-growing.
After your skin has dried, use a natural moisturizing cream to reduce dryness and protect the skin.
Turmeric is a potent root that makes a delicious addition to curries, sauces, and stews, but it's also loaded with a powerful antioxidant known as curcumin. Curcumin helps to reduce inflammation, fight bacteria, and keep your skin healthy. Best of all, turmeric can seriously reduce hair growth.
You can use turmeric in either raw or powder form, depending on its availability in your city. If local supermarkets don't carry it, search Oriental food stores to find powdered or raw turmeric.
Turmeric Remedy #1:
For this remedy, you will need:
Mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with an equal amount of gram flour, and stir well to combine. Pour in the sesame oil until you have a thick paste. Using your fingers, apply the paste to the areas with unwanted body hair.
Let the mixture dry and sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Use a gentle scrubbing motion to get rid of the paste, and a bit of hair will come off. You can repeat this remedy once weekly to deal with your body hair!
Turmeric Remedy #2:
For this remedy, you will need
Grate or grind a knuckle-sized piece of turmeric, and stir in a few tablespoons of rose water. You want a thick paste that can easily be applied to your skin.
Apply the paste with your fingers, but ONLY on the areas with unwanted hair. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the sensitivity/dryness of your skin). Once the time has passed, wash it off with warm water.
This is an ideal remedy for your legs, back, arms, and anywhere with less dense, thinner hair. For thicker, coarse hair (such as around your pubic region), you may need to add yoghurt, ground oats, or rice flour.
Sugar, Lemon, and Honey
Have you ever noticed how sugar turns thick and wax-like when heated? It's why we have delicious caramel and toffee!
Using sugar with honey can be a natural alternative to the costly paraffin wax used by so many spas and hair removal clinics. Adding a bit of a lemon helps to bleach the hair, reducing its visibility. Mixing honey and sugar make a thick wax that, once applied, will nourish your skin even as it sticks to your hairs--making it easier to rip them out.
Note: Trim your hairs roughly 10 days before using this remedy to maximize its efficiency.