How Long Does Hair Removal Last?

What you can expect from each method

When choosing a hair removal method, it's very helpful to know how long it's approximately going to last. We give the run-down for each including the exceptions to the rules.
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Also known as depilatories, hair removal creams use a strong alkaline solution to slowly break down the hair until it turns jelly-like and can be wiped off.

When the product is wiped off, the hair should come with it. It doesn't remove hair from the follicle. That means that the hair is gone from about the skin's level. If you have dark, thick hair you still might see a shadow, which is the hair beneath the skin. The results last similarly to when you shave, giving a couple days of hair-free skin at best. More »

This is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. While it has the best track record, multiple sessions are needed.

The skill of the electrologist, the type used, the area, and hormone levels will also have a bearing on results. Permanent hair removal isn’t 100% guaranteed for everyone. More »

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Multiple laser hair removal treatments may help reduce the overall amount of hair, and also make some hairs lighter or finer. It's FDA approved for permanent hair reduction, but not permanent hair removal.

Not all hair or skin types can safely receive or benefit from laser hair removal and not everyone hair respond's with the same reduction to treatments. Multiple sessions are needed. More »

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Just like it sounds, the main ingredient is sugar. Mixed and cooked along with other natural ingredients like lemon juice and water, and sometimes honey, salt and essential oils. 

It also removes hair from the follicle and may last up to six weeks. Sugaring paste can remove very short hair, and because of uplifting it out of the follicle early in its growth stage, it has been said that it can lead to a great reduction of hair when performed frequently over time. More »

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Waxing, a very popular method used both at home and salons uses a resin-based wax like product to remove the entire hair follicle from the root. Results can last up to six weeks. Just how long hair stays away has much to do with hair growth cycles, if hair was broken either below or above the skin, and how often the hair is removed. More »

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This ancient process originating in Eastern countries using a string is quite amazing, considering how fast it can be done with great precision without using any chemicals or powered tools. Most commonly used on facial hair, especially eyebrows, it pulls hair out like a lasso and may also last up to six weeks. More »
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Also known as plucking, it also removes hair from the follicle and may last up to six weeks as well. If you're trying to tackle a large amount of hair, it can be a very tedious process.

It's most commonly used for shaping eyebrows or getting a stray hair missed after waxing or sugaring. However, a poor quality pair of tweezers will slide off hair, or break it instead of removing it. More »

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Using a razor, whether manual or electric, will only cut hair off at about skin level. The quality of the razor, its sharpness, correctly prepping the skin and the products used all hold a bearing on just how close to the skin it takes down the hair.

If the hair is dark or coarse it might still be seen underneath like a shadow. Regardless, the results are often short-lived. It's usually a day or two, and may not be noticeably seen for days if the hair is blonde or fine. More »

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This doesn't remove the hair at all, but because it lightens it, can make dark thick hair appear less noticeable. As hair starts to grow, the natural color will show it's roots. Depending on how fast the hair grows in the area, the natural color and its thickness it averages anywhere between two to six weeks. Then it's time for a touch up. More »