6 Ways to Remove Belly Hair: Pros and Cons

Whether you’re a man or a woman, some of us do not want our belly hair. It can be dark and ugly and no one wants to talk about it. Some have a lot and others just a few strands, but all of those hairs can be removed one way or another. Here are some ways to get rid of that unwanted belly hair, even permanently.

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Using some sort of razor is one of the oldest forms of hair removal. There are different types of razors out there- from disposables, manual ones with cartridges, electric and double edge.  

  • Pros: It's quick and easy and can be done in or out of the shower. Although it only lasts a day or so before you see regrowth, it's a great method to test if you want to keep it smooth.
  • Cons: Once you shave, you will have to shave often to keep a clean, bare look. Itchiness almost always comes when the hair starts to grow back- especially if the hair is thick. And ingrown hairs or razor bumps are a strong possibility.
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Mostly these products come in the cream form but also be found as gels. lotions, and spray applications.

  • Pros: They couldn't be much simpler to use, are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Some can work in a matter of minutes breaking down the hair to a jelly-like state so that it can be easily wiped away.
  • Cons: Like shaving, it removes hair at or maybe slightly below the level of the skin. It's a very temporary method that will only last a couple days at best. ​Hair removal creams are made very strong to break down the hair follicle so they often will burn people or leave their skin extremely red, even if they're not allergic to any of the ingredients (for example, read the ​Nair Shower Power review).
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A resin based product, waxing is found on most salon and spa menus which is spread over hair and then removed. If you'd rather save money, you have your choice of many kits to do the deed at home.

  • Pros: This is meant to remove the entire hair from the follicle. When done correctly, you can be hair-free for three weeks or more. With repeated waxing over time, your stomach hair will grow back thinner and less coarse.
  • Cons: If not done correctly, it can leave you with burns, redness, ingrown hair and a mess.
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Sugaring has two forms: paste and gel. The paste removes hair in the direction of growth, and gel in the opposite direction of hair's growth- the same as waxing.

  • Pros: While it also removes the hair follicle from the root like waxing, it's less painful and gentler to the skin than waxing. The traditional method using sugaring paste is one of the oldest methods of hair removal.
  • Cons: Usually not as severe, you can end up with the same bad side effects that waxing can bring on. It may be more difficult to find professional sugaring close to home. Getting the knack of sugaring using the paste to remove hair at home can be difficult.
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Laser and the other light-based technology, IPL (intense pulsed light) work similarly to impair the hair follicle.

  • Pros: FDA approved for permanent hair reduction, large areas can be treated at once and home devices are available.
  • Cons: With most lasers, you need to have dark hair and lighter skin for safety reasons and to achieve results. Laser hair removal can be expensive because multiple sessions are needed. Risks include scarring, blisters, burns, pigmentation, and pain.

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If you want your stomach hair gone forever, this is the best way to go.

  • Pros: This is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal. Unlike laser hair removal, all hair colors and skin tones can safely receive electrolysis.
  • Cons: It takes multiple sessions and can be painful.
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