Hairy legs are a nightmare for any woman. Select any method of your choice to get rid of hair on your legs. You can go for laser hair removal. If you are tight on budget, consider alternative methods, like waxing, shaving or depilatory creams. Shaving can result into nicks and cuts, as well as drier skin. So use a good shaving gel and a good quality razor. In case you shave your legs, take care to moisturize your legs right after shaving to avoid razor burn or bumps and dry skin. Many women prefer waxing over shaving their legs.
Different ways to make your skin smooth.
How it works: You pull out individual hairs by the root with tweezers.
Best for: Small areas
How long it lasts: 3-8 weeks
Tips: Clean tweezers with rubbing alcohol before and after each use to lower your chance of infection.
How it works: Using a razor or electric shaver, you cut the hair very close to the skin. “There’s a popular myth that shaving causes hair to grow back coarser,” says dermatologist David Pariser, MD. “But that’s not true. An unshaved hair has a tip that is tapered and soft. When you shave it, you shave off the soft tip, so it feels coarser.”
Tips: If you use disposable razors or blades, wet your skin and use soap or shaving cream. Shave in the direction the hair grows. Replace your razor often — you can cut yourself with a dull one.
Best for: It works anywhere.
How long it lasts: 1-3 days
Possible side effects: Ingrown hairs, especially in the bikini area
How it works: A cosmetologist spreads sticky wax on your skin, then covers it with cloth strips. When the wax dries, the strips are quickly pulled off, taking the hair with them. Some types of wax can be pulled off without cloth strips.
Best for: Anywhere on the body, including the legs, and bikini area
How long it lasts: 3-6 weeks
Possible side effects: Redness and bumps. You could also get an infection around the hair follicles. The more often you wax, the less likely you are to have an infection.
Tips: Hair has to be at least 1/4 inch long for the wax to grab it. So let your hair grow for a few weeks before waxing.
Almost Permanent: Laser Hair Removal
During laser treatment, a low-energy beam is directed at the skin, where it is absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair follicles. With repeated treatments — usually at least three — this stops most hair growth, though re-treatment may eventually be needed.
“Laser is best for people with light skin, no tan, and with dark hair,” says Miller. White and pale blonde hair does not respond to laser treatment. “You should also not have laser hair removal if you have a tan, as you risk developing light spots that may be permanent,” warns Miller.
Women with dark skin and dark hair can opt for laser hair removal, but will have to check that their doctor has the right equipment. “Be sure to see a physician who is an expert at laser hair removal of darker skin types to minimize the risk of light spots,” says Miller. “Most people find it painful, but bearable.”
There is a slight risk of infection after laser hair removal, but the damage to your wallet may be what’s most painful. Insurance likely won’t cover the multiple sessions needed to remove all leg hair, so you will be paying out-of-pocket. Costs vary, so make sure to get an estimate from your doctor before you proceed. On the positive side, the results of laser hair removal last a long time, although after several years you will probably need to have stray re-growth treated again, says Miller.