Shaving our legs can be a drag. A lot of the time we just want to throw on pants put on the long socks, and I hope we don’t have to stay out in public too long. We can all agree on that. Though sometimes, the liberating freedom of shorts and pretty dresses call us and we have to get to shaving. We just do. When those times come, we’re absolute soldiers about it. We have our routine, our time, and our favorite playlist to go along with it. The question is, what is the absolute best method for removing leg hair? Each one has its own pros and cons, but which of them is right for you?
The classic shave is ingrained in our routine, and most likely has been since we were a teen. We have it down to a science. We have the angle right, the stroke right, we even have a go-to leg to start. If you’ve always started your shave with the outermost side of your left leg, heaven forbid you to decide to start on your right calf. It doesn't work that way. What is variable is our choice of razor. There’s a whole market of wet and dry lady shavers that give some real horsepower to the whole ordeal. We don’t have to haphazardly take a sharp razor to our sensitive skin. There are electric razors out there with skin-safe technology that will save us from those nasty cuts we have to embarrassingly explain at the office. They’re a solute godsend.
By far, the cleanest method is the wax. A good wax can do wonders for every area of your body. There’s a bit of a sting, but we're pretty much used to it. They’re cheap, they're quick, and they last way longer than the razor. The problem with waxing is fitting an appointment into your schedule. We’ll have work and social life. Every time we make that appointment, we’re trying to factor in traffic, potential overtime at work, and all the other things that keep us from doing what we want on a day to day basis. On top of that, every salon is packed to the brim on the weekends. So our options in terms of convenience are either home calls (expensive) or scheduling way out in advance (inefficient).
The final solution for leg hair removal is also the most expensive. It’s a good or’ laser. Nothing competes with laser hair removal. It works by targeting hair specifically. It’s a semi-permanent solution that targets melanin-producing cells and deactivates them down to the root. They’re also not as painful as waxing. If you’re used to the wax ouchies, laser hair removal is a walk in the park. The downside is that it’s expensive. Expensive and a bit of a risk for darker skin types. Since the laser attacks melanin-producing cells, you have to be sure that the clinic you go to is equipped with the proper gear to distinguish between the melanocytes in a hair vs. the ones on the epidermal layer.
Hair can be a nuisance, but at least we have options. We have them all across the spectrum of cost and effectiveness. In the end, it boils down to what works for us and where we are in terms of convenience. Either way, we have all the options in the world. All we have to do is choose.