5 Alternatives to Shaving

While shaving is practically the easiest way to get rid of hair, it’s after-effects are far from good. Most people complain about irritation, razor bumps, blades getting dull quickly, ingrown hairs and bleeding.

In this article, you’ll learn why using the shaving stick is the most common way of hair removal and what you should do if you’re sick of it.

I started using a shaving stick once I started getting hairs in my underarms and bikini line. At that point in my life, I didn’t know there were alternatives and I definitely didn’t care, my friends were also using the same thing and we all complained about bumps, hurting ourselves while shaving and other irritations, I believed it was normal so I just continued.

A few years later, I was in the university and I noticed that these shaving sticks were not just making my underarm darker, the hairs just didn’t really leave completely, the next day everywhere I shaved would itch me and the day after that, I’ll be as prickly as a cactus. In my search for a solution, I started using;


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This was fun while it lasted. I experimented with different depilatory (also called shaving) creams and some were better than others but they eventually ended up doing the same work. Not to mention the unnerving smell the creams came with, it always seemed as though something died whenever I popped a tube.

I would apply these creams wherever I wanted to remove hairs then I’d literally just stand. I’d just stand there. Doing nothing, for five to ten minutes.

This wasn’t something I liked doing but the smoothness lasted a bit longer than when I used a shaving stick, I’d have an extra day or two but then Miss Cactus will be back. I used this until I left the university before I discovered;


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When I discovered this, I did a lot of research on the topic and I realised it was the right fit for me but I wasn’t ready to go to a spa and just open up so I decided to learn how to make a DIY wax and get myself hairless but then I realised that sugaring was easier to make and use so I deviated towards that.

If you go for an appointment in a wax parlour, this is what will happen: Warm, melted wax is applied to the skin in strips, following the same direction as hair growth, then pulled off in the opposite direction. The heat causes the hair follicles to dilate slightly, making it easier for the entire hair, including the root, to be removed.

Waxing can also cause ingrown hairs, especially in the bikini area. To minimize the risk, exfoliate skin before waxing; dead skin cells can clog the hair follicles and contribute to the risk of ingrown hairs.


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Sugaring originated a long time ago in the Middle East, but it recently gained popularity in different parts of the world. You can make your own simple sugar wax with just sugar, lemon juice 🍋 and water! Imagine that! All you need to do is cook it for a while then pour the caramely result into a jar, you can scoop from this jar with something like an ice cream spoon whenever you want and apply it to your hair AGAINST the direction of hair growth then pull it off IN the direction of hair growth. You could just pull the wax by itself if it’s a thick wax or use a strip cloth(could just be torn handkerchiefs) to pull it off if it’s a soft wax but make sure the materials are immaculate.

This method is less painful than the normal waxing and it also takes the same amount of time to grow, about three to four weeks. If I were to recommend a hair removal method for anyone, it would be this one.

I’m not in Abuja right now, but when I was, there were two particular spas I frequented for my wax appointments, they’re both good but not within the same price range. I went to @deeskinglamourspa once then @flott_beauty other times. If you’re in Abuja and you’re interested in getting your hair removed this way, you could check them out. That’s when this pandemic comes to an end of course, if it does.

But while you’re at home, you could just make yours. The fact that you’re not going out every day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t observe proper hygiene.


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Threading also comes from the Middle East and involves an elaborate method of using thread to grab and remove hair by the root. It is best for small areas like the eyebrows, upper lip, and moustache.

I haven’t tried this professionally, I tried it by myself a few times, it was extremely uncomfortable, painful, I didn’t get any hair out and I developed pimples on that area of my face for a few days. If I ever do it again, it won’t be with my own hands.


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Best done by an expert, they use some kind of lasers to damage the hair follicles and stop them from growing. After some years, it is possible to see some fine hair growth.

It takes a few visits to get it done completely, one session is not enough and it’s the most expensive form of hair removal.

There you have it, 5 Alternatives to Shaving, you don’t have any excuse right now.
PS: I’m currently stuck at home with a family of ten, they don’t understand what the word ‘Privacy’ means so I’m back to shaving (not happy about it) but if you can wax without fear of getting interrupted then I’m happy for you.

I am a lawyer and a writer, I specialize in Creative writing(Fiction Short stories and Novels). I'm also a Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger.

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