Hair removal as a beauty treatment is big business. In 2017, the value of this market worldwide was 0.88 billion US dollars, and this is projected to increase to 1.35 billion US dollars by 2022.
While it is possible, and preferred by many people, to get hair removal done at a salon, treatments like waxing, electrolysis and laser hair removal can be both painful and expensive. At home methods such as shaving, bleaching or the use of depilatory creams can cause irritation to delicate areas, and it isn’t very desirable to be using chemical products on your skin repeatedly.
Luckily for us, there are many natural body hair removal ideas that are inexpensive, chemical free, and can be produced at home using products that you probably already have sitting in your pantry. Let’s take a look at the top 10 methods:
1. Egg White Mask
Utilizing the sticky texture of an egg white can make an effective mask for removing unwanted hair. This method is best suited for the facial area, as not only can it pull away fine hairs, it can also help to remove impurities from the skin on your face. This inexpensive and easy to do treatment is effective and beneficial!
To make an egg white mask you will need:
- One egg
- One tablespoon of sugar
- Half a tablespoon of cornflour
To make this mask, you need to separate the egg and place the egg white in a bowl with the sugar and cornflour. Mix all of these ingredients together well, and apply a thin layer of the mask to your face. Leave to dry for 15-20 minutes and then peel off the mask, beginning at the outer edges.
For best results, this method should be used three to four times each week to reduce the appearance of unwanted facial hair.
2. Banana and Oatmeal Mask
Banana is well known for its beneficial skincare properties. It is very hydrating as it is rich in moisture, potassium, antioxidants and phytochemicals, and it can also be used to help control oil production and reduce the appearance of acne.
Banana alone is unable to remove unwanted hair, but when combined with an exfoliating substance such as oatmeal, it becomes very effective for this purpose.
To make a banana and oatmeal mask you will need:
- One banana
- One to two teaspoons of oatmeal
To make this mask, simply mash the banana and mix it with oatmeal until you have a smooth and spreadable consistency. Apply this mixture to your face or the area that you wish to remove hair from, and massage it into the area using circular motions with your fingertips. After doing this for 15-20 minutes, rinse off the mixture with water.
For best results, this method should be used twice a week.
3. Pumice Stone
Now for a slightly different method which does not require ingredients, just the simple use of a pumice stone!
Pumice stones are a popular and very lightweight beauty tool. Made from volcanic rock, these stones are extremely porous as they are formed when lava cools quickly, while still containing a large amount of bubbles formed by gas.
Pumice stones are used primarily for exfoliating purposes, and they are excellent at removing tough dead skin from the foot area. While they may be a beautician’s staple tool for giving you a perfect pedicure, they are also highly effective for removing unwanted hair.
To use a pumice stone for removing unwanted hair, you should firstly wet the area with warm water and wash it with shower gel, ideally an exfoliating variety. This will soften the hair and remove dead skin cells. Then you need to moisten the pumice stone, as a dry stone can scratch and irritate the skin, before rubbing it in small, circular motions over the area and regularly changing directions for best effect.
One of the oldest and most popular methods of hair removal is the process of sugaring. Dating back to 1900 BC, sugaring was popular in Ancient Egypt and Greece and is still frequently used in Middle Eastern and North African countries today.
Sugaring is similar to waxing, however the sugaring mixture grips the hair and is removed in the same direction as the hair growth. This results in a less painful procedure, and reduces the risk of ingrown hairs. Sugaring also has an antibacterial effect, and can help to remove dead skin cells as well.
To prepare a sugaring solution for any area of the body you will need:
- Two cups of sugar
- One quarter cup of water
- One quarter cup of lemon juice
To make sugaring paste, mix all of the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat, and stir continuously. When bubbles begin to appear in the mixture, check the temperature with a thermometer. When the mixture reaches 250 degrees fahrenheit, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool before using.
To remove hair, apply the paste to clean and dry skin in the direction of your hair growth. Apply a cotton strip over the area and press down firmly before quickly pulling it off, in the direction of your hair growth. Any excess paste can be rinsed off with warm water.
5. Raw Papaya
When you think of papaya you probably think of a tasty and nutritious fruit; but did you know that it also has numerous benefits for your skin? This tropical fruit contains vitamin A and papain enzyme, which can help rejuvenate skin by removing dead skin cells, and also soften, lighten and restore it.
Papain enzyme can also be utilized to inhibit hair growth on the body, as it is able to interact with the hair follicles which results in an effective depilatory effect. This method can be used on any area of the body with unwanted hair growth.
To carry out this method, peel and slice a raw papaya and then mash it into a pulp or blend it in a food processor. Apply it to the area of the body with unwanted hair, and massage it in using a circular motion for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off the mixture with cool water.
For best results, use this method once or twice a week.
6. Turmeric and Baking Soda
Turmeric has many widely known skincare benefits, and when used with baking soda these two substances are able to remove hair and inhibit its ability to grow back.
To make this solution you will need:
- One teaspoon of organic turmeric powder
- Two teaspoons baking soda
- Water to mix
To make this remedy, mix all of the ingredients into a paste. Apply it directly to the areas of your body with unwanted hair, and allow to dry completely. The turmeric causes the paste to adhere to your skin quite tightly, so when it is removed fine hairs will be removed with it.
Once it is dry, rub it off your skin using your fingers before washing the area thoroughly to remove any color from the tumeric. Organic turmeric powder is better to use for this method, as it is less likely to discolor your skin than processed turmeric.
For optimal results, this method should be used at least once a week.
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7. Onion and Basil
While it may not be the most pleasantly aromatic concoction, a mixture of onion and basil will not only effectively remove unwanted hair, but it will also leave you skin looking radiant and healthy.
To create this mixture you will need:
- Two onions
- A handful of basil leaves
First off, you need to remove the clear membranes which are found between the layers of the onion. Then you need to crush these membranes with the basil leaves in a bowl to create a thick paste. Apply this paste to the areas of the body that you wish to remove hair from, and leave it on your skin for 15 to 25 minutes before rinsing the mixture off with warm water.
For best results you should follow this method three to four times a week to remove the hair completely.
8. Potato and Lentil
Another slightly strange sounding combination, instead of using these ingredients for soup they can be used to remove unwanted hair! Potatoes have a natural bleaching ability, and when they are combined with yellow lentils the resulting mixture is effective for lightening and removing hair on the face and body.
To make this mixture you will need:
- One large potato
- Half a cup of yellow lentils
- One tablespoon of honey
- Four tablespoons of lemon juice
The first step is to soak your lentils overnight in cold water, before grinding them into a paste. Peel and mash the potato, and then use your hands to press it through a cloth or sieve in order to get the juice from it.
Mix this juice with the ground lentils, lemon and honey to form a thick paste, and apply it to areas with unwanted hair for 15 to 30 minutes, or until it is completely dry. Rub it off using your fingers, and the unwanted hair should come with it.
Use this treatment as often as you require it.
9. Take Blackstrap Molasses and Spearmint Tea
This isn’t a treatment that is applied topically to hairy areas, rather it is a way of tackling the problem of excess hair growth from the outside in.
Excess hair growth can be caused by the body over producing androgens, or male hormones. These can over stimulate the hair follicles and cause them to over produce hair in certain areas.
Drinking spearmint tea once or twice a day can help to regulate your hormones and prevent the over production of excess body hair. To make spearmint tea just add five or six spearmint leaves, or a heaped teaspoon of dried spearmint, to boiling water and allow it to infuse.
Another cause of unwanted hair growth is a mineral deficiency. Blackstrap molasses contains a high amount of iron and numerous other minerals which can help regulate and slow the growth of unwanted hair over time. Simply take around two heaped teaspoons of this each day.
10. Sugar Molasses Wax
Like the sugaring method but turbo charged, sugar molasses wax contains the addition of blackstrap molasses. As I already mentioned, this substance has the ability to reduce the body’s production of excess body hair, and the magnesium in it will help to balance your hormones.
To make a sugar molasses solution you will need:
- One cup of sugar
- The juice of half a lemon
- A drizzle of blackstrap molasses
The first step is to put the sugar into a microwave safe container, and drizzle the molasses over it. After letting it stand for a couple of minutes, heat this mixture in the microwave until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Then you need to stir in the freshly squeezed lemon juice, and allow the mixture to stand until it has cooled down enough to apply to your skin. Apply on areas with unwanted hair in the direction of the hair growth, and cover with a wax strip or piece of cloth.
Remove in the same direction as the hair growth, and repeat until the area is free from hair. You can rinse off any excess mixture with cool water.
In conclusion, there are many at home natural body hair removal ideas to choose from. These methods are effective, easy to prepare and carry out, and generally less painful than typical hair removal treatments that you pay for in a salon.
While you may have to commit more time to these treatments in order to see results over the long term, there is no doubt that the financial benefits more than make up for it, as well as the knowledge that you are using all natural products on your skin and keeping it free from harmful chemicals.