As swimsuit style have shrunk, the popularity of removing hair around the bikini line has grown. Removing bikini hair is important if you’re going to be wearing a swimsuit or other apparel that exposes the skin of the inner thighs. The right method for you will vary depending on how sensitive the skin of your bikini line is and how much you are willing to spend.
Shaving is the least expensive and one of the simplest ways to remove hair from the bikini line. Shaving uses a sharp blade and lubricant to cut the hair strands at the base of the skin. Although this method is the least expensive, problems such as shave bumps, cuts and ingrown hairs can make the method uncomfortable. The results of shaving also last for a shorter time than most other methods.
You can use depilatory creams to remove hair from the bikini line. Depilatories use active ingredients, such as calcium thioglycolate, to break down the bonds of the protein in your hair, called keratin. Keratin’s bonds provide structure to the hair. As these bonds are broken down, the hair is easily removed from the skin with a cloth or depilatory spatula. The active chemicals in depilatories can be harsh on sensitive skin, and may cause chemical burns if not used correctly, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Waxing can be done at home, or professionally at an equipped salon. Waxing uses an adhesive and cloth strips to rip patches of hair from the bikini line. Because the hair is ripped out at the roots, and not just cut at the surface, a bikini wax tends to last longer than shaving or depilatories. Waxing is also one of the most painful hair removal methods.
Another option for bikini hair removal is laser hair removal. Laser hair removal provides permanent reduction–not permanent removal according to the FDA–of hair on the bikini line. Laser hair removal uses specific energy wavelengths to destroy the hair follicle. The laser targets the follicle by using the melanin pigment in your hair as guidance. According to the Mayo Clinic, you’ll need several treatments before you see full results.
Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis meets FDA standards for permanent hair removal. Electrolysis uses a small needle-like device to deliver an electrical current to the hair follicle. As the device is inserted into each follicle, it destroys the follicle, making it unable to grow hair in the future. Like laser hair removal, several treatments will be needed on the bikini line area to ensure full results.