The Rundown On Hair Removal Methods

Which one's the best for you?
by Kate Alvarez
Comment Rundown On Hair Removal Methods

When it comes to keeping certain areas of our body hairless, what type of hair removal process works best? We dissected the ways:


The process: A razor cuts the hair at skin level.

Best for: Legs and arms

Cost: P35–P75 per disposable razor, and P350–P500 per set of reusable razors

Pros: Quick, easy, and painless (as long as you do it right)

Cons: When overdone or used the wrong way, it can cause scarring, ingrowns, and shaving burns. The hair grows back in just one to three days.

Tips: Use shaving cream for a smoother shave. 

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The process: You pluck each hair strand from the base, one by one.

Best for: Small areas like eyebrows, or for removing a few strays on other areas

Cost: Generic tweezers are around P50, while branded tweezers go up to P700+ each

Pros: Quick and easy on small areas

Cons: Painful, and can cause ingrowns and scarring

Tips: Make sure your tweezer is clean, and don’t apply anything on the area for four to six hours after plucking. 


The process: A traditional Indian method of hair removal where threads are twisted and used to quickly pull out unwanted hair

Best for: Small areas where precision is important, like eyebrows and facial hair

Cost: Starts at around P150 for small surface areas like eyebrows

Pros: It’s a better version of plucking, because it yanks out hair faster and more precisely.

Cons: It can be very painful, especially for beginners.

Tips: Go to a reputable salon that offers professional threading. Some offer post-threading creams to help ease the pain and redness. Don’t touch or apply anything on the area for four to six hours after threading.


The process: The chemicals in depilatories dissolve the hair on the skin’s surface in just a few minutes, and you simply wipe it off.

Best for: Underarms, legs, and arms

Cost: P180–P500

Pros: Painless compared to waxing and plucking, as long as you do it properly and aren’t allergic to the product.

Cons: When used the wrong way, it can cause burning and irritation.

Tips: Do a patch test first to see if your skin is allergic to the product.

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The process: It’s a form of semi-permanent hair removal. Hair grows back after two or more weeks. A thin layer of hot or cold wax is applied on the hairy area, and then a paper or cloth strip is pressed on the waxed layer. Using a swift movement, the strip is ripped off in the opposite direction of the hair growth, quickly removing the hair from the roots.


Best for: Underarms, upper lip, fingers, toes, and bikini area

Cost: P200–P500 for DIY waxing kits; Professional waxing starts at around P250 for small areas like underarms.

Pros: Hair regrowth is within three to six weeks, much longer than shaving.

Cons: Painful and can cause burns if used the wrong way

Tips: Choose a reputable waxing salon.

IPL Hair Removal

The process: Short for intense pulsed light, IPL hair removal treatment is a cosmetic procedure. It will take around five sessions before you see significant results, and it’s normal to see some regrowth after a few months. Expect to do touch-ups every six to 12 months or so. Take note that there is no such thing as permanent hair removal, just semi-permanent and significant reduction in hair regrowth.

Best for: Most hairy parts as long as they’re not too close to risky areas like the eyes and inner bikini area

Cost: Starts at around P2,500 per session for small surface areas like underarms

Pros: Semi-permanent and significant reduction in hair regrowth

Cons: Most costly among all the hair removal methods

Tips: Go for bundle deals, discounts, and promos offered by many reputable cosmetics clinics.

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