5 Hair-raising Facts About Hair Removal

Body hair! Like it or loathe it, it’s unavoidable. As women we’re led to believe we need to be fuzz free to be found attractive, but while I reject the pressure to conform to restrictive stereotypes, and often parade less than smooth legs or slightly shadowed underarms, I also like to feel smooth and silky skinned on a sunny day. It’s a tough one to call, but if banishing body hair is one of your wishes, the latest technology in laser hair removal really does seem to be an answer. Keeping unwanted hair under control can often feel like a never-ending task – I spent hours last summer (and lots of £££s) at my local salon having my underarms waxed. It left them barer for longer, and thinned them out in between, but is a laborious and uncomfortable process. So when I returned at the start of this summer, I was offered a course of underarm laser treatment for a very good price, and decided to go for it. After one session there was a noticeable difference, and after two I had little need to ‘prune’ in between treatments (spaced 4-6 weeks apart). Now, after visit number 5 I haven’t touched the bathroom razor in weeks and am very pleased I invested in this more long-term solution to removing underarm hair.

Delving further into the phenomenon, I approached leading skincare clinic chain sk:n and here in partnership with sk:n, we look at the wonderful and at times unusual facts you may not know about hair removal:


  1. Queen Elizabeth I removed most of the hair from her face—including eyebrows—but kept her body hair untouched. Belle About town explores issues with hair removal and exposes five facts

    Queen Elizabeth I removed most of the hair from her face but kept her body hair untouched

    Queen Elizabeth I was an early adopter of hair removal

Queen Elizabeth I removed most of the hair from her face—including eyebrows—but kept her body hair untouched. She was also in the habit of plucking the hairline around her forehead to make her face appear elongated. Naturally, her female subjects followed suit.


  1. Body hair typically regrows in 1-2 weeks after plucking or waxing

Although it may feel like that pesky stubble grows back immediately, it takes some time. It depends on the area, but typically one to two weeks. Yet, except for bone marrow, your hair is the fastest growing tissue on your body,


  1. Sex And The City infamously created a Brazilian buzz

The now hugely adopted style of bikini hair achieved notoriety thanks to a particular episode of the HBO silver screen hit. The episode saw Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, leave a bikini wax appointment feeling decidedly bare after getting an accidental Brazilian. Following this episode’s airing, salons and clinics across the globe experienced a dramatic spike in appointments for this particular style.


  1. Laser hair removal not only saves time, but also helps you pocket the pounds

The lasting effects of laser hair removal make it excellent value for money. Although an initial investment, when compared to other hair removal methods, such as electrolysis, IPL or the lifetime costs of shaving or waxing, laser hair removal can save you plenty of pounds.


  1. Laser hair removal doesn’t just help with hair removal

Aside from clearer, smoother skin and permanent hair reduction – with up to 90% of unwanted hair removed permanently – laser hair removal also boasts benefits including helping to reduce ingrowing hairs and less irritation of the skin. This is because the treatment encourages hair to grow straight.


Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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