Did you know that the average woman shaves approximately 7,000 times in her life?  That’s equivalent to about one full month of shaving if you did it 24 hours a day/7 days a week. I’ll let that marinate for a second.

Unless you’re in the family of the beast above, throughout the course of history – body hair (or the lack thereof) – has always been something on the forefront of women’s minds when it comes to beauty ideals.  The concept of being hairless and “smooth to the touch” fuels the fire that not only created new technologies to help erase unwanted hair, but it sees many people looking to the past – to some of the world’s most ancient traditions – to achieve the ultimate baby soft skin, hairless chins and sculpted eyebrows.

During the summer, the pursuit is even greater. Here is your 101 guide to getting out of your hairy situation smoothly. Also, check out this month’s spa deals for local spas offering discounts on hair removal, like the highlighted deals at the end of this post.

Waxing is one of the most popular methods of semi-permanent hair removal today.  The method involves applying a thin layer of wax or resin to the chosen area.  The wax will adhere to the hair follicles, and will be pulled out by the root. Results last 3-4 weeks. Bikini Glamour additions: Vajazzle: (application of Swarovski crystals), Vattoo (application of a body-safe airbrush paint).

Threading, also known as Khite (Arabic) or Fatlah (Egyptian), is an ancient beauty treatment that began in the Middle East and India centuries ago, and is now a popular service throughout the modern world. It’s a unique hair removal technique that is touted to be the most accurate way to remove unwanted facial hair, and is considered to be less painful, more precise and longer lasting than waxing.

Sugaring is an ancient method for hair removal developed by the Egyptians.  Like, threading, this method is also considered to be a less painful method of hair removal than waxing because it removes hair in the same direction as the hair growth.  Sugaring uses a unique paste that sticks to the hair without attaching to the skin, unlike the resin used in waxing.  Results from sugaring can last up to 6 weeks to 2 months. 

Laser hair removal is a modern method of semi-permanent hair removal that uses a laser — an intense, pulsating beam of light — to remove unwanted hair. The laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser will damage the hair follicle, thereby inhibiting future hair growth. It typically takes several laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments may be needed as well. For more info, watch this Live Spa TV laser hair removal video at completely bare along with Q&A.

Electrolysis is a method for permanent hair removal that involves inserting a fine needle into individual hair follicles and applying an electric current to the root. The procedure actually burns the root, which then prevents it from producing more hair. Each hair follicle must be treated individually and may take several repeated treatments for up to 12 to 18 months to see optimal results. Although it is one of the more painful methods to get rid of unwanted body hair, once the series is complete, body hair would never be an issue again.

Current waxing and laser hair removal deals:

Full Leg Wax with Bikini Wax or Brazilian and Brow Makeover Combo for$42.50, normally $85 at Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa in Princeton, NJ – 609.921.8854

Microdermabrasion with Mini-Facial and Brazilian Bikini Wax for $79, normally $158, or Full Body Wax and Shellac Manicure for $89, normally $144 at Vada Spa & Laser Center in New York, NY – 212.206.1572

Purchase Spa Manicure and Pedicure and receive a Free Eyebrow Wax, or receive15% off Brazilian Wax at Zina’s Skin Care in Alexandria, VA – 703.927.8186

Laser Hair Removal Brazilian Bikini 6 treatments for $350 or Laser Hair Removal Underarms 6 treatments for $250 at Allure Skin and Laser in Queen Creek, AZ – 480.888.1223

Buy 4 Sessions of Laser Hair Removal for any body area and get 2 sessions free. For an even better deal, make your purchase before July 14 and get 4 sessions freeLunaris Medspa & Weight Loss Center in Lawndale, CA – 310.371.9900

This story was originally posted on September 30th, 2010, and updated with new deals for June.



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