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As beauty salons are still not allowed to open during the lockdown, we’re pretty much left in a very hairy situation. Here’s an essential guide to hair removal during lockdown.

The sudden partial lift with a few essentials operating gave us some hope. But alas, with strict rules of social distancing still implemented, it seems like beauty salons are still not free from its clutches and are ordered to remain closed until further notice. Waxing parlours are also included in the list of beauty salons and since we’ve been in this partial lockdown for almost two months now — we can imagine how much of a hairy situation you are in right now. So how does one handle hair removal during lockdown? Read on for answers that work.

Shave

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This may be the easiest option out of the four, but keep in mind that it is also the one that will cause the most damage. We’re sure you’ve already heard of the horrors of shaving: How it makes your skin more prone to ingrown hair, dark spots, irritated skin, and hair growing back as quickly as you shaved it off. But shaving does have its perks — it’s time-saving, affordable, and 100 per cent painless.

This may be at the top of the list, but we suggest putting it as your last option. Only shave when you don’t have the time, and it’s best if you keep it to a smaller body part.

And for the face, here’s Ankita Srivastava giving you an insider’s view on how to shave effectively. The IGTV video is an easy tutorial that helps you navigate the job well. She recommends The Gillette Simply Venus Disposable Razor.

And if you want to take it a step further and want to try derma-planing, let influencer and beauty blogger Malvika Sitlani give you a heads up on the ways to do it safely. There’s also a way to remove hair better during quarantine, take a look.

What to buy: Feather Piany Eyebrow, Face, Body, Bikini Detailing, Underarm Razor and Gillette Venus Breeze Razor with Avocado Oil. Try Philips HP6306 Ladyshave Safe & Easy Shaving for minimising cuts.

Wax

The classic ‘apply and pull’ — waxing is proven to be effective every time, whether it is done by professionals or at home. Waxing is effective because it removes hair by lifting them by its roots. As for the pain, we would say it’s bearable you’re waxing one large area at a time. So have some courage, put on some big-girl pants, stick it on and pull. Certain areas may be quite difficult to reach, so we would suggest waiting until the parlours open.

Waxing strips are also more affordable as compared to epilators and IPL kits. Or you can even make sugar wax at home with just three ingredients: sugar, water and lemon juice. It’s cost-efficient, not the most painful process, and gives the best results.

What to buy: Rica Unisex Aloe Vera Liposoluble Wax and here’s a look at all the wax essentials to buy.

Epilate

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This is the one that we highly recommend. It’s not a shaving device. Epilating is pulling out your hair one strand at a time with a handheld device that works on any area. Epilators are also decently priced, and you can get them in a variety of brands. The process is painful. But once the hair is pulled out properly from the roots, the regrowth rate is slow, and you’ll be hairless for two to three weeks.

Underarms are the least painful area, followed by legs, arms, and nether regions. However, some may even find epilating the leg area to be quite a painful process — we can’t even imagine doing it on your bikini area. Only do this if you have high pain tolerance.

What to buy: Philips Epilator BRE235 and Braun Silk-Epil Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator.

IPL devices

IPL home kits are starting to garner attention, thanks to the partial lockdown. As many are not able to make their usual appointments, IPL seems to be the most logical way to continue on the treatments — but at home. These kits cost the most expensive out of the four, and it may not give you salon-grade results. Some are built with high-heat lasers while others use intense pulsed light — but both are indeed less powerful than the ones in the beauty salon. Plus, these devices are only meant for smaller areas and has a narrow range of hair and skin colours.

If you decided to bite the bullet and purchase one, use it with caution as you’re at risk of burning yourself. Read the instructions and abide by them. You will be able to see some results, but it’s not the same as the salons.

If you are ever worried about IPL Devices, here’s a video that could help understand them better.

What to buy: Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X for Women and Men is a popular choice alongside the Philips Lumea SC1998/00 IPL Hair Remover For Body, Face And Bikini