15 Hair Removal Products That Actually Work

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Best Hair Removal Products

Byrdie / Chloe Jeong

Hair removal is a pain (often both literally and figuratively). Shaving is tedious and time-consuming; waxing is painful and expensive, not to mention a bad idea if you also use a retinoid in your skincare routine. But if your seventh-grade self learned anything from those experiments with smelly depilatories, it’s that at-home hair removal products were seldom the solution. But there’s a new crop of hair-removal options that are challenging that notion. Whether you’re looking to temporarily or permanently get rid of hair on your face or body, there’s a product (or two) out there you’re going to want to try.

Below, the best hair removal products you can use at home.

Best Overall: Dermaflash Luxe Anti-Aging Dermaplaning Exfoliation Device

Dermaflash Luxe Anti-Aging Dermaplaning Exfoliation Device

 Courtesy of Dermaflash

What We Like
  • Includes everything you need

  • Easy to use

  • Long battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

A multistep system, this package has everything you need to get rid of unwanted peach fuzz from start to finish. It allows you to prep your hair, remove it, and then soothe the area after the fact.

First, use the included cleanser to prepare your skin for hair removal. Then, work the device in short strokes to remove dead skin and peach fuzz. Lastly, calm the skin with the Hydrating Moisturizer.

Best for Upper Lip: Finishing Touch Flawless Hair Remover

finishing touch painless hair remover

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Portable

  • Can be used daily

What We Don't Like
  • Battery life could be longer

Hair removal isn’t the most glamorous concept, but this discreet white-and-rose-gold device makes the process a little bit chicer. If you've ever tried to remove fuzz from your upper lip area, you know just how painful it can be. But this new hair removal device was designed to gently remove facial hair without redness or irritation—it’s even safe enough to use every day.

Best for Facial Hair: Bliss Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit

4.8
Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit

Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Safe for sensitive skin

  • Includes everything you need

  • Hardens fast

What We Don't Like
  • Takes a while to melt/warm up

This chamomile oil-infused wax is soothing and safe to use on sensitive skin. Included in this cute kit are spatulas and a pre- and post-waxing oil. To use, first microwave the cup in 30-second intervals until it’s consistency is similar to that of thick honey. Make sure to stir the wax gently between each interval. After heating, use the spatula and check the temperature of the wax on the inside of your wrist. If all feels right, apply the wax against the direction of hair growth, let sit until it hardens, and go to town.

Best Budget: Sephora Collection 4 Piece Facial Razor Set

sephora level setter razors

Courtesy of Sephora

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Portable

What We Don't Like
  • May not be ideal for sensitive skin

It’s cost-friendly dermaplaning at home. Sephora’s disposable razors allow you to exfoliate and remove excess hair on the face for smoother, younger-looking skin that’s also unobstructed for better product absorption.

Best Disposable Razor: Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Platinum Women's Razor

4.7
Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Platinum Women's Razor

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Moisturizing

  • Comfortable grip

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Some may not like the weighted handle

Is shaving your go-to way to remove pesky stubble? If so, we’ve got your ultimate razor right here, courtesy of Gillette. It has five blades, which are surrounded by a moisturizing lotion for extra hydration. Also, its grip is comfortable and it glides easily, so you don't have to worry about nicking your skin from pressing too hard.

Best Safety Razor: Oui The People Rose Gold Sensitive Skin Razor

Oui The People
What We Like
  • Safe for sensitive skin

  • Prevents razor burn

  • Provides a close shave

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

Before you decide that you're done with shaving, this single blade straight razor could be worth a try. A noted favorite of Editorial Director, Hallie Gould, it provides a close shave without all of the hair-pulling and after burn often associated with razors, even for those with thick, curly hair. Designed with the ritual of shaving in mind, you're going to want to take your time with this weighty razor, and your smooth skin will thank you for it.

Best Splurge: Remington iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz Body Hair Removal System

remington ipl system

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Fast results

  • 90-day money back guarantee

  • Works anywhere under the neck

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

If you're looking for more of a permanent solution, this at-home hair removal device uses intense pulsed light (IPL) technology to zap away unwanted hair. It's not exactly the cheapest in the bunch, but with a 94% reduction of hair in three uses, it's worth every penny. If you're worried about giving up your retinoid, a more permanent method of hair removal means that it won't be an issue for you for too long.

Best for Bikini Line: Gillette Venus Bikini Trimmer

venus precision

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Portable

  • Easy to use

  • Prevents cuts

What We Don't Like
  • Works better on pre-shaved hair

Whether you love being by the pool, beach, or just laying out in your backyard, this handy tool is your new best friend when you start showing some more skin. The 90 degree angled head allows for total precision and maneuverability, making trimming your bikini line easy and quick. It follows your natural curves and prevents any cuts along the way. The compact design is travel-friendly, so you can conveniently pop it into your check-in bag on the way to a tropical location. It’s also battery-operated, so no extra wires or chargers needed. 

Best for Underarms: Nair Sensitive Formula Glides Away

Nair Glides Away Sensitive Formula Hair Remover

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Safe for sensitive skin

  • Mess-free

What We Don't Like
  • Strong smell

Infused with natural coconut oil and vitamin E, this hair removal formula is designed for sensitive, hard-to-reach areas like your underarms. Plus, applying it is completely mess-free—just twist the dial to dispense the cream, smooth it onto your skin using the top of the applicator, leave it be for six minutes, rinse it off, and you'll be set with smooth underarms for up to six days.

Best For Legs: Veet Legs & Body Gel Cream Hair Remover

Veet

 Target

What We Like
  • Moisturizing

  • Smells good

  • Includes applicator

What We Don't Like
  • Long application time

Unlike other hair growth inhibitors of the past, this one doesn’t smell like rotten eggs. (That statement, alone, deserves a standing ovation.) With soothing superstars like vitamin E and aloe, the formula glides on easily and performs its disappearing act in five minutes. It penetrates the skin and eliminates the hair follicle as close to the root as possible, revealing super-sleek legs with no stubble in sight. To apply, take the included spatula and spread an even layer of cream to coat every strand. After five minutes to 10 minutes, remove the cream using the same spatula and rinse the skin with warm water. Voila, vacation-ready legs!

Best Lotion: Completely Bare Don't Grow THERE Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor

Completely Bare Don't Grow There Body Moisturizer

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Moisturizing

  • Smells good

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Must use consistently to see results

This lotion wears many hats, so to speak. Yes, it helps reduce hair growth, length, and density—but also, with ingredients like shea butter and white willow bark, it hydrates and soothes the skin while enhancing cell turnover. Plus, it has a super refreshing scent, thanks to lemongrass and green tea extract.

Best Epilator: Braun Silk-Epil 9 9-890 Epilator

3.3
braun silk epil

Courtesy of Braun

What We Like
  • Long-lasting results

  • Can be used wet or dry

  • Includes different caps for different areas

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

Wet or dry, this virtually painless epilator grabs onto even the shortest hairs that waxing and shaving misses. And the best part? Since it's basically a quicker version of tweezing, you don't have to pass on this new hair removal device if you also use a retinoid. Enjoy the results of a wax (up to four weeks of smooth, hairless skin) without all the fuss.

Best Mask: Nair Nair Leg Mask Brighten + Smooth with Charcoal

nair leg mask

Courtesy of Nair

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Moisturizing

What We Don't Like
  • Long application time

You treat your hair, your face, and your eyes to a mask, but what about your legs? Hair removal has a bad reputation for being painful and uncomfortable, so take the time in between shaving or waxing to treat your skin with this clay and charcoal mask. Not only does it exfoliate and moisturize, but it also gets rid of any annoying stubble that creeps up.

Best for Brazilian: GiGi Brazilian Bikini Wax Microwave Kit

GiGi Brazilian Bikini Wax Microwave Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Includes everything you need

  • Safe for sensitive skin

  • No muslin strips needed

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note it is painful to remove

This kit has everything you need for a Brazilian wax in the comfort of your own home. This wax hardens—no need for muslin strips—and conveniently heats up right in your microwave.

The system comes with the wax, two pre-wax treatments, two post-wax treatments, and 10 applicators. Basically, with this kit in your arsenal, you are your own wax technician. Users like how effective the product is at removing hair from such a sensitive area.

Best Long-Term Option: Silk'n Infinity Hair Removal Device

Silk'n

 Silk'n

What We Like
  • Painless

  • Doesn't need to be replaced

  • Safe to use on all skin tones

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

Although many hair removal devices are called “lasers,” many don’t actually use them. Instead, they use Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology, which actually targets hair’s melanin to banish the follicle. Desired results usually occur after repeated treatment. Its biggest benefit: It’s completely painless.

This system, in particular, has a lifetime’s worth of pulses—approximately 400,000—which means you never have to replace the cartridge, which makes the hefty price tag a little less hefty. When gently moved across the skin, galvanic energy is released to open the pores, allowing for more speedy removal. Plus, unlike many other devices, this one is safe to use on all skin tones.

What to Look For in Hair Removal Products

Removal Type

When looking for hair removal products, you should consider what type of removal you prefer or want to try. There are razors, hair removal creams, dermaplanes, waxes, and IPL systems that work in different ways to remove hair. Pros and cons exist for each type of removal process.

Razors are convenient, affordable, and quick to use, but the results do not last long, and some people may experience ingrown hairs or breakouts when using razors on their sensitive pubic areas or faces. Hair removal creams take a long time to use but can provide more lasting results. However, they cannot be used on more sensitive pubic areas and often, not on the face.

Dermaplanes and waxes may work best on the face, although some people with sensitive skin may end up with breakouts. Dermaplanes are only useful for fine hair, typically only on the face. IPL systems, on the other hand, are expensive and can often only be used below the neck. They also take a long time to provide lasting results. People with darker skin or lighter skin with light hair may not see satisfying results.

Hair Type

The type of hair you want to remove is central to what hair removal product you choose. Fine and thin hairs will respond better to dermaplaning and hair removal creams, while longer, thicker hairs will require an epilator, razor, or IPL technology.

Some products, such as hair removal creams, cannot be used in the pubic area, although they can work well along the bikini line. Look for hair removal products that make sense for the hair you wish to remove, from your eyebrows to your legs.

Use Frequency

Consider how often and how long you have to dedicate to the hair removal process. If near-daily quick removal suits your schedule, razors and dermaplanes are an excellent choice. However, consider if you’d rather remove hair for a longer time and can devote a longer initial removal process to achieving this. In that case, hair removal creams and IPL technology provide varying levels of effective hair removal, especially with repeated use.

Some hair will require more frequent removal, such as eyebrow and upper lip hair. For these areas, consider waxes that are gentle on the skin or single small blade razors that are quick to use.

FAQ
  • What is the best product to remove unwanted hair?

    The best product to remove unwanted hair, in our opinion, is the Dermaflash Luxe Anti-Aging Dermaplaning Exfoliation Device, which removes hair on the face easily with prepping and calming steps. We recommend Remington iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz Body Hair Removal System for body hair removal, which is more expensive but a more permanent solution.

  • What product can remove hair permanently?

    IPL (intense pulsed light) technology can remove hair permanently. However, this process takes longer due to the hair’s growth cycle, which must be interrupted at every stage. This can take a few months, but some devices can remove 94% of hair with only three uses.

  • Which product is best for pubic hair removal?

    A razor is a safe and practical choice for pubic hair removal in the sensitive genital area. Some waxes may be suitable for this area but beware of very sensitive and thin skin in the genital area.

  • Which hair removal method lasts the longest?

    IPL technology is the longest-lasting hair removal method that can be safely performed at home. For a less expensive and time-consuming option, you can try waxing or hair removal creams that last longer than shaving. Epilators also typically create results that last longer than shaving.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough hair removal products from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP. 

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