Permanent Hair Removal – Home Remedies, FAQs & More

Not having visible hair on the arms and legs is the desire of every female who then chooses various kinds of hair removal techniques. Unwanted hair growth may occur due to various reasons such as an imbalance of hormones in the body, irregular menstrual cycle, use of certain medications or due to pregnancy. The deliberate removal of hair is also known as epilation or depilation. There are various hair removal methods, which are classified as temporary or permanent methods. The temporary hair removal method might last for several days or months and is proven to be expensive. Permanent hair removal technique which requires one-time investment.

  1. Home Remedies
  2. Advantages
  4. Medical Techniques
  5. Myths & Facts
  6. FAQs

Home Remedies For Permanent Hair Removal

One can remove unwanted hair permanently at home, using the age-old natural home remedies available for efficient removal of hair at home. Some of the home remedies are given below:

1. Sugar with lemon juice extract:

These 3 ingredients combine to remove the hair effectively from the face as well as other parts of the body. It is very much advisable not to use these ingredients on sensitive parts of the body since it might cause harm.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice extract
  • 10 tablespoons of water
  • One bowl
  1. Sugar must be mixed with lemon juice and water.
  2. Once the solution is done, apply it over the face, and let it dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Wash It off gently after 20 minutes- 30 minutes, after it dries.
Iteration: This process must be repeated twice or thrice a week to see the reduction in facial hair.

2. Honey mixed with sugar syrup, cornstarch, lemon and honey:

This procedure is very much effective on hands and legs, but also might be proven to be little painful since it is very much similar to waxing and plucking done at the parlors.
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Water
  • Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Wax strips
  • Lemon juice extract
  1. Sugar must be mixed with water, lemon and honey.
  2. Heat this mixture for making it soft as a paste, for approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Once it is cooled down apply this mixture in the direction of the hair growth, and place the wax strips, and pull it in the opposite direction of the application.
  4. This would eventually act like the wax, and is proven to be very effective for hair on the hands and the legs.
Iteration: This step can be repeated whenever the person spots unwanted hair growth on the hands and legs.

3. Sugar mixed with corn syrup, or molasses and lemon juice extract:

It is proven to be quite effective for slowing down the growth of wanted hair since it contains magnesium which is known to offer a steady relief.
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice extract
  • Wax strips
  • Molasses or corn syrup
  1. Take a vessel for the required amount of sugar, and sprinkle some amount of molasses and place this vessel into the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add squeezed lemon extract, once the sugar is dissolved completely. Place this mixture in the microwave for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Once it has come to a room temperature, apply it on the area required, and quickly pull it using a wax strip.
Iteration: Extract the unwanted hair, whenever you see the growth.

4. Smashed potatoes mixed with yellow lentil and honey:

When potatoes are combined with yellow lentil of the egg, it will help in effectively removing unwanted hair from the body.
  • Potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Yellow lentil
  • Cloth
  1. The potatoes must be smashed and placed in a bowl.
  2. The yellow lentil must be placed in the water, overnight, and the water must be drained and made into a paste.
  3. Mix this paste with the crush potatoes, with 4 tablespoons of lemon extract and honey.
  4. Apply the above paste wherever necessary over the body, and let it rest for 20-30minutes over the body.
  5. Rub the paste, and remove the dried lentil, which would extract all the hair while rubbing.
Iteration: Since it is not a one-time process, it is needed to repeat this process two to three times in a night to get rid of unwanted hair completely.

5. Alum combined with rosewater:

  • Alum powder
  • Olive oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Rosewater
  1. Mix the alum powder with rose water thoroughly until you obtain a paste.
  2. Apply this mixture wherever necessary and let it dry Apply the same mixture yet another time, and continue it for 1 hour. (Note: If you have a sensitive skin, better stop the process at 20 minutes).
  3. Wash this paste off your body, and apply some olive oil as a moisturizer.
Iteration: Repeat this process three to four times in a week continuously few weeks to get rid of unwanted hair.


Hair removal techniques have many advantages which are as follows:
  • Long lasting results: Permanent removal of hair has a long-lasting effect as compared to others. To ensure that the treatment has a permanent result is to receive treatments consecutively, generally every 4-6 weeks, for a period of time as suggested by the doctor.
  • Painless and fast procedure: Very often waxing, plucking, and shaving, ingrown hairs curl or grow back into the skin, resulting in tiny red spots commonly called razor bumps. Unlike temporary hair removal permanent, removal of hair does not cause any individual hairs to be broken off unevenly, thus reducing the chance that they would curl under or grow back into the skin. 
  • Effective and safe: As with most procedures, the permanent one is safe when performed properly. Also, there can be a temporary pain, uneasiness, redness, and swelling after a treatment. In case these things are visible or felt, there is nothing to be worried about.


With some amazing long-lasting effects of permanent hair removal methods, there come certain precautions and risks. Some of the things that have to be kept in mind are given as follows:
  • You must avoid tanning, almost 4-6 weeks before the treatment as this can have a negative impact on the treatment.
  • Wash the area being treated and remove any kinds of oil present on the skin.
  • Plucking, bleaching or waxing the hair prior to a treatment, would risk the hair by preventing it to enter into the re-growth phase.
  •  You must make sure to shave the area where you want the hair removal to be done a day or night before going through the treatment.

Medical Techniques

At present, there are mainly 3 types of technically proven and safe methods of permanent hair removal. In these methods, the germs that are responsible for hair growth is permanently destroyed by inserting a fine probe in the hair follicle and passing current through it.
3 types of permanent hair removal techniques which are medically done are listed below:
  • Laser hair removal: In this method, a pulse of light destroys the hair follicle. It is best suitable for patients with darker hair and lighter skin. The reason for this is the pigment that gives hair its color, also known as melanin, absorbs the laser light. During the laser treatment, a person might experience discomfort that can either be mild or it can also give a feeling like your skin has been snapped out with a rubber band. This technique must be undergone several times. The amount of hair growth reduction varies for every person.
  • Intense Pulsed Light, also abbreviated as IPL. It involves technology that uses a high-powered, hand-held, computer controlled flash gun that delivers an intense and visible, pulse of light that has a very broad spectrum range. The resulting light targets the part of the body where the hairs have to be removed and are heated to destruction. IPL is almost similar to laser treatment, yet has few differences, that the laser uses light spectrum with a single wavelength while IPL uses a band wavelength.
  • Electrolysis: This process is a bit invasive since there might be needles piercing through the skin, to destroy the hair follicle. With the galvanic method, the hair follicle is destroyed by the use of the chemical. In the thermolytic process, the heat destroys the hair follicle due to extensive heat. The hair removal specialists often use a mild anesthetic to numb the area to ease out the pain.

Myths & Facts

Permanent removal of hair actually causes more hair growthThe permanent hair removal technique doesn’t cause more hair to grow. If this was true people would find this a good way to re-grow the hair. The reality is that the treatment can destroy hair follicles.
Permanent hair removal treatment is safeAs the hair type and the intensity of reaction varies from person, to person,it is very much important to meet your dermatologist to make sure that it wouldn’t react on your skin. Results may vary on the basis, or hair thickness, color and the skin type.
Exposure to radiation is more in laser hair removal techniqueLaser hair removal procedures which are approved by the FDA, do not emit radiation since they are clinically tested beforehand. The radiation does exist between the light slots of the laser machine, yet it does not escape in the space, so it is believed that it is not harmful to the patient.
You can get permanent hair removal in one long laser hair removal session.It is impossible to remove all the hair within one visit. Since hair growth depends upon the different time and varies from person to person.
You cannot get laser hair removal treatments done during the summer.The fact that getting a tanned skin would reduce the speed of the lasers acting on the skin, and may also cause in skin irritation, and other negative effects, yet assuming that one must not go through the treatment is false, also because the technology has advanced so much, that it is suitable not just for the tanned skin, but also for the people with a darker skin shade.


  • Why would someone choose laser hair removal instead of electrolysis?
It is very much simple, less time consuming and comfortable, and when compared with electrolysis it is very effective. It works by inserting a tiny needle into each hair follicle and delivering a jolt of electricity.
  • What are the after-effects of the laser hair removal?
To reduce any sorts of discomforts, it is advisable to apply ice to the treated area. The doctor might apply a steroid cream to the affected area if you have a skin reaction immediately after laser hair removal. It is better to re-visit the dermatologist. Also, it is better to avoid sun exposure.
  • How long must one wait to go to the next laser session?
For laser hair removal to be very much effective the hair must be treated during the active phase of growth of the hair. Performing laser hair removal treatments with 4-6 weeks gap will give the highest chance of treating most of the hair follicles, and to prevent them from growing again.

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