Happy hot girl summer 2021; but are you really ready for it?
When we say ready, we mean both “vaxxed and waxed,” another bit of humor that came out of the pandemic and surfaced all over apps including TikTok and Twitter.
Users such as @publyssity took this and ran with it in a hilarious airline attendant reenactment that garnered more than 983 thousand views.
For those who have the majority of the packing list items mentioned in the video, including a vaccination card, wide-leg jeans and a Gen-Z middle part and outfit, but not the hair removal aspect, here’s where we can help.
Salons are still slowly reopening, and for those that are open, it can be hard and expensive to book a hair removal appointment. If we’ve learned anything from the past year, it’s that we can do pretty much anything ourselves from home. This includes hair removal, from a traditional wax to shaving, epilating, plucking and more.
See below for some of the best at-home hair removal products, including razors, hair removal creams, waxing kits and epilators.
Best at-home waxing products
Wax poetic and then wax your legs with this kit from Bliss.
The blue at-home wax kit can be used wherever you feel needs some hair removal, from legs and arms to underarms and bikini lines. The kit is just like the salon, but simpler, as all you need to do is microwave the blue cup and stir until wax is the correct consistency, spread onto hair with the included applicator and once dry enough, remove the wax with a quick tug against the direction of hair growth.
Feel like a supermodel with these Ashley Graham endorsed wax strips.
In a collab with model Ashley Graham and Flamingo, the waxing kit is really all you need to prep for a hairless summer. The kit includes 20 large wax strips, eight medium strips, six post-wax cleansing cloths and an instruction booklet to make sure you’re doing everything by the book.
Lansley Home Waxing Kit, $36.99
Bring the salon home to you with this high quality waxing set.
The Lifestance set has everything you need to open your own little waxing parlor, including the wax warmer, four packages of wax beads, applicator sticks, gloves and more. Make sure to read the instructions for new waxers, but pros will love just how great this kit compares to their salon’s.
Beginner waxers, never fear. Gigi is here.
Grab the Gigi At Home Beginner set from Ulta Beauty and become a pro in no time, as this kit has it all. The set includes the professional-grade wax and wax warmer as well as cleansers, powder, strips, applicators and more to make your at-home experience as easy and pain-free as possible.
Parissa Face & Lip Wax Strips, $11.99
Put your best face forward this summer.
These face and lip strips from Parissa make facial waxing super easy, as all you need to do is press them onto the location of your choosing and then remove quickly and firmly in the opposite direction of hair growth for the best result. The box includes 20 strips that should last up to six weeks per use, lasting you all summer long.
Best razors for women
Leave it to your new BFF Billie to take care of any unwanted hair.
Billie razors offer a smooth shave with minimal irritation. For the easiest start, check out their starter kits that include a razor in the color of your choosing as well as an extra head with five blades and a magnetic holder and free shipping.
BIC Soleil Color Collection, $9.47
These razors are the perfect set to put you in the summer mood.
With colors to match the summer vibes, check out BIC Soleil razors, sold at Walmart for under $10. Get three razors per pack, all of which can be used on legs, underarms and any area where you want to wave goodbye to hair with a swipe of their aloe-lubricated blades.
Bye bye razor bumps.
Shaving a sensitive area can be tough, especially if you have sensitive skin or haven’t addressed your hair situation all winter. Skintimate razors are your saving grace, as the unscented formula is designed to glide over skin and not nick or cut nearly as much as a traditional disposable razor would.
Get your bikinis on and hit the beach with confidence.
The Gillette Venus razor was specially designed for a woman’s pubic area, as that skin is far more delicate and sensitive than other areas on her body. It comes with a smaller head and a precision trimmer best suited for your swimsuit area and an “Irritation Defense Bar” to smooth skin and only take away the hair down there.
Don’t furrow your brow at eyebrow maintenance until you’ve tried this.
The Hollywood Browzer is a dermaplanning tool you need to try, now sold on Amazon. Not only does it shape brows, but use it to remove peach fuzz on your face as well, perfect to use before a facial or to exfoliate every once in a while.
Best hair removal creams
If wax and razors stress you out, turn to a cream with a name brand even your mom will stand behind.
Veet is a tried and true hair removal cream, now sold in a sensitive skin solution. Simply cleans your skin, apply the cream and wait the designated five to 10 minutes and then wipe clean with the included spatula before hopping back in the shower to fully remove all the cream.
Another brand women know and love is Nair, and for good reason.
With so many different formulas to choose from, we recommend the sensitive formula fo your bikini line. It has green tea extract inside to soothe skin while the active ingredients remove hair during the time it sits on skin. Then simply remove the cream and cleanse the skin and say bye bye to razor burn and cuts for good.
If you thought hair removal cream couldn’t get any easier, think again.
Now, do everything you need to do without leaving your nice warm shower. The Shower Power formula of Nair gets the job done all at once. Simply apply the cream before stepping into the shower on dry legs, arms or bikini line. Wait while the cream works its magic and the shower heats up for the amount of time designated on the bottle, and then step into the shower to remove both the cream and your hair, in soft circular motions.
Best at-home laser hair removal and epilators
If you’ve been dreaming of getting laser hair removal but the price of each session is a nightmare, it’s time to consider Kenzzi.
The at-home IPL device is easy to use without any extra equipment or paying $100 for each session at a spa. The kit comes with the device itself, a charging cable and instructions for use at home and results can be seen in as little as three to four weeks with proper use.
Feel flawless with this hand-held facial hair remover.
From Finishing Touch, the Flawless device is super easy to use on stubborn facial hair, and causes a lot less irritation than a traditional razor. Once turned on, the technology microscopically removes hair and wont leave you with nicks, cuts or the razor burn you may be too familiar with from other hair removal methods.
For smooth legs that last weeks on end, try an epilator from Philips’ beauty line of products.
The pink and white device fits easily into your hand for a quick and pretty painless hair removal experience. The spinning hooks trap hair and removed them from the root, promoting thinner hair re-growth and a lot less quickly than before. This device has two speed settings and comes with a cover and charging cable, sold on Amazon for under $35.
For an all-in-one spa-like experience, turn to the team at Braun to get the job done.
The three-piece epilator set can be used both wet and dry, great for those that shave in the shower and those that like epilating from their couch while watching a show. The set comes with the epilator itself, a shaver head and a facial cleansing device to exfoliate before epilating.