Many people have unwanted hair on some part of their body. Whether it's an overabundance of arm hair, facial hair, back hair, neck hair, or someplace else, an excessive amount of hair can leave you feeling embarrassed and awkward in social situations.
There are many products available that can remove unwanted hair. What should you expect from an effective hair removal product? First, you should expect that it works. Sounds simple, doesn't it? But now, more than ever, there are many products that make promises and never deliver. You need to be careful.
Next, you need to determine what is most important to you. Are you interested in speed - spending as little time as possible removing unwanted hair? Or are you more interested in a long-term solution, so that you don't have to remove hair as often? And what is your tolerance for pain when removing that unwanted hair?
There are a few things you should consider before purchasing a hair removal product. Some of these include:
Effectiveness. How effective is the product at removing unwanted hair? How often will you need to use it to keep that unwanted hair away?
Application. Is the hair removal product a gel, that may leave a mess or unpleasant odor? Or is the product electrical, with whirling blades or electrical shocks?
Return Policy. If you're not happy with your hair removal purchase, can you return it for a refund?
TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best hair removal products available today. We hope these reviews help you remove that unwanted hair once and for all!
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It was no small surprise to us that the least expensive hair removal product ranked at the top place in our ratings. Revitol's Hair Removal Cream does exactly what it promises - removes hair painlessly and inhibits the regrowth of future hair.
Tested by dermatologists, and without the strong acidic formulas of other depilatories, Revitol's hair removal cream leaves the skin feeling soft and refreshed. And it accomplishes this without the unpleasant odor accompanying similar hair removal products.
These factors, combined with Revitol's quality reputation and superior money-back guarantee, earns this product our highest rating.
The Emjoi eMagine epilator has 72 tweezers, the most on the market today. It is designed to lift flat and short hair up, so the spinning discs can quickly remove it, while decreasing the possibility of ingrown hair. It effectively removes hair from the root, leaving skin smooth for up to 6 weeks.
The Emjoi eMagine has an ergonomically engineered soft-grip handle so it's easy and comfortable to use. And it can be used to remove delicate facial hair on the upper lip and chin without much discomfort.
With dual-speed control and relatively pain-free use, the Emjoi eMagine earns high scores.
The Kalo Post Epilating Spray is a topical liquid that works to prevent the regrowth of hair. It is designed to be used in conjunction with other hair removal solutions, such as epilators, waxing, or shaving. When used with a device that pulls hair from the root, it will eliminate approximately 10% of hair regrowth.
Kalo's Post Epilating Spray also delays the regrowth of hair, and causes the hair that does grow back to be thinner and finer. This means you need less frequent hair removal processes, and they will be quicker and more pain-free.
This product is not recommended for use with depilatories. It is however an excellent choice when used in combination with one of our top-rated epilator hair removal products.
See results in 4 weeks, best results after 90 days
90 day money-back guarantee
Stop Grow by Skinception is scientifically formulated with a series of active ingredients that interrupt follicular cell activity along the body, preventing hair from growing where it's applied. It is gentle enough for the face but tough enough to get the job done.
Specifically, Skinception is said to be gentler than depilatories and hair removal products and may be used in more places on the body. Most women report a noticeable reduction of body hair beginning in 4 weeks.
Active ingredients in Stop Grow include Decelerine (3.0%), Telocapil (2.0%), and Pilisoft LS 7590 (1.0%). The website provides expected results as up to 69% of body hair in men and 82% reduction in leg hair for women. Results can be expected in 4 weeks and best results are seen after 90 days. The downside of Skinception is that clear and concise directions are not made available nor does the company make any promises on
how long the hair removal will last.
Stop Grow is offered for both men and women. If you are not satisfied with your results, a 90-day money back guarantee is offered, allowing the return of empty and unopened bottles for full refund (less S&H). Stop Grow is a decent option for helping prevent the growth of body hair but be prepared to continue using the product to maintain results.
Works in 6 to 8 weeks with monthly maintenance treatments
30 days 100% Money Back Guarantee
Flash and Go is a hair removal product that uses light pulse technology to stop hair growth. It is said to permanently remove unwanted hair and may be used on most areas of the body. Many people have heard of this product as advertised in Allure, Redbook, and Elle magazines. Flash and Go is manufactured by Home Skinovations, a Better Business Bureau A rated company.
Flash and Go's light pulse technology serves to disable the hair root and should show results in 6 to 8 weeks. Directions for use include treatments every 2 weeks with positive results after the 3rd or 4th round. A monthly maintenance treatment is required for best results. The device must also be used in moderately lighted rooms on skin that is the proper skin color. The Flash and Go website describes safety features
that measure the skin tone and only work on those that are suitable for the product. This raised concerns for us given that someone could buy the product and have too much pigmentation in their skin to work. We also read a lot of trouble shooting information that led us to wonder how many people can successfully turn on the device and use it with little issue.
The Flash and Go is priced higher than some hair removal products at $199 but shipping is free and shoppers will appreciate the 30 day guarantee. Returns must be accompanied with a receipt for credit.
For those that are looking for their own laser-like hair removal product, Flash and Go is probably as close as it gets among the products reviewed. We did find several positive customer reviews but also found claims of hyperpigmentation and permanent discoloration after use. If you're looking for a hair removal option that doesn't involve shaving, creams, or waxing, Flash & Go may be worth a try.
The Verseo ePen is a home electrolysis system designed to permanently remove unwanted hair. The system uses traditional galvanic technology, similar to that used by professionals.
To start with, conductive gel is applied to the skin, which helps the current penetrate to the root of the hair follicle (since hair alone is insulative rather than conductive). The unit has a convenient timer that indicates when enough current has been applied to the hair for it to be removed with a pair of tweezers. If the hair does not come out easily, a second attempt can be tried; but no more than two attempts at
any one sitting.
We found mixed results with the Verseo ePen. In order for it to work, the directions must be followed - and you must be ready to apply it repeatedly over a period of time. Professional electrolysis can take months, sometimes more than a year - so expect similar time requirements with this device.
If you have a high degree of patience, are relatively tolerant to pain, and prefer a permanent hair removal system similar to what the professionals use, this may be the right solution for you. Otherwise, there are non-permanent but faster and easier methods available.
The Epilady Legend is a rechargeable hair removal epilator. It sports 40 rotating discs on a wide head allowing for quick hair removal. The rubber grips at various touch points make for an ergonomically comfortable and non-slip hold. It comes with a carrying case and cleaning brush. We found the device comfortable to use and easy to handle. The biggest issue we had with the device was with the ability to maintain a charge.
Epilation requires more time than traditional shaving. When used over wide swaths of areas (for example, legs and back), the device has a tendency to lose steam. When this happens, the discs don't spin as quickly as they should and can accidentally pull skin with hair, or run out of power completely. This causes a more painful and less satisfying experience.
The best way to use this product is once a week. That way you have less hair to remove,and the hair that is there is finer (especially when combining this product with one of our highly rated hair inhibitors). In this way you should be able to get through even large areas with time to spare.
On the plus side, the cordless feature is a convenient option to have when traveling.
The Sharper Image Epen uses traditional galvanic technology to remove unwanted hair. It's designed to safely transmit electricity to kill the hair follicle and disrupt its ability to grow back. The battery-powered device uses interchangeable tips and pads that allow you to target different areas, focusing on individual or groups of hairs.
Unfortunately, we found issues with the quality of the device. The tweezers aren't as well-suited for pulling hairs as they should be; many people end up using their own pair. The tips feel flimsy at times and we can see them breaking after repeated use. And, since this device is battery operated, we question the ability of it to produce enough current for it to make true on its claims of permanent hair removal.
Overall, although you can experience permanent hair removal with the Sharper Image Epen, we feel there are better products available.
Ultra Hair Away is designed to work in conjunction with other hair removal solutions to prevent to regrowth of hair. When used with other methods, such as epilation, waxing, or shaving, it does seem to cause fewer hairs to return, and the ones that do return are a finer consistency.
However, it's effectiveness is not as good or as well-documented as the other higher-rated products. Additionally, while offering a money-back guarantee, the company that creates and sells this product is known to make exaggerated claims and engage in spamming activities.
We feel that until there is more clinical evidence backing up the long-term promises for Ultra Hair Away, there are other, more reliable, and less expensive solutions.
Works in 6 to 8 weeks with monthly maintenance treatments
60 days, 100% Money Back Guarantee
Silk'n SensEpil XL is a hair removal device that uses light pulse flashes to disable hair growth. It is manufactured by Home Skinovations, a Better Business Bureau A rated company. Silk'n SensEpil XL is said to provide 65,000 flashes and should therefore provide a lifetime of hair removal treatments. Many people have seen the Silk'n name in popular magazines like Allure, Elle, Reebok and more. This hair removal device may be used on all areas of the body that grow hair.
Silk'n SensEpil XL's is much pricier than many of their other hair removal products and that is the result of the available “flashes” in this unit. Which means the device is built to last longer than the other hair removal options sold by Silk'n. Directions for use include treatments every 2 weeks with positive results after 4 to 6 treatments. A monthly maintenance treatment is required for continued removal of stray hairs. The Silk'n SensEpil XL website does state that due to hair growth cycles, it may take up 18 to 24 months to be hair free.
The device must also be used in moderately lighted rooms on skin that is the proper skin color. A color chart is available under the product details tab. The Silk'n website describes safety features that measure the skin tone and only work on those that are suitable for the effective use of this product. A customer service representative is available to answer your questions Monday through Friday.
The Silk'n SensEpil XL is priced higher than any of the other hair removal products at $525. This is definitely a big hit to the wallet. Based on customer reviews we found several happy and unhappy customers. One concern we read about was the marking this product was leaving on the skin during use. We read that these pigmentation marks may be permanent. For this particular product, Home Skinovations gives customers 60 days to return with receipt for money back minus shipping. Extra cartridges are non-refundable.
With such a steep price tag we struggled to want to risk a large investment on a product with limited customer feedback. We also had a tough time spending over $500 on a device that only came with a 60 day money back guarantee yet might take month or years to show great results. We recommend shopping higher on our list of hair removal products to find something more affordable.
The Satin Smooth Waxing Starter Kit uses a traditional approach to removing unwanted hair.
Following the directions, the warmed wax is applied to the unwanted hair area, and after a period of time, is rapidly pulled off along with the hair. With this product you get a 14 oz. can of honey wax, application spatulas, a wax warmer, and 4 oz bottles of skin preparation cleanser, residue remover, skin soother, and skin nourisher.
Although waxing is safe and relatively easy, it is also quite painful, messy, and can smell bad. Folica is a quality company offering a dependable waxing hair removal solution. Although this product performs as advertised, we feel overall that there are much better choices in hair removal solutions.
30 days for defective product, minus 5% restocking fee
The Vector Home Electrolysis system is designed to bring the power of professional electrolysis hair removal into the home. Instead of utilizing a needle to probe under the skin and apply electrical current directly to the root of the hair follicle, this system applies current through a pair of tweezers that grip the hair. Since hair does not conduct electricity, a special conductive silver-chloride gel is applied to the
skin, which needs to be pushed to the area surrounding the hair follicle with a Q-tip. We found the system to be uncomplicated an relatively easy to use.
While testing shows the product can in fact eliminate unwanted hairs, we had several issues. First, it is a messy procedure. The gel needs to be spread throughout the intended area and massaged into the skin with a Q-tip. Expect to need a shower after you get done. Second, the cost is double our second-most expensive product, the top-rated Emjoi Optima epilator. That can be quite prohibitive to some individuals.
Third, the system is pain-free - unless you happen to touch the tweezers to your skin. When that happens, you get an electrical shock which, although producing no long-term affects, is still quite unpleasant. Fourth, the procedure can take months to be effective - be prepared to spend significant amount of time over a long period with this device. Finally, the return policy clearly states they will only accept returns
on defective equipment. Meaning, if you don't find the product to be effective, you can't return it, even if you've only had it one day.
Overall, we feel there are other hair removal solutions worth trying before resorting to the Vector Home Electrolysis system.
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