Instead of shaving all the time at home, many people choose to go to a beauty salon for professional hair removal. As well as taking the effort out of it for you, it's also typically longer lasting, with repeat treatments needed far less frequently than you'll find with shaving.

But with several options now available for professional hair removal treatments, how do you decide what's the best choice? It comes down to your own preferences, depending on how much you want to spend, how long you want the gap between treatments to be, and what you're comfortable with. Here's the information on some of the more common methods to help you decide.


By far the most widely-known hair removal treatment, waxing has been around for a very long time indeed.

The hot wax pulls hairs out at the root, leaving the skin smooth and totally hair-free. Once done, the waxing treatment lasts about two weeks, and even then the new hairs won't be as prominent as the regrowth after shaving. To get the best results, you might need to leave hair to grow a bit before getting waxed.

Waxing is a really versatile type of hair removal and can be used on legs, torsos, intimate areas, and even on the face.


Unlike many methods of hair removal, electrolysis actually permanently stops hair growth. It does this by using an electrical current to stop hair follicles from working, and typically needs a course of treatments rather than a single session.

Because each hair needs to be treated individually, electrolysis is more often used on smaller areas, such as the face. It may be possible to have it done on larger areas of the body, but bear in mind that it will be a time-consuming process.


Similarly to electrolysis, laser hair removal damages the hair follicles to stop them working – but using heat rather than electricity. Again, full results require a course of sessions and results will vary depending on your skin and hair type.


IPL stands for intense pulsed light. It's similar to lasers, except it uses various different light wavelengths rather than a single one. IPL normally costs less than laser treatment but isn't as effective.


Threading uses a thin strand of thread to hold and manually pull out hairs. It's a bit like using tweezers, but with multiple hairs at once. It's mostly used for eyebrows and can achieve a nice, precise line without irritating the skin like some other treatments.