Natalie Ismiel is the Brand Ambassador and resident hair removal expert at Nad's, Australia’s own hair removal company. Daughter of Nad’s Founder and Global Brand Ambassador, Sue Ismiel, there’s not much Natalie doesn’t know about hair removal and she shares her insight into the ins and out of waxing, shaving and creams.
Whipping out the razor in the shower and whisking off hair is a quick solution, but it also means you’ll probably be doing the same thing two days later! Shaving cuts the hair off at the skin’s surface, making it grow back faster, and spikier than other hair removal solutions.
People believe creams take more time than shaving, but you only have to leave our Nad’s Sensitive Hair Removal Cream on for four minutes! Hair removal creams dissolve the hair so it’s more tapered and natural as it regrows, leaving the skin feeling smoother for longer.
Waxing is the method of hair removal I was raised on. Waxing removes the hair from the root, leaving you silky smooth and hair free longer. Our Nad’s Natural Hair Removal Gel is perfect for sensitive skin and because it’s a gel, not wax, it’s water-soluble and washes off easily with water. So any little mistakes with application or residue just rinses away.
Personally, waxing is my favourite option and although hair removal creams take a bit more effort than shaving, they leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and hair free for a little longer than a quick whisk around with the razor.
Hair Removal Creams Top FAQs:
Q: I've heard some depilatory creams can only be used when the hair is very short? Not that many of us have particularly long hair in most places we'd consider using the cream on, but I feel it's worth a mention. Is this the case for Nad's Sensitive Hair Removal Cream? And if so, how short should the hair be?
A: Ideally, the hair should be between 3-5mm for optimal results. However, as long as the hair removal cream penetrates into the skin it will remove the hair. You just need to ensure that the hair is completely covered with an even, thick layer of cream.
It’s important to always read the instructions carefully before you use creams and perform a skin test patch first just to be sure – refer to pack instructions on how to do this.
The advantage of depilatory creams is that they keep the hair away longer than shaving and the regrowth is not as stubbly.
Q: If possible, it would be great to hear how the cream 'dissolves' the hair.
A: Depilatory creams work to break down the chemicals that hold your hair together. They contain a chemical called thioglycolate acid that is capable of hydrolysing, or breaking down, the disulphide bonds of hair keratin.
These disulphide bonds are powerful links within the hair structure that are responsible for giving hair and nails their tough quality. If you break these bonds, the hair becomes so soft that it will simply break off when you wipe the cream off your skin.
This chemical process is actually a more extreme version of the permanent wave process, which is also related to hair relaxers.
To choose the right cream it’s important to consider the type of skin you have, which is why Nad’s offers the Sensitive Hair Removal Cream specifically formulated with honey and chamomile to soothe skin.
Waxing Top FAQs
Q: With regards to waxing: what about the ouch factor? Should those with low pain tolerance opt for the cream?
A: Depilatory creams are definitely a good option for those who prefer a pain-free hair removal option. However, re-growth is faster with creams than that of waxing.
With waxing the hair is removed by the roots therefore re-growth can last weeks.
Q: Is it easy for a novice to do? What are Natalie's top tips/caveats for those trying at home waxing for the first time?
A: Do-it-yourself waxing doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. If you’re trying waxing at home for the first time I recommend the following tips:
- Ensure skin is clean, dry and free of oils and moisturisers.
- Apply the wax in the direction of hair growth and pull strip back in the opposite direction of hair growth.
- Ensure you hold the skin taut when pulling the strip back. Do this quickly and as close and parallel to the skin as possible to minimise discomfort and prevent bruising or irritation.
- For best results, hair should be between 3 and 5 mm long, as longer hair will be more painful to remove and you might experience swelling.
- Avoid waxing during and right before your menstrual cycle if possible. Your body tends to be more sensitive due to the change of hormones and this may cause the treatment to be more painful.