Unwanted body hair is something many of us struggle with, even in places we might not expect. Many people have peach fuzz almost entirely covering their bodies, and in some areas that hair grows thicker, becoming unsightly. This of course includes hair on the stomach. Luckily, most of the common hair removal methods you’re probably already familiar with will work on stomach hair.
We’ve compiled some effective methods to give you an idea of where to start. So if you’re looking to get rid of a few stray strands, or a full-on not-so-happy trail, read on to learn how to get rid of stomach hair.
6 Easy Ways to Remove Belly Hair
Okay, so there are a number of ways to get rid of unwanted belly hair. But we’re gonna talk about the most popular and the easiest options. Let’s take a look.
No matter where hair grows on your body, if you’ve ever wanted to remove it, chances are you’ve tried shaving it at some point. So grab your razor and your favorite shaving cream or gel, because you can absolutely shave your stomach hair too!
Some things to keep in mind when shaving: use warm water to soften the hairs. This is why many people choose to shave their body hair in the shower – while you’re already using warm water, you may as well take advantage of it. Use a new, sharp razor in order to minimize cuts and razor burn.
First, shave with the grain of the hair (that is, the direction in which the hair grows), then shave against the grain to get the last bit of stubble. And of course, follow up with a good moisturizer when you’re out of the shower, to soothe the skin that was just shaved.
Waxing for Belly Hair Removal
Another popular at-home hair removal method is waxing, using either pre-waxed strips or hot wax that is melted in a wax warmer before being applied to the skin. Of course, professional waxing is also offered at many salons and spas, but this can be expensive, and many people feel awkward about having someone else wax their body, especially unusual areas like the stomach.
If you do opt for at-home waxing, here are a few tips for a smoother process — pun absolutely intended. Trim long hairs before waxing, to assure that the wax can adhere to every individual hair strand. Hair should be about the length of a grain of rice before being waxed.
Apply the wax with the grain of the hair, and remove it against the grain. This will assure that hairs are being pulled out at the root, not just broken off at the surface of the skin.
Related: How to Remove Wax from the Skin
An increasingly popular alternative to waxing, sugaring uses a paste composed of sugar, lemon juice, honey, and water. Similar to waxing, you apply this solution to the area with unwanted hair, and pull it off, removing the hair that the sugaring solution has adhered to. Many people find sugaring less painful than waxing, as the sugaring solution adheres only to the hair, and not to the skin itself.
As with waxing, you can get your hair professionally sugared, or do it yourself at home. There are even resources available for making your own sugaring paste at home. Take note that achieving the correct consistency can be very difficult.
Alternatively, you can buy premade sugaring paste from many beauty supply stores. No matter which route you go, however, it’s always a good idea to do a patch test on a small area of skin to make sure you’re not allergic to the sugaring solution before applying it to larger areas of your body.
Creams, gels, and liquids that use chemical solutions to remove hair are collectively known as depilatory creams. Common brands include Nair and Veet. The chemicals in these creams quite literally dissolve any hair they come in contact with.
As such, it’s important to patch test these products before using them, as this kind of harsh chemical solution can irritate the skin. It’s also important to follow manufacturers’ instructions closely. In extreme cases, these creams have been known to cause burns when used incorrectly.
But don’t let that scare you off of depilatory creams altogether. When used properly, they can be a highly effective way to remove unwanted hair. Make sure the area is clean, free of any oils or lotions, and completely dry before applying a depilatory cream. You will also want to avoid using these creams on any cuts or irritated skin, as this can cause further irritation.
Apply the cream evenly across the desired area, and leave it on only as long as the manufacturer recommends. It’s typically about 15 minutes. Then use the provided tool, usually a spatula or small sponge, to gently scrape or scrub off the cream, and then wash off any remaining cream with warm water.
Especially if you only have a few stray stomach hairs that you want to remove, tweezing may be an effective hair removal method for you. As implied by the name, tweezing uses a pair of tweezers to pull each individual hair out at the root. It can be time-consuming if removing a large amount of hair this way, but it does allow you to be very precise about which hairs you remove.
If you do choose to tweeze your stomach hair, be sure to choose a pair of tweezers that is “sharp” — that is, the ends taper in at the outside, toward the flat surfaces that come together when they close.
A smaller surface at the ends allows for a more firm and precise grip on the hair you’re removing. Also, always pull the hair out in the direction of growth. This makes sure the hair is pulled out at the root, rather than broken off at the skin surface, which can cause ingrown hairs.
Permanent Hair Removal Techniques
Techniques like laser hair removal and electrolysis can also be highly effective at getting rid of stomach hair more permanently. These techniques should only be performed by a trained professional and may take several treatments to completely remove all unwanted hair. However, they have been proven to be highly effective at reducing or even completely stopping the hair from growing back.
Laser hair removal uses a laser directed at the hair follicle to inhibit hair growth. Although there is some controversy as to whether or not it is completely permanent, it certainly does drastically slow down the regrowth of hair.
Electrolysis, meanwhile, uses a fine needle-like electrode inserted directly into the hair follicle to pass a small jolt of an electric current into the follicle. This effectively destroys the hair follicle and prevents the hair from regrowing.
Either of these methods can be used to remove unwanted stomach hair.
Hair can grow on virtually any area of the body, including the stomach. This is completely normal, and there is no medical or health benefit to removing it. However, if you find the hair unsightly, or it otherwise bothers you, there is no reason not to remove it! Many of the most common hair-removal methods will work well on stomach hair. Use whichever one you feel most comfortable with so that you can enjoy a smooth, hairless stomach!