AN UNDERARM SHAVER TRIES WAXING
LINDSEY tried Sally Hansen Naturally Bare Honey Wax Hair Remover for Body. "This wax works without heat, and the fact that it's a natural product was definitely a plus -- I knew I wasn't putting anything scary or scalding on my sensitive skin. My only problem was that I couldn't seem to apply the wax in a thin enough layer to work. The strips got bogged down with the goo, so when I tore them off, they pulled out very few hairs. I kept trying, which left my skin red and irritated -- ouch! Still, I couldn't resist waxing my legs, which went much more smoothly (pardon the pun). But for underarms, I'll stick with shaving."
Sally Hansen Naturally Bare Honey Wax Hair Remover for Body, $10.
A LEG SHAVER TRIES A DEPILATORY CREAM
LAUREN used Nair Shower Power Cream for Body. "As a clumsy shaver, I was happy to try a nick-proof hair-removal method. My memories of experimenting with old-school Nair in junior high? No results and an unearthly smell. But it turns out 21st-century Nair doesn't stink! And you don't have to stand around the bathroom waiting for it to work; you use it in the shower. It has a sponge applicator, which is a good thing: I'd be a little spooked to shampoo my hair with Nair hands! After using the other side of the sponge to wipe away the cream, my skin definitely felt softer, but I was left with some stubble. Maybe my hair is too coarse for a depilatory? I had to shave as well and -- surprise -- nicked myself twice."
Nair Shower Power Cream for Body, $7.
A BROW TWEEZER TRIES THREADING
MELANIE tried threading at Shobha in New York City. "I trust only myself to create a neatly arched, not-too-thin brow shape. I tweeze pretty much any time I'm in my bathroom, so letting my brows grow out for two weeks to thread-able length was hard to do. I shrank in horror at my bushy brows! Shashi, the threader, told me how she planned to fix my lopsided shape (oops!) while keeping the arch I like. Then she drew a length of string, tilted my chair back, and got to work. It felt like a comb being dragged across my skin, removing hairs as it went. A little irritating, a little odd, but nothing painful. After 20 minutes, I had beautifully groomed brows (and a little redness on my newly bare skin). I'd go back because the results were so good -- if only I could tolerate the growing-out period."
Threading, Shobha salons, New York City, $20 and up.
A BIKINI WAXER TRIES A TRIMMER
LAURA used Bliss + Philips Bikini Perfect Deluxe Spa Edition. "The trimmer worked nicely, but it's better for trimming hair and cleaning up the area, not a replacement for true beach-ready hair removal. The Bliss products were a cool bonus. The scrub was nice to prep with -- I loved the lemony scent. My favorite attachment was the micro trimmer (recommended for eyebrows) since, unless you're a gymnast, it's hard to reach some bikini areas by yourself. I'll trim again, but probably between waxings or in a pinch, when I need to be in a bikini pronto."
Bliss + Philips Bikini Perfect Deluxe Spa Edition, with Bliss Body Scrub, Body Butter, and Ingrown Hair Eliminating Peeling Pads, $60.