Waxing is a very popular as it can be used over large areas rather quickly. A special wax is heated until melted and then applied to the removal area with a cloth strip then applied to the wax. As the wax cools, the hair becomes embedded in the wax. After the wax is completely cooled, it is pulled quickly from the skin removing the hair from the roots. Although inexpensive, users report a considerable amount of discomfort with waxing. Too reduce the discomfort, ask your doctor for prescription strength lidocaine cream. Applying the cream 30 minutes before the wax application will reduce the pain considerably.
Home Wax Warmers - These work essentially like a salon waxing. A small electric heating unit melts the wax that is applied to the skin. Then a muslin cloth is pressed on the wax. After cooling, the wax is quickly removed taking with it the hair and roots. Don't forget the lidocaine cream ;)
Waxing strips - The strips have a pre-applied wax or adhesive and are available in many sizes and shapes. You simply remove the protective backing from the strip, press it against your skin then pull just like with warm waxing. Again, pre-application of a pain relieving cream will reduce discomfort. Price:
Cold Wax - is a cross between warm wax and waxing strips. A special wax is heated in the microwave (about 15 seconds) to make it spreadable. It is then applied along with muslin cloth and removed just as with the warm wax method. Price:
Analysis of user trials showed no difference in effectiveness of hair removal or levels of discomfort when using any of the 3 methods noted above. User preference, convenience and cost will dictate your choice. Remember that anytime you use cold or warm wax, it can be a little messy so be ready for that. The strips are likely the best choice if don't want to clean up after using.