No budget for pro stripping? Ahead, we've devised a no-fail plan for fighting hairy situations at home—whether you prefer creams, waxes, or tools to do the job.
Nothing tops a razor (look for aloe or shea-butter moisture strips) for navigating this ultra-sensitive, uneven terrain in a pinch. (Beware the afterburn if you dare to wear deodorant without waiting a day or two post-shave.)
Gillette Women's Venus Swirl Razor, $13; amazon.com.
Got fair skin and dark hair? Repeated five-minute treatments with a gentle at-home laser can beat regrowth for good—at a fraction of doctor's-office prices.
Silk'n Sensepil Home Removal Device, $199; silkn.com.
To avoid unsightly razor burn, hydrate thirsty skin with a shave cream rich in essential oils, or forgo the blade altogether and use a shea-butter-infused depilating cream.
Nair 3-in-1 Formula Exfoliator, $10; amazon.com.
EOS Shave Cream in Pomegranate Raspberry, $4; ulta.com.
For a quick fix on the go, toss a mini electric shaver in your beach bag—great for showerless fuzz-busting—but remember to moisturize afterward (those metal teeth are moisture-killers).
Clio Palm Perfect Cordless Electric Shaver, $19, amazon.com.
Skintimate Lotionized Cream Shave, $4; walgreens.com.
Veet Spray On Hair Removal Cream for Dry Skin (with spatula), $7; walgreens.com.
Mimic a long-lasting pro wax at home with a waxing kit, like Sally Hansen's Hair Remover Kit.
Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax & Strip Kit, $5; walmart.com.
Then, tidy up remaining hair with a battery-powered trimmer designed for the area. For in-between maintenance, smooth down with a moisture-stripped razor—and yes, when it comes to eliminating pesky stubble, the more blades, the better.
Schick Quattro Trim Style Razor and Trimmer, $22; amazon.com.
Wipe out facial fuzz and lady 'staches with a home threading kit, which can eliminate peachy wisps and coarser strands for up to four weeks without irritating sensitive skin. (Also works for minor brow touch-ups.)
Bellesentials Facial Hair Remover Threading Tool, $11; amazon.com.
Afterward, level lingering strays with a small trimmer or tweezer.
Panasonic Women's Facial Trimmer, $21; ulta.com.
The sharper the point, the grippier a tweezer is on hairs.
Tweezerman Stainless Steel Point Tweezer, $22; amazon.com.
Ponying up now for hair-banishing accoutrements can save you (and your skin) from pain and annoyance all summer long. Stave off bumps with serums and wipes that contain exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid. If an ingrown arises anyway, treat carefully with a pair of pointed tweezers.
Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads, $38; ulta.com.
Fur Ingrown Concentrate Spot Treatment, $25; furyou.com.
And don't be a martyr: Slather on a numbing agent 15 minutes before any potentially painful follicle-stripping.
PFB Numb-IT Topical Anesthetic, $30; dermstore.com.