Natural hair removal: 5 weird remedies that actually WORK!

Natural hair removal: 5 weird remedies that actually WORK!

Is natural hair removal too good to be true? Today we're looking at all the hair-removal options out there, starting from the basic and obvious, and working towards the weird and wonderful natural hair removal remedies (that actually work!)

Body hair - if only we could snap our fingers and make it disappear.

Although it was put on our bodies for good purpose (warmth and hygiene) clothes and showers, plus modern beauty standards, mean we no longer feel the need to be coated in a layer of fuzz.

The problem? Getting rid of body hair, and once we have, maintaining that lovely smooth skin.

Using razors to remove hair

razor hair removal
Do you use razors?

Razors are handy, there's no doubt about it.

They're not too expensive, easy to use, and perfect for last-minute, emergency hair removal.

However, there are downsides to razors, which if you've used once regularly, you'll be all too familiar with.

Ingrown hairs, razor rash and increasingly spiky hair will leave you frustrated and embarrassed by the areas hair removal was meant to make you confident about.

If you are opting for razors, we recommend investing in a quality piece of kit. Always dry it off after use, and store it properly.

Using hair removal cream

Have you ever tried hair removal cream?

It's something most of us experiment with, at some point in our lives.

Unlike razors, it won't leave you with a rash. Similarly to shaving, however, it will only remove the hair above the surface, leading to rapid regrowth.

Additionally, it can be tricky to apply, and the 10-minute wait time can be equally as tasking (especially if you're trying to get rid of hair down there!) It's not a form of natural hair removal, and the strong chemicals will produce an unpleasant smell, and may leave your skin dry. 

Hair removal cream definitely isn't a quick fix, however, it can produce better results that shaving if you're prepared to put the effort in.

Waxing

summer legs bench
Get those legs ready for Summer! ©VisualHunt

Waxing is the most expensive and most painful hair removal option you can go for, but many people would say it's worth it.

Wax pulls hair from the root, leaving you with flawless results that last the test of time. Although it can be painful at first, a combination of reduced hair-growth and your skin becoming used to the process mean the pain does decrease over time.

Waxing may provide great results, but it's both a costly and timely process, making it impractical for many of us.

Natural hair removal remedies

Natural hair removal? Yes, you heard it here first!

Believe it or not, there are some natural remedies that can slow down hair growth, reduce body hair, and even remove it completely.

We've rounded up 6 of the best below for you to try yourself, in the comfort of your own home.

BONUS: they're as cheap as chips!

1. Hair removal using sugar wax

sugar wax natural hair removal
Weird but it works! ©OneGoodThingByJillee

Sugar wax has been used around the world for many years, but it's only recently become popular in the UK.

What exactly is sugar wax? Exactly what it says on the tin...only there is no tin because it's completely homemade. In fact, you can whip up your own sugar wax at home using:

  • just 200g sugar
  • 60ml lemon juice
  • 60ml water

Method:

  1. Add the ingredients to a saucepan on the hob, and stir to combine. Begin to heat, slowly bringing the mixture to a boil.
  2. Once it boils, simmer the ingredients on a low-medium temperature, stirring frequently. Once the mixture has turned golden brown in colour, it's time to remove the pan.
  3. Pour the ingredients into a jar and leave to cool for around 30 minutes.
  4. Spoon some wax into your hands, and roll it into a ball.
  5. Make sure the area of skin you want to remove hair from is clean and dry, then begin to spread the wax over it.
  6. Let it sit for a minute, then lift a corner of the sugar wax (enough to give you a good grip).
  7. Get ready...and rip the wax off in the opposite direction of your hair growth.
  8. Post-waxing, clean the area with warm water to remove any residue.

2. Natural hair removal at home using a pumice stone

Natural hair removal pumice stone
Have you ever tried this?

Turns out there's another use for your pumice stone that doesn't involve feet at all (unless you have very hairy feet that is!) - natural hair removal.

The rough texture of a pumice stone is great at catching hairs and removing them from your skin. Plus, this is a 100% natural hair removal remedy.

To try it yourself, use a dry pumice stone on clean, dry skin in small circular motions. The pores will cling onto hairs and pull them out.

Be sure to moisturise afterwards, as the texture of a pumice stone also provides an exfoliating effect and may leave the skin dry.

3. Natural hair removal remedy using egg

eggs in box
I bet you already have eggs in the fridge!

Egg is not only extremely nutritious but has some useful properties when it comes to beauty too.

Perhaps you've seen egg dry before and noticed how it creates a film-like substance on the surface it sets on. It's this power you're going to harness when using egg for hair removal.

To try it yourself, you'll need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornflower

Method:

  1. Mix the ingredients together to combine, then apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin.
  2. Leave the mixture to set on your face (around 15-20 minutes). It should form a film.
  3. Begin to peel the mask off from the out in. The mask will not only extract impurities, but also lift light facial hair.

Egg is an inexpensive and gentle way of treating unwanted facial hair. Why not give this natural hair removal remedy a go today?

4. Remove unwanted hair using papaya paste

papaya
It smells great too! ©Flickr

If you're looking for a long-term solution, you may want to consider Papaya.

Although papaya won't remove hair overnight, over time, a special enzyme called papain inside the fruit will weaken hair follicles, preventing re-growth. 

Sound too good to be true? Try this natural hair removal remedy at home and see the results for yourself.

You'll need:

  •  1-2 tbsp mashed, raw papaya flesh
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

Method:

  1. Mix together the papaya and turmeric to form a paste.
  2. Rub onto the skin liberally, massaging the mixture in so it reaches hair follicles.
  3. Leave for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with water.
  5. Repeat regularly to see a reduction in hair growth (2-3 times/week).

Papaya not only smells delicious but could be a permanent solution to your unwanted body hair too. Who'd have thought it!

5. How to remove hair at home using turmeric

turmeric
Could this everyday spice be the answer to your facial hair?

Turmeric is a bright yellow, fragrant spice, often found in Indian recipes. 

Outside of the kitchen, Indian women have used it for many years for all sorts of natural beauty remedies.

One such remedy is the removal of unwanted facial hair, and it's surprisingly easy to do!

Want to try it?

  1. Mix 3 tsp turmeric powder with 1 tsp milk.
  2. Spread the paste onto the area of skin with unwanted facial hair in the same direction as hair growth.
  3. Leave until dry (about 20 minutes).
  4. Add a small amount of water to hands, wet the paste slightly, and begin to scrub the skin using small, circular motions.
  5. Wash with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Like papaya, turmeric paste must be used regularly to reduce the rate of hair growth over time.

Keep at it, and you'll be facial-hair free in no time at all.

Do you have any magic natural remedies for removing unwated body hair? Share your tips with us in the comments below!

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  1. Author xenderq on June 4, 2018 at 9:35 am

    you forgot about thanka powder and kusama oil. Its work very well.

    Reply
  2. Author Kanchan Sanyal on August 5, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Does Papaya and turmeric work for chest hair in males ??

    1. Author Joanne A on August 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Kanchan, this natural hair removal remedy should work for all types of hair for both males and females.

    2. Author KANCHAN SANYAL on September 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Is there any prove of papaya remedy for hair removal ? If so please suggest it.

    3. Author Joanne A on September 4, 2018 at 11:32 am

      If you search for papaya as a hair remover online, you'll find plenty of testimonies. Thanks for getting in touch.

    Reply
  3. Author Sandra on October 2, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Can you please tell me what turmeric powder is and where it's available?

    1. Author Joanne A on October 3, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Hi Sandra! Turmeric powder is a spice. You should be able to pick some up in the spices section of any large supermarket.

    2. Author imihaelc on December 31, 2018 at 6:00 am

      What about beards in female can they be removed by payapaya too

    3. Author Joanne A on January 2, 2019 at 9:34 am

      Hi there! Yes, they can.

    4. Author Monika on January 30, 2019 at 9:27 am

      How much time it take to remove facial hair in female with papaya turmaric powder

    5. Author Joanne A on January 30, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Hi Monika! It'll vary for each person.

    6. Author Priyanka on March 23, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      hello in how many days will turmeric paste remove hairs and can it be used on arms

    7. Author Joanne A on March 25, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Hi Priyanka! The paste itself will not remove the hair to begin with. It just prevents regrowth over time.

    Reply
  4. Author Sandra on October 4, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Is it available in Ghana here?

    1. Author Joanne A on October 4, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Hello again! We're based in the UK so I'm not sure about Ghana.

    2. Author LETICIA JULIUS on November 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Sandra iam not from Ghana but i have been there and Turmeric is in almost all supermarkets. spicy section

    Reply
  5. Author Sandra on October 4, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Is there any other ingredient to replace tumeric with for papaya remedy

    1. Author Joanne A on October 5, 2018 at 9:11 am

      Hi there! Tumeric would be the most effective.

    2. Author Nadine Marais on November 5, 2018 at 5:58 am

      I have tried the turmeric method but it leaves a slight yellow color on my skin;wherever i use it. Is there a way to get rid of that color?

    3. Author Joanne A on November 5, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Hi Nadine. You can remove Tumeric stains by wiping the skin with a cotton ball soaked in coconut oil. Hope this helps!

    Reply
  6. Author Khyati on October 5, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Does papaya remove dark thick coarse hair if it does then please do tell me thank you.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 5, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Hi Khyati! Yes, it should do with regular use!

    Reply
  7. Author Stephanie on October 11, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I wish to know if ripe papaya can be use in place of raw one I also wish to know if tumeric which is not in powdered form can be use

    1. Author Joanne A on October 15, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Hi Stephanie! We'd suggest only using raw papaya and powdered turmeric.

    Reply
  8. Author Patti B on October 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    If a woman is suddenly growing facial hair, there must be a hormonal imbalance, correct? Why not start with finding out what's wrong and trying to bring balance back to the body? I'd love to see an article on that. ;)

    1. Author Joanne A on October 15, 2018 at 10:40 am

      We could look into that! Thanks for getting in touch, Patti.

    Reply
  9. Author Jenny on October 24, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I have dark upper lip hair that I really want to get rid of forever what is my best shot?

    1. Author Joanne A on October 25, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Hi Jenny, What methods have you tried?

    2. Author Saddam Khan on December 30, 2018 at 1:01 am

      Face unwanted hair can remove with help of this remedy turmeric powder and papaya ?

    3. Author Joanne A on January 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Hi Saddam! Yes, it can.

    Reply
  10. Author secondary name---- truth seeker on October 26, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    good day miss, does all these so called "naturally permanently hair removing methods " if course completed , HAIR (UNWANTED) GROWTH STOPS FOR LIFE TIME OR NOT, MEANS IS IT WORK FOR LIFE TIME, or HAIR WILL GROW AFTER 1,2,3,... months later HAIR WILL GROW AFTER 1,2,3,....years later please answer truthfully, i'll be visiting your site for ur answer , THANK YOU, & i'm based in INDIA for now.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 26, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Hi there! Which method are you referring to?

    Reply
  11. Author secondary name---- truth seeker on October 28, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    all of above methods, particularly using turmeric.

    Reply
  12. Author Dickson Lord on October 29, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I would like to know wheather eggs and lemon can get rid of facial hair permanently or for sometime then comes back.thanks miss

    Reply
  13. Author Kate on December 4, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Does raw papaya mean unripe? Like when it is still green?

    1. Author Joanne A on December 5, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Hi Kate! Raw meaning ripe and uncooked.

    Reply
  14. Author Lily Stone on December 9, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Where do you get a pumice stone from?

    1. Author Stephanie C on December 10, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Hi Lily! You should be able to get a pumice stone from a local pharmacy or drugstore.

    Reply
  15. Author Laashritha on December 13, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Can I use papaya powder instead of raw papaya please tell

    1. Author Joanne A on December 13, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Hi Laashritha! We've not tried papaya powder, so we think it'd be best to stick with raw papaya.

    Reply
  16. Author kuntal pal on December 27, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    DOES HAIR REMOVE PERMANANTLY? GROWTH STOP FOR LIFETIME?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 2, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Hi there. Which method are you enquiring about, Kuntal?

    Reply
  17. Author Jessi on January 4, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Hello, I was wondering if you can freeze your unused raw papaya and use it again for future use with the turmeric powder hair removal regimen?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 4, 2019 at 9:28 am

      You certainly can, Jessi!

    Reply
  18. Author Debra on January 6, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Should I use the papaya seeds as well, or just the flesh? Thank you.

    1. Author Stephanie C on January 7, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Hi there, Debra! You just need the flesh.

    Reply
  19. Author Sydney Latimer on January 19, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Hi! For the sugar wax method, is it brown sugar or white?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 21, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Hi Sydney! Typically this method uses white sugar.

    Reply
  20. Author Pam Martin on January 21, 2019 at 4:45 am

    can these methods also be used for under arm hair or pubic hair?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 21, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Hi there, Pam! These methods should work for those areas, though you may want to avoid the scrubs for the pubic area. Always do a patch test and take care to avoid any infections.

    Reply
  21. Author Antonymous on January 23, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Hi, I have always been curious about pumice stones, you mean it takes off the root? I heard the advantage it's much less painful than waxing, epilating and sugaring (which is in turn less painful because it does not adhere to the skin) :), or it just consume the hair shaft but for some reasons it lasts much more? This has me gently skeptic, because doesn't any hair shaft shortened for whatever cause, grow back again to it's specific length, although it's a myth that it gets any thicker (it's just cut blunt, hence uglier and apparently thicker ^_-)? Does hair stay resting for longer time as if it hasn't been cut?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 24, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Hi there! It's a very gradual method and can take some time to see results, but over time hair regrowth should diminish with regular use.

    Reply
  22. Author Stellz on January 31, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Does the tumeric powder have any side effect

    1. Author Joanne A on February 1, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Hi Stellz! As it's only applied to the skin, it shouldn't do.

    Reply
  23. Author Saeyka on February 2, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Wow! Girl you patience is endless! I mean it. I started fuming after reading ten comments , thinking people can be this stupid that they don't know what turmeric is or other meaningless questions. Your patience is award-winning. ☺️ Love from Pakistan.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 4, 2019 at 9:14 am

      That's very kind of you to say, Saeyka! We hope you found the article useful.

    Reply
  24. Author Jyoti katara on February 4, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Hey can I use turmeric for my body hairs😅😅😅

    1. Author Joanne A on February 4, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Hi there! Yes, you can.

    Reply
  25. Author Anita Bath on February 9, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Hi there. I was born yesterday so what is a turmeric and a ripe papaya? Can I just ingest them or it’s more effective for external use as mentioned? 👁👁👄

    1. Author Joanne A on February 11, 2019 at 9:41 am

      Hi Anita! Tumeric is a spice and papaya is a fruit. It's best to apply externally as mentioned.

    Reply
  26. Author Adnan on February 12, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Can i use sugar and 🍋 lemon paste to remove unwanted hair in my moutaches permanently

    1. Author Joanne A on February 12, 2019 at 10:39 am

      Hi Adnan! Are you referring to the sugar wax method? This should work for facial hair too.

    Reply
  27. Author K on February 14, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Hi if this works for me can i keep shaving while i am doing this process because i cant let the hair show its too embarrasing they are course and rough

    1. Author Joanne A on February 18, 2019 at 10:11 am

      Hi K! Yes, most of these methods should work even if you shave the hair off after.

    Reply
  28. Author Rodica Bors on February 15, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Hi! Does anyone heard about the boiled bicarbonate of soda? What do you think about it? Thanks!

    1. Author Joanne A on February 18, 2019 at 10:59 am

      Hi Rodica! We haven't heard of this method. Could you tell us more?

    Reply
  29. Author Misha on February 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Hi...I want to ask u this natural remedies papaya and turmeric can remove hairs that comes after waxing for lifetime...??

    1. Author Joanne A on February 18, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Hi Misha! The results will vary from person to person, but they should be long-lasting.

    Reply
  30. Author Lydia on February 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    hey, about the papaya and tumeric method, will the hairs will detach and fall or will the hairs be sucked in and disappear?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Lydia! This method probably won't remove the hair from the skin, but it will reduce the amount of regrowth.

    2. Author Lydia on February 20, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      So what should i do to remove it first ?

    3. Author Joanne A on February 20, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      You can remove the hair after applying the mixture using whatever method you prefer. This could be shaving, waxing, etc. You should find that by repeating this method, over time the hair will regrow less.

    Reply
  31. Author Elishia R Reese on February 24, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Can you use a ninja to puree the papaya to make into a paste or should you just smash it?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 25, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Hi Elishia! Either will work just fine.

    Reply
  32. Author Priyanka Gajrani on March 1, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Ma'am, is it necessary to use raw papaya ?

    1. Author Joanne A on March 1, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Raw papaya will give the best results!

    Reply
  33. Author Abd on March 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Can a person's body parts hair can be remove like for e.g arm pits,genitals area(pubic hair),facial's hair (facial's unwanted hair)and other areas of body can all hair can be removed of man from the method of papaya & tumeric powder & for how many days a person apply this method please answer these questions? I will be really thankful to you.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 4, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Hi there! It should work on all of those areas, though I wouldn't advise applying it directly to the genital area. It will not remove the hair, but it will stop it from growing back over time.

    2. Author Bhagyashree on March 6, 2019 at 9:05 am

      Hey does it work on thick hair on legs

    3. Author Joanne A on March 6, 2019 at 11:45 am

      It should do, though the results may vary from person to person.

    Reply
  34. Author Nyiebah on March 12, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Hi I’m a vegan, is it necessary to use Animal products with the turmeric and papaya?

    1. Author Joanne A on March 12, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Hi there! No, it isn't necessary.

    Reply
  35. Author Rishabh on March 17, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Please tell me that if I had waxed and my hand hairs will grow fast . So what can I do to make their growth slow

    1. Author Joanne A on March 18, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Hi Rishabh! I'm not sure what you mean. You can try any of these methods to slow down hair regrowth.

    2. Author Kim on March 19, 2019 at 3:15 am

      Hi, you are indeed the best I've ever seen when it comes to answering these repetitive questions... This goes to show how much people read and understand.... Kudos to you my dear

    3. Author Joanne A on March 19, 2019 at 9:08 am

      That's very kind of you to say, Kim!

    Reply
  36. Author Amzi Hazael Joy Remedios on March 22, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Hi, Umm, can I use this papaya and turmeric paste everyday? Because you said 2-3days only. I just want to ger rid of this hairy leg. This makes me uncomfortable. I cant use dress.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 22, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Hi Amzi! We'd stick to 2-3 days. You should see results over time.

    Reply
  37. Author Caroline on March 24, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Are these natural hair removers permanent?

    1. Author Joanne A on March 25, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Hi Caroline! The results will vary from person to person. If you keep up with regular treatments, you should see long-lasting results.

    Reply
  38. Author saumya on March 31, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I just want to ask that if we remove facial hairs will they come again or not??

    1. Author Joanne A on April 1, 2019 at 11:48 am

      You should see a reduction in regrowth. The results will differ from person to person.

    Reply
  39. Author Dpny on April 10, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Is shaving a menopausal moustache a bad idea? I've been doing this and swear I'm getting a 5 o'clock shadow in that area. Is this true or just my imagination? Anyhow, I'm going to start using facial hair strips for longer lasting results.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 11, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Hi there. This might well be the case because shaving will leave the hairs thicker and blunter in appearance. Waxing is a better alternative - and will last longer, as you said!

    Reply
  40. Author cathy on April 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    good advice, how often are you supposed to use turmeric and ripe pawpaw, are you supposed to apply any cream?

    1. Author Joanne A on April 15, 2019 at 11:44 am

      Hi there! About 2-3 times a week, but it's entirely up to you.

    Reply

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