22 Natural Ways To Remove Unwanted Hair At Home

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An outgrowth of unwanted hair is a big problem for most of us women and even more so for the some of us who have an accelerated rate of hair growth. Even though all this hair does provide insulation to our body, the unwanted hair on the visible areas of the body like your hands, feet, face and back is undesirable.

Are you worried about your hair growth and how high maintenance it sometimes gets?

Don’t worry, there are a number of hair removal techniques available today and the good news is that they are home remedies. These remedies are natural and have no side effects. They are much cheaper than the trips to the beauty clinics to!

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Causes For Unwanted Hair

Unwanted hair growth often occurs due to the imbalance of hormones in the body, irregular menstrual cycle, usage of certain medications or even due to pregnancy.

Best Home Remedies To Remove Unwanted Hair Immediately

1. Sugar & Lemon Mix

What You Need:

  • sugar
  • water
  • lemon juice

How to prepare:

To prepare the mix you need to put together sugar and water in the small bowl and stir them well. Once the sugar solution is ready, you need to add about 2 tbps of freshly squeezed lemon juice into the bowl and mix well. Allow it to rest in the refrigerator for about 5 mins and you’re good to go.

How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply this sugar and lemon mixture, take a small amount in your palms and dab it on your face in the exact direction of hair growth on the face and allow the mixture to rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, wash it off with cold water after 20 minutes by rubbing off the mixture gently with your hands.

Applicable parts

  • Face

Why it works

If you are looking for a hair removing product that comes with natural bleaching and exfoliating properties, this might be the perfect mix for you. The mix works wonders on your skin to make it both hair-free and bright.

Caution

It is advisable not to use these ingredients on sensitive parts.

2. Sugar, Honey and Lemon Sugar Molasses Home Wax Treatment

What You Need:

  • Sugar syrup
  • Molasses’ or dark corn syrup
  • Lemon juice

How to prepare

Take a deep microwave safe vessel and add your sugar with a drizzle of molasses on top of the sugar and microwave the mix for about two to three minutes. Once the sugar has dissolved completely, add freshly squeezed lemon juice into this mix. Stir well until all the ingredients have blended well.

How to apply

After allowing the mix to cool down to room temperature and just when it feels warm enough to touch, apply it on the hands and the legs where you see the unwanted hair growth. Then place the waxing strip on this applied mixture and press the strip onto it.

Let it rest for seconds and pull it off to get rid of unwanted hair.

Applicable parts

  • Hands, legs

Why it works

Mixing sugar syrup with molasses or corn syrup is a sure shot at getting you amazing results owing to Magnesium, which is a main component seen in molasses and help in balancing the hormones. It is quite an effective method when it comes to offering a slow yet consistent solution to unwanted hair.

Caution

This is a very painful process and might turn into a nightmare if the wax isn’t cooled down enough.

3. Lentil And Potatoes

What You Need:

  • One potato
  • yellow lentils
  • honey
  • lemon juice

How to prepare

For starters, soak the yellow lentil in water overnight and in the morning remove all the water from the lentil and grind it thoroughly to make a paste. Peel off the skin of the potato, crush it and store in a separate bowl.

Now all you need to do is extract the juice from the potatoes and add it to the yellow lentil paste along with freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey.

How to apply

Mix all the ingredients well and apply this mixture where you have unwanted hair. Leave it to rest for about 20 to 30 minutes or until the paste is completely dried out.

Now slowly remove the paste by rubbing your fingers over the paste in a circular motion. The dry lentil paste will pull off the unwanted hair from as you rub the paste.

Applicable parts

  • Hands, Face, neck

Why it works

Potatoes when combined with yellow lentils help in effectively removing unwanted hair. Due to the Potatoes having natural bleach properties in them the combination of these two items help in making the hair color lighter and hence less visible.

Caution

Don’t rub the dry mix too hard as it may cause rashes or redness.

Lentil And Potatoes

4. Egg Mask

What You Need:

  • Corn flour
  • One egg
  • Sugar

How to prepare

Break the egg and separate the egg white from the egg yolk in a bowl. Add corn flour to the egg white and add some sugar to it. Stir up the ingredients well and make it a smooth paste.

How to apply

Apply this mixture as a face mask and allow it to dry on your face for about 20 to 25 minutes. The mixture should turn into a thin egg mask on your face once it dries completely. Now with a firm hand, try to peel off the egg mask from your face in such a way that the facial hair is also pulled out.

Applicable parts

  • Face

Why it works

Egg white is a sticky substance so once it dries on your face it becomes very easy to pull off. Now when you pull it down, the unwanted facial hair also comes off along with it.

Caution

The process can get quite messy and annoying. Also, you may experience pain when pulling off the dried egg mask, but the results are fabulously neat.

5. Banana and Oatmeal Scrub

What You Need:

  • A ripe banana
  • Oatmeal

How to prepare

Take a medium sized, ripe banana and mash it in such a way that it turns into a paste.

To this banana paste, add one or two teaspoons of oatmeal and mix the ingredients well.

How to apply

Apply a generous amount of this paste on parts of your body where you intend to remove the hair from and rub it in a circular motion. Allow this paste to sit for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off with Luke warm water to remove the paste completely.

Applicable parts

  • Face, Hands, Legs, Underarms

Why it works

Banana is a natural ingredient ideal for removing unwanted hair from the body. When mixed with a scrubbing agent like oatmeal, it helps in exfoliation of your skin. The banana also helps in making your skin soft and supple and the oatmeal acts as the cleanser for your skin. Both combine to give super effective results.

Caution

The process is painful and messy

Banana And Oatmeal Scrub

6. Raw Papaya

What You Need:

  • papaya paste
  • Aloe-Vera gel
  • mustard oil
  • Gram flour
  • turmeric powder
  •  any essential oil

How to prepare

Mix papaya paste, gram flour, Aloe Vera gel, turmeric powder, mustard oil and essential oil to make a thick paste.

How to apply

Apply this paste on the areas of hair growth in the exact opposite direction of hair growth and allow the paste to dry for 15-20 minutes. Then, take the clean and dry cloth and remove the dried paste. Wash the area with water and pat dry using the towel

Applicable parts

Face, Hands, Legs, Underarms

Why it works

This remedy is suitable for all skin types and the enzyme present in raw papaya called “papain” helps restricting the growth of hair by breaking the hair follicles. It is also useful in improving skin texture as it works as an exfoliating agent and removes the dead skin cells.

Caution

Essential oils may not suit everyone

7. Turmeric

What You Need:

Turmeric powder

How to prepare

Take some turmeric powder and soak this in sufficient quantity of rose water, milk or water to make it a smooth paste. You can add oats and rice flour for enhanced effect.

How to apply

Apply this paste and keep it on the face or affected area for about 15-20 minutes or till it gets dry. Then, wash off with warm water after 20 minutes.

Applicable parts

  • Face

Why it works

Turmeric has been in use for centuries now. But, who knew that apart from having antibacterial and antiseptic properties turmeric also helps in preventing hair growth.

Caution

Turmeric might not be suitable on all skin types

8. Chickpea flour or gram flour

What You Need:

  • chickpea flour
  • turmeric powder
  • fresh cream
  • milk

How to prepare

Mix chickpea flour, turmeric, fresh cream and milk in a bowl to make a smooth lump-free paste.

How to apply

Apply this paste on affected areas and keep it on the skin for about 20-30 minutes

When the paste is dried, rub off the mask with wet hands in the opposite direction of hair growth with lukewarm water.

Applicable parts

  • Hands, Legs

Why it works

Our mothers have been using Chickpea flour as a home remedy for soft and clean skin. This mixed with turmeric, water or milk can be used to remove unwanted hair growth and to treat the skin problems.

Caution

Make sure you use fresh milk as the paste goes directly on the skin

9. Safflower Oil & Thanaka powder

What You Need:

  • Safflower Oil
  • Thanaka powder

How to prepare

Take thanaka powder in a bowl and add sufficient amount of Safflower oil to the powder and mix well.

How to apply

Apply this mixture on the areas where you have unwanted hair and leave it there overnight. Wash off early next morning.

Applicable parts

Hands, legs, underarms

Why it works

The magic powder from Myanmar works wonders on unwanted hair and safflower oil just aids the skin healing

Caution

Thanaka might cause allergic reactions for some

10. Onion and Basil

What You Need:

  • Onions
  • Some basil leaves

How to prepare

Take the thin onion layers and crush it with 10 to 12 basil leaves to make a paste.

How to apply

Apply this paste and leave it there for about 20 to 25 minutes. Then, wash off and pat dry.

Applicable parts

Hands, face, legs, underarms

Why it works

Onion naturally helps in making your skin beautiful besides helping in removing unwanted hair when mixed with basil leaves.

Caution

The trick here is to find the thin transparent membranes that lie between the onion layers for maximum effectiveness

Onion And Basil

11. Camphor- White Pepper

What You Need:

  • White pepper
  • Camphor
  • Almond oil

How to prepare

Mix the ingredients with almond oil to make a light paste.

How to apply

Apply this paste on the legs and allow it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes maximum.

Then, wash it off with water.

Applicable parts

  • Legs

Why it works

The mixture is a very strong hair removal agent as the hair follicles are detached from the root with the help of the ingredients.

Caution

Both being strong agents might cause burning sensation on the skin

12. Indian Nettle and Turmeric

What You Need:

  • Indian Nettle
  • Turmeric

How to prepare

Take few freshly crushed Indian nettle leaves, add dried turmeric powder and mix it well with water.

How to apply

Apply this paste as a mask on the intended areas and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes or until the mixture dries completely. Then, Peel of this mask to get rid of the unwanted hair.

Applicable parts

  • Everywhere

Why it works

Indian nettle is a very popular natural medicinal herb that combines well with turmeric powder to effectively remove unwanted hair from your body.

Caution

Clean nettle leaves thoroughly before use

13. Lemon Juice and Honey

What You Need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Honey

How to prepare

Mix both ingredients well with water to make a paste

How to apply

Apply this paste on the intended areas, let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes and then remove the mask with a washcloth soaked in lukewarm water.

Applicable parts

  • Everywhere

Why it works

The sticky mask is ideal for removal of hair as it removes hair without harming your skin.

Caution

Too much lemon juice might cause irritation

Honey And Lemon Juice

14. Green Gram Flour and Rosewater Paste

What You Need:

  • Green Gram Flour
  • Rosewater
  • Lemon juice

How to prepare

Mix both ingredients with a little lemon juice to make a consistent paste

How to apply

Apply this paste, let it rest for 20 to 25 minutes and then wash off and pat dry.

Applicable parts

  • Everywhere

Why it works

Green gram flour has exfoliating properties that easily helps in removing unwanted hair

Caution

The process might be a little too painful for some

15. Lentil Face Pack

What You Need:

  • Red lentils
  • Honey
  • Milk

How to prepare

Grind half a cup of red lentils and mix with honey and milk to form a smooth paste.

How to apply

Apply this mixture on your face and leave it to rest till dry. Then, scrub it gently on face and wash it off with water.

Applicable parts

  • Face

Why it works

The face pack is an excellent natural home remedy for unwanted hair and is also a very good face scrub. Scrubbing the lentil paste causes friction on the skin that helps in removing hair from your skin.

Caution

Don’t rub the paste too hard on your gentle skin.

16. Spearmint Tea

What You Need:

  • Spearmint leaves

How to prepare

Take some fresh spearmint leaves in a teapot and prepare in the same way you prepare tea.

Why it works

The unwanted hair on your skin occurs due to excessive production of Hirsutism and drinking spearmint tea will help in bringing down these androgen levels and in turn removes unwanted hair.

Caution

Spearmint Tea might not be suitable for all women

17. Phytoestrogen Rich Foods

The estrogen levels in your body are directly proportional to androgen and testosterone levels in your body. Thus any hormonal imbalance among these will cause hair to grow in unwanted places. Taking foods that are rich in phytoestrogens can reverse this effect considerably and hence help in reducing unwanted hair growth. Some of the foods rich in phytoestrogens are:

  • Licorice
  • Flax seeds
  • Brahmi herb
  • Fennel seeds or herbs
  • Tofu
  • Soy Milk
  • Alfalfa

18. Blackstrap Molasses

Essential minerals deficiency in the body may sometimes result in growing hair in unwanted places. Blackstrap molasses, which is rich in minerals, iron, etc. helps slow down the growth of this unwanted hair.

How to have:

Take two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses and have every day

Caution

Consulting your doctor before having blackstrap molasses might be a good idea if you’re taking any iron supplements or have diabetes.

19. Egg and Cornstarch

What You Need:

  • One egg
  • Cornstarch
  • Rosewater

How to prepare

Mix all the ingredients to make a smooth lump free paste

How to apply

Apply this paste and leave it until the mixture dries completely. Then, peel it off to get rid of the unwanted hair.

Applicable parts

  • Face

Why it works

Egg and cornstarch together form a great tightening agent and help remove even the tiniest of hair follicles easily

Caution

This face pack might not be suitable for dry skin

20. Sandpaper

What You Need:

  • Sandpaper pads or buffing pads

How to prepare

Clean the skin in the area you intend to remove the unwanted hair from. Then rub some powder on the area to make it dry.

How to apply

Gently rub the pads on the skin of the intended area in circular motions and brush off once in a while during the process.

Applicable parts

  • Hands, Legs

Why it works

Sandpaper pads or buffing pads work wonders when you want a short term quick solution to hair removal. The sandpaper texture pulls out hair with the help of friction.

Caution

Don’t try to use these pads on any sensitive areas including armpits

21. Rosewater and alum

What You Need:

  • alum powder
  • rose water
  • Olive oil or sesame oil

How to prepare

Mix the rose water with alum powder in a small bowl and dissolve the powder completely with the help of a spoon.

How to apply

Take a cotton ball, dip it well and apply this mixture on all the areas where you have unwanted hair. Allow it to sit and when it dries off completely, apply this rose water and alum powder mixture once again. Repeat this process for an hour, wash it off completely and then dab some sesame or olive oil to moisturize the area.

Applicable parts

Face, hands, neck region, under arms

Why it works

Probably this is one of the simplest of techniques and is therefore extremely convenient for women who don’t get a lot of free time to spare. Alum (or rock alum) works like magic to remove unwanted hair. The mix removes hair without causing any damage your skin.

Caution

If you have sensitive skin, then it is better to stop the process after 15 to 20 minutes.

Rosewater And Alum

22. Pumice stone or pumice gems

What You Need:

Good quality pumice stone

How to prepare

Mild your skin by applying a skin lubricant like shower gel with warm water and wet the stone also before using it.

How to apply

Rub the pumice stone in a small area in a circular motion until the hair buffs out. Then rinse your skin under warm running water to remove any slacked hair and finally apply a mild moisturizing lotion to restore moisture of your skin and reduce irritation.

Applicable parts

  • Hands, Legs

Why it works

Pumice stone has a porous texture which acts like a scrubber at the surface and when it is scraped with hair, it results in hair detachment.

Caution

Don’t use a pumice stone on sore, red areas or open skin and also remember to apply gentle pressure to reduce the risk of skin irritation and cuts.

Other Easy Hair Removal Ideas for Women:

There are other ways for unwanted hair removal from the body. You could choose to take the route that leads you to latest techniques such as:

  • Wet Shaving
  • Dry Shaving
  • Depilatory Creams
  • Waxing
  • Epilation
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Electrolysis

On the other hand, you could go on the natural remedy path. Latest techniques are no doubt very effective, but sometimes come with unwanted side effects and are costly. Thus cannot be accessed by many women.

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