If you ask any woman about hair removal, she'll likely tell you about shaving, creams, waxing and all other ways of normal hair removal.
But she'll just as soon tell you about how irritating the whole process is, as well as painful and expensive. I've tried many techniques and found some to be horrible experiences and one in particular that has worked like a dream.
The most basic form of hair removal is shaving. I shave my legs from the knee down every day in the shower with no bumps or rashes. I only have fine blonde hairs from the knee up so hair removal isn't necessary there.
One thing I changed about shaving was the use of shaving gel. I now use a thick hair conditioner on my legs instead and it stops any nicks or cuts and really moisturizes the skin.
Waiting a few minutes to shave is really important in order to let the skin soften and warm up a little. Shaving as soon as the shower starts can cause rashes and cuts.
Shampoo and condition your hair and wash your body first. Shaving should be the last thing done before finishing your shower.
Use a decent razor (check for rust too) and make sure razors are changed regularly to ensure they remain effective and clean. A brand name razor with at least three blades is a much better investment that cheap generic razors that can lead to cuts.
The good thing about shaving is that it's quick and effective and really inexpensive. The downside is that it needs to be done on a daily or near daily basis to avoid unsightly stubble that feels rough to the touch.
I've seen hair threading places pop up in malls in the past few years and have a friend who loves it.
Threading has been around the Middle East and India for centuries but has gained a lot of popularity in the West recently.
The threading process is done by using really thin strands of cotton and rubbing them over the hair, removing them (many hairs at once, often in a straight line) quickly.
Threading is not expensive (about $30 for eyebrows, in my area) and lasts several weeks. Some women find it painful, others like my friend, don't feel pain at all.