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How to get rid of unwanted hair naturally

Learn more about hair removal tips for hirsutism

For women with unwanted hair, their top priority is just to get rid of it. But, if you’re tired of bikini waxes, bleaching or laser hair removal, what are your options?

Woman in a bathrobe shaving her leg with a razor.

If this sounds like you, you will be pleased to hear that there are many natural and chemical-free methods available to you.

Keep reading to learn which hair removal method is best for you.


In both men and women, one of the most classic and well-known hair removal methods is shaving. Surveys have shown that 93-99% Trusted source SAGE Journals Peer-reviewed Journals Multidisciplinary Research Go to source of women shave their body hair regularly.

Around 93-99% of women shave their body hair on a regular basis.

Shaving involves slicing the hair down to the skin level, using a razor or bladed implement. You can shave across the body using a shaving gel or cream to keep the skin moisturised.

It’s a cheap, easy and quick way to remove unwanted hair. However, if you have sensitive skin or you do it incorrectly, it can cause irritation and injury. Shaving your pubic hair can also increase your risk of getting an infection if not done carefully.

Plucking & threading

Two similar hair removal methods are plucking & threading. Plucking involves individually pulling hairs using tweezers. Threading is similar but plucks the hairs using a twisted cotton thread. They are best for small areas of hair such as your eyebrows or those pesky stray hairs across the body.

Woman plucking the hairs on her upper lip.

Similarly to shaving, they are cheap and easy ways to remove hair. However, for some, it is painful and can irritate the skin - especially around the eye area. They are also not preferred methods for large areas of body hair like on your legs.


Epilators are small devices that you hold in your hand. They work by pulling out multiple hairs from the root.

Woman using epilator on her leg.

Epilators can be as painful as waxing. You may want to relax your skin with a hot bath or use numbing cream if you don’t like the sensation. The devices can also be quite expensive. However, they are one of the more reliable methods of long-term hair removal as they target the hair at the root.

Sugar waxing

Sugar waxing, sometimes known as sugaring, is a more natural alternative to traditional wax strips.

The method originated from Ancient Egyptian techniques. It involves a vegan sugaring paste which is made up of lemon juice, sugar and water. The mixture is rolled onto the skin before being peeled off to remove the hair. You can go to a clinic that specialises in sugar waxing or you can make the mixture yourself and do it at home.

Woman having a sugar wax done on her arm pit.

Unlike regular waxing, sugaring is less painful and more gentle on the skin. It also can have some exfoliating benefits, leaving your skin smooth. The mixture is also used at skin temperature, meaning there is no risk of burning.

The main downside, however, is that people who use certain acne treatments are not suitable for sugar waxing until after 1 - 6 months of stopping it.

Pumice stone

Pumice is a rock that forms when lava and water mix. They are great exfoliators for dead or dry skin because of their abrasive but gentle texture. But, they are also good for removing hair.

Pumice stone on a washcloth.

A pumice stone is easy to use and cheap to buy.

  1. Start by soaking your skin in warm water.
  2. Take the pumice stone and rub it gently across your skin in circular motions.
  3. Continue doing so for 2-3 minutes to remove the hair and dead skin.
  4. Repeat two or three times a week, allowing for a 1 to 2-day gap between each treatment.
  5. Moisturise the area deeply after using a pumice stone.

You should also ensure the stone is clean each time you use it to prevent getting an infection.

A pumice stone isn’t for quick results. It will take days, sometimes weeks, to see improvements in hair growth. It may not also be suitable if you have sensitive skin, as it can cause some redness and irritation.

Home remedies

Home remedies can remove unwanted hair. Before trying any of these, make sure you patch test on a small area of skin before using it, to make sure you are not sensitive to any of the ingredients.

Below are some of the most popular homemade hair removal recipes.


The orange spice has been used for centuries because of its health benefits. For example, turmeric is very good at reducing inflammation. It can also be used to remove hair.

Wooden bowl of turmeric.

While many hair removal recipes use turmeric, the simplest one uses milk and turmeric.

  1. Mix one teaspoon of milk with three teaspoons of turmeric powder until it becomes a thick paste.
  2. Spread the paste evenly over the desired area and leave for 20 minutes or until dry.
  3. With a clean cloth, wash off the paste using gentle circular movements.

Scrubbing off the paste should take the hair off with it, pulling the hairs out from their roots.

Papaya paste

Papaya can be used as a hair removal ingredient. It contains an enzyme that makes hair follicles weaker. This prevents the follicles from growing back over time.

Basket of sliced papayas.

The recipe contains turmeric powder.

  1. Combine 1-2 tablespoons of mashed papaya flesh with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  2. Leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  3. Repeat 1-2 times per week to see long-term results.

This method is not for instant hair removal, so don’t use it if you need your leg hair gone in a hurry.

Lemon and honey

One of the best ways to remove excess facial hair, which is common for women with hirsutism, is to use lemon and honey. Lemon also helps to lighten and reduce the appearance of hair.

Jars of honey surrounded by sliced lemons.
  1. Blend four tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of lemon juice.
  2. Using a cotton pad or cotton ball, dab the mixture into the desired areas.
  3. Let the mixture sit on your face for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove with water and repeat the steps twice a week.

It also makes for a relaxing face mask.


If you thought porridge oats couldn’t be more versatile, you are wrong. This oat remedy is also perfect for facial hair removal.

Wooden bowl of rolled oats.

The recipe also calls for lemon juice and honey.

  1. Mix ½ a tsp of coarsely ground oats with one tablespoon of honey and 6-8 drops of lemon juice.
  2. Apply the mixture and leave it on areas of hair growth for 15-20 minutes.
  3. To remove, scrub the mixture a few times in a circular motion before rinsing with a warm flannel.

The oats act as a natural exfoliator, which removes dead skin cells and unwanted hair. However, it can dry out your skin so apply a moisturiser after removing the mixture.

Potato and lentils

Another surprising recipe for hair removal is potatoes and lentils. This is because potatoes have bleaching properties, and when combined with lentils, can help pull out the hairs.

Raw potatoes and lentils on wooden background.
  1. The night before, soak a cup of lentils in water and leave overnight.
  2. Next morning, grind the lentils into a paste.
  3. Grate the potato and extract the juices using a spoon or clean cloth.
  4. Mix the juice with the lentil paste then add a tablespoon of honey and lemon to it.
  5. Apply the paste to the desired areas and leave for 20 minutes.
  6. Once it has dried, gently rub the paste into your skin with your fingertips then wash it off.

Overview of natural hair removal methods

Method Advantages Disadvantages
  • Cheap, quick and easy to use
  • Adaptable to most areas of the body
  • Doesn’t target hair at the root
  • Can cause skin irritation or infections
  • Cheap, quick and easy to do yourself
  • Precise method of hair removal
  • Can be painful and make your skin sensitive
  • Not suitable for large areas of hair
  • Long-term and effective hair removal
  • Devices are expensive
  • Can be as painful as waxing
Sugar waxing (Sugaring)
  • Natural and less painful alternative to waxing
  • Can have benefits for your skin
  • Not suitable if you use certain acne treatments
Pumice stone
  • Gentle exfoliator and hair removal method
  • Cheap and easy to use
  • Not quick results, can take days or weeks.
  • Can irritate the skin - not suitable for those with sensitive skin
Home remedies
  • Easy to make yourself using natural ingredients
  • Some can reduce hair growth over time
  • Can be messy to apply
  • Some recipes are not meant for instant hair removal

When to see a doctor

While having dark or coarse hair is not uncommon for some women, for others it may be a sign of hirsutism. Hirsutism (excessive hair growth) can be a sign of an underlying hormonal imbalance like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). So, it's always worth getting it checked out.

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Medically reviewed by Dr. Caroline Fontana Written by our editorial team Last reviewed 18-06-2024

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