Charlie’s Pre-HRT MTF Transition Tips | Body Hair Removal

Easily my biggest cause for dysphoria is body hair. Not just now that I want to transition, but for most my life. There are a multitude of YouTube videos and quick tips for hair removal on the internet, but be careful, a good percentage of the “Quick and Painless” solutions are utter rubbish. I am going to list some options below that work well; in order of most effective and costly to least effective and cheap.

๐„๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ: The absolute most permanent solution is Electrolysis, which is also the most costly, and most time consuming as each hair folicle must be treated, one at a time. If you are just starting out with hair removal and have a limited budget, this is probably not your first option, but I would suggest budgeting for this eventually.

๐‹๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ (๐ˆ๐๐‹): Faster than electrolysis to reduce hair volume. Works best for dark hairs and light skin, i.e. Winter is a good time of year for laser! One side effect of laser is that all the dark hairs fall out about 10 days after treatment, then 85% of them grow back, but you have a delightful 4โ€“6 weeks hair free, which is better than waxing!

๐“๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐ : A good alternative to waxing for sensitive areas like the face. Can still do skin damage, though some consider it gentler than waxing on the cheeks.

๐–๐š๐ฑ๐ข๐ง๐ : Cost effective for broad areas, but the hair grows back just as thickly. Waxing is ineffective until hair has grown back long enough for the wax to grip each hair. Waxing is best done as preparation 2โ€“7 days before an event or a holiday.

๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ : Similar to waxing, with the primary benefit that itโ€™s easy to do at home and cost effective.

๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ญ ๐–๐š๐ฑ ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ: Donโ€™t even bother with these โ€ฆ useless.

๐€๐›๐ซ๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐ : Time consuming, and can damage skin if youโ€™re wanting thorough results. Donโ€™t bother.

๐„๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ: This is like waxing, but it hurts somewhat more, costs much less, and you can do it more frequently to eliminate recent hair growth. The first epilation is the most painful. To minimise initial pain, you might want to use waxing/sugaring on those areas first, then use the epilator to maintain.

๐ƒ๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ: Lasts longer than shaving, goes deeper than shaving, smooth result for longer, and lighter stubble, BUT the chemicals can irritate the skin, and itโ€™s darned messy and annoying to use.

These last few options are what most of us will be using, being the cheapest, but something we are use to doing anyway.

๐–๐ž๐ญ ๐’๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž: The traditional approach. Give it a go! Kind on the skin.

๐ƒ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐’๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž: Good for touch up, but tends to be rougher on the skin. Try it and see. Big benefit is that you can see exactly what youโ€™re doing, so itโ€™s often good for areas that have few hairs.

๐„๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐œ ๐’๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ: Convenience vs cost. I find this very effective and convenient. Personally I do this AFTER using my Electric Trimmer to ensure a really close shave.

๐„๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐œ ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ: Fast and easy alternative to shaving to cover large areas, with less of the spiky stubble feeling. Kindest for the skin, but a trimmer never does a close job.

๐๐š๐ฌ๐š๐ฅ ๐‡๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ: Tends to trim leaving a 2mm stub. Very effective 2โ€“5 days before electrolysis sessions, whereas other hair removals may leave the hair too short to sizzle.

Disclaimer: These TIPS will not fit everyone’s journey and are by no means a must on your path. Take it for what it is, a suggestion. If a tip does not fit your idea of what feminine is, then don’t do it. Simple as that. These are just the things that the broader community have done to make their journey easier.

charlie.mtf

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers I am a 44yo transgender woman (pre-HRT) documenting my journey, and sharing the tips that worked for me to date.

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