Top 5 Transgender Hair Removal Mistakes

transgender hair removal mistakes

Don’t you just LOVE the feeling of being freshly shaved, waxed, plucked, etc.? There’s nothing like silky, smooth skin to make a gal feel extra girly!

Hair removal is essential to your feminine image, but it’s an area where a lot of transgender women go wrong …

Are you making any of these hair removal mistakes?

1. Not exfoliating

All forms of hair removal can cause ingrown hairs (particularly in the beard, chest, and pubic areas), but you can avoid them by exfoliating your skin 2-3 times per week. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that trap the hair under your skin.

Exfoliating too soon can irritate your skin, so wait a couple days and then scrub gently with a washcloth or loofah. (I love The Body Shop exfoliating skin towel.)

2. Not moisturizing

Dry skin is another cause of ingrown hairs, so it’s important to keep your skin moisturized. (Besides, you want soft, feminine skin, don’t you?)

The best moisturizer to use immediately after hair removal is pure aloe vera gel. Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer and skin soother. Perfumed lotions can irritate freshly shaved, waxed, or lasered skin, so avoid them for the first 24 hours.

3. Not treating ingrown hairs correctly

Exfoliating and moisturizing help prevent future ingrown hairs, but what about existing bumps?

Avoid the temptation to shave over ingrown hairs or dig for them with a needle – this can lead to infections and scarring. Instead, try an ingrown hair treatment such as Tend Skin, PFB Vanish, or Kalo Ingrown Hair Treatment.

4. Do-it-yourself hair removal (if you don’t know what you’re doing)

Professional waxing, electrolysis, and laser hair removal treatments are expensive, so it’s tempting to try them on your own. But be careful …

Newbie waxing mistakes – like waxing over the same area twice, pulling the hairs in different directions, or pulling too hard – can lead to rashes, bruises, and torn skin. Not a sexy look! If you insist on doing-it-yourself, get a couple professional waxing treatments first so you can observe proper technique.

Home laser and electrolysis kits aren’t as effective as professional systems, though girls have been reporting success with the No!No! Hair Removal System. The risk with these products is that they’re expensive and don’t always deliver results.

5. Bargain basement treatments

I’m all for beauty bargains, but don’t let price be your sole criteria when choosing a place for transgender hair removal treatments.

A cheap price tag often means a wax job with a bunch of stray hairs left behind or a patchy laser treatment. At worst, you could end up with burns or scars.

Check the qualifications of the person treating you and read the reviews on any place you are considering. Yelp is your friend!

Also, keep in mind that upscale places tend to put more emphasis on comfortable treatments. If you’re a waxing or laser wimp like me, it’s worth spending a bit more for a less painful experience.

What is YOUR favorite hair removal method? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or a pampered princess who loves her spa treatments? Take my hair removal poll below and leave me your comments below!


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  1. I have some transgender clients that I wax. I tell my clients to try a foil blade shaver like the Hair eRazor or the ES 412 to take care of stubble hair removal. This shaver does not irritate the skin as the hair is cut beneath the foil. It is perfect for the genital area and that pesky beard shadow.

    Tina Kolinas
    Licensed Aesthetician
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    • Hello Tina!
      Just wanted to thank you for the nice hair removal tip! I’ve been looking for a new body hair removal since the “No-No” does nothing for me and my son swiped my Norelco body hair shaver and now they’re $250 to replace! EEK! I’ll be looking up your suggestion and hope I find it affordable.

      Have a great day,


  2. Hi Lucille honey I voted in the hair removal poll that shaving was my favorite and it is for now but I’m seriously thinking about an epilator as I said in a comment last night I think it may work well for me its cheaper than waxing but basically plucks the hair I’ve tried waxing but I did do it myself it worked and lasted a couple of weeks but it did take one tiny little chunk of skin on my upper lip its barely noticeable now as I did this long ago I think I was in my late 20’s early 30’s I’m not sure and yes it hurt a little maybe more but as I said last night I’m a tough girl when I really want to do something I do it but anyway back to epilators I read somewhere I think maybe online about it another transgender using one to get rid of the hair for weeks at a time and that is what I’m looking for I might try a nono if I was pretty sure it lived up to its claims there should be one specifically for transgender’s there is a market to be served showing transgendered using such a product we need help in this area I know you cant do everything yourself though Love M.J.

  3. I don’t have a story for my name I don’t have one yet currently I’m using M. J. but I want it to stand for something besides Mary Jane I’ve knocked around several I had settled on Maria Joline before my wife passed but I’m still unsure I like the sound of it I know there isn’t that much difference in Mary and Maria I thought about Michelle which is a pretty name that sounds nice too Michelle Joline which I do really like a lot as to a story behind any name I’m not sure why I’m drawn to Michelle as to Joline that’s easy Dolly Parton’s song Okay as to my Initials M.J. thats fairly easy too I’ve always used them when I got high score on video games starting with Pong and many others as they grew in popularity and diversity the meaning of the M is really funny when I think about it as it comes from my nickname which I’ve heard a million times or more over the years and I guess it finally just stuck Mighty ha!ha!ha!ha! lol and the J is really easy Joe and so you guessed it Mighty Joe I never could think of any way to make Mighty feminine although early in life that would describe me well so I’m stuck without a name for now and since I’m not transitioning yet I’m not sure which to use to me it is very funny that I’m using my nickname for my Initials and so there you have it the story behind my as yet undecided name

  4. I usually shave which is the easiest & cheapest home removal system however I’m very interested in hair removal other than shaving waxing, epilators, electrolysis, laser removal, and the NoNosystem I want something that works and doesn’t damage my skin razors cut, lasers can burn, electrolysis I don’t know, waxing sounds painful and is, the NoNo system will be wonderful if it works as promised my question is will it work on crossdresser’s/transgender women’s facial hair

  5. I have been getting my hair removed by sugaring over waxing. I have done it twice now and I am pretty pleased with how my skin feels after it is done.

  6. I normally use a Depilatories cream it’s seems
    To not give me any sort of rash and leaves me pretty smooth for about a month

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