Waxing VS Depilatory Cream How it works: Hair removal creams use chemicals to weaken the hair so you can effectively wipe it away. Best for: Those who want quick, easy, relatively painless at-home results. Most popular for facial hair, bikini line and underarms. Pros: Can be done at home, and removes hair slightly below the surface of the skin, so promises slower and less coarse regrowth than shaving. Cons: Chemicals in these products can irritate sensitive skin.