Does Nair Really Work?

Does Nair Really Work?
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Does Nair work?Nair has been around for what seems like forever, promising to give you smooth legs without the need for a razor. It’s definitely one of the most popular depilatory creams on the market today, and it has been able to make enough sales annually to stay in business all this time. This might lead you to think that it definitely works, but all they would need is a dedicated fan base to give them repeat business. We analyzed what people are saying, and came up with our own conclusion as to whether or not this actually works.

There’s no really great way to get rid of your leg hair, but many companies are trying desperately to earn the title. Creams like Nair have been around for a long time, but they obviously don’t do a perfect job for everyone that tries them or there wouldn’t be much of a market for razor blades, it would just be something that everyone used and took for granted. So what makes one person a good candidate for creams and lotions like these, and another person not? When dealing with matters of the skin and hair, it’s nearly impossible to find a one-size-fits-all solution.

The Claim
Nair claims to be able to remove your unwanted hair without using a razor to shave them. The result should me smoother legs than you get from shaving, and longer lasting results. It is supposed to work by breaking down the bonds of your hair so you can easily wipe it away, along with the excess Nair.

The Hype
The hype comes from their longevity, and catchy jingles over the years, the most popular being the “If you dare wear short shorts, Nair for short shorts” one.

The Cost
There are so many variations in the Nair product line, and the price varies with each one depending on what sort of features as in claims it makes. Almost all of their products go for around $10 or less.

The Commitment
For many women this doesn’t necessarily represent a reduction in the time it takes you to get smooth legs, but its major attraction is that you won’t get razor burn and the hair should take longer to grow back, so it might reduce the number of times you have to shave your legs, and it could improve the appearance of your legs over shaving.

Nair gets some of the most mixed reviews we’ve ever seen. There are those that say they’ve used it for years with no trouble, and others that say it burns and doesn’t remove the hair properly. With so many different products in their line-up, it’s no wonder that they are having trouble keeping them all top-notch.

They’ve got several different lotions, products for use in the shower, wax kits, face strips, waxes that you put in the microwave, special creams for the bikini area and face including the upper lip. They’ve got special formulas for sensitive skin, ones that are made for long lasting results, a Pretty line marketed at girls and young women, and products packaged for men.

Usually companies that excel in the skin care and beauty industry do so by making just a few products and making them better than anything else on the market. It could also be that all of their products work for some people, and not for others, so it’s all a matter of giving it a try a few dollars see what sort of results you get.

Not Just for Women
For decades, Nair was marketed mostly towards women as a solution to shaving their legs. Over the years, they have branched out into other body parts, and now they are reaching out to men and finally realizing that they have hair they want to get rid of is well, namely back hair and chest hair. They changed the fragrance and packaging color scheme, but the basic ingredients and application process are the same.

Final Nair Review

Because Nair gets such spotty reviews, we can’t say that it will definitely work for you. It’s pretty much a coin flip and if everything lines up you might love it, but if you don’t have the right skin type, or hair type, you probably won’t like it very much. Be sure to do your best to get the right product for what it is you need done. They’ve broken things down into several different areas of the body, so if your upper lip is bugging you, make sure you get their upper lip product, and don’t try to use a lotion meant for the legs on this area.

Our Recommendation
We recommend one of the better hair removal products out there, the Silk’n SensEpil. Yes, it’s far more expensive than a single bottle of Nair, but it is designed to permanently remove your hair from the comfort of home, so eventually you won’t have to buy any more hair removal products at all.

What do you think? Does Nair work or not?

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ks_babydoll September 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

My skin isn’t the same as it was when I was younger and it really hurts now after shaving. I can’t stop shaving and I hate waxing. I have thick hair so I’m not so sure this will work well for me. It has such mixed reviews that you’d think it was reviewed on two different planets. I guess I’ll just have to try it to know if it really works.


Rhonda July 9, 2013 at 3:08 am

When you think of hair removal, then you think of Nair. I have used Nair for years. It always works for me. My legs are smooth and I never have to worry about being cut with razors. I use the Nair three to four times a week. Maybe that is why it does work for me, but I don’t like the stubble feeling and I want my legs to be smooth and soft. You just put it on and wipe it away. It’s so easy and much safer than shaving your legs with a razor. I recommend Nair for everyone. It’s also great for teens beginning to shave their legs.


Mira Ross July 9, 2013 at 10:58 am

I’ve always shied away from Nair, because when it was first presented to the American consumers, the Nair brand of hair removal cremes STUNK to high heaven. Omg! I mean, I just wanted to get smooth, but it left me smelling like a wet dog… Really. Anyways, I was just told by a friend that Nair is new and improved and leaves no smell. So I went to and bought a bottle and tried it out. Indeed, their claims were true. The scent was the main thing that turned me off to nair, but now they’ve improved upon the smell, I will be using it more.


Kelly K. July 11, 2013 at 12:36 am

It’s been a few years since I last tried Nair, and hopefully they’ve improved the smell. The last time I tried it, I used the sensitive-area kind on my belly. It worked, the hair came off quickly, but I had to shower to get the acrid burning-hair smell out of my nose. The hair did stay away longer than shaving, and did not come back as thick. However, a few days later I developed a rash where I had used it. I don’t recommend this product for someone with sensitive skin–it will make you itch. Does it work? Yes. Is it worth the damage? Definitely not.


Dee Dorsey July 12, 2013 at 3:01 am

Nair has been around for ages! I remember my mom bought it for me as a teen as an alternative to shaving. It stunk to the high heavens! It burned my skin and did not work at all for me. I followed the directions and everything! Now I use a razor. I can admit that shaving with a razor is a pain. The stubbly feeling is not appealing and I feel that the hair grows back thicker by shaving. Since I’ve heard that Nair has improved the terrible smell, I am willing to give it a try again! I have drier skin so shaving does not help that at all.


Allison July 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

Seeing the old Nair commercial seriously made my day. “Who wears short shorts?” Haha, its the best. The product itself seems to be really great and I have found that the formula has improved over the years. Now, depending on what thickness of hair you might have (gross, but true) you will have various options to choose from. Also, if you are looking for a hair removal package for your bikini line, face, underarms, or legs Nair has different products that can fit each of those needs. The only main competitor that I have personally used and found success with has been Sally Hansen.


abigail October 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

If you can tolerate itching and burning for 5ish minutes afterwards…then yeah it works. I leave mine on for almost 10 minutes. I apply it to my lower back and my butt…yes my butt. I have peach fuzz that drives me bonkers and its too hard to shave. But I get baby soft skin afterwards! I really don’t apply that thick of a layer, but its probably because I use it on such fine hair that it easily comes off. Overall, I think it’s a good product.


Ms. Denae November 3, 2015 at 3:37 am

Nair works for me. I leave minds on for about 10 minutes then I get in the shower and wash it off. The after affect is awesome. My legs and under arms are so smooth that I can’t stop touching it. I definitely recommend this product. I use to shave but I have put that to rest because why shave when you have Nair to use. I give this product a 10 and I swear by this product it does work if you are using it correctly.


mrs d April 12, 2016 at 11:10 am

I am a man who like to shave chest and privates areas i used it today for first time and wow amazing will use it from here on out. Smooth as butter and hair just fell right off.


Jennifer Hartley June 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm

i just tried Nair for the first time. I hate shaving my legs with a razor because my skin always breaks out afterwards. A friend told me she has used Nair on herself and her disabled sister for years and that it is the best product ever. I finally broke down and decided to try it. I got Nair with soothing Aloe and Lanolin. My legs were very hairy cause I had not shaved for about 3 months. I followed the directions… And it worked! No more hair on my legs and they feel nice and smooth! Didn’t feel any burning and there was no unpleasant smell. I am very pleased with this product and will definitely be using it again!


vic January 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Never had much luck using Nair or any other hair removal cream. Nair still smells like skunk. Even when leaving it on for longer than recommended, I am still left with a lot of hair, and whatever little hair was affected has melted to my skin and still doesn’t want to come off.


Andy Jackson PHD May 25, 2017 at 11:25 am

I tried to use Nair on my cat, and he bit me. I don’t recommend this product for cats. My finger is till bleeding from the cat bites.
RAWWRRR XD. sorry that was my cat


Allison July 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm

Wow! Your maturity level is astounding, Andy! And animal abuse…you must feel so proud to be the biggest douchebag in your town!


Andy Jackson PHD May 25, 2017 at 11:21 am

I tried to use this product on my cat, but he just bit me. I don’t recommend Nair. M finger is still bleeding from the cat bites.


Tom Harmon May 25, 2017 at 11:23 am

Dude what the heck, it’s not for cats. abbbbbbgeljk


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