We received the following Nair products to evaluate so Sarah Bellum and I teamed up to give this review.
New from Nair
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Shower Power Hair Removal Cream
Depilatory for legs and body that removes hair while you shower using Nair Shower Power technology
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll-On Wax
Water rinseable sugar wax for legs and body equipped with reusable cloth strips that are gentle to remove
Nair Precision Face Roll-On Wax Kit
Mistake-proof water rinseable sugar wax with white lily in a roll-on format
Hair removing technology
The first product uses standard depilation technology: a high pH mixture of calcium thioglycolate and sodium hydroxide. This combination swells the hair and weakens down the protein bonds so the hair is easily broken off.
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Shower Power Hair Removal Cream Ingredients
Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Calcium Thioglycolate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Calcium Hydroxide, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Illite, Parfum, Silica, Mangifera Indica Seed Oil, Glycerin Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Benzyl, Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, ButylPhenyl MethylPropional, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, CI 77891
The other two products use a novel sugar-based approach. These are really epilators (i.e. they pull the hairs out rather than chemically destroying them.) Epilation is typically done by waxing but these formulas are difficult to handle because they must used at high temperatures and they can overly sticky. Nair’s approach is to use a sugar-startch combination that doesn’t require as much heat and doesn’t get as sticky. Interestingly, even though both products have “wax” in their name they don’t not contain any real wax. It look like they’re describing the mixture as a “sugar-wax.”
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll-On Wax Ingredients
Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Sucrose, Glucose, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Water, Fragrance, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Propylene Glycol, Honey Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Nonfat Dry Milk.
Nair Precision Face Roll-On Wax Kit Ingredients
Sucrose, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Water, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract.
Do these new Nair products really work?
We’re skeptical that sugar solution could have adequate cohesive strength to remove hair , so gave these products to Sarah Bellum, the hairiest of all the Beauty Brains, to test them out. Here’s what she found:
You tell everyone that I’m the hairiest Beauty Brain??? And people wonder why we feud! Anyway, I have to tell you that I was not thrilled with the way these products worked for me.
I have them a torture test by letting my leg hair grow out for a few days. The shower product (with the calcium thio stuff) did work but it left some patches of hair untouched, even after leaving it on for 4 minutes. (You can see all untouched hair in the first picture.) So I still had to shave. It did leave my skin feeling really soft and smooth, which I liked. I think this one might be better suited for a small area like the lip for the bikini area, but not for legs. Or, maybe it could be good for touchups in between shaving.
The sugar based products were useless in my opinion. I couldn’t get them to pull ANY hair off my lip or any where else. (See the cloth strips in the second picture.) It just didn’t feel sticky enough. Not cohesive enough, like Righty said. Or was that adhesive? Anyway, I’m not a big fan of these two products even though I wanted to like them because the packaging was so cool.
Even though the Beauty Brains don’t do traditional reviews, from time to time we like to share new products that we’re trying. We want you to know that we received free samples in exchange for a mention on our blog and that we’re not necessarily recommending you buy anything. We’re just sharing new product news; please do your own research before you buy.