There are many ways to get rid of unwanted hair. The most important thing that distinguishes between one hair removal method to another is the answer to the question: “how long does it last“. Whether you’re using one of the temporary hair methods or you’re thinking of switching to some permanent hair removal treatment, it’s important to choose a method that suits to your skin and hair type. NOT all methods can be applied on all body parts. There are sensitive areas that should be treated with extra care. Herein I’ll preset the most popular hair removal methods, on which body parts they may be applied on and to whom they are most suitable.
Temporary hair removal methods:
Temporary hair removal methods may be divided into two major groups:
- Depilation methods, in which the hair is being removed only in the skin level, the result lasts up to a week.
- Shaving – wet manual shaving or electrical shaving. Men are usually applying this method to remove facial hair. For women this method is mostly suitable to remove hair from the legs and underarm. The method isn’t suitable for eyebrows for both men and women and mostly isn’t recommended for facial hair removal for women.
- Hair removal cream or depilatory – this one contains a chemical ingredient which reacts with the hair protein, keratin, and allows the hair to be washed easily. Before using hair removal cream, you have to check whether this specific cream is suitable for the area that you’re about to use it on. Not all brands are suitable for the bikini or facial areas. In addition, some people who are more sensitive may have some irritation after use. That’s why it’s important to choose high quality hair removal cream such that you’ll get the maximum results.
- Epilation methods, in which hair is being removed from the root, last up to eight weeks.
- Plucking – hairs are being pulled out by using tweezers. Most suitable for small areas such as eyebrows. It’s important to sterilize the tweezers before and after every use to reduce the chance of infection.
- Threading – A twisted thread catches hairs and pulls them out as it is rolled across the skin. May be used for larger areas than plucking but is still a bit time consuming.
- Waxing – wax is spread on the area of skin where the unwanted hair is growing. A cloth strip is then applied over the wax and quickly pulled off, taking the hair root and dead skin cells with it. It works well on every part of the body. Hair regrowth looks lighter and less noticeable than it is after other methods of hair removal, such as shaving. People may notice temporary redness, inflammation, and bumps after waxing. People with moles or skin irritation from sunburn should also avoid waxing.
An example of waxing can be seen in the following video:
Permanent hair removal methods:
- Electrolysis- that’s the only 100% permanent hair removal method recognized by government regulatory agencies such as the FDA. Over a series of several appointments, a professional electrologist inserts a needle into the follicle and sends an electric current (adjacent to your hair type) through the hair root, permanently destroys germ cells which are responsible for hair growth. A small area such as the upper lip may take a total of 4 to 10 hours and a larger area such as the bikini line may take 8 to 16 hours. It’s important to go to a professional electrologist, otherwise you may be exposed to many infections. It’s pretty expensive method which takes a lot of time, therefore is more suitable for small areas such as upper lip and eyebrows.
- Photoepilation (Lazer hair removal, intense pulsed light and diode epilation) in general, is not a permanent hair removal method but a permanent hair reduction method. This means that although laser treatments with these devices will permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, they will not result in a permanent removal of all hair.
- Laser hair removal – A laser is directed through the skin to the hair follicle, where it stops growth. It works best on light-skinned people with dark hair because the melanin (colored pigment) in the hair absorbs more of the light, making treatment more effective. Large areas of skin may be treated at the same time. Avoid exposure to direct sun before and after treatment.
For more information about laser hair removal you’re welcome to watch the video below:
These are the most common hair removal methods that are being used nowadays. Deciding to remove body hair is a personal choice. If you decide on removing unwanted hair you should choose the best method for you. It’s highly recommended to consult your dermatologist before deciding on a specific method to avoid future damages. Whatever you decide on, remember that it’s all about feeling better with yourself, not for anybody else!
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