Hair Removal Methods

Hair Removal Methods

One thing we all have in common is the desire to remove unwanted body hair. Hair removal methods are various, from the simple to the complex.

The old stand-by is, of course, shaving. With a simple razor and some shaving cream you can remove the hair at skin level. This method is fast, cheap and painless. Buying and using a good, sharp razor is a must for the smoothest shave. When shaving, it also helps to wet the hair first and the best time to shave is after the hair is ‘softened’ from the steam of a shower first. Doing this will result in the smoothest shave possible. The downside of shaving is the regularity it encompasses. You have to shave daily to keep up with hair growth or ‘stubble’.

A chemical depilatory, such as NEET or Nair, isa painless hair removal method. Calcium thioglycolate is the active ingredient in depilatories. It works by breaking down the keratin and weakening the hair, which then allows it to be scraped and/or washed off. This method is generally a cream or lotion which you spread on, allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes, then you wash off without rubbing. It’s convenient for hard to reach areas, fairly cheap, and painless. The only downside is if you have sensitive skin, you could possibly have a reaction to the chemicals, so please read all ingredients and follow instructions closely.

A fairly cheap, but more painful method is waxing. Waxing can be done easily in a salon, or carefully at home. There are several types of wax available, from cold wax to hot/warm wax. Basically, you smooth the wax on, let it cool slightly and rip it off, taking the hair with it. However, hair should be allowed to grow at least ¼” before attempting to wax, or the wax won’t have anything to adhere to. As you can imagine, this is painful on certain body parts, but your reward is hair free areas for 2+ weeks. Also, the more you do it, the less your hair grows back over time!

Another method, which is pricey, but permanent, is electrolysis. Electrolysis removes hair individually using either chemical or heat energy. This is done by a very fine needle-like probe which is inserted into a hair follicle, destroying the growth center (root) of the hair. This method will take several, if not many appointments to be hair free. Electrolysis nowadays is relatively pain free, causing only a slight tingle.

As you can see, there are many methods of hair removal. We’ve only touched on the most popular here, so do some research to find what will work for your needs and budgetary restrictions.