We all have unwanted hair that we’d like to remove. While shaving is the most common way to rid yourself of hair, there are many other more permanent ways to be smooth and stubble free for good! Here is a list of some of the most common hair removal methods:
Physical Hair Removal Methods
Shaving is commonplace and easy, but it doesn’t last and can lead to rashes and razor burn. Razors can be used on virtually any body part and work best if you have light or fine hair. Shaving is easy and inexpensive, and should be painless. However, shaving will only keep hair away for a few days. It is not recommended as a first choice for those with very dark body hair because, in most cases, the hair root just below the skin will be visible even right after shaving.
Waxing involves putting warm or cold wax over an area of unwanted hair, followed by ripping the hair out by the follicle with a cloth or paper strip. After waxing, you will typically be hair-free for about two to eight weeks depending on the texture of your hair and its growth cycle. Also, waxing is easy to do, as many drugstores sell home wax kits that can perform the action for you in the comfort of your home. On the flip side, waxing can be very painful, especially in sensitive areas like the face and bikini. Be careful not to burn yourself with a home kit as well.
Sugaring is similar to waxing in that the hair is removed at the root. The sugar is usually made from natural ingredients, such as honey or lemon. It is applied to the skin like a paste, and then removed with a cotton or muslin strip. Because of the natural element of the sugar paste, it is less irritating to the skin, and there is little risk of burning the skin the way you can with wax. As with waxing, sugaring will keep you hair free for up to 8 weeks. However, there is still a minor pain factor associated with sugaring, and it’s hard to find a salon or home kit that works as well as waxing.
Threading is an olden form of hair removal that originated in the Middle East and South Asia. The ‘threader” uses a cotton thread and twists it around individual hairs, then pulling the hair out at the root. Threading works very well for shaping eyebrows and removing small areas of facial hair on women, but it is not useful for full-body hair removal, nor on men that have course facial hair. Also, because some of the hairs are snapped off at the root, instead of being removed at the follicle, you may see new growth more quickly than waxing or plucking.
Depilatory creams such as Nair and Neet are chemical-based creams. They remove the hair by breaking down the hair structure itself. A depilatory cream is applied to an area of unwanted hair and removed after 5-10 minutes, usually with a warm washcloth or rinsed in the shower. They’re quick, easy and inexpensive, but often have an offensive odor and can cause reactions in sensitive skin types. The results usually last 1 to 2 weeks.
Epilators are home-use machines. They use a series of Electric tweezers that mechanically grasp multiple hairs simultaneously and pull the hairs out. Epilators are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. They don’t involve the steps or time needed to tweeze or wax; however, the can be painful and hard to use in small or tight areas, and can cause ingrown hairs. Traditionally, they’re great for the legs and arms, but that’s about it.
Permanent Hair Removal Methods
This includes Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis. These options offer the closest thing to permanent hair removal available.
Laser Hair Removal uses an intense pulse of light that focuses on and damages the melanin cell, and thus, the hair follicle. This works best for people with light skin and dark hair, as the laser is attracted to the darkness of the melanin. Laser Hair Removal is as permanent of hair removal as you’re going to get. With as little as four to five treatments, you should be able to catch most of the hair at its different growth cycles. From then on, you should only require maintenance treatments about twice a year.
Electrolysis involves inserting a needle into the follicle and burning it. It’s effective but is very time-consuming and can take up to 12 months of treatments to fully work.
Both Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis involve patience and commitment and need to be performed by a professional.
All the methods listed above are great options for getting rid of unwanted hair – each individual needs to decide what works best for them based on their skin and hair type and personal preferences.
Contact us today to find out more about Laser Hair Removal, and if it might be the right solution for you!