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Hair Removal

Methods of Hair Removal

Hair removal is one of the most time consuming and annoying beauty habits, suffered by both men and women.

The following are the most common methods of hair removal for both men and women.

Shaving with a Razor

What it is: Hair removal at the surface using a very sharp blade,  glided over the skin.

Pros: Fast, effective for a given time period.  May be used all over the body.

Cons: Must be performed daily to maintain smoothness.  Causes irritation, ingrown hairs, razor bumps and redness.   Expensive to purchase new razors weekly.

Tweezing

What it is: A set of stainless steel tweezers, pointed tip or slanted tip.  Used to grip individual hairs, and rip out from the root.

Pros: Lasts up to 2 weeks or until hair regrows.  Least Painful method of removal.  One time investment.

Cons: Time Consuming. Only able to do small areas at once, not good for large hair removal such as on legs, underarms or body.

Epilating

What it is: A battery operated multi-tweezing device.  40 sets of tweezers spinning on a wheel, gripping and ripping hairs out all at once.

Pros: Fast and effective. Hair regrowth may slow down and thin out over time.   Leaves skin smooth for up to two weeks.   (Or length of time needed for hair regrowth. May vary with individual experience)  Rips out the hair by the root, causing the hair to have to grow anew again. One time investment. No need for multi razor blades. May be done alone on ones self. Full body hair removal. May be used anywhere on men and women. May be used Wet or Dry. (In shower)

Cons: May be painful with the first use, but you quickly build up a tolerance for it, like waxing.

Threading

What it is: Hair removal by twisting a thread and moving it across the area of hair to be removed. Used by both men and women for facial hair removal and eyebrow shaping / grooming.

Pros: Removes hair by root, causing hair to regrow from anew.  Lasts up to 2 weeks.

Cons: Very painful. Time consuming.  Needs to be done by someone for you.  Costs money each visit.

Waxing

What it is: Hot or cold wax is smeared over the hair to be removed, and then once set is ripped upwards off the skin, removing hair along with it.

Pros: Effective hair removal system.  Results will last for up to 2 weeks, or until hair regrows.  Hair regrowth may slow down and thin out with time.

Cons: Expensive.  Must be done at a salon to be done effectively and with most success and least injury.   Very painful, but you may build a tolerance.

Depilatory Creams and Lotions

What it is: A lotion or cream available over the counter at any drugstore, that is placed over the hair to be removed, and allowed to sit for a indicated amount of time, allowing the product to dissolve or melt the hair. Rinse away after use.

Pros: Not expensive.  May be done alone, and at home.  Used for all over body hair removal, for men and women.

Cons: Smells terrible.  May cause rash or skin irratation.  Does not remove the hair by the root.

Laser Hair Removal

What it is: Hair removal performed by a licensed professional, in a office setting, using a small laser beam light, to dissolve and burn hair roots and follicles.

Pros: Very effective long term hair removal method.   Used anywhere on the body, for men and women.

Cons: Extremely expensive,  must be performed by a licensed technician in an office. May need more them one visit for permanent hair removal.

Electrolysis

What it is: Permanent hair removal, performed by a licensed technician in an office setting.  Uses a very small thin, needle or probe to zap away or electrocute hair roots and follicles.

Pros: Permanent hair removal.

Cons: Extremely expensive.  Must be done by a professional and may take multiple visits.  Painful hair removal method.

What type of hair removal method do you use?