For many of us, particularly women, having hair growth in all the wrong places is an unwanted embarrassment. From adolescence onwards, hormones in our systems encourage this growth so it is a constant battle to be rid of it. Hair on the face, on underarms or on the legs, etc. upset many women so they begin to look for ways to remove these offending hairs. Below are some choices that people have when it comes to hair removal.
Laser – this is fast becoming the permanent solution to hair removal as roots of the hairs are destroyed. This one can be considered to be permanent but people should try hair removal at skin clinics for professional service. It can be a little painful for some, but most consider it relatively pain free.
Hair Bleaching – if the hair is quite fine, and this could be on the top lip or chin etc, then bleaching it is a possibility. Once the hair has faded in color it is difficult for anyone to see it. The one down side to this is that the re-growth will still be dark and the process will have to be repeated regularly.
Shaving – this has to be done almost daily since hairs grow quite quickly. Although this may be suitable for men, for women it can cause all kinds of emotional and psychological problems. When the hair shaft grows through the skin again, it is thick and blunt so this will probably make it more noticeable.
Tweezing – this is by far the most common form of hair removal and is suitable for stray hairs and eyebrows. The hair takes a little longer to reappear and it comes through with a fine point so the person will not have stubble showing on their skin. It can be quite painful so some people rub ice on the area before commencing as it may also cause slight swelling.
Waxing – this form of hair removal took off some years ago and people can do it at home if they can reach the particular body part that is being waxed. Warm wax is applied to the skin; a cotton cloth is placed on top and the whole thing is ripped off taking any hairs with it. This can be excruciatingly painful, particularly round the genital area, but the hairs take quite some time to reappear. Sugar waxing is similar but can be washed off more easily after the hair is removed.
Hair removal creams – depilatories, as they are called, are spread over the hair and then scraped off after the prescribed time. They burn the hair off at just below skin level but they can cause skin reactions. The smell of most of them is hard to disguise so many opt for something a little more permanent than this. Hair will grow again after a week or two so this is not permanent.
Threading – this is a thread based way of pulling hairs out and cannot be done on large or hard to reach surfaces. Eyebrows and the face are the usual place for this treatment.