Hair Removal Guide: Methods of Removing Unwanted Hair

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If you are looking for an alternative to razors and shaving cream, try one of these options for removing unwanted hair.

Depilatory Cream

Depilatory creams remove unwanted hair quickly and easily. One drawback though is that the chemicals used in depilatory creams may be too strong for sensitive skin and can cause irritation. Soften the hair first by applying a warm washcloth before the depilatory cream and then wipe with a washcloth as opposed to just rinsing off to remove more of the hair shaft. This form of hair removal lasts up to a week.

Waxing or Sugaring

This form of hair removal involves a wax substance or sugar substance (usually lemon, water and sugar) to bind to longer hair. A strip of cloth or tape is used to pull and remove the hair. Waxing and sugaring usually lasts 2 to 6 weeks but can be painful especially the first time you wax or sugar. After the first application, the hair grows back softer and thinner making it easier and less painful in the future.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works best on dark and coarse hair and a laser or light heats the hair shaft and causes the hair follicle to go into a dormant phase. Three to five treatments are usually require over a period of four to eight weeks. Yearly maintenance is also suggested to maintain.

Electrolysis Hair Removal

Like laser hair removal, electrolysis requires a specialist that performs a series of treatments. With electrolysis, an electric current is inserted into the hair follicle with a needle and when done correctly, can be a more permanent form of hair removal than laser.

Smooth Away

Smooth Away is a pad of superfine crystals that buffs hair away and exfoliates dead skin cells. This method of hair removal is convenient and inexpensive but excessive rubbing and pressure when buffing can cause skin irritation and redness which is usually remedied by cold water or moisturizer afterwards. Smooth Away is available at Amazon.com.

No! No! Professional Hair Removing System

As advertised on HSN.com, the No! No! Hair Removing System is a handheld device that creates a pulse of heat to hair. Hair is noticeably less dense after using for several months but does require a significant amount of time to be effective and must be used continually.

The effectiveness of any hair removal method depends upon each individual. It’s best to take into consideration the cost of the process, time and desired results to find the method that works best for you.

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