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Hair Removal: What Are Your Options?

Updated on May 21, 2011
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Have unwanted hair in areas that is embarrassing? Statistics show that 80% of people do! Well that must mean the other 20% is trying grow there hair. While that's a high number it's true that many of us suffer from unwanted hair and just want to get rid of it for once and for all.But can it be completely be removed without re-growth? We'll review the ways to get rid of that unwanted hair and what the chances are for re-growth.

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Shaving

Shaving is fast and easy and is the easiest, fastest method of unwanted hair removal. However shaving only lasts about about 24 hours - 3 days before you start to see the hair grow back.

The Benefits:

  • Removes hair instantly with the swipe of a blade
  • It's cheap
  • You can do it at home

The Drawbacks:

  • Razor Burn
  • Fast re-growth
  • Nicks or cuts
  • Ingrown Hair
  • Hair grows back darker, longer and thicker


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Plucking

Plucking is a great way to get rid of small areas of hair. (eyebrows, and chin). You can use a tweezer or something similar to a tweezer is called the Bellabe Facial Hair Remover (not recommended to use on the eyebrows).

The Benefits:

  • Cost next to nothing
  • Great shaping device for the eyebrows
  • You can take it anywhere
  • Re-growth is slower than shaving

The Drawbacks:

  • Can cause ingrown hairs
  • Leaves skin red after you pluck
  • Painful (the first couple of times)
  • It's a slow process (unless you are a tweezing pro with speedy Gonzales hands)

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Waxing

Waxing is also one of the fastest ways to get rid of unwanted hair. (you can get a larger area at a time). Although waxing may be very painful the first couple of times you do it, it takes week before you see any re-growth of the hair, which grows back lighter and thinner, and in some cases doesn't grow back at all. This is my favorite form of hair removal.

The Benefits:

  • Very slow re-growth
  • Hair grows back finer
  • It's quick (treats larger areas at once)
  • Can be used on every part of the body (in certain areas be prepared to scream)

The Drawbacks:

  • Expensive if your going to a salon to have it done
  • Messy at home (if you haven't reached the professional level)
  • Painful (you get used to it)
  • Your hair have to be a certain length before waxing (this can be unsightly)

Epilators

These small electrical devices use tweezers to remove the hair from the root. Although its the most painful way to remove unwanted hair, it can always one of the best way to remove it. An epilator will also stop hair re-growth over time completely. You really have to have a high tolerance for pain to use this method. (and I mean superman high).

The Benefits:

  • Inexpensive ( after you by the device ranging from $20-$300)
  • Beneficial (you can use it at home)
  • No mess whatsoever $5
  • Very slow re-growth (slower than waxing)
  • Hair will stop growing over time

The Drawback:

  • Intensely painful
  • Challenging to use in certain areas
  • Will cause skin bumps
  • Redness
  • Ingrown hairs

Threading

Threading is an old method to remove unwanted hair. Popular in the middle east, it has become a big thing all over the world as a means of removing hair in a different way. The process works with cotton thread that removes the hair by entwining it and lifting the hair from the follicle. Most people that use the threading method use it on their eyes, and some facial hair.

The Benefits:

  • Cheap (usually $5-$20)
  • Removes hair quickly
  • Does not hurt that much (less painful than plucking)
  • Re-growth of hair is slow (2 to 4 weeks)

The Drawbacks:

  • Painful (at first)
  • Can cause skin darkening
  • Redness (after treatment)

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Laser

Laser hair removal treatment is one of the permanent methods for unwanted hair removal. Lasers penetrate the skin by a tiny amount, zapping away at the hair, removing it from the follicle. This process is fun for the technician (like playing a video game) but it is time consuming and has signs of minimal discomfort for the consumer. Laser hair removal permanently removes unwanted hair but it takes more than one treatment to see the best results, which can be very costly. A cheaper way of getting laser hair removal done is by purchasing a at home laser removal device. (The No! No!) While it is pricey to own the device and other like it, it cheaper in the long run.

The Benefits:

  • Clears large areas of unwanted hair
  • Permanent hair reduction (re-growth rate is very low)
  • Can treat all parts of the body

The Drawbacks:

  • Very expensive
  • Some re-growth will occur (more treatments needed)
  • Discomfort (after surgery you will feel like you have been in the sun all day...sunburn feeling)

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Electrolysis

Electrolysis is the only proven method of permanent hair removal without so many return visits for more treatments compared to laser hair removal. This method compacts the base of the hair growing to cut off the blood and nutrition supply so the hair weakens.  All areas of the body can be treated using this method, except in ears and nose (if you have that problem). Keep in mind this method is the most expensive method, but also the best method.

The Benefits:

  • Re-growth rate (lower than laser)
  • Less amount of times for re-treatments

The Drawbacks:

  • Painful
  • Time consuming
  • Redness
  • Expensive


Which ever  method of hair removal you use (well just laser & electrolysis) you should always do your homework in advanced. If not done by a proper technician you can end up damaging your skin permanently. Hope this hub helps those in need of the options for hair removal.

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      Jackie 

      6 years ago

      What about R.E.M. for facial hair remover? I have one and love it! Will hair grow back faster from use of this product?

    • Babbling Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Babbling Diva 

      7 years ago from U.S.A

      @yena, yeah i was told that it can leave black marks on fairly light skin. I prefer to wax and shave as well. I'm hoping to try laser in the near future.. I get tired of having to worry about shaving..lol

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      Yena Williams 

      7 years ago from California

      Threading personally scares the crap out of me; I don't think I'd have the guts to try it. I usually shave and wax!

    • Babbling Diva profile imageAUTHOR

      Babbling Diva 

      7 years ago from U.S.A

      @souleru, thanks and I haven't tried threading as yet, but my friend has. she swears by it.

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      souleru 

      7 years ago

      expansive article. Personally I love threading because it didn't hurt at all for me, I guess it differs for other people.

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