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Different Hair Removal Methods

Updated on August 24, 2013

Hair grows naturally, all over the body, except for the palms and the soles of the feet. Unwanted hair can be a problem for many women, especially if it is on the chin an upper lip. In addition many women like to remove the hair from their underarms, legs and bikini lines. There are several methods for removing unwanted hair. Some are short term, such as shaving and plucking, while other methods like waxing last quite longer. Electrolysis is the only permanent method of hair removal.

It is important to determine what method of hair removal will be most effective for the different areas of your body, as some methods are much better suited to a particular part of the body than others.

1. Plucking

Plucking is the easiest and inexpensive way to remove stray hairs from your face, but this is can be very time consuming, because you can only remove one hair at a time. Using eyebrow tweezers, pluck out the hair by its root. The hair will grow back again but will not be any coarser or thicker.

Plucking can be painful, it is advisable to apply a cream before plucking to reduce discomfort and never pluck a hair from a mole or wart.

2. Shaving

One of the quickest, easiest and cheapest methods of removing unwanted hair from legs and underarms is shaving. Because the hair has been cut the blunt end can feel coarse. Regrowth appears with a few days, so you will need to shave regularly to keep skin soft and smooth.

For best results, shave when the hair is wet as it will be softer. Shave against the direction of hair growth. If you are shaving your bikini line, use a razor specially designed for that area. Make sure you moisturize your legs after after shaving.

3. Depilation (Using Depilatories)

A depilatory is a cream or a liquid that removes hair from the skin’s surface. The chemical in depilatories dissolve unwanted hair, giving a smoother and longer-lasting result than shaving. Depilatories are available as creams, gels, or sprays are applied to the skin, left on for the required amount of time and then washed off.

Using depilatories can be messy and they have strong smell and sometimes irritate the skin. Even when used properly, creams can cause rashes and irritation. Try a patch test first to make sure your skin will not react to the chemicals. They are best to use for legs, underarms and bikini areas.

There are many depilatories products that are available in the market today; it is advisable to read the product labels and directions carefully before using it.

4. Waxing

Waxing is the most popular method of hair removal. It is effective and long lasting, it is most often used for the legs and bikini line. Regrowth does not appear for about a month but the drawback is that hair must grow to about ¼ inch before it can be waxed.

Usually carried out in a salon, heated wax or wax strips are applied to the skin, when the wax is removed the hair comes away with it.

As waxing pulls the hair out by the roots, the skin is smooth and new hair is softer to the touch. It can be painful though, you may notice temporary redness and the skin may be irritated for about a day.

5. Electrolysis

This is the only method of permanent hair removal, a fine wire needle is inserted into the hair follicle and an electric current is passed through it to kill the hair root.

Electrolysis must be performed by a professional. The process can be painful, time consuming and expensive and is best for small areas of unwanted hair such as the upper lip and chin. The finer hairs in these areas may require only one electrolysis session but the coarser hairs may need several. They will grow finer after each treatment until they disappear altogether.

6. Laser Treatment

Laser treatment is also used to remove body hair, it destroys a hair follicle with high heat. It is not permanent, but it can take months for the hair to grow back. The regrowth will be finer and lighter coloured. You may need several treatments. It works best for dark hair or light skin.

It is expensive and if not done properly can cause skin discolouration and scarring. This is one that should be performed by an experienced, qualified dermatologist.

These are the different ways to remove unwanted hair but the final decision is yours, you have to consider the time and of course your budget.


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    • R Burow profile image

      R Burow 8 years ago from Florida, United States


      Always a concern right? Glad you took it on.

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      lyricsingray 8 years ago

      Great Subject! Wish I didn't have to worry about any of them though LOL, Thanks, great Job

    • artrush73 profile image

      artrush73 8 years ago

      which would be the best Depilation for use? Recently I was looking into it, but couldn't find what I was looking for. can you email me or something :) thanks


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