Summer is just around the corner. You find the perfect skirt only to find that Bigfoot has taken custody of your underarms and legs. This will not do. There must be a quick and easy hair removal technique available to remove that pesky hair and get on with your life, right?
Is your hair removal technique effective?
There are so many hair removal products available these days but it’s important to test out the various methods and find out which hair removal technique will work best for you.
Hair Removal Options
This is the easiest and most convenient method for most people. The advantage of shaving is that you can reach for your razor in the shower, lather up, shave and be finished in a relatively short amount of time. Another advantage is that it is painless, providing you do it correctly. Most people have enough experience with shaving that the risks are minimal. As long as you use enough soap lather, body wash or shaving cream, you should have a smooth shave.
The disadvantage is that it must be done more often to be effective. It’s a perfect quick fix when you don’t have time for anything else but unless you keep up your regime, you can be faced with the dreaded stubble. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, the action of shaving can cut the hair at an angle, increasing the likelihood of bumps when the hair grows inside instead of out.
A good way to prevent the occurrence of ingrown hairs is to exfoliate regularly. Using an exfoliating loofah, body scrub or washcloth can remove layers of dead skin and make sure your hair can grow without restriction. There is also the issue of nicks and cuts but with most sophisticated modern razors, this is rarely an issue. If you have sensitive skin, you can always opt for the “ladyshave” style razors with a built-in moisturising strip. Regrowth after using a razor can be around 24 hours to around three days.
Tip: throw out your razor when the blade begins to catch on your skin or becomes dull. A blunt razor is more likely to cause nicks and cuts than a fresh, sharp one.
Myth: shaving can make your hair grow back thicker and faster.
Fact: shaving cuts the hair at a thicker point (the base of the hair) so the hair may appear thicker. This is true for both vellus hair (the baby-fine “peach fuzz” hair, and terminal hair (the thicker, darker hairs). Shaving does not have any effect on hair growth one way or the other.
A new trend for facial hair is the use of eyebrow shavers (also known as “dermaplaning”). These razors are designed for delicate facial hair and can be less irritating than waxing or depilatory creams. Hair regrowth is the same as shaving (one to three days).
Facial hair bleach is a great option for the upper lip, especially if you don’t have a lot of hair but just want to lighten it up so it’s less noticeable. The directions are easy to follow and most applications take from between five to ten minutes. The cream is mixed with a powder (known as an “activator”) and applied to the hair above the top lip. Once the development time has elapsed, simply rinse off with a tissue, makeup removal pad and rinse with cold (not hot!) water. Be sure to use cold water as hot or warm water can irritate the skin.
Tip: make sure you follow the instructions on the pack and don’t rub the cream into your skin. Think of it in the same way as bleaching your hair – you want to apply it to the hair itself so the cream can do its bleaching magic on your hair, not your skin.
Hair removal cream
Hair removal or depilatory creams can be an effective hair removal technique as it dissolves the hair above and slightly below the skin. The advantage of hair removal creams is that it is relatively painless and there is no likelihood of nicking your skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, you may prefer another method as many of these creams are chemical based. The odour of hair removal creams is generally quite strong so if you are sensitive to chemical smells, you might want to try another product for your hair removal routine. Regrowth after using hair removal creams ranges from one day to a few days.
Tip: follow the directions carefully and make sure you don’t leave the cream on for longer than recommended. If you feel any kind of pain, stinging or discomfort, remove the cream immediately.
Follicle Removal Methods
Any type of hair removal that forcibly removes the hair from the follicle is going to be a little painful. You just need to find the one that is the least painful for you. For me, I use an epilator device for my legs. It removes the hair with minimal discomfort and lasts for four to six weeks.
There are a variety of electronic epilation devices that remove hair from the follicle, allowing you to have smooth, hair-free skin for up to six weeks. The only disadvantages are if you have super-sensitive skin or the possibility of experiencing a mild discomfort during use. This method can be quick, however, sometimes I find that I miss a couple of spots and need to revisit those areas. Once the epilation is complete, you will have hair-free skin with minimal irritation. This is a good option for those who wish to remove hair without interfering with the skin’s integrity. This is a great option for longer-term hair removal (four to six weeks).
This method is for those with a higher pain threshold but can be worth it when you are left with smooth, silky, hair-free skin. Waxing in sensitive areas such as the bikini line and underarms can be a little painful if the technique is lacking, but repeated attempts will produce more consistent results. That said, waxing at home has its advantages such as being able to proceed at your own pace. You can try pre-made wax strips, hair removal “gel” or wax that you heat in the microwave. You can try one wax for body areas and a gentler method for the face. If you are unsure, perhaps it’s best to enlist the help of a professional until you are confident in your ability to do it yourself.
When you visit a salon, they work quickly and sometimes your skin needs a little time to recover. I have not-so-fond memories of the sensation of hot wax on freshly waxed skin when the beautician missed a spot. Ouch. The cause of pain is often the removal of the skin’s protective layer, rather than the removal of the hair itself. If you have sensitive skin or a low tolerance to pain, you may wish to consider another method. After waxing, the greatest advantage is that you will be hair-free for up to six weeks.
This is a quick and easy fix for the odd stray eyebrow hair or other rogue hairs that may appear. It’s relatively painless and doesn’t require any special preparation – just pluck and go! Hairs removed by tweezing are pulled out by the root, so regrowth should appear in up to six weeks.
Threading is best used on small areas of the face, such as the eyebrows. The technique is done by using a thread (usually cotton) twisted around the fingers and used to remove tiny hairs on the face. It is said to be slightly less painful than tweezing, so this is an option you could try at home. Regrowth should be around six weeks.
Laser hair removal is seen as a guaranteed way to remove hair for good, but for some, this is not the case. Regrowth can occur, due to the cycle of follicle regeneration, requiring return trips to the salon. The laser can affect the skin, so it’s best to do extensive research before trying this method. Laser hair removal destroys the follicle, but this does not stop new follicles from appearing. For some, laser hair removal technique can result in a lack of regrowth but there can be complications such as hyperpigmentation, especially if you have skin that tans easily. This method is also the most expensive so consider this if you are on a budget.
There are many home electrolysis kits that you can use to remove those few hairs that you want to remove for good. Electrolysis works best on small areas on the face and the technique is applied to a single hair at a time, so it can be time- consuming. If in doubt, you can do a little research before using a home electrolysis machine. Once you get the technique, it should be relatively simple. The advantage? Most electrolysis results in no regrowth at all, which is a great way to permanently get rid of those pesky single hairs that don’t seem to want to go away.
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