Hair Removal Methods

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If you’re looking to remove unwanted body hair, you’ve come to the right place!  There are many options available to you.

Shaving

hair-removal-methodsShaving is the fastest and easiest way to remove unwanted hair.  The results aren’t as long lasting as other methods like waxing, but it’s also cheaper (compared to salon waxing), less painful, and less messy.  The drawbacks include the possibility of razor burn and ingrown hairs.  Also, since the hair is being cut rather than removed, it will tend to grow back with a rough, abrasive texture (aka stubble).  Although for quick hair removal, it’s hard to beat the convenience of shaving.

Waxing

Waxing removes the entire hair follicle from the root, giving much longer lasting results than shaving.  The application of hot wax binds to the hair, which is then ripped out with a muslin strip or other piece of fabric.  Waxing will last several weeks before the hair grows back.  Also, the hair will grow back with a finer texture than shaving, which means less stubble and irritation.  However, waxing is painful and hot wax loves to stick to you skin.  So not only is your hair getting ripped out but the top layer of your skin tends to go with it!  The best way to get waxed is at a salon.  It’s not cheap, but the people know what they’re doing.  For those with an appetite for adventure and a high pain tolerance, there are home waxing kits available as well.

Sugaring

Sugaring is essentially the same as waxing, but uses a sugar/water product instead of hot wax.  Many people report that it is less painful than waxing.  The sugar mixture is heated only minimally before applying to the skin, thus reducing the chance of burning.  Also, the sugar doesn’t stick to the skin like wax, ensuring only the hair is ripped out.  Sugaring combines all the benefits of waxing with fewer drawbacks.  There’s really no reason to not choose sugaring over waxing, when both methods are available.  As with waxing, home sugaring kits are readily available.

Epilation

Epilators are simply motorized hair pluckers. They consist of a series of small, rotating plates that grip and pull individual hairs out as the device is moved over the skin. The pain tolerance is comparable to waxing, as the hairs are removed many at a time by the root.

Laser Hair Removal

hair removal methodLaser hair removal is a method to permanently reduce unwanted body hair.  It works by focusing a high intensity laser onto target areas of the skin.  This selectively heats and damages hair follicles, preventing the hair from growing back.  Typically, 6-8 sessions are required.  Additionally, follow up sessions may be required in the years following treatment (a consequence of the body’s ability to repair damage).  Regardless, laser hair removal provides a stable, long term reduction of unwanted hair.

Electrolysis

As only true way to permanently remove hair, electrolysis has been around for over 130 years. It works by completely destroying the hair follicle via induction of electrical current. To do this, a trained electrologist will insert a fine probe into the follicle, an electrical will be applied, and then the follicle will release and be removed. Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis doesn’t target pigment in the skin. So it’s an ideal hair removal method for those who aren’t good candidates for laser treatment (such as people with dark skin).

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