HOW TO REMOVE UNWANTED HAIR
We live in the age of convenience. Our disposable, throw away lifestyle makes us to look for the fastest way to do things. This also applies to hair removal.
Unfortunately for many of us hair grows where we don’t want it and won’t grow where it should.
Most of us remove unwanted hair in one of three ways -Waxing shaving or plucking with tweezers. However there are many more permanent ways of hair removal.
What are the alternative methods of Hair Removal?
Electrolysis is regarded as a permanent method of hair removal that involves using an electrical or direct current into each hair follicle which will heat up and ultimately destroy the hair follicle. A sterile needle is inserted into the follicle which triggers a low-level electrical current to destroy the follicle. This application may take as many as eight treatments to complete one small area. So this is suitable for small problematic areas of hair.
Laser Hair Removal
This form of hair removal works by directing concentrated rays of light into the hair follicle without damaging the skin’s surface which can limit the hair’s ability to grow. Depending on the hair growth and area to be treated, clients will need anywhere from 8 to 12 treatments about six weeks apart to get a minimum of 80% reduction.
This method is not recommended for clients with pigmented skin as the light will not be able to differentiate the colour of the hair from colour of the skin. The laser will only work on heavily pigmented hair. This is a temporary method of hair removal.
Intense Pulsed Light therapy uses high intensity pulses of visible light to remove unwanted hair. It works by emitting light energy to the area to be treated to destroy the hair follicle, which inhibits the hair growth. IPL can take longer to remove hair than other treatments and as with the Laser method of hair reduction, IPL will also have difficulty working with Blonde or Red hair as it is not able to distinguish the difference in the colour of the hair with the colour of the skin.
This is one of the most popular methods of hair removal because it can be used for large areas of unwanted hair as well very intricate areas like the eye brow area. Waxing is also a form of exfoliation so it will assist with removing the top layers of the skin, usually leaving beautiful silky soft skin without any unwanted hair. There are some side affects to be aware of including blotting, and does cause some discomfort to the client. Waxing will need to be redone about every 4-6 weeks.
As with any skin penetration there are some contra-indications to waxing and hair removal methods including sunburn, infection, skin thinning medications, or any breach of the skin.
Wax is heated, spread thinly to the area in the direction of the hair growth and is removed by applying a strip of material on the wax and removing it in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Wax is applied thicker to the area, allowed to cool slightly and harden, then is removed by the therapist without the use of tools or instruments.
Tweezing or plucking
This involves using metal tweezers to pull the hair out from the root, usually pulling out individual hairs at a time. Tweezing is predominately used for removing stray hairs, as it can be time consuming removing all hairs in an area. Tweezing is commonly used for eyebrow reshaping
Threading originated in the Middle East and South Asia. It is becoming more popular in Western countries. Commonly used on the eyebrows. This involves using a thin thread, usually cotton, which is doubled over and twisted and rolled over the areas of unwanted hairs, removing the hair from the follicle. Threading usually removes short lines of hair, there are three techniques for threading: hand method, mouth method and neck method.
This is a very common form of temporary hair removal. It works by cutting or trimming the hair at skin level with a razor and can be performed by using a disposable or electric razor. The results are temporary, generally lasting only a few days at best. As the hair is only removed at the surface, stubble can be felt on the skin the same day or next. This means that hairs will grow at different times and hairs can be at a range of stages.
Body hair clipping or trimming involves using electric trimmers to shorten the hair on the body area without completely removing it from the follicle. This shortens the length of hair and does not remove it from the follicle. Depending on results, this may need to be done daily.
Sugaring is one of the oldest methods of hair removal. It was originally developed as a method of hair removal for Middle Eastern woman. It is made from a mixture of sugar, water, lemon juice and gum Arabic or honey to form a paste. This paste is then placed directly onto the skin. Sugaring comes in two forms – a sugar paste and strip sugar.
This is applied to the skin, using the hands, in the direction of hair growth. The hairs become embedded in the wax, which is then removed swiftly against hair growth, removing the hairs.
Hair removal not only leaves the skin feeling silky-smooth, but it creates self-esteem, helping the client to feel better about themselves. The trick is to find out the best method of hair removal for yourself that works with your budget and timeframe and renders the best possible results.
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