Hair removal is a socially expected norm in most societies these days, and thus many women, and men, put a lot of time and effort into getting rid of unwanted body hair. In the past, booking expensive appointments with professional beauticians trained in hair removal techniques and spending a great deal of time on maintaining a sleek, hairless appearance was considered a chore by most women, but a necessity. Thanks to massive advances in home hair removal systems, products and techniques however, overspending on time and money is no longer required to remove unwanted hair.
Depilatory hair removal is a common form of removing unwanted hair, namely depilatory creams. In this day and age, where most of our time is consumed by work, parenting, socialising and exercising, depilatory creams have come as a welcoming solution to hair removal. It is a simple method of hair removal which will save you both time and money. Chemical depilation works by breaking down the disulfide bonds that link the protein chains that give hair its strength, making the hair disintegrate. Depilation is a much simpler method when compared to electrolysis hair removal, and is fairly quick to do and painless.
What is a depilatory hair remover?
Hair Depilatory is simply the removal of hair above the surface of the skin. The simplest and most common method of depilatory hair removal is shaving, and as I am sure you are aware, is used by men and women across the world as a quick and fairly simple method of hair removal. Depilatory hair removal creams are a second most popular form of depilatory hair removal. Basically, both forms remove the hair that grows above the surface of the skin, but does not remove the roots. There are several pros’ and cons to this form of hair removal, as listed below, which can assist you in making a more informed decision when it comes to buying the right product to suit your personal needs.
Pros of depilatory hair removal
- Hair depilation is both painless and very fast
- Using depilatory hair removal creams should mean you are hair free for around 2-3 weeks.
- Depilatory creams dissolve the hair, so it will be softer when it grows back
- Depilatory creams are low cost and inexpensive
- You can buy hair removal creams of varying strengths, meaning that often the most stubborn hair can be removed.
- Depilatory creams can be used in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
Cons of depilatory hair removal
- Depilatory hair removal creams can cause skin reactions and itchiness, as they effectively burn off the hair
- People with sensitive skin may therefore not be able to use depilatory hair creams at all.
- Even though it takes around three weeks for the hair to grow back fully, small hairs may re-appear within just a few days
- The active chemicals in depilatory creams are sodium thioglycolate and calcium thioglycolate, which give off a pungent burn/sulphur smell when the hair is burned off.
Precautions to take with depilatory hair removal creams
Due to the nature of the product and how it works to remove unwanted hair, it is advised that you do not use it on your face, as the skin on your face is far more sensitive than the rest of your body. So if you are using depilatory creams on your body, be sure to avoid your face unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. Be sure to do a skin test prior to using it on a larger portion of your body, to test for any allergies, or to see if your skin reacts to it in a bad way. If you know you have a sensitive skin, purchase a depilatory cream that is made for sensitive skins, as there are those options available.
How long do the effects of depilatory creams last?
As depilatory creams only remove the hair that is above the surface of the skin, it’s effects do not last for very long. It can take up to three weeks for the hair to reach the same length it was originally, but only several days before it starts to show again. If you are looking for a short term solution to smooth skin, the depilatory creams are the answer, as they are easy to use, harmless and relatively priced. Unlike shaving, hair that is removed using the depilatory cream method actually grows back finer, due to the chemical composition of the cream, and the manner in which it breaks down the hairs and disintegrates them.