Hair removal methods and techniques are used everyday in our western culture as we know it. Previously, hair removal methods were undertaken primarily as a result of the desire for femininity and attractiveness, or due to religious beliefs. Hair removal methods also have stakes in history for aiding in the cleanliness and freshness of women from many countries and continents. Nowadays it is socially acceptable and expected to have smooth groomed skin, with no body hair at all. There are many methods of hair removal, some that only last a few days and others that are as close to permanent as you’ll ever get.
Terminology for hair removal methods
There are two kinds of hair removal, one where the hair is removed from above the skin only, and the other where the hair is removed from the follicle, therefore beneath and above the skin.
Depilation – This is the removal of the part of the hair showing above the skin – the most popular method of depilation being shaving or depilatory creams. This form of hair removal is quick and effective, but the smooth results are not long lasting.
Epilation – Epilation is the term used for the method of hair removal whereby the whole hair is removed from the follicle, even deep beneath the skin. The most common method of epilation hair removal is waxing, while another popular method is tweezing or plucking. Tweezing is often the preferred method for eyebrow hair removal as it allows careful precise hair removal.
Electrolysis hair removal method
Electrolysis is a hair removal method that destroys hair roots with an electric current. Fine metal probes are inserted into the hair follicle, and a small electrical current is sent through the probe to destroy the hair. It is a very effective form of hair removal. The returning hair growth largely depends on the person, and can vary greatly depending on factors such as area size, curvature of hair follicle, the level of skin sensitivity, heredity, and even hormonal balance.
Shaving hair removal method
Shaving is by far the most common method of hair removal for both men and women. This is mainly due to its cheapness and effectiveness. Men have removed their facial hair by shaving for thousands of years, even before women started shaving. Nowadays, many women use hair removal to shave their legs and underarms. A clean, sharp razor offers a safe and comfortable shave, and contrary to what many people believe, shaving hair removal does not alter the regrowth of the hair in any way, as many believe shaving increases the rate and texture of hair growth. Shaving for hair removal should only be undertaken on wet hair, as it is more pliable and easier to cut.
Tweezing hair removal method
Tweezing hair, also known as plucking, involves using tweezers to literally pull the hair directly from the hair follicle itself. This method of hair removal allows the precise removal of particular hairs and makes it easier to shape eyebrows and facial hair if required. Tweezing can be painful, but the results are relatively long lasting as the hair is plucked from deep beneath the surface of the skin. Due to only removing one hair at a time however, tweezing is impractical for hair removal over large areas.
Waxing hair removal method
Waxing hair removal is now a popular hair removal method for both men and women, however it was popularized by women and more undertake waxing hair removal than men. Waxing is a painful process whereby a layer of hot wax is applied to the skin, thus drying and attaching itself to the skin and hair. The strip of wax is then ripped off quickly, taking the hair with it. A big advantage of waxing is that it can remove large areas of hair quickly and easily. Women usually undertake waxing hair removal on their bikini lines, legs, and arms. Men usually wax their backs and chests, depending on how much hair they need or want to remove.
Laser hair removal
Hair removal is now in the laser age and the Rio Scan Home Laser Hair Removal Device brings laser hair removal methods into your own home. The Rio Scan Home Laser Hair Removal system penetrates the hair follicles and heats and destroys them, destroying the hair in the process. Three month clinical trials of laser hair removal processes showed at least a 30% reduction of hair on treated areas in the people treated. Laser hair removal is a method of epilation and hair treated in this way takes a much longer time to grow back, if it grows back at all.
Threading hair removal method
Threading hair removal method gives precise lines and a good shape to eyebrows, and is most popular for hair removal in this area. Threading as a method of hair removal can also be used to remove hair from the upper lip and other facial areas. In threading hair removal a cotton thread is twisted and rolled, and entwined. It is rolled over the unwanted hair, intertwining between it, and thus pulls it out of the follicles as the thread is moved over it. Threading is a relatively painless hair removal method that is both simple and inexpensive. It is similar to tweezing hair removal. Side effects can result in slight skin reddening and soreness, however when the hair is removed all that is felt is a slight pinch.
Sugaring hair removal method
Sugaring hair removal method is a simple method of hair removal that is also known as Persian waxing. It is very similar to traditional waxing. A paste is made of water, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, honey and various other household items. The sugaring paste is applied thinly on the skin, attaching itself to the hairs. The paste is then ripped off quickly, taking the hair with it. Sugaring is actually less painful than waxing because the paste does not affix itself tightly to the skin.