Tweezers for Hair Removal
Tweezers are small metal forceps that are used to manually pull hairs out of the follicles by the root, a process called plucking. You can remove one or more hairs at a time. Using tweezers for hair removal is by far the simplest and cheapest method, however it is very time consuming and can be quite painful as you cannot remove many hairs at a time. Tweezers are generally only used for hair removal on small areas of skin, like the bikini line or eyebrows.
You also get a type of motorised tweezers, called Epilators. They are also refereed to as motorised hair pluckers, and they can help to speed up the process of tweezing. They are best used on larger, flat areas of skin such as the arms or legs. The electric tweezers work by gripping the hair above the skin's surface and holding it anywhere from 15 seconds to several minutes before pulling it out. This form of hair remover is therefore quite painful.
How to use tweezers?
If removing hair from the face, the key to using tweezers is to ensure you are close to the mirror in a well lit environment. Grip the hair as close to the root as possible and pull gently yet firmly in the direction of growth. The hair will ‘pop’ out easily. Use tweezers after a bath or shower, as warm skin makes it easier to use tweezers. You can massage the area that is sore or irritated with an ice cube after using tweezers to soothe it.
Tweezers are often used to remove and shape eyebrow hair, so take extra care when removing eyebrow hair as it takes a long time to grow back, and having too little eyebrow hair will probably look worse than having slightly too much. Be patient and tweeze slowly, try not to ‘tug’ at the hairs. This may result in hairs breaking rather than being removed from the follicle, thereby increasing the risk of ingrown hair.
How painful is it using tweezers for hair removal?
The level of pain caused is low and is a slight pricking or stinging sensation. Sometimes red bumps appear due to the hair follicles swelling, though they disappear after a few hours. Using an antibacterial agent before and after the procedure will keep the risk of infection low. It is better to tweeze after a hot bath or shower, as the hair will be softer and the pore will open more, allowing easier plucking.