Having a hair-free body is becoming an essential for many women and men. Summer means less clothing, bikini-clad bodies, so the demand for hair removing treatments in the summer months is very high.
Unwanted hair should be a matter of great concern to a woman. There could be many reasons for unwanted hair growth like congenital cause, imbalance of hormones, pregnancy, irregular menses, mental tensions. Grows mostly on the chin, above upper lip, on the forehead, around the nipples.
The term refers to hair growth in areas on the body that are considered to be either culturally unacceptable or unattractive. The darker the color of the hair is, the more visible it is. The excessive hair around the nipples, on the face (see: excessive facial hair in women), on the torso or back is considered to be abnormal hair growth for women, but unfortunately it is very common, especially for those with dark hair.
There are many ways to get rid of these unwanted hair, albeit, temporarily like plucking, threading, waxing, shaving, IPL treatment.
Plucking is a good method to use on your eyebrows, since it may change the shape of your eyebrows from time to time and allow hairs to grow back. Tweezing sparse hairs on the chin, around the nipple, upper lip can give you immediate short-term gratification. Unfortunately the hair removal is temporarily (around two/three weeks) and stimulates the hair follicles to grow stronger hair. About 25 percent of the women have nipple hair. To remove them tweeze the hairs after taking a shower – your pores will be open which will make the removal faster and less painful. Remember: Plucking out a hair by the root through tweezing can lead to an infection of the hair shaft and curling of the hair into the skin. Before using tweezers, apply cold cream to the face so as to soften the roots of the hair.
Never use a razor – it hardens the root of the hair and there is a rapid re-growth of hair.
Waxing is the most useful method. The wax is usually of two types – cold and hot wax. Waxing plucks hair from deep beneath the skin surface and the best thing is that it doesn’t need to be done as often as shaving or depilatories. Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. Waxing removes hair for long periods of time and hair that is waxed grow back finer.
If you have a mild facial hair problem, waxing will control the situation without causing stubble.
IPL – (intense pulsed light) for hair removal
In ILP technology a multiple-light wave lengths are pulsed onto the skin through quartz crystal. Pigment in hair covers the light to heat and conducts it to the follicles to destroy growth cells. A single session can reduce hair growth by 45% compared to 23% with laser. IPL treat hair on all body zones including face and bikini line. IPL works best on darker hairs, but fair hair and graying hair needs more sessions, white hair rarely responds.
A chemical depilatory is a cosmetic preparation used to remove the hair from the skin on the human body. A depilatory dissolves hair below the skin’s surface, resulting in a smoother, longer-lasting finish. Some people experience some skin irritation after using depilatories, so you should try some on a small area first to see how your skin reacts. There are lotions, creams, mousses, gels, foams depilatories. Some depilatories are intended for the face, others for legs, underarm hair, but I don’t recommend using depilatories for removing underarm hair, because the skin there is very delicate and sensitive. Never use depilatories near the eyes, because the chemicals they contain are very strong and risky. Depilatories tend to have less of the effect on the follicles then methods like waxing or tweezing. They don’t provide a permanent hair removal solution, but the hair does take longer to grow back than it would if you were shaving. The result usually lasts three to four days.
Electrolysis is the practice of electrical epilation to permanently remove human hair.
Electrolysis destroys hair follicles with the heat generated by an electrolic current. Electrolysis can remove the unwanted hair permanently after five/ six sessions. Hair can be destroyed on the third treatment if the needle is inserted and damage to the tissue around the follicle can leave small scars or red marks.
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- lasts not more than 1 to 3 days
- razor burn, bumps, nick and cuts
- ingrown hair
- the hair grow back thicker
How to do it correctly:
- For a smooth and close shave use a new blade. Always shave in the shower with warm water – it will soften the hairs and opens the pores. It will relax the hair follicles, making them easier to shave.
- Wet your legs and apply a shaving gel or shaving foam to keep the skin moist, making sure to cover the sides of your legs. If you don’t have a gel or cream lathering up with soap will also work.
- Allow the hair to soak in water for 5/ 10 minutes, this way the hair will become softer and pliable.
- Shave in the opposite direction of hair growth, staring at the ankle draw the razor up the leg. Don’t press too hard but don’t be too gentle. Always shave up the leg not down.
- Rinse the blade between every stroke and keep it wet all the time
- Repeat until all hairs are removed
- Rinse your legs thoroughly and at the end apply a body lotion or cream to soften and moisturize your skin.
- Never shave your hands or face – the skin in these areas is very delicate and sensitive
- Never shave a moustache as it will grow back stubbly
- Always use shaving gel or foam when shaving
- Shave in the shower after your skin has been softened by warm water
- Always apply a moisturizing lotion or cream to keep your skin soft and moisturized
- To avoid ingrown hairs shave in the direction the hair grows
- Use blades that have safety guard wires to minimize the nicks and cuts
- Change your blades often
- If you need to shave a specific area twice, apply additional shaving gel
- Never shave if your skin is very dry, sunburned or if you have open wounds
- Never share your razor with someone else
- Avoid shaving with a dull or blunt blade – a dull blade can leave your face feeling raw and sore
- Never apply deodorant or antiperspirant right after shaving
- Never shave directly with a razor
- Exfoliate your skin before shaving to remove all the dead skin cells that could clog up your razor
- Do not shave dry