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Author: Puteri Fikri|2024-3-12

A surprising number of people do not know there are various of techniques for hair removal. Basically most of human population who choose to remove unwanted body hair would settle with shaving but there are other hair removal method that they can explore.


Laser hair removal; is it painful or just worth it?

Hair in general grows all over the human body in various thickness and length. Hair becomes more visible during and after puberty and in comparison, men tend to have thicker, more visible hair than woman. For both gender, the visible body hair would be on their eyebrows, eyelashes. armpits, genital area, arms and legs. Many opted to remove their visible hair in the bikini line, armpits, face or pubic area. There are still people wo prefer to forgo the hair removal methods and just leave the hair to grow as nature intended. It is very understandable whatever you choose to do, however you just need to keep them at the best hygiene level to avoid any skin inflammation.

Type of hair that you should know

Vellus hair is fine and thin hair that grows on most parts of your body. It is different from the thicker, longer hair that you have on your scalp. Vellus hair is usually lighter and shorter compared to terminal hair. Vellus hair protects your skin and helps the body to cool down and stay warm. They are normally seen on the face, neck, legs and arms. During puberty, some vellus hair changes to thicker hair and this is called terminal hair.

Terminal hair is the longer and darker hair which forms the thick patches of body hair. Vellus hair is more noticeable on women and children as men tend to have more terminal body hair. You can still remove vellus hair if you are not a fan of it, however, they are supposed to help to regulate your body temperature. Hair removal is seen to be practiced for cultural, hygienic, sexual, medication or religious reasons. Providing multiple hair removal methods are used for hair removal, the results can be varied too.

Shaving; the traditional and common of removing unwanted hair

The most common way to remove body hair is by shaving. As shaving could be one of the easiest method as it only involve shaving cream and razor. One should start with choosing a razor with clean and sharp blade to avoid any unshaven hair. As shaving can scrape off your natural oils, it is crucial to finish the shaving steps by applying some shaving gel to avoid them from being too dry. Although shaving is one of the cost effective method of hair removal, it has the downside of being prone to cuts and nicks. They will not happen to every time but it sure will. You need to be careful if you are shaving on a skin that is having pimples or other skin condition as you may get razor burn. There is also high possibility of ingrown hairs to occur after shaving. It is very not advisable to shave your pubic hair as it may caused irritation or cuts on the sensitive parts. The pubic region is prone to cuts so you can always just trim them short.

Waxing; a painful method yet gives you the best results

Next, another famous hair removal method would be waxing or some known them as sugaring. Most adult women love this method as it gives them to remove unwanted hair to the roots. However, there are certain tips that you need to follow to avoid skin inflammation due to waxing. Firstly, you need to ensure that the unwanted hair is at an optimal length.


Event though waxing can be painful, there are tips to minimize the pain

Besides from avoiding skin irritation, keeping your hair short will reduce the pain during waxing. If they are longer, you should trim them so that the waxing will be less painful. Next, you need to warm the hot wax. You can do a patch test first to see whether the wax will cause you any irritation. Afterwards, you can apply the wax onto the unwanted hair and spread them in the direction of the hair growth. Apply a cloth strip over the wax and press down firmly.

Get to know the steps for waxing

Leave the cloth for about a good five seconds before removing them. Then, quickly remove the cloth in opposite direction of the hair growth. Always remember to soothe your skin with cold packs and apply moisturizer that will not clog your pores.

The pros and cons of waxing

The good side effect of having your unwanted hair gone by waxing is that, you will have slow hair growth and coarse hair can be reduced. Besides being an affordable option of removing hair safely, waxing lasts longer than shaving. Waxing gives you a smoother skin afterwards as it works like exfoliation. You can say goodbye to ingrown hairs and itching because unlike shaving, waxing will remove dead cells from your skin. Waxing works by removing unwanted hair right from the base of your hair follicles. Waxing can be uncomfortable especially to newbie and it can cause acne and ingrown hair to develop. This is why you need to exfoliate your skin before waxing and moisturize your skin after the session. If you are currently using retinoids on your skin, you should always avoid waxing as it makes your skin to be more sensitive.

Depilatory cream; hair removal creams that can save your misery

It is a type of prescription cream that can be perfect for those just starting to remove body hair. They can be the least painful out of all the methods for hair removal. They are used to remove hair in large areas or in trickier, hard-to-reach places. Apply the formula at the targeted hairs, ensuring every hair strands are covered with the cream. Follow the recommended timings on how long it should be left. When the time is up, simply take plastic spatulas or wet towel to remove the cream and supposedly, your unwanted hair will be gone too. Even though this method is easy to be done alone and at home, but you need to expect hair regrowth in around two to three days.

Plucking; a time consuming method but can be a quick solution

Another common practice of hair removal is by plucking. Basically this is an economical way to get rid of unwanted hair. Too much hair in certain places can be more than just annoyance. Some women opted top routinely tweeze certain areas of the body like eyebrows, nose, chin, upper lip. As plucking requires you to go from one hair shaft to the other, it is a time consuming process to remove hair. The idea is by pulling out the hair at a certain angle and this method can be less damaging to the hair follicle.


The side effects of plucking

However, the downside of this method is, it may promote hair growth. This is due to that during plucking, a chemical that generates white blood cell is secreted and it will generate regrowth of plucked hairs as well as new hair grows.

Threading and hair removal cream; does they really works?

Threading is a method of hair removal for both men and women with originate from Iran and India. It has gained popularity worldwide especially to those in beauty industries to remove or shaping their eyebrows. This technique is often be done by using a thread and then rolled over area of unwanted hair. Mostly focus on facial hair, this method will pluck the hair at follicle level. This method gives precise control in shaping and is gentle to the skin.

How does threading feels like?

However, some may feel that this method is painful as it remove several hairs at once. The pain can be minimized if it is done properly and with the right pressure. Threading is the most common method to deal with facial hair growth. as the maintenance is much easier. You can apply ice to reduce the discomfort after threading.

Electrolysis method; a new to town but is a permanent solution

Next to the chapter is the electrolysis method. This is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. This process with destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. Then, a very fine prove is inserted into the hair follicle and the hair is removed with tweezers. Unlike the other methods, electrolysis hair removal can be a permanent solution. Clients may need to undergo a few number of sessions before the unwanted hair is gone forever. The procedure is not painful and has no long-lasting side effects.

Laser hair removal; a procedure that sounds painful but is not too bad

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted hair and several sessions are needed. During this procedure, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. The light energy is converted into heat energy and damages the hair follicle. The damage will inhibits or delays future hair growth. However, your hair and skin color maybe the key factor of how effective laser treatments are for you. It would not affect how quickly you hair grows back once the treatments are complete but this method is not considered effective for blond, white or gray hair.

Can this method prevent the hair from growing back?

This method is provides a long lasting or in some cases; permanent hair removal solution but maintenance treatments might be needed. Plus, this method is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair but it is suitable for all skin types too. Like any other method, laser hair removal have risks of side effects too. This include : -Skin irritation which is a temporary discomfort, redness and swelling and will be gone within few hours. -Pigment changes especially to people with darker skin. These changes can be temporary or permanent.


What should I do before my laser hair removal appointment?

Among the other crucial tips that you can follow is clean your skin before the treatment. Either it is your armpit or pubic area, let the targeted area clean without any impurities.

Do I need to do waxing or plucking before the treatment?

Stop waxing or plucking before your hair removal session. In fact, you need to avoid any procedures that uproot the hair for almost six weeks before the laser. Any way that you choose to remove your unwanted hairs, you must bear in mind that there is a few lists of dos and donts. Get to know your skin type to avoid any major skin reaction. However, shaving is necessary for the intended treated area. It will get rid of the chances of getting burned by the laser. There are some medication that can interfere with hair removal procedure as they make the skin to be more sensitive. These includes, blood thinners, antibiotics and acne products.

Can the laser treatment caused burning or scarring?

Another tips that you need to avoid is sun exposure. This is because when you're exposed to the sun, your skin tend to be heat-sensitive and using a laser on them will cause hyperpigmentation or even scarring. Although there are certain benefits of not removing body hair, it is totally up to the individual. Especially if you have a condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) keeping your hormones balanced are very crucial. This can help to reduce the chance of the hair regrowth. The most important thing if you decide to keep your hair at certain parts of your body is to maintain your hygiene routine properly too.


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