How To Remove Unwanted Hair?
While hair on the head is something to be admired, any profusion elsewhere on the body is in most cultures considered unattractive and something to be got rid of. Body hair is quite normal and can range from one persistent coarse hair on the chin, through a dark shadow on the upper lip, or eyebrows that meet across the bridge of the nose, to hair that grows around the nipples, under the arms, on arms, legs, fingers, toes, tummy and around the bikini line.
There are various methods of removal to choose from.
The easiest and most convenient way of removing stray hairs on face and breasts and it has no adverse effects, although, of course, the hair will reappear, and some people find it a slightly uncomfortable process. It is a good idea, before tweezing, to wipe the area with cotton-wool soaked in an astringent or a mild antiseptic; this will remove any oil and help you grip the smallest hair. Also, make sure you keep your tweezers scrupulously clean — wipe them also with the cotton-wool before using. Never try to remove hair that is sprouting from a mole or wart; this should be checked professionally.
This doesn’t remove any hair but is an excellent method of disguising hair on face, arms, legs, and inner, upper thighs (the bikini area). There are good commercial products on the market, or you can make your own by mixing 30 percent peroxide with a little ammonia and water (if you have even slightly sensitive skin, try a patch test a day in advance). Darker hair sometimes needs two applications.
A simple and ancient way of removing underarm and leg hair, this shouldn’t be used elsewhere, except where pubic hair is extending onto the upper thighs. The new hair does not grow faster or in more profusion or more coarsely, but, because it reappears with a blunt end from having been sliced off with the razor, it feels more bristly. In order to avoid cutting the skin, don’t shave dry — slather the area with soap and water, use a new sharp blade and rinse and dry the skin carefully afterward. Legs can be kept smooth with regular use of a pumice stone — lather well, then rub the stone all over in circular movements.
An ancient method of temporary hair removal, it is suitable for most parts of the body. (The wax is heated to a thin consistency, applied in strips, allowed to cool and then quickly ripped off, bringing the hairs with it.) It can be painful, particularly if you tend to retain water (just before getting a period, for instance), but it pulls the hair from beneath the skin’s surface (although it doesn’t destroy the roots) so re-growth takes longer and appears soft and smooth. Many people find that in time the re-growth is weakened and the amount of visible hair reduced. Ingrowing hairs are sometimes a problem, in which case bleaching is probably a more satisfactory method. Waxing is most efficiently done in professional salons, but wax can be bought and the process is done at home; although time-consuming, it is quite satisfactory, particularly if you have a friend to help reach awkward areas.
A depilatory (a chemical normally sold as a cream, gel, powder or spray-foam) dissolves the hair shaft below the surface of the skin but doesn’t destroy the root; it will sometimes weaken the hair in time, but re-growth is inevitable. There are different formulations for face and body, so make sure you buy the correct version — and, if using for the first time, try a patch test in advance and follow the directions implicitly. This method is suitable for most unwanted hair, providing the depilatory is specifically formulated for the right area.
This is one of the most efficient methods and the only one offering the possibility of permanent removal, but even the best-trained technician won’t guarantee there might not be some re-growth. A fine wire needle is inserted into the hair follicle and a low electric current destroys the papilla (the hair bulb) in about 40 seconds. Once the papilla is destroyed, hair from that particular bulb will never grow again. However, it is impossible to reach every papilla in an area in one session: therefore it is really only practical for small areas (face and nipples) — legs, for instance, could take years to clear and would be extremely expensive. The pain involved varies from person to person and often depends on how close to the nerve ends the operator is working — some people just get a slight tingling sensation, others find it really hurts. But, the discomfort and expense are usually considered worth it for upper lip and chin areas and for people who are really self-conscious and distressed about an area of body hair.