Hair Removal Uncovered

1. Pulling the hair out at the root means that the hair will take longer to grow back (2-6 weeks depending on the person) and it will have a tapered end so it will not feel spiky to the touch and hair growth will become sparse over a period of time.  Pulling the hair out at the root can be painful, the hair needs to be long enough to be pulled out and ingrown hairs can also be a problem.  There are several ways of pulling the hair out at the root:

Plucking – a time consuming process as the hairs are pulled out individually but it is a cheap option for small areas of the body.

Epilators – can be quite painful when you first use them and can break the hair rather than pull them out at the root.  However once you have purchased a home epilator machine then there is no additional cost.  

Threading – the use of a piece of cotton entwined around the fingers and twisted over the hairs.  The hair gets caught up in the thread and plucked out of its follicle.  Usually used for facial hair removal and as the skin is not touched it is good for sensitive skin.

Waxing - can cover large areas of the body and can be used all over the body.  As heat is used it is more likely that the skin will be red after application.

2. More “permanent” methods are Electrolysis and Laser however they are more expensive:

Electrolysis – a solid hair-thin metal probe is inserted into each hair follicle and electricity is delivered to cause damage to the follicle.  This can be time consuming, however electrolysis can be used to remove 100% of the hair from an area and is effective on hair of all colours.

Laser – light is used to pick up the pigment of the hair in the follicle and cause damage to stop re-growth and therefore works best on darker hair and lighter skin.  This method permanently removes some but not all hair.  Laser covers large areas of the body in less time than electrolysis.

3. Removing hair at or just below the surface of the skin.  The problem with this method is that because the hair is cut it is blunt, so the re-growth is spiky and gives you stubble.

Shaving – a quick fix option which is cheap.  Hair will grow back quickly and upkeep can be a chore.

Depilatory cream – removes hair just underneath the skin.  Can be harsh on sensitive skins and again the re-growth will be quick.