Hair removal, also called depilcation or shaving, is the voluntary removal of unwanted body hair. It can be done in several ways, including electrolysis, waxing, tweezing, and plucking, but there are now many other options available for removing hair on the body. With a new generation of hair removal cream and wax products available today, one might think that hair removal is not as popular as it once was.
The rise in the popularity of depilatories and other chemical hair removal creams has led to a rise in more natural hair removal methods, such as waxing, electrolysis, laser, or microdermabrasion. While some people prefer one or two of these methods, there are a number of women who have no problem with one type of hair removal technique and would rather choose another method.
Waxing is considered to be the oldest form of hair removal but it has a reputation of causing unwanted side effects. The procedure does not require any special equipment and typically does not leave a scab or other scarring.
Electrolysis, which is most commonly used today, is similar to electrolysis used in hospitals. It works by burning the hair follicle. The pain can vary from mild to unbearable. Anesthetic is generally not needed and there are usually no risks of infection. Because this procedure is used less frequently, the price is much higher than waxing and electrolysis.
Some women may not be comfortable with waxing and will instead elect to use creams that can remove unwanted hairs on their body. These creams include waxing gels that are applied over the area where unwanted hairs are. Sometimes the cream is left on the skin for an hour to one hour and a half, so that the hairs can be worked into submission. A professional plumber or electrician may be necessary to apply the cream correctly. It is also a good idea to check with your doctor before beginning any hair removal treatment.
In recent years, laser hair removal has become one of the fastest growing trends. Unlike waxing, lasers are far less painful and do not cause scarring.
Laser hair removal has been proven to work effectively for the majority of people, as long as the area being treated is the back, chest or other similar area. However, it can be quite expensive to obtain and use a laser hair removal device. Another factor in laser hair removal’s success rate is that people are able to cover large areas of the body at one time.
Electrolysis, while it may work well on the legs, feet, and face, may not be a good choice for the body due to the need to wash away the cream and the possible contamination of the skin. Also, electrolysis may cause scarring.
Before deciding which of the two methods to use, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor. It is also a good idea to have an idea of the types of hair that you have, in order to make an informed decision as to which one to use.