A guide to three methods of hair removal

Many people nowadays prefer to keep their faces and bodies hair-free. There are several ways to do this; here is a quick guide to three of the most common hair removal methods.

Waxing

Waxing, as the term implies, involves applying wax to the skin and then pulling the wax (and the hair it has stuck to) off. This method removes not only the visible hair shaft but also the root inside the follicle; as a result, it can often take several weeks for the hair to grow back (the exact length of time will depend on the person's individual hair type and their hair growth cycle). Moreover, when it does eventually return, it is usually finer and softer to the touch, making it slightly less noticeable.

Waxing can be very painful and, for those with sensitive skin, may cause temporary redness and irritation. It can also cause ingrown hairs if the person does not exfoliate the waxed area regularly. However, because the effects of this beauty treatment are relatively long-lasting, it remains a very popular method of hair removal.

Shaving

Shaving is one of the most common ways to remove hair from the face and body. It involves using a razor to slice off the hair shaft. Provided it is done carefully, this is a completely painless way to get rid of unwanted hair.

However, shaving does not pull out the hair root. Because of this, the shaved area of skin will not remain smooth for very long; in most cases, those who shave will begin to notice stubble emerging from the hair follicles within a day or two.

Like waxing, shaving can also encourage the development of ingrown hairs. If a suitable shaving cream is not used or if the person has particularly sensitive skin, they may also experience razor burn; this is a form of skin irritation which causes bumps, stinging and redness.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal has become increasingly popular in the last few years. This is a type of medical procedure which involves using a laser beam to damage each individual hair follicle.

The damage caused by the laser beam not only removes the existing hair but also slows and, in some cases, completely inhibits the growth of new hair in the future. This method can be somewhat painful; the patient will usually experience a pinching or snapping sensation each time the laser beam is directed at their skin.

Most people who opt for this form of hair removal will need to undergo multiple treatments, carried out over the course of several weeks or months. For some, the results of this treatment will be permanent. However, many individuals need to go for periodic 'top-up' sessions to prevent the hair from starting to re-grow again.


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