Hair removal is one of the most regular and potentially painful beauty maintenance procedures a woman has to go through. Every woman has her own personal technique when it comes to removing excess hair. Some prefer doing it themselves, while others prefer a professional to take the course of action. Here we’ll talk about the different hair removal procedures, their pros and cons, with tips on how to prepare beforehand and how to maintain your skin after every session.
Sugaring is a hair removal method used primarily throughout the Middle East, using a paste made of natural ingredients (sugar and lemon) that sticks to the excess hair to remove it efficiently from the root. This method is an excellent way of removing hair from the deep layers of the epidermis, while getting rid of dead skin along the way, and leaving the skin feeling soft and extremely supple. Sugaring can be one of the most effective methods when it comes to elongating the hair growth cycle, thus making the body hair-free for longer periods. It can be done at home or by a salon professional.
Waxing is very similar to sugaring, however, it requires a piece of cloth be applied over heated wax to remove the hair as its pulled away from the skin. This method is mainly used in Western countries, but is noticeably gaining a lot of popularity in the Middle East. With waxing, you need a specific machine to heat up the wax to make it ready for the hair removal session. This method is mainly done at beauty salons, though you can buy the machine and do it at home. The effect of waxing is comparable to sugaring.
Shaving is a method usually adopted by women who lack the time to wax, or may have skin too sensitive to undergo sugaring or waxing. Using a sharp razor and a shaving foam or cream, remove excess hair in a warm shower or bath once every two to three days. You may have heard the myth that shaving makes the hair strand grow back thicker, but this is not the case since shaving only removes the softer tip of the hair and leaves behind the thicker part of the strand. It is a very stress and pain free method, but requires more maintenance and frequency since you’re only removing the end of the hair.
Exfoliating Pads are hair removal plastic gadgets that exfoliate the skin and remove the hair simultaneously. It works on removing the tip of the hair, just like shaving, and is a very fast method for emergencies or for busy working mothers. It is also considered quite a cheap and portable technique. You can take the pad anywhere with you and give your body a quick exfoliating session before wearing your favorite swimsuit or dress.
Over the counter creams found on the market at any local pharmacy remove the hair chemically. Using these creams has the same effect as shaving since it only removes the tip of the hair. It is also a convenient method for a quick fix amidst our busy lives.
Threading and Tweezing are generally considered facial hair removal methods to get rid of the excess hair from eyebrows, face, upper lip or smaller areas on the body. Threading involves a rapid movement of thread against the skin, while tweezing is done by using metal tweezers to target individual hairs. Your face is left feeling clean and smooth, as both remove the hair individually from the root. It can be somewhat painful on such sensitive areas and hard to do for oneself, making the professional service from a beauty salon highly appreciated.
Laser Hair Removal is one of the most innovative permanent hair removal methods that works by killing the root of the hair, thus preventing it from growing out completely again. It is a more painful and expensive method, but its results are permanent. And though it requires many sessions to the dermatologist to be able to kill the hair roots completely, many women who have done this treatment swear by the results.
Electrolysis is done by electrocuting the root to prevent permanent hair growth. This is a very similar procedure to laser hair removal, and can be just as painful and expensive. Results are also just as effective and women have been very happy being hair free because of this new technologically innovative method. Electrolysis should also be performed by a trusted dermatologist.
- Wash the area you want to remove the hair from.
- Exfoliate well before hair removal to prevent future ingrowns.
- Check for irritations, sunburns, bruises or breakouts. If you find any of these, postpone the session.
If hair removal causes you a great deal of pain, try using any numbing cream on sensitive areas half an hour before starting with your hair removal session. Examples of great ones are: Super Numb, Emla and No Scream Cream. These creams work on temporarily numbing the area and save you a lot of discomfort. They are very safe creams that are used by doctors in laser hair removal sessions with their patients, and can be found in pharmacies or purchased online.
- Wash your body well with lukewarm water.
- Rinse the body with cold water to close pores.
- Apply any natural oil to the skin, like Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil.
- Do not use any perfumed lotions to prevent irritations.
- Do not get exposed to the sun directly after hair removal since the skin is still very sensitive.
- Moisturize the area daily, morning and night.
- Continue to exfoliate the skin once every week to prevent ingrowns and blocked pores.