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Which Form of Hair Removal Is Right For You?

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Hair is a very important aspect of our body. However, if we aren’t talking about our scalp, where an abundance of hair is always welcomed, excess of hair in other areas of the body, require constant hair removal methods to be applied. This way we ride the modern trend and keep our bodies fresh and good looking! No matter if we talk about men or women body hair removal is very common nowadays. There are quite a few methods to lose that unwanted ‘fur’.

1. Plucking and Waxing
Plucking and waxing are essentially the same procedure – both use a device or substance to pull hair off your body. The results can last three to eight weeks depending on how fast your hair can grow back. Products for plucking and waxing removal include:
• Tweezers, which pull out one hair at a time;
• Epilators, which pull out multiple hairs at a time;
• Paraffin waxes and other sticky products that adhere to the skin and pull out multiple hairs.
Pros:
• Both processes are fairly inexpensive,
• You can do the process yourself using products and supplies purchased from a drug store;
• Both processes are reversible, so if you make a mistake the hair will grow back.
• Plucking can reach tricky areas like nose hair, places where other removal options can’t cover.
Cons:
• Both processes are fairly painful;
• There’s a risk of in-grown hairs if the hair breaks off below the skin;
• You must grow your hair out long enough for waxing and plucking to work properly;
• Redness and irritation;
• Risk of infection;
• Your hair grows back and the costs of repeated procedures can add up over time.
Tips:
• Tweezers work best for small areas and areas where you need more control, like your eyebrows;
• Epilators and waxing works best for large, broad areas, like your back;
• You should always sterilize your tweezers and epilators before using them.
• Topical medications can make the skin more sensitive. People who use those products should avoid waxing;

2. Depilatories
A depilatory is a chemical that dissolves the hair on the surface of the skin. They last from several days to two weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows. Depilatory products come in cream or liquid form.
Pros:
• Depilitories are fairly inexpensive;
• They are also fast acting – capable of removing hair within minutes;
• You can do the process yourself using products and supplies purchased from a drug store;
• Depilatories are reversible, so if you make a mistake the hair will grow back.
Cons:
• Depilatories have a strong odor that can linger on the skin;
• They are not as effective on really coarse hair;
• There’s a risk of redness and irritation from the chemicals;
• Your hair grows back and the costs can add up over time.
Tips:
• Most depilatories are designed to work on body hair;
• Do not use a depilatory on your face, or genital area, unless it is specially formulated for that purpose;
• Test the product on a small patch of skin before using it on a larger area;
• Always follow the package instructions to reduce the risk of irritation;

3. Electrolysis
Electrolysis uses an electrical probe inserted into the hair follicle, which kills the root and causes the hair to fall out and prevent regrowth. The results are considered permanent.
Considerations
• The process is only available in a professional setting. You can find qualified electrologists through the American Electrology Association;
• It is expensive and time-consuming. It could take four-to-ten hours to clear a small area on the upper lip;
• It’s only feasible on smaller areas of the body;
• Some people experience regrowth;
• Risks of pain, swelling, scarring, and infection;
Tips
• Consult your physician before choosing electrolysis.

4. Laser Hair Removal
Laser light shines through the skin, which kills the hair follicle, causes hair loss and stops growth. The results are considered permanent. These days, you have options on the type of laser used in your treatment. Some of the options are the Alexandrite and the YAG. Although this type of removal is mainly aimed at women, there are a lot of men that pick this option to get rid of unpleasant back hair.
Considerations
• The process is only available in a professional setting. You can find qualified laser technicians through your physician;
• Laser hair removal works best on people with fair skin and dark hair, because the laser shines easily through the skin, and the pigments in the hair absorb more of the light;
The process is more expensive than waxing, plucking, or depilatories but the results are longer lasting;
• The results are considered permanent, but you may need a touch-up every six months;
• The treatment works on large or small areas of your body;
• The treatment could cause inflammation and redness.
Tips
• Consult your physician before choosing laser hair removal because there are a variety of options.

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