Different methods of hair removal and their benefits
by Sue Blatchford
There are many options available when deciding on hair removal, including temporary and permanent removal. Below is a list of popular methods in use in Australia.
Shaving is a temporary method of hair removal where a razor is used to cut the hair off the surface of the skin. This method is one of the fastest hair removal techniques. Shaving is a relatively painless, easy process – and can often save you money. This method is effective for removal of any body hair type, and can give you a smooth finish if done regularly.
Depilatory cream is a temporary method of hair removal where a chemical cream is applied to the hair, which then weakens the hair, allowing it to be easily rubbed or scraped free. The process is painless, and no experience or professional assistance is required. The products are available in local supermarkets, and there are a variety of different creams available for different hair types.
Threading is a method of temporary hair removal. A twisted, thin piece of cotton thread is rolled over the area of unwanted hair. The hair is removed at the follicle, and several hairs can be removed at one time which results in a straighter line. Threading is used more for small areas of hair, such as eyebrows. This technique is an ancient method in common use in Eastern countries; however it is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world.
Waxing is a semi-permanent hair removal process involving the application of hot or cold wax to the area from which hair is to be removed. Commonly, a strip of material is placed on top of the wax, and pulled off in a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This process is advantageous as it pulls the hair from the root, leaving the area hair free for 4-6 weeks. Regular waxing promotes retardation of the hair growth, so eventually less hair will grow in the area being waxed.
Electrolysis is a process of permanent hair removal. A solid, thin metal device (of the same diameter as the hair follicle) is applied to the hair follicle at the same angle of the growth of hair by a licensed practitioner. Electricity is then delivered through the device to the follicle and causes damage to the matrix – the area that creates the hair. There are three methods that are used in electrolysis; these are blend, galvanic and thermolysis. The success depends on the condition of the skin and the type of hair being removed. The average treatment length is a process that goes over a 2 year period.
Laser hair removal has become very popular and is readily available throughout Australia. There are many different laser types and the process involves a laser light penetrating the skin to destroy the hair follicle. There are different grades and strengths of lasers available so you will need to seek more information about the specific lasers used by your local laser hair clinics. Lasers do have their limitations as they will only work on hairs with dark pigment, so white or greys will not be removed.
There are many more methods of hair removal available. Contact your local beauty therapist and learn more about the different types of hair removal they offer.