In today’s world where people are very conscious of their physical appearance, it is not surprising to know that a lot of them are adamant to get rid of their unwanted and unsightly body hair. The gender does not even matter because men and women alike have this need to remove unnecessary hairs that do not have a real purpose other than to make people frown or stare with interest.
With the modernization of the world, a lot of methods to remove unwanted hair have been discovered. There are methods that only remove hair temporarily while there are others that actually kill the hair follicle to ensure that the hair would never grow back again. These methods range from the traditional ones to laser treatments. Depending on the person’s budget, skin type and time availability, he or she has a lot of removal options to choose from.
Below are some of the top ways to remove body hair:
Technically speaking, bleaching does not really remove hair. Instead, it modifies the color of the hair to make it lighter, therefore, making it less visible. Bleaching is perfect for places that already have fine but dark and therefore, visible hair like neck, face or arms. The process of bleaching involves applying a chemical to the desired area which in turn weakens the hair pigment.
- Physical Hair Removal Through Plucking
Depending on a person’s tolerance for pain, removing hair physically through plucking is really painful and it can sometimes draw blood. However, this method has been used since time immemorial and it’s pretty cheap. You only need to invest in a five dollar hair tweezers and you can pull away. With this method, you are assured that it will take a long period of time for the hair to grow back again. But there’s actually a downside to this method; it’s actually known to be notorious in causing chicken skin especially on the armpits.
- Removing Hair Through Shaving
Shaving is perhaps the most painless way of getting rid of hair. However, it also has the most fleeting effect. With shaving, you are only cutting the hair off the skin surface. It doesn’t really remove the hair root so the hair would grow back in just a short amount of time. When you opt to employ this method, you should first apply some sort of moisturizer onto the skin so the razor will glide smoothly without scraping your skin. You can use shaving cream, water, body wash/conditioner and soap as moisturizers.
Removing hair through waxing can sometimes be a very painful experience but it’s very successful in terms of getting rid of thick volumes of hair all at the same time. The technique involves melting a waxy substance and applying it all over the skin following the direction of the hair growth. Once the wax hardens, the hair becomes trapped in the wax. The wax will then be tugged off in the opposite way of the hair growth, plucking the hairs out of their follicles. If there are still traces of wax left in the skin, it should be immediately cleaned out to prevent allergies. When using wax, one must be careful because melted wax can really cause a serious burn.
- Hair Sugar Waxing
Sugar waxing is another physical method for removing hair and similarly works as conventional waxing. It’s only different because instead of wax, a sugary substance akin to caramel is used to remove the hair from the body. Between the traditional waxing and this method, this is far better because the substance used to trap the hair is highly water soluble, hence, it is very easy to clean compared to wax.
- Removing Hair With Laser Treatments
Laser treatments have become really popular these days especially that it has been proven to be very effective in retarding hair growth. However, laser treatment sessions can get really expensive particularly if you are always doing a repeat session. As oppose to the beliefs of the majority, laser does not permanently remove the hair.
Lasers remove hair by emitting light with different wavelengths, pulse widths and energy output. The wavelength will then define the skin structure—melanin or moisture content or veins—that it will treat. Most lasers are programmed to target the melanin content of the skin; meaning, they burn skin structures that contain melanin.
If you are familiar with melanin, it is a skin pigment which protects your skin from the harmful ultraviolet radiation of the sun. So if you don’t want to decrease your body’s natural protective agents, then stay away from this method.
Aside from the methods above, you can still explore other techniques of hair removal. The above list only contains the top ways to remove body hair.