At one time or another, most women have to deal with the reality of removing unwanted hair. Hair on your face or body that you don’t want can make you feel unattractive, no matter how much care you put into you appearance otherwise. Although it seems straightforward, knowing how to safely and effectively remove unwanted hair can sometimes be confusing. With so many methods for removing unwanted hair available, how do you best decide which ones are actually effective? And how do you know which hair removal methods will work best for you and your skin type?
See below to read about five safe and effective options for removing unwanted hair either temporarily or permanently. If you’re not sure which method is best, try more than one. You might find that one method works best for some situations, while another one works better for others.
Using a razor is the simplest and easiest and method for removing unwanted hair. And depending what part of your body you want to remove hair from, shaving can be very safe and effective. Shaving unwanted hair with a razor usually works best on parts of the body that are not prone to having sensitive skin, like the legs. Before you begin to shave, check to make sure that the razor you are using is clean and sharp. A razor with a sharp edge is less likely to cut the skin accidentally. If you realize that your razor is older than a couple of months, or if you discover rust or dirt on the blade, it’s time to get a new one. To prevent uncomfortable razor burn, use enough shaving cream to make a thick lather. Make sure to rinse the shaved area well so you don’t irritate your skin.
Shaving skin with a razor will remove hair for a few days. If you want to keep your skin hair-free you will have to repeat the process a couple of times a week.
Creams, Lotions and Gels
Hair removal lotions, creams and gels are made by several companies and can be purchased at just about any store that also sells razors. Using one of these products will prevent you from cutting yourself while shaving, if that is a concern. Hair removal creams are also ideal for traveling because they can be used almost anyplace, even while camping. When using a hair removal cream for women be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Leaving the gel or cream on your skin for too long can cause a rash or irritation to develop. Most hair removal creams will remove unwanted hair for as long as a week.
Professional waxing is a hair removal method that is performed by a trained technician in a salon. The technician spreads a thin layer of warm wax on the unwanted hair then applies a strip of fabric on top of the wax. Once the wax has cooled and solidified, he or she will pull the strip of fabric off quickly, removing the wax and hair at the same time. An experienced specialist will know how to do the procedure quickly, so that the client experiences minimal pain and discomfort. Waxing works well for removing unwanted hair from the eyebrows, armpits, bikini line and other sensitive areas. Once it has been waxed, it often takes several weeks to a month for unwanted hair to regrow.
Because it is perhaps one of the least irritating ways to remove unwanted hair with results that last several weeks, threading, sometimes referred to as epilation, has become increasingly popular in the United States over the past several years. Usually done in a salon by trained professional, removing hair with threading involves twisting a thin thread (the same kind you would use for sewing) over areas where hair needs to be removed, pulling the hair out at the root. Threading removes unwanted hair more precisely than shaving or waxing, making it a popular choice for shaping eyebrows.
Laser Hair Removal
If you want to remove unwanted hair permanently, laser hair removal might be the right choice for you. The method is a good choice for people who no longer want to shave or spend time removing unwanted hair. The procedure is usually done in a doctor’s office or medical spa. A laser is used to kill unwanted hair at the root so that it won’t grow back. Laser Hair Removal can be pricey, but people are willing to pay the high fees because they know they will only need to do it once.
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