Waxing uproots the hair from its follicles for the longest-lasting (up to six weeks), smoothest results of all temporary hair removal methods…
What’s more, over time it can also decrease regrowth. There are several types of waxes:
Often called paraffin wax, the original hot wax (hard wax) took the form of a tray of solid wax derived mainly from tallow and resins. In order to work, it had to be heated. Hot wax is applied to the skin, allowed to cool down, goes hard and is then removed along with the hair. This method does not require any strip.
Warm wax is actually a liquid sugar mixture, heated (on the stove or in a microwave oven), applied to the skin and then removed with muslin or cotton strips which absorb the wax, allowing it to grip the hair. Both warm and hot wax have the advantage of opening up the hair follicle and softening the layers of surrounding skin, easing the release of the hair with its root.
Cold Wax/ Gel-Wax
Cold wax, in either paste or gel form, is applied to the skin without heating. Cotton strips are then applied and the cold wax and hair are removed together with the cotton strip. This method can be very fast as there is no heating required. Just apply the wax and remove the hair.
The wax strip system–or instant waxing–offers a convenient, quick, “no mess, no fuss” method of hair removal that requires no preparation. There are different types of strips available for sensitive or normal skin types. Sensitive formulas are gentler on the skin as they have less grip on the skin whilst normal formulas are very effective for removing all the hair and can be used more than once.
Shaving has been in existence since ancient times. The razor or shaver cuts the hair off at the surface of the skin…
Shaving has been in existence since ancient times. The razor or shaver cuts the hair off at the surface of the skin, causing hair to grow back (sometimes as soon as a few hours later) coarser.
While a razor can be convenient, it has its cons, frequently causing nicks and cuts, hair growing back quickly and more coarse, and causing a period of prickly stubble.
CREAMS & LOTIONS
Depilatory creams and lotions, which remove hair just below the skin’s surface, have become the most common form of at-home hair removal over the past 30 years…
Depilatory creams and lotions have a more feminine connotation than shaving and come in various strengths formulated for specific areas of the body.
The method is more effective than shaving, as the hair is removed slightly below the skin’s surface, and so the hair will take longer to grow back than shaving.
The method is also very convenient as the cream or lotion is applied, the beauty routine can continue for a few minutes and then the cream/lotion is removed along with the hair.
As well as waxes, creams and razors, there are a number of other hair removal methods..
Bleaching is an alternative to physical hair removal. Although bleach does not remove hair, it lightens the colour of the hair so that it blends with the natural colour of the skin. Bleaching can be great for younger people who do not want to remove the hair but want to lessen its appearance. Bleaching can also be great for facial hair, arm hair and foot hair.
Touted as permanent hair removal, electrolysis involves inserting a fine needle into the hair follicle and electronically charging the root of the hair to kill it. However, a new root cell can form in the same area, causing re-growth. Compared to other hair removal methods, electrolysis is relatively new, time-consuming and expensive.
Mittens are an inexpensive method of hair removal. They scrub the surface of the skin, catching hair in their abrasive fibre/crystals and pulling it out, either at the root or above the skin. The abrasiveness can be harmful to delicate skin. This can be a great hair removal method for the right person, and also exfoliates the skin giving great condition when moisturiser is applied afterwards. This method is not for everybody.
Laser hair removal is a costly procedure in which a laser beam is used to disable hair follicles. Not only is it the newest method of hair removal to be marketed, but it is also among the newest cosmetic laser treatments available. Some estimates say one treatment can eliminate 30 to 40 percent of the hair for up to a year (the rest may grow back, but with a finer texture). While the number of treatments required to effectively remove the hair depends on the size of the area involved, typically two to four sessions are needed. Laser can be damaging to the skin and its long term effects are unknown. It can also be a costly treatment.