Hair Removal Products
Let’s face it, ladies — moustaches don’t look good on everyone, but there’s no accounting for genetics. Thankfully, there’s a wide variety of products and procedures available to help eliminate dark hairs and unwanted fuzz.
Hair Removal Products and Procedures
Your hair just keeps growing whether you want it to or not. What’s a girl to do? Fortunately, there are a number of good ways to get rid of unwanted hair on your face as well as your body. Try over-the-counter hair removal products or talk to your dermatologist or an experienced aesthetician about other hair removal procedures.
- Tweezers for plucking: Let’s start simple, shall we? Tweezers are the best tools for plucking unwanted hairs from your brow line, but they can also be used to pluck strays from your upper lip, chest, belly, bikini line, and even around your nipples or toes (as necessary). They’re not so great for large areas. For example, you wouldn’t want to do your whole bikini line with tweezers. For one thing, it’d be painful, but it can also end up causing ingrown hairs — or even worse, scars.
- Thread for threading: This is an ancient hair removal method commonly used in Eastern countries that has recently caught on here in the West. Many urban aestheticians are now performing threading, and it’s faster and more efficient than you might think. Basically, a long piece of cotton thread is used to capture the hairs and pull them out of their follicles. Threading is generally used on the face, not the body.
- Razors for shaving: While shaving may remain a classic way to remove hair, razors keep evolving. Now you can choose from all sorts of newfangled electric and manual razors with multiple blades and lubricated strips. One benefit of shaving is that you can do it anytime — you don’t have to wait for the hair to grow out to any particular length. It’s also a good method for larger areas, like the legs, armpits, or men’s faces. While shaving will remove unwanted hair in the sensitive bikini area, it’s also likely to cause ingrown hairs there. One other thing to keep in mind about shaving: Shaved hair grows back quicker than hair that is removed from the root.
- Depilatories for chemical hair removal: The main thing to remember when using over-the-counter depilatories is that they’re chemicals, and you must pay special attention to the instructions so that you use these chemicals properly and on the correct area. In other words, don’t use a depilatory on your face if it’s designed to remove pubic hair. You could end up with a nasty, superficial burn, an allergic reaction, or worse, damage to your hair shaft.
- Wax for waxing: Depending on your threshold for pain, waxing is something you can do on your own or have performed by an aesthetician. The aesthetician will use a hot wax and cloth strips to strip the hair from your face or body. If you do it yourself, you can use a hot waxing kit or premade waxing strips that come in a box and are ready to go. Again, pay attention to the instructions to make sure you’re doing it correctly and that you’re using the right formulation for the right area. Waxing can be used all over the body and the face. Sometimes waxing can cause ingrown hairs, but using certain products afterward, like witch hazel or Tend Skin, can help prevent them.
- Sugar pastes and gels for sugaring: Another ancient hair removal system from the East, sugaring is similar to waxing in some ways. It involves spreading a sticky substance — in this case, sugar based — over the area of hair to be removed. You can do it yourself at home or have it done by a professional. As with any hair removal product, be sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid injury or infection.
- Lasers: The main benefit of laser therapy is that the laser destroys the hair bulb, so the effects last a long time. However, it might take several treatments before all your hair is effectively removed. Lasers can be used in many areas on the body, but the treatment should always be performed by an experienced professional. Laser treatments are also costly, and they can be a little painful.
- Electric tweezers for electrolysis: There are two different types of electrolysis — galvanic, which uses chemicals to destroy hair follicles, and thermolytic, which relies on heat. Electrolysis can be used to remove hair from any part of the body or face; however, it should always be performed by a professional. If performed correctly, electrolysis is a permanent method of hair removal.
Ridding yourself of unwanted hair is a win-win situation, giving you control over a potential nuisance and one more reason to love the way you look.