Hair looks good when it’s on your head- nowhere else. Hair removal can be an ordeal until you’ve discovered the method that’s just right for you. Maintaining a neat, hairless body is not only part of personal hygiene, but also inevitable when you want to experiment with dresses that require you to show off your back, legs or bikini area. With a multitude of hair removal options, you may find it hard to decide which one is the best for you. All hair removal methods carry the risk of developing nicks, bumps, ingrown hair, or being painful or damaging your hair follicles. In this article, we take a comparative look at various hair removal types and evaluate their pros and cons at a very basic level.
HAIR REMOVAL METHODS: PROS AND CONS
Shaving with a razor removes hair at the surface of the skin by cutting it off. It’s best for your legs and underarms. One of the most commonly associated myths about shaving hair off is that it’ll come back thicker and faster. Dermatologists rubbish this saying shaving has no effect on your hair follicles, where your hairs originate but compared to waxing and hair removal creams, shaving causes your hair to grow back within a relatively shorter time.
- It is a cheap, inexpensive method of hair removal at home.
- It’s painless, fast and simple.
- It does not damage your hair follicles.
- Razor burns, nicks and cuts can occur.
- The area around the skin where you shave tends to become darker, since your white blood cells respond to the skin irritation it causes by causing pigment cells to release extra color.
- Most regular shaves will be prone to ingrown hair. Razor bumps may occur if ingrown hair gets irritated by repeated shaving.
Hair removal tips for compulsive shavers
For those who can’t switch from shaving, there are two ways to minimize razor bumps. First, always ensure that your skin is moist and you’ve applied something like soap or cream that gives a slip to your skin while shaving. Second, “growth reduction” products in the market, available in the market, promise to inhibit hair re-growth- which means they can bring down the frequency of shaving and hence razor bumps.
This process is more invasive than shaving. Hot wax is applied to the skin and removed in the opposite direction, pulling your hairs out from the roots.
Waxing also removes hair temporarily but is longer lasting than shaving. It can give you an average of about three weeks of smooth skin and it doesn’t leave prickly stubble that shaving often does.
- There has to be a certain time gap between two successive sessions of waxing, because to be effective, the wax needs at least 1/4-inch of stubble to stick to.
- It can lead to ingrown hairs.
- It can be a painful experience, though after a few rounds, you get more accustomed to the yanking. Also, ensure that your salon uses good quality wax. The better the wax quality, the less painful the procedure is going to be.
- It is somewhat more time consuming than shaving.
- Since it jerks out hair from the roots, it traumatizes your hair follicles to a greater extent than shaving does. Naturally, your white blood cells respond with inflammation, scarring and pigmentation.
- It is definitely not a reliable method if you’re looking for permanent hair removal.
- It is costlier compared to shaving.
Hair removal creams
These creams work by changing the chemical composition of your hairs, so they dissolve into a jelly like mass that can be easily wiped off.
- This process is quick, simple and totally painless and can be done at home.
- It is quite popular for removing facial hair, hair in your underarms and in the bikini area.
- It removes hair slightly below the skin surface- hence it is longer lasting compared to shaving and the hair that regrows is also is less coarse.
- The chemicals can irritate sensitive skin.
- The process can get messy.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal uses laser treatment to penetrate the skin and achieve permanent hair removal by destroying the follicle. While this method is suited to those with hair darker than their skin, it is unsuitable for hair removal for dark skin or light hair.
- It is a reliable method for long term hair removal.
- It can be used to treat sensitive areas too, since it does no damage to the dermis.
- It can be painful.
- It requires the services of a specialized dermatologist.
- Hair removal costs are highest for this method.
Given the above, you should now be able to decide which method suits you the best for your purposes. Go hairless with minimum damage!