Threading as a hair removal option

Threading also called khite in Arabic and fatlah in Egyptian, is a less common method in the West for removing hair at the root, used primarily on facial hair. Rows of stray hairs are yanked out with twists of cotton thread.

Threading hair is so basic to women in the Middle East and India that it can be compared to girls learning to braid each other’s hair as children. Traditionally, threading is used on the entire face, including upper lip, chin, eyebrows, sideburns and cheeks. Most American cosmetologists are not trained in the procedure. Threading requires using a trained practitioner for removing unwanted hair temporarily.

How does Threading work?

The way threading works is that the practitioner uses a piece of regular cotton thread and through a series of twisting the thread, removes unwanted hair from the skin by entwining the hair in the thread.  The benefit of threading as a hair removal technique is that the hair can be removed at any length.  Hair re-growth usually occurs within 2-4 weeks after threading.  

How to Do Threading

The first time you have threading done, you should have it done by a practitioner.  Pay careful attention to the method the practitioner uses so you can do threading yourself.  Consider it “tuition” so you can learn how to do it yourself. 

The practitioner holds one end of the cotton thread in his or her teeth and the other in the left hand. The middle is looped through the index and middle fingers of the right hand. The practitioner then uses the loop to trap a series of unwanted hairs and pull them from the skin. There are also devices made that can hold the thread during the procedure.

THE PROCESS OF THREADING

1.     Using approximately 2 feet (24 inches) of thread length, take both ends of the thread and knot them to form a circle.

2.     Hold the thread with both hands, and wind it around ten times so a twist forms in the middle.  The thread will slightly resemble a bowtie.

3.     Place the thread around the index finger and the thumb on both hands.

4.     Push the wound section of the thread right and left by opening and closing your fingers simultaneously.

5.     Position the hair you want removed alongside the wound part of the thread. Simultaneously open and close your fingers on one hand to move the wound part over the hair you want removed.

 

The Best Areas on the Body to use Threading

Threading is most effective on smaller areas of the body where you want unwanted hair removed.  The best places to use threading for unwanted hair on the body for men and women are:

·      Eyebrows

·      Facial Hair

How Long Does  Threading Last

After using threading as a method for hair removal, expect to use threading every four weeks, when the hair grows back.  Hair may grow back lighter in color and thinner and less coarse then original hair appeared.

Pros and Cons of Threading

PROS

1.     Relatively inexpensive

2.     Neat

3.     Less painful then tweezing

CONS

1.     Sometimes difficult to find a practitioner

2.     Skin can become itchy

3.     Can cause ingrown hair

4.     May cause skin irritation/puffiness

5.     May change skin pigment

 

The Risks of Threading

1.     Skin irritation if you have sensitive skin

2.     May cause ingrown hair

3.     May change pigmentation of skin

 

Threading Tips

1.     Excellent option for those who use Retin-A, Accutane and similar products

2.     Make sure the thread is strong and made of 100% cotton

3.     When threading eyebrows, draw the desired eyebrow shape on your brow before threading

4.     Make sure you always hold the thread taut.

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Waxing and Sugaring, the difference?

Waxing or Sugaring removes your hair for the short term, it is quick and accessible.  Waxing and Sugaring have the same basic premise.  Apply a sticky solution to the skin surface on the unwanted hair.  Then using strips of cloth, place them over the treated area and quickly pull the cloth off the skin, pulling the hair out of the skin by the root.  It is quite a popular method for temporary hair removal for women as well as men.  Waxing or Sugaring is successful if done by a professional practitioner for removing unwanted hair temporarily.  It is a bit more difficult to do either of these methods yourself.

Waxing and sugaring have less hair breakage at the surface of the skin that can cause ingrown hair problems.

Waxing differs from sugaring in that waxing uses hot wax that may cause a burn if applied too hot.  Cold wax is also a method of waxing available but is less effective.  The heat from the hot wax helps to open the skins pores making it easier to remove unwanted hair.

Sugaring is done with a paste that is at room temperature.  It begins to warm up with the body temperature of your skin as you use the sugaring compound, making it more pliable.  The sugaring compound is made of sugar, lemon and water.  The only contraindications for sugaring are Retin A users and Acutane users.  People who have used Retin A in 3 days prior to sugaring should not be sugaring.  People who have used Acutane, must wait 6-12 months before sugaring.

Sugaring exfoliates as it removes the unwanted hair, making it a more desirable way of removing hair then waxing.  Exfoliation helps alleviate pain associated with hair removal.  The exfoliation also prevents any rashy bumps that are sometimes associated with hair removal.

How does Waxing  work?

Waxing is a temporary method to remove unwanted hair from the face or body.  Liquid wax is applied to the skin and strips of cloth are adhered to the wax.  The cloth strips are then pulled off the skin in the direction of the hair growth, removing the unwanted hair.  Hair re-growth is slow, and usually occurs within 2-8 weeks after waxing.

How does Sugaring  work?

Sugaring is also a temporary method of removing unwanted hair from the face or body.  A combination of sugar, lemon and water is mixed to form a paste.  The paste is at room temperature and applied to the skin.  The paste is dragged against the direction of hair growth and then just like tweezing the paste is flicked in the opposite direction pulling the hair out by the root.  You never want to sugar in the opposite direction because hair would break off and it would not last very long.

How to Wax

Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin.  A cloth or paper strip is then adhered on top of the wax and ripped off with a quick motion in the direction of the hair growth.  This removes the wax, the unwanted hair, and dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth and soft.

How to Sugar

Sugaring is similar to waxing.  The sugar paste only sticks to the hair and not the skin making it less painful.  Sugaring paste is prepared with common household items and may be left at room temperature.  The area for hair removal is then dusted with powder prior to the sugaring application.  After the paste is applied, strips of cloth or paper are then applied to the sugaring paste and ripped off in the direction of the hair growth.  A more advanced method is also available where the strips of cloth or paper are not used.  Instead, the paste itself acts as the cloth and the paste is flicked in the natural direction of the growth pulling out the hair.

THE PROCESS OF WAXING OR SUGARING UNWANTED HAIR

1.     Apply the wax or sugaring agent over the target hairs in the direction of the hairs natural growth

2.     Apply strips of cloth or paper over the treated area.

3.     Rip the strip of cloth or paper off the treated area in the direction of the air growth removing the unwanted hair.

4.     Apply hand pressure over treated area to help dispense the pain.

The Best Areas to Wax or Sugar on Your Face or Body

Because waxing or sugaring involves the pulling of more than one hair at a time, it is most effective on larger areas of the body or face.  It is a fast easy process and is best done through a certified or licensed practitioner.

The best places to wax or sugar unwanted hair on the face or body for men and women are:

·      Upper lip

·      Eyebrows

·      Chest

·      Back

·      Legs

·      Bikini Line

·      Buttocks

How Long Waxing or Sugaring Lasts

When wax or sugaring paste is taken off in the direction of hair growth, hair removal lasts longer.  Hair re-growth usually occurs within 2-8 weeks after waxing or sugaring.

Pros and Cons of Waxing Hair

PROS

1.     Long lasting

2.     Re-growth is finer hair

3.     Quick if done by professional

4.     Very useful method for heavy hair removal

 

CONS

1.     Painful

2.     Difficult for small areas

3.     If not done properly can cause injury to the skin

4.     Some areas are difficult to do yourself

The Risks of Waxing

1.     Burn if wax is too hot

2.     If not cautious skin can rip off along with wax

3.     Bruising of skin

4.     Rash if you have sensitive skin

The Risks of Sugaring

1.     Bruising the skin

2.     Rash if you have sensitive skin

Waxing and SugaringTips

1.     To avoid skin appearing darker after waxing or sugaring, avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after waxing.

2.     Be sure to read the manufacturers instructions when waxing.

3.     Patch test the waxing or sugaring agent on the skin before using to avoid allergic reaction.

4.     Hair should be at least 1/8 inch long when performing waxing or sugaring

5.     Wash skin thoroughly and dry it well before using either method of hair removal.

6.     If painful and discomfort after waxing or sugaring, apply a pain reducing gel or lotion over treated area.

7.     After waxing or sugaring, apply a warm washcloth over treated area to soothe area.

8.     For removing facial hair, apply a thin amount of waxing or sugaring agent and work in small areas at a time.

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Tweezing Hair…ouch!

Tweezing removes your hair for the short term, it is quick and accessible. Tweezing is merely a process of removing unwanted hair by pulling the hair out close to the skins surface. It is quite a popular method for temporary hair for women. Tweezing is a simple do-it-yourself method of removing unwanted hair temporarily.

Tweezing does in fact increase the coarseness of the hairs and can distort the hair follicle damaging it permanently. Eventually scars and ingrown hairs may occur from these distorted follicles which make subsequent permanent hair removal technically more difficult.

Each time a hair is tweezed out it is being removed from the dermal papilla just under the skins surface. The re-grown hair may rebuild a deeper, stronger, darker hair to replace the one tweezed out.

How does Tweezing work?
Tweezing is a temporary method to remove unwanted hair from the face. It is not recommended for the body. Metal forceps are used to pull the hair from it’s base close to the skin surface and pulled out in the direction of the hair growth. Hair re-growth is fast, and usually occurs within 6-10 days after tweezing.

How to Tweeze
All you really need for tweezing hair is a mirror and a good pair of tweezers. Tweezers come in many shapes and sizes. Some professionals prefer slanted tweezers as they seem to be more accurate. Depending on what part of the body you are tweezing, you want to take care when pulling the hair from the base, closest to the skins surface to ensure you removed all of the hair rather then breaking it. If working on your eyebrows, brushing the hair in the direction of growth makes it easier to figure out which hair you want to remove by tweezing.

THE PROCESS OF TWEEZING HAIR
1. Brush the target hairs in the direction if the hairs natural growth
2. Isolate the hair you wish to remove
3. Hold the skin taut to prevent excess pulling
4. Direct the tweezers so that you are tweezing in the direction of the hairs growth.
5. Pull just one hair at a time to control the tweezing.
6. When holding the tweezers, pull the hair gently but with a quick and smooth direction.

The Best Areas to Tweeze on Your Face
Because tweezing involves the pulling of one hair at a time, it is most effective on smaller areas of the body or face. It can be a time consuming process.

The best places to tweeze unwanted hair on the body for men and women are:
• Upper lip
• Eyebrows
• Stray hairs

How Long Tweezing Last
Tweezed hair usually re-grows within 2 weeks of being tweezed. If hair was tweezed and a small white, hard deposit was at the end of the hair when tweezed, hair may take a little longer to grow back. That white calcified bulb on the end of the hair means that the hair was in its growing stage of development and since the hair bulb was removed, hair takes a longer time to develop.

Pros and Cons of Tweezing Hair
PROS
1. Relatively inexpensive
2. Very convenient
3. Quick
4. Very useful method for stray hairs on face and eyebrows

CONS
1. Painful
2. Difficult for large areas
3. Requires use of a mirror
4. Some areas are difficult to do yourself

The Risks of Tweezing
1. Pinching the skin as you tweeze
2. May cause ingrown hair
3. May cause pitting and scarring
4. Should not be used for nose hair, as infection may occur

Tweezing Tips
1. Hair can be softened first with hair conditioner or shaving cream before tweezing to make hair removal easier.
2. Warm the skin before tweezing to ensure hair removal by opening skins pores.
3. Invest in a professional pair of tweezers with a pointed tip for hair removal accuracy.
4. Use natural lighting whenever possible.
5. Pull the skin taut and remove hairs as close to the root as possible.
6. Tweeze in the direction of hair growth.
7. Close the pores after tweezing by applying cool compresses to area tweezed, or use an astringent to help close the pores and clean the area.

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To Shave or not to Shave?

Shaving removes your for the short term, it is quick and accessible. Shaving is merely a process of removing unwanted hair by cutting the hair close to the skins surface. It is quite a popular method for temporary hair for both men and women. Shaving is a simple do-it-yourself method of removing unwanted hair temporarily.

Shaving has always carried some common misperceptions about the practice. People thought that shaving against the grain would cause hair to grow back thicker and denser. Study after study has examined the effects of shaving and has confirmed that shaving has no effect on hair growth rates or density. Shaving does, however, change the appearance of the hair. Whether with the grain or against it, shaving results in a blunt, squared off edge to the hair. Whereas the naturally growing hair had a smooth tapered end, the shaved hair maintains its square end, giving the appearance of a thicker hair, when in reality the base of the hair is the same diameter as it always, just without the taper.

How does Shaving work?
Shaving is a temporary method to remove unwanted hair from the face or body. It is the process of dragging a razor across the skins surface to remove the hair from the base along the skins surface. Hair re-growth is fast, and usually occurs within 24 hours after shaving.

Shaving as an art form
The perfect shave is what most men strive for every morning and most women wish for when shaving various parts of their bodies. It is an effortless shave that’s baby smooth, and without any of the usual skin irritations, redness and the burning sensation most people seem to feel is par for the course when it comes to shaving.

Shaving was once thought of as an art form. It was a male tradition that used to be passed down from father to son. Somewhere along the line when it became easier to use disposable, inexpensive razors, rather then a precision made metal tool, and people’s hectic schedules got even more rushed, this art form lost its luster.

How to Shave
There are two types of shaving hair, wet shaving or dry shaving. Both of these methods will remove the hair along the skins surface.

Wet shaving is just a term that implies, keeping your face or other body part wet with plenty of hot water before, and during the entire shave. It is always a good idea to take a hot shower or wash the part being shaved with warm water to open up the pores for a closer shave. After wetting the surface with water, a lubricant is applied. This lubricant can be in the form of a shaving cream, gel or foam. With this layer of lubrication, the blades of the razor skims the skins surface instead of dragging on it, which is the main cause of skin irritation, redness and shaving bumps.

Dry shaving involves the use of an electric razor. This type of shaving is ideal for the face ONLY. The razor removes hair in much the same way as wet shaving does, however it does not require any type of lubrication or a wet face to dry shave. Electric razors consist of a series of rotating blades which are held behind a metal foil that is perforated preventing the blades from coming into direct contact with the skin. The hair being shaved pokes through holes in the foil area and are removed by the rotating blades.

THE PROCESS OF WET SHAVING
1. Wet the area being shaved with warm water to open the pores in the skins surface.
2. Apply a lubricant to the wet skin, such as a shaving gel, cream or lotion
3. Make sure the blade on your razor is new or in good condition.
4. Rinse the razor blade with warm water.
5. Draw the razor in the direction of the hair growth, always keeping it in contact with the skins surface.
6. Rinse the razor with each stroke to make sure the blades are cleaned of excess shaving lubricant for a closer shave.
7. Wash off any excess shaving lubricant left on the area shaved, and pat area dry with clean towel.

THE PROCESS OF DRY SHAVING FOR FACE ONLY
1. Make sure electric shaver is clean, and if it has a battery make sure it is charged prior to shaving. If the electric razor requires it to be plugged in, make sure plug is in good working order.
2. Starting at the sideburns, applying slight pressure, run the razor along the side of your face along the grain of the hair.
3. Work your way towards the front of the face and neck area.

The Best Areas to Shave on Your Body
You can shave facial or body hair everyday if needed with virtually no pain or discomfort. Shaving is fine is for any skin tone and any type of hair. If hair is excessively long, it should be trimmed with scissors or other implement prior to shaving. Shaving works best on hair that has growth of 1/8 – 1/4 inch in length.

The best places to shave unwanted hair on the body for men and women are:
• Face
• Neck
• Under Arms
• Legs

How Long Shaving Lasts
When shaving you should expect visible re-growth within 12-24 hours after shaving. The hair follicles are always making hair and re-growth may not be visible immediately, but rest assured you will need to shave again within a 24-36 hour period. Shaving is a temporary way to remove unwanted hair.

Pros and Cons of Shaving Hair
PROS
1. Relatively inexpensive
2. No pain
3. Very convenient
4. Quick
5. Exfoliates the skins surface

CONS
1. Stubble appears quickly
2. Hair regrowth is coarse and blunt edged
3. Does not remove hair under skins surface
4. Razors need to be replaced often

The Risks of Shaving
1. Risk of nicks and cuts to the skin
2. Risk of ingrown hair if blade is not sharp
3. Can cause skin irritation such as razor burn and dry skin

Shaving Tips
1. Shave in the shower, pores are open for a closer shave when in warm climate.
2. Apply a slick lubrication such as a shaving gel, cream or lotion, this allows the blades to glide over the skin without scraping
3. Use a face scrub to massage and open pores, prime follicles and raise stubs for a closer shave. This exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can cause acne, ingrown hairs and infection.
4. Use a sharp blade and discard after 4-5 uses.
5. Avoid irritants that can damage your skin and create swelling after shaving. Never use alcohol on the area shaved after shaving.
6. Calm skin after shaving by applying a soothing moisturizing lotion.

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Why are some people hair-ier than others?

There are two main types of hair on the human body: vellus hair and terminal hair.

Vellus Hair
Vellus hair is soft, fine strands of hair that cover your entire body, also known as “peach fuzz”. Most women, children and pre-teens have vellus hair on their chest, back and face. Vellus hair may appear more noticeable on women with darker skin tones.
The purpose of vellus hair is to regulate body temperature. When your body temperature drops, vellus hair tends to stand straight up on the skin, creating a barrier between what is making you cold and your skin’s surface.

Hypertrichosis
Some people have more vellus hair on their bodies then others. This condition is called hypertrichosis. Hypertrichosis is common when the testosterone levels among women who are menopausal, or post menopausal rises, and the estrogen level decreases.

Hypertrichosis may also occur in people who are on certain medications containing testosterone, danazol, corticotrophin, (ACTH), metyrapone, anabolic steroids (testosterone, DHEA) and glucocorticoids such as prednisone. These medications may cause increased vellus hair and terminal hair growth (see below) as well as convert vellus hair into terminal hair.

Hypertrichosis is a common adverse effect of cyclosporin, a chemotherapy drug, and minoxidil and diazoxide used for the treatment of hypertension.

Terminal hair is considered developed hair. This type of hair is stronger, coarser, and darker then vellus hair. Terminal hair is typically found on your head, under your armpits, and in your pubic region. This type of hair may be very curly on some individuals.

During the onset of puberty, the sebaceous glands are highly active. This gland is located at the base of the hair follicle under the skins surface. During the onset of puberty this gland tends to be overactive. It plays a role in converting vellus hair into terminal hair. Sebaceous glands produce oil on the skin and hairs surface. Overactive sebaceous glands can create oily hair for many teens.

Many people want to get rid of the unwanted hair on their bodies and there are a variety of ways to do this:
“Do it yourself” methods include:
Bleaching
Shaving
Tweezing
Depliatory Cream
Waxing or Sugaring
• Threading

“Do it yourself” or using a certified practitioner include:
• Waxing/Sugaring
• Threading

Methods requiring a licensed practitioner:
• Laser
• Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Depilation lasting several hours to several days can be achieved by:
1. Shaving or trimming either using a manual or electric shavers
2. Friction by using a rough surface to buff away hair
3. Depilatories which can come as a cream or “shaving powders” that chemically dissolve hair

Epilation lasting several days to several weeks can be achieved by:
1. Tweezing, by pulling out each individual hair
2. Waxing, using either a hot or cold layer of wax applied and then removed with porous strips
3. Sugaring which is very similar to waxing, but with a sticky paste in place of wax
4. Threading, which is also called fatlah or khite, in which a twisted thread catches hairs as it’s rolled across the skin
5. Rotary epilators that are devices which rapidly grasp hairs and pull them out by the root

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Hair Removal 101

There are many places on the human body where you may consider removing hair. Less body hair, will make a person have less of an odor, especially when they sweat. Many articles have stated that the purpose for body hair on humans was directly connected with sexual attraction. The odors one’s body gives off, acts as pheromones to attract the opposite sex. Body hair holds those pheromones longer.

Although having smooth and hairless skin is a current trend, it is still a matter of preference and function why people remove body hair. Furthermore, how much of the body hair is removed also depends on the individual.

Pubic area (bikini line) is one of the top locations for this process for both men and women. When you’re young, vellus hair grows in the pubic regions of your body. As you go through puberty, that vellus hair turns into terminal hair and becomes thicker and coarser. In Western cultures many women opt to remove hair from their bikini line.

A growing number of men have started practicing male pubic hair removal methods for various reasons.
• Some say removing all of the body hair including the hair on their pubic area keeps away odor causing bacteria because it usually gets dark and moist down there.
• It is safer for both partners if the man removed his pubic hair because this can keep his partner’s private parts free from itchiness after intercourse.
• Others do it to enhance their sexual experiences. They believe that male pubic hair removal on the penis area will make one’s erection look bigger.
• If you’ve been in a relationship for some time now, shaving it off might create new interest from your partner which can help increase sexual excitement.
• Others even go to the lengths of creating designs on a shorter patch of pubic for novelty reasons.

Armpits rate as the second most common place to remove hair for women. While having hair in the armpits is acceptable in most cultures for males, it is not as acceptable for females. During the 1960’s and the invention of women’s lib, many women opted not to remove their armpit or leg hair. Currently that practice has not been widely adopted by Western culture.

Leg hair is the second most popular area Western women remove hair. Women remove leg hair mostly for aesthetic reasons. Men may choose to remove leg hair for a sport, including cycling and swimming.

Chest hair grows within the region of the male body between the neck and the abdomen. Chest hair begins to grow when a male enters puberty. Some men prefer less hair on their body and opt for hair removal.

Back Hair is another sex characteristic of some men. Many men remove the hair on their backs for a variety of reasons, most often vanity.

Facial hair removal for men is done for a variety of reasons.

Eyebrows are a common area to remove facial hair for both men and women. Sculpting the shape of an eyebrow can create a defined look for the appearance of the overall face. Many people pluck the hair between their eyebrows for vanity reasons.

Eyelash removal is not a common practice among men or women, although there is a disorder called Trichotillomania that is associated with this habit. Trichotillomania is a compulsive disorder that affects people mostly during their teenage years and may continue throughout life unless treatment is sought. Some women remove their eyelashes to enable them to wear false lashes, preferring lashes that are longer and fuller.

The desire to have smooth, hairless skin and to remove excess or dark hair usually begins in adolescence and tends to be a lifelong pursuit. Whether it is hair on the face, armpits, legs, bikini line, or other body parts, many women AND men are intent upon having the hair on their scalp be the only visible hair on their bodies.

There are many options available to remove unwanted hair, but few options to get rid of hair permanently. Each person should chose a method or combination of methods that works best for them depending on cost, time available, skin type, and the desired hair-free area.

There are numerous methods for removing or hiding unwanted hair. Some methods are “do it yourself”, others require the assistance of a licensed practitioner.

“Do it yourself” methods include:
• Bleaching
• Shaving
• Tweezing
• Depliatory Cream
• Waxing or Sugaring
• Threading

“Do it yourself” or using a certified practitioner include:
• Waxing/Sugaring
• Threading

In a few future posts I will discuss each method and the pros and cons of each.

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Got Hair?

Everyone is usually born with hair or the ability to grow hair…ultimately if born bald hair will grow. We have hair all over our bodies in both good and bad places. When we have hair in places we really do not want it, we have to decide which method of hair removal we want to use. Some methods are more painful then others, as many women already know.

Our options are many for hair removal. Pick your poison.

Bleaching – This is an option, but do not expect your hair to disappear. When we bleach our hair, typically it is not painful, unless you leave the bleach on your skin for too long. Your skin may turn red and appear burned, and may even hurt or feel raw. If you have sensitive skin, you should refrain from using this method.

Shaving – This is a very temporary fix for unwanted hair. As most men know, they can shave one morning and that evening have a 6 o’clock shadow. No wonder it got that nickname. 🙂 When you shave your hair, no matter what part of the body it is on, the hair will tend to grow back thicker and in some cases darker then the hair you removed. The other problem with shaving, is razor stubble and ingrown hair. Darker skin people tend to get little bumps on their face from shaving, but they appear darker then their overall skin color. Typically no pain is associated with shaving, unless of course you cut yourself while in the process. (YIKES!)

Tweezing – A man must have come up with the idea of tweezers! The method of pulling out individual hairs with a tweezer is fine if you are tweezing a small area of the face or body. Its not an ideal method for larger areas of hair, unless of course you have a ton of time and a ton more of patience. 🙂 When tweezing you are actually pulling the hair out by the base of the follicle. If you happen to get the little white bulb on the end, chances are hair will never grow from that particular pore again. That white bulb is called the root of the hair. Make sure you place your tweezers at the base of the follicle, or all you are doing is breaking the hair, leaving the bottom half in place.

Depilatory Cream – There are a multitude of creams available on the marketplace for hair removal. Make sure you check the ingredients and the warnings before using any of them. The chemicals used in some of these creams actually give off fumes and can burn the eyes (kind of like an onion when you are cutting one). The cream will actually dissolve the hair and after a few moments of leaving it on the skin, hair can be virtually wiped away. The problem with this method is that if you leave the cream on for too long it can irritate the skin and burn (like being sunburned). You also have to be careful as the ingredients may contain something that you are allergic too.

Waxing and Sugaring – Basically these two options are done very similarly to one another. The sugaring uses sugar that is mixed with a little lemon juice (as an antiseptic). The mixture is blended into a paste that is heavily applied to the skins surface. After a couple of minutes, strips of gauze are placed on the skin over the sugar paste. The gauze is then pulled off the leg in the same direction as the hair growth. The same basic premis applies for waxing as well. The biggest difference is that you are using hot wax, not sugar paste. Hope you have a decent pain tolerance for this one!

Threading – Threading is becoming increasingly popular among younger people. Novelty stores in the mall actually do threading now. Threading is just that, threading a hair with common sewing thread. The hair is wrapped with the thread and then the hair is pulled out gently with the thread. This is a great method of hair removal if you are using it for eyebrows, unwanted individual hairs on the face, and moustaches. The pain is slightly less then that of tweezing.

Laser Hair Removal/Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – Laser hair removal is very similar to IPL, Intense Pulsed Light. They both involve removing the hair from below the dermis (the skins surface). They both require more then on session of treatment for complete hair removal. These processes tend to be more costly then their counterparts and they pose more risks then their counterparts. Common issues people suffer from when undergoing these treatments are burning of the skin, and/or some type of rashy looking skin outbreak. Of course not all people experience the same issues. The experience of the practitioner plays a huge role in these types of treatments. Make sure you research the practitioner thoroughly before using their services.

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