Some common methods of hair removal with pros and cons

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.

Followings are the some pros and cons of hair removal

Waxing 
definition: Spreading heated wax over the area where you want hair removed, letting it dry, then pulling it off–hair, roots and all. The most common wax job is a bikini wax, especially in bathing suit season.


frequency: Lasts four to six weeks.

cost: If you do it at home, not much more than depilatories or bleaching, but having it done by a pro can cost almost the same as a haircut at a beauty salon. $$ – $$$$

pain: Sort of like ripping an adhesive bandage off a large area of skin. Some redness and irritation can follow. 

pros: Removes hair for anywhere from two to six weeks.

cons: Ripping hair out by its roots with hot wax is very painful. Having it done professionally can be expensive. (Note: Also ask about "sugaring" and "threading," which operate on the same basic principle as waxing.)

tip: Some people like to use a loofah or other abrasive sponge between waxing sessions to avoid the development of "ingrown hairs."

Plucking 

definition: Pulling hair out one by one with a pair of tweezers.

frequency: As needed. Once you tweeze a hair, it's gone for a good month, but others grow nearby.

cost: If you do it yourself, nothing, once you've bought the tweezers. $

pain: Hurts for a second or two, especially in sensitive areas.

pros: You do it yourself (you control cost, the extent and whether or not to continue doing it).

cons: It can hurt at the time. It's only temporary. 

Laser hair removal

definition: Invented in 1995, laser hair removal involves waxing first to remove hair, then rubbing a carbon-based lotion on the skin, then passing a laser over the area. Follicles are damaged, but not the skin. It is said to work best for people with light skin and dark hair.


frequency: Results are not permanent, but they are long-term.

cost: Very expensive. Price varies according to the area being treated, but most treatments will cost at least a thousand dollars. $$$$$$

pain: Less painful than electrolysis, except to the wallet.

pros: Near-permanent hair removal.

cons: Thousands of rupees so you won't grow hair. An inexperienced technician may burn your skin.

Depilatory 

definition: A cream or gel that you put on the area where you want hair removed. It burns, melts and otherwise damages the hair roots. Then you wash the stuff off along with your hair..

frequency: Lasts a couple of weeks to a month.

cost: Not prohibitive. Buy a reputable product at your drugstore. $ $

pain: Can burn or irritate sensitive areas. (Always follow the directions carefully, and use only on the recommended parts of your body.)

pros: You do it yourself and the result is a very smooth, hairless area that lasts longer than shaving.

cons: It can burn or leave sensitive skin red. It smells bad, even the stuff labeled "fresh scent." It can be a severe skin and eye irritant, and dark-haired users may have a visible "shadow" of hair under the skin.

Bleaching 

definition: Chemically lightening the color of hair. 

frequency: Depends on how fast your hair grows; usually lasts about a month. Repeat when hair becomes two-tone.

cost: Slightly more than depilatories. Buy a name brand. $ $ 

pain: Can cause some irritation in sensitive areas. Might be wise to test it on some less visible area first.

pros: Doesn't involve removing the hair, so you don't have to deal with how the hair will come back (no stubble, just dark).

cons: It is a chemical, so the skin may get irritated. It doesn't remove the hair, so if there is a lot of it, even if it is blond, it may be visible. May actually make hair more visible against dark skin.

Shaving 

definition: Using a razor to cut off hair right at the skin.

frequency: Daily to weekly depending on how fast the hair grows. (Can be done less often in winter).

cost: Just the cost of razors and cream or soap. $ $

pain: None, if you don't cut yourself. But can cause some irritation.

pros: You do it yourself anytime.

cons: Once you start shaving, hair comes back nubby and potentially thicker. Can cause ingrown hairs. Razor burns, shaving nicks and other razor mishaps can also cause discomfort. 

Electrolysis 

definition: A qualified practitioner inserts a filament, or long thin needle, into each individual hair follicle and zaps it with an electric current. This is the only permanent, or nearly permanent, method of hair removal. It's used mostly for facial hair.

frequency: To remove, say, a mustache, usually requires weekly visits for a few months (because new hair grows all the time); then you can taper off with touch-up visits.

cost: Expensive. Probably several hundred dollars for a mustache; less if you're just having a few stray whiskers removed. $$$$$

pain: No picnic, but not as bad as a hard day at the dentist. Helps to take ibuprofen or another pain reliever about a half hour before. There are also creams that you can rub on your skin to temporarily numb the area.

pros: Hair removal is eventually permanent.

cons: Each session is very expensive, the treatment is fairly painful, and you need to find a good practitioner in order for the work to be permanent and to avoid slip-ups that can cause scarring.

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Trimming 

definition: Using scissors to cut unwanted hair (like pubic hair that hangs out of your bathing suit).

frequency: As needed.

cost: Nothing, once you have the scissors. $

pain: None.

pros: You do it yourself, and it doesn't hurt.

cons: Though it reduces the length of the hair, it doesn't remove it from sight.

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