Pros and Cons of Different Hair Removal Methods
The desire to remove unwanted hair generally and large starts during adolescence and never stops. Whether it’s hair on the face, armpits, legs, bikini line, or other parts of the body, many women and men are intent upon getting rid of it. There are lots of different ways to remove unwanted hair, but very few methods get rid of hair permanently.
Understanding how hair grows helps you more effectively remove it and prevent it from growing in the first place. Each hair is part of the pilosebaceous unit, which consists of the hair shaft, hair follicle, sebaceous gland, and erector pili muscle.
Bleaching isn’t technically a hair removal method, but it is a way to make hair much less noticeable. It’s an especially useful method for parts of the body that have thin, but dark and noticeable hairs like the arms, face, and neck. Bleach is applied to the desired area and removes pigment from the hair.
Shaving is everyone’s first introduction to hair removal. It’s also the most temporary method of hair removal. Shaving cuts the hair off at the surface of the skin. Contrary to popular belief, shaving does not make the hair shaft thicker or darker. It also does not make hair grow faster or slower. It does, however, reason hair to grow in with a blunt tip rather than a natural, tapered tip, which is what makes hair noticeable.
Physically pulling hair out of its follicle is a common and inexpensive method of hair removal. Physical removal makes hair take longer to grow back because it has to grow to the surface of the skin in order to be visible. In addition, repeatedly pulling hair out of the follicle can reason enough damage to the follicle to stop it from producing hair.
Plucking hair with a pair of tweezers is an effective way to remove hair, but it can be very time-consuming. Eyebrows and stray facial hairs are simply tamed with a pair of tweezers—the legs, not so much.
Waxing is an effective way to remove large amounts of hair at once. Wax is warmed up and spread over the skin in the direction of hair growth. The hair becomes embedded in the wax as the wax cools. A strip of fabric is applied to the wax, which is then quickly pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth, taking hair with it
Sugar waxing, also known as sugaring, is a popular form of hair removal that works in the same way traditional waxing does. A natural, sugary substance with a honey-like consistency is spread onto the skin in the direction of hair growth. Then a cloth or paper strip is applied atop the wax and pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Laser Hair Removal
Hair removal is a common application of laser technology, but it’s not permanent and it’s not for everyone. Lasers work by emitting light at various wavelengths, energy output, and pulse widths.
Most lasers used for hair removal target melanin, or pigment, and are therefore designed to burn structures that contain melanin. The more melanin, the more damage. Laser hair removal works best for light-skinned people with dark hair.