Reasons to remove hair
Removal of unwanted body hair has become mandatory according to the norms of modern society. Apart from fashion and cosmetic reasons, there are a few other pertinent reasons why hair removal has become essential. Primary reasons for hair removal include:
Social reasons – By the currently accepted trends in society, unwanted body hair is considered a sign of an un-groomed person. To be seen as socially acceptable, a person therefore needs to remove unwanted body hair.
For sexual reasons – A smooth silky skin is considered sexually attractive. Many men and women therefore remove body hair to attract members of the opposite sex. Besides, removal of body hair is considered to be a sexual turn on.
For hygiene – Body hair is also removed for hygiene purpose. Body hair holds germs and sweat and thus removal of body hair from the armpits for instance prevents odor caused by the bacteria normally trapped in the hair working in combination with natural sweat. By removing body hair therefore, a person feels and looks lot cleaner.
Hair removal methods
Hair removal methods can be broadly categorized as temporary and permanent methods. Some of the popular methods have been discussed below:
Temporary methods of hair removal
Waxing – A common method of hair removal that involves application of thin layer of wax on to the skin and is then quickly removed using a strip of paper or cloth. Results last for 3-6 weeks.
Sugaring – This is similar to waxing and can be done easily at home. Sugaring can be painful but also has longer lasting results than say, shaving or using depilatory creams.
Threading – This method involves the laser treatment for hair removal use of twisted thread to pull out hair. Mostly used to remove hair from upper lips, forehead, and chin and also to shape eyebrows.
Use of depilatories – Hair removal creams and hair growth inhibitor creams are applied over the skin and removed after few minutes. The action of chemical dissolves the hair allowing it to be easily brushed off the skin.
Epilators – A number of hand held electronic devices are available on the market that helps to pull off unwanted hair from the body.
Permanent methods of hair removal
Electrolysis – This method makes use of shortwave radio frequency to remove body hair permanently. This method is expensive, painful, time consuming and works well for people with light skin and grey hair. Side effects include dry skin, inflammation, scarring and risk of infection.
Laser – This method involves sending energy into the pigment of the hair shaft whereby the hair follicle gets damaged and the growth of new hair is inhibited permanently. This method is effective and popular, however it is expensive, painful and time consuming.
The efficacy of this method depends a lot on the doctor or beautician who is handling the treatment. Laser is quite commonly used to remove hair from upper lip, chin, pubic hair, and also to define eyebrow shape.