The waxing method is a very simple, temporary hair removal technique that has been around for thousands of years. Hot wax is applied to the area where the unwanted hairs reside and then a strip of paper or cloth is pressed onto the top of the wax. The wax cools and the strip is quickly pulled away from the skin, taking the hair with it. Waxing can be more beneficial than simply tweezing or shaving because it is a method that allows hair to be removed from below the surface of the skin. Instead of getting the hairs at the surface, it gets the hairs at their roots. When this is done, it takes longer for the hair to grow back. Waxing can cause mild redness of the skin, but it usually subsides a few hours after the treatment.
Sugaring is a completely natural form of hair removal that originated in Ancient Egypt. The process is similar to waxing, but in place of the wax, a solution composed of sugar, water and lemon juice is mixed together and warmed. Once warm, it is spread thinly over the skin, mimicking the direction of hair growth. Cloths are then placed over the paste and pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth. This method of hair removal is advantageous because it is inexpensive and can be done at home. The sugar also tends to only stick to the hairs, not the skin, so it is usually less painful than waxing.
Shaving is the quickest and most affordable form of hair removal, but it is only a temporary solution. Hair starts to grow back immediately, because razors only provide a surface shave. Razors often cause, red bumps, razor burn, ingrown hairs, cuts, and irritation of the skin. Shaving is very cost effective on large areas of the body, but its down fall is that its results do not last very long. Using moisturizer before and after shaving will alleviate some risks associated with shaving. Shaving is the best solution for those looking for an easy, affordable, temporary form of hair removal.
Tweezing or the method of plucking hairs with tweezers is probably the worst form of hair removal. If not done in the correct way, tweezing can have damaging effects on your hair follicles. When tweezing, it is recommended that you always tweeze in the direction of hair growth, try to pull only one hair at a time, and pull very gently because yanking can be damaging. If tweezing is done incorrectly hair follicles risk being distorted. Hairs could also become hooked and curved under the skin. It may cause ingrown hairs, pitting or scarring. While this method of hair removal is very quick and simple, it can cause damage to the hair follicles if not done properly.
Depilatories are creams, aerosols, gels, lotions and roll-ons that are chemical based. When applied to the skin depilatories work to dissolve the unwanted hair. They contain an alkaline chemical that works to dissolve the protein composition of the hair which, in turn, causes it to separate from the skin. Depilatories work well to rid the body of unwanted hair but if the formula is too strong, or left on too long, it can cause problems. Some of these problems include skin irritation, scarring and even chemical burns. Depilatories effects usually last for about seven days. This form of hair removal is fast and affordable but only temporary.