Here a Hair, There a Hair, Everywhere a Hair, Hair
One of the growing trends in beauty care in past years has been that of hair removal. It seems as if hair is definitely 'out' and everyone wants a smooth, hairless body. In actuality, the human body is almost completely covered with hair, with the exception of the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. This makes for a lucrative business for those who are licensed for hair removal. There is not only one hair removal method to choose from though. In addition to removing hair through plucking with tweezers in front of your mirror, there is a variety of other options available for those who are looking for a quicker, more lasting hair removal process. And women are not the only ones buying into this hair removal craze. Men are also among frequent customers getting their backs, chests and other areas hair-free.
Waxing has long been a favorite method of those seeking to be smooth. Waxing requires hot wax to be poured on the area and then removed by having strips stuck on and pulled off along with unwanted hair. Although this method is often painful, it is cost effective and can last a while, which keeps many customers coming back for more. Another selling point for some is that waxing can be done by professionals in a salon or can be done in your own home with one of many self-waxing kits sold in stores. For people not wanting to spend a lot of money or have the process done in a public salon, home waxing can seem attractive.
For many people, being able to complete the hair removal process in their own home is very convenient and appealing. Many people feel shy about having certain areas treated for hair removal by another person. This has made shaving perhaps the most common hair removal method. Shaving is relatively cheap and easy to do. The only downside comes in the fact that it can be somewhat time consuming given the size of the area being shaved. You often have to re-shave the area a few days later. But another method that some people do not know of is the use of depilatories.
Like shaving, depilatories can be used in the privacy of your own home, as they are often sold close to razors and other shaving needs in stores. Depilatories are made up of a chemical mixture that is applied to a region of unwanted hair. Once applied, the depilatory is left on the hair from anywhere from three to fifteen minutes depending on the size of the area and the amount of hair being removed. Once the chemicals have had time to kill the hair, the depilatory is removed and the area of skin is smooth and free from hair. For people with sensitive skin depilatories may not be the right way to go about removing unwanted hair. Since depilatories contain such strong chemicals in order to kill the hair, they often cause skin irritation for people who are prone to having sensitive skin. Depilatories also typically require repeat treatments relatively soon after the first. However, many depilatories do keep areas smooth and free of hair longer than shaving. People who use depilatories also do not have to worry about nicking themselves with a sharp razor. Hair removal with depilatories is completely devoid of pain.
There are other, newer forms of hair removal that keep areas hair free much longer are now available to consumers but they must be practiced by a professional and, in some cases, can be expensive. Electrolysis and laser hair removal are growing trends in hair removal. When removing hair by electrolysis, the technician uses a needle that projects an electric current into the hair follicle, killing it at the root. By sending the current directly to the root of the hair follicle it prevents hair from growing back in the same spot. Although it may take longer than laser hair removal, electrolysis is one way to permanently remove hair in a certain area. With laser hair removal the customer needs fewer repeat treatments until the hair is completely dead and gone forever. With laser hair treatment a wavelength of energy is omitted from the laser, working to kill the hair from its base. Laser hair removal may seem like the most appealing hair removal procedure but there is a downside. Since laser hair removal is a relatively new procedure and can be high in demand compared to the number of specialists licensed to practice the procedure, the cost of laser hair treatments can be relatively high