Home Hair Removal Techniques Part 2
Now that you've read the tips on shaving, tweezing, and depilatories discussed in Part 1 of this two-part section on home hair removal treatments, it's time to take a look at some of the additional home hair removal treatments that are available.
Tips for Waxing
One thing is for sure...waxing hurts! Before trying it, make sure that your
skin is 100% clean and dry. There should be no trace of lotions or creams. Apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth.
Choose the right thickness of wax for your hair. Thin wax formulations are OK for fine hair. Thick or course hair may require a thicker type.
Hairs that are shorter than 1/8 of an inch are not good candidates for waxing. The effects of waxing can last for as long as a month or more.
Okay, bleaching is not technically a hair removal technique, but let's discuss it for a second. Bleaching just lightens the hair which makes it more difficult to be seen. Warning: whatever you do, DO NOT use ordinary laundry bleach! Purchase a cosmetically approved bleaching product (generally in cream form) that is designed to be used on the body. Bleaching is most commonly used on the hair above a woman's lip, but some women use it on other parts of their body. Skin irritation is a common complaint from people who try to lighten their hair by bleaching, so test a small, inconspicuous area first.
Note that bleached hair may stand out against tanned or dark skin, so it might not be appropriate for all women.
The bleaching process is not a permanent fix and must be repeated every two to three weeks.
Tips for using Abrasives
Fine hairs can be removed by rubbing the skin with abrasive pumice stones or special 'hair removal gloves' which are lined with a fine sandpaper.
Rub the stone or gloves in a circular motion over the area to be treated. Be sure to use only a light pressure to avoid damaging the skin. No matter
how careful you are, expect a certain degree of skin irritation despite your best efforts. The effects of abrasive treatment usually last for three
weeks or more.
Tips for using Epilation
Epilation is a generic term for hair removal methods that remove the hair from below the skin's surface. Common forms of epilation include
laser treatments. We discuss each of these methods more fully in the article series.
Tips for Using Electrolysis
Home electrolysis hair removal methods are not as
dependable as electrolysis treatment provided by experts with professional equipment. Electrolysis can result in permanent hair removal if the
right equipment and techniques are used. Read the label and warnings carefully before you purchase or use any home electrolysis equipment.
Choose only equipment that comes with a blunt needle that gets inserted alongside of the hair follicle. 'Electric tweezers' do not provide good results.
Use a depilatory or wax the area to be treated before using electrolysis. Wait for the hair to start to return and then begin the electrolysis process.
Hair responds better to electrolysis when it is in the growing cycle rather than once it is fully emerged.
Be sure to keep your equipment clean and sterilized. Serious infection can result from using a dirty needle. Work on only a square inch at a time.
Expect skin swelling after the treatment. Because most home electrolysis treatments do not result in permanent hair loss, you may have to repeat the
process every other month.
Hopefully, by visiting our site, you've learned enough about your available hair removal treatment options to decide which one is most likely to
work for your particular situation. Before using any hair removal treatment, remember to read and follow the product's instructions exactly as they are written.