Monday, November 23, 2009

The Top 10 Hair Removal Methods - Which Is Right For You?

Do you have unwanted body hair? Are you trying to choose between hair removal methods? This guide contains all you need to decide. It details several popular as well as not-so-common methods of getting rid of unwanted hair, including shaving, plucking, waxing, sugar waxing, bleaching, threading, depilatories, electrolysis, laser, and Vaniqa.

Shaving

Shaving is a temporary hair removal method. It is inexpensive, but for most people the hair has started to grow back by the following day. To prevent stubble, you must shave once or twice daily. Razors come in all varieties. They can be made of cheap plastic with a single blade which can be bought for a quarter, or a high quality electric version costing $50 or more.

Plucking

Another common hair removal method is plucking, or tweezing, the hair. While this method is time consuming, as you can only pluck one hair at a time, it is useful for smaller areas, such as an extra eyebrow hair or two. However, it can be painful, especially around the eyes, and can cause irritation and ingrown hairs. While it is a myth that by plucking a hair out by its root you are causing two to grow in its place, many women do not pluck their hair for this very reason. But investing in a $2 pair of tweezers is a lifesaver when you want to look perfect for that special occasion.

Waxing

For larger areas, many people prefer to use hot wax. The wax is applied to the skin with a piece of paper or cloth covering it. After the wax cools, the strip is ripped away, taking the hair with it. While this method is fast, it can also be painful. In addition, waxing removes the top layer of skin, and can cause rashes and redness. However, once you become good at the technique, it is an easy and inexpensive way to quickly get rid of unwanted hair at home. Kits can be purchased for $20-$40. You can also have your skin waxed by a professional. Depending on the area you are having waxed, this can cost from $20 to around $150.

Sugar Waxing

Sugar waxing is similar in method to traditional waxing, except that the "wax" is a sticky sugary paste. Sugaring is even less expensive, as home kits can be bought for as little as $10.

Bleaching

Rather than removing the hair, some women prefer to lighten it. This is especially common for women with facial hair. Bleaching is completely pain-free, and can be done at home. Most women do not have any skin reactions to the bleach; however, as with a hair dye, be sure to test first on a small, inconspicuous part of your skin, just in case the bleach does change your skin color or cause irritation.

Threading

Threading, also known as khite, is commonly practiced in the Middle East but much less well-known in the west. It is performed using a cotton thread. The thread is twisted, catching the hair, and is then pulled to remove it. The results are similar to plucking, but many more hairs can be removed at one time. Always use cotton so the fibers themselves do not irritate the skin.

Depilatories

Depilatories are creams that dissolve hair, allowing it to be wiped away. For some people, depilatories last no longer than shaving, while others are hair-free for several days. The process is not always painless, but is definitely less painful than waxing. The creams can be bought for a few dollars at any drug store.

Electrolysis

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method. A needle is placed in a hair follicle and electric current is delivered to the follicle. This damages the hair, and it does not return. This method works well for small localized areas of hair, but can be time consuming and costly for large patches, as each hair must be done individually. Also, if the needle is not inserted just right, the hair may need to be retreated, and often an area must be treated three to four times before the hair is permanently removed. While the needle should not puncture the skin, electrolysis can be painful. It is recommended that electrolysis be done by a professional; home treatment methods are difficult and generally unsuccessful.

Laser

Laser hair removal is another permanent hair removal method. It is a more recent method, and data as to its long-term effectiveness is still being gathered. Light from a laser is pointed at a small area of skin. The energy from the light is absorbed by the dark hair pigment, heating and damaging the follicle. This method does not work for white or grey hair or for people with dark skin and light hair. Because this method does not require each hair to be treated individually, this method is much quicker and less expensive for larger areas such as the legs as compared to electrolysis. If you are interested in laser hair removal, find a reputable professional. Laser hair removal can cause permanent skin damage if not performed properly. It can be painful, but as more research continues to be gathered, its looking more and more like a viable option for many people. The only place laser hair removal should not be performed is around the eyes, as it could cause permanent eye damage.

Vaniqa

Vaniqa is a cream designed specifically to target facial hair in women. It is intended to slow the growth of this hair, and is designed to be used with other nonpermanent methods of hair removal. It is available by prescription only, and has been shown to be effective in almost 60% of the patients in the trial. It is currently only for use by women over 12.

Remember when your mother always told you that you didn't really want to start shaving? But you insisted that you would want to continue for the rest of your life. However, for many women, unwanted hair causes major stress and discomfort everyday. You should now be able to more easily choose between the many hair removal methods and choose the one that is right for you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Unwanted Facial Hair Removal: The Top 6 Methods

The top 6 unwanted facial hair removal methods are:

  1. Electrolysis
  2. Laser Hair Removal
  3. Waxing Or Sugaring
  4. Depilatories
  5. Hair Growth Inhibitors
  6. Tweezers

Shaving is not in the list as it can cause stubble which many women find quite unacceptable.

Here is a brief overview of each method:

Electrolysis

This is regarded as the only true permanent method for unwanted facial hair removal. Each hair follicle is treated with an electric current which destroys the follicle's ability to form new hair.

There is mild discomfort and a qualified practitioner can do much to alleviate the anxiety and minimize the pain.

4 to 10 hours may be required to treat the upper lip and 2 to 12 hours for the chin depending on how much hair growth there is. Quotes range from $25 to $100 per hour so the total cost for the upper lip can be anywhere between $100 to $1,000 and between $50 and $1,200 for the chin area.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser is often regarded as a permanent unwanted facial hair removal method although there can be regrowth. Pulsed light is used to cover many hair follicles at a time and so the cost is obviously less than electrolysis. The upper lip can be treated in less than 1 minute and the chin in 2 to 3 minutes. 3 to 8 treatments may be necessary and a typical cost would be around $500 per hour.

Thorough consultations with the practitioner are necessary to establish whether this method will work for you. It is a good idea to have a test done on an area of skin not so visible.

Waxing Or Sugaring

This method of unwanted facial hair removal is extremely popular as it is quite inexpensive and easy to do at home. Numerous waxing or sugaring kits are available on the market, some with ingredients to soothe the skin and minimize redness, especially appropriate for the facial areas.

Wax adheres to The hair and skin whereas sugar pastes adhere only to the hair. When the strip is pulled back there is less pain with sugaring. Also many natural sugaring pastes are available so the skin is not so affected as with the chemicals in some waxing preparations.

Results may last for 3 to 6 weeks depending on the individual and rate of hair growth.

Depilatories

This is another very popular method of unwanted facial hair removal, again because it is very inexpensive and easy to do at home. Care should be exercised however as depilatories contain strong chemicals which dissolve the hair and there may be skin reactions. It is wise to test a small area first on a not so visible part of the body.

Be careful to observe the instructions to the letter, especially the time recommended so as to avoid burning the skin. Results can last up to 2 weeks or so.

Hair Growth Inhibitors

While hair growth inhibitors do not remove hair, they are included in this list as they can have a great effect on the rate of hair growth.

Two popular hair growth inhibitors are Vaniqa and Kalo.

Vaniqa is a prescription cream especially formulated for unwanted facial hair removal methods. When massaged into the skin twice a day the user will notice a difference in hair growth within about 2 months. As the amount of hair regrowth slows it becomes much easier to remove with other methods such as waxing, sugaring, tweezing, or threading.

Vaniqa should only be used by women and girls over the age of 12. It doesn't work for everyone - about 58% of women in the clinical trials noticed a reduction in hair growth.

Kalo is a natural herbal lotion which can work for men and women and even children. When massaged into the skin it begins to disable the mechanism of hair growth in the hair follicle. The hair that regrows is finer and easier to remove. In some cases, after a few months, hardly any hair regrows at all. See the resource box at the end of this article for further information on Vaniqa and Kalo.

Tweezers

A quality pair of tweezers is needed to perform unwanted facial hair removal properly without risk of taking out chunks of skin as well. Use a magnifying mirror in good light and be sure to pull the hair in the direction of the growth. If you perform this procedure after a bath or shower you will find it easier.

Just rub an ice cube over the area afterwards to reduce redness and irritation.

Unwanted facial hair removal needn't be a great problem for women concerned about facial hair. If you are prepared to pay a larger one time fee you can have a permanent solution using electrolysis or laser hair treatment.

On the other hand, perhaps using waxing, sugaring, tweezing, or depilatories suits you due to the convenience of doing them at home at little cost. Added to that, combining a hair growth inhibitor with whichever unwanted facial hair removal method you use will reduce the number of times you have to give it attention.

Female Chin Hair Removal - 7 Options

An economical and easy method for female chin hair removal is desperately sought after by many women considering how self-conscious they feel about Facial hair and especially unwanted hair on or under the chin.

This article provides an overview of the main options available for female chin hair removal covering permanent, prescription, non-prescription, and home methods.

Option 1

Electrolysis is the only hair removal method that has a full consensus verifying that it is a truly permanent method - if of course it is performed properly by a professional practitioner.

Electrolysis can be expensive although the costs will of course be greatly reduced for female chin hair removal in view of the small area and smaller number of hair follicles that need to be treated. Each hair follicle needs individual attention and depending on the amount of growth, the procedure can take between 2 and 12 hours, with costs ranging from $25 to $100 per hour.

Option 2

Laser hair removal is very popular and much cheaper than electrolysis. It is important to have a thorough consultation with a qualified practitioner and even have a test area done on a part of the body not so visible. Every individual is different when it comes to skin type, hair texture, color, etc. and all these variables can have an effect on how successful the procedure will be.

Nevertheless, laser female chin hair removal can be economical and long lasting. As many hair follicles are treated at once the chin area can be finished in just 2 to 3 minutes. Repeated sessions are necessary to catch all the hairs as hair is in different stages of growth at any given time. Prices can vary widely so you need to consult with your local clinic.

Chin hair can be rather coarse, especially as women get older. There are some female chin hair removal methods that can be done at home although caution is needed so as not to irritate the hair follicles on this very visible part of the face.

Option 3

Depilatories are strong chemicals that dissolve the hair. If you decide on this option test a small area on another part of the body that is not so visible and see how your skin reacts. Observe the timing very carefully so as not to leave the preparation on the skin longer than absolutely necessary to avoid skin damage.

Option 4

For the few stray hairs on the chin, tweezing is a good option. Invest in a quality pair of tweezers, perform the procedure in good light, preferably with a magnifying mirror, and pull the hair out straight in the direction of growth.

Option 5

Waxing is perhaps the most popular method of female chin hair removal. It is inexpensive and these days, many waxing preparations have additional ingredients to soothe the skin. After all, the hair follicle is bound to protest even a little, when a hair is wrenched out given the nerve endings that are affected.

Pressing the area with the fingers right after pulling the waxing strip will minimize the discomfort, and if you follow up by rubbing an ice cube over the area, recovery is much faster.

Two other options are available if you use waxing or tweezing to remove stray chin hair.

Option 6

Vaniqa is a prescription cream which reduces hair growth in women. Just apply it twice a day and many women see a significant reduction in hair growth after about 2 months. It makes waxing and tweezing much easier as the amount of hair is reduced and often the hair that does regrow is finer.

You will need to see your doctor to get the prescription. Side effects are minimal, mainly skin irritation which passes.

Note: Vaniqa is only for women and girls over the age of 12.

Option 7

Kalo is a non-prescription hair growth retardant which was on the market about 3 years before Vaniqa came out in the year 2000. It comes in a lotion which is ideal for the facial areas. Just rub it into the skin after a hair removal session, about 3 times, at 15 minute intervals, and that's it until the next time you have to perform female chin hair removal.

About a 10-15% reduction in hair growth will be seen after each session until much of the hair fails to grow back.

Note: Kalo can safely be used by men and women and even children.

With both Vaniqa and Kalo results vary. In the case of Vaniqa, just over half the women who used it in clinical trials noticed a reduction in hair growth. With Kalo, the company which makes it, Nisim International, offers a no questions asked money refund for any women who are not satisfied with the results.

So in conclusion, when it comes to female chin hair removal, there are a number of options. Will you choose a permanent or semi-permanent solution such as electrolysis or laser hair removal?

Of would you prefer to carry out the procedure yourself at home every few weeks? Depending on your skin type, hair texture and color, you can experiment with the options above and arrive at the most convenient solution.