Get Rid Of That Hair

Let’s explore all that unwanted hair a woman has to deal with.  There are so many hairs, even in the eyebrows, it seems they grow faster, but they don’t.  Be careful and sparingly when you tweeze so you make sure to get the right ones.  Each and every hair takes weeks to grow back.

Threading works best on relatively flat surfaces to rid your self of that unwanted hair.  Your practitioner will twist a looped piece of thread to capture hairs and pull them out at the root.

A quick chemical-free and relative painless way to remove hair on the face, is shaving. This blunts the ends of each hair.  It will make the area feel or look coarser when hair grows back, but it’s exactly the same kind of hair you had before from the upper lip, hairline, brows and other parts of the face.

Ingrown hairs are usually the result that we call razor bumps.  The sensitive skin that’s shaved often and closely, can end up with razor bumps.  Exfoliating helps to remove the top layer of dead skin and allows hair to grow out more easily, thus avoiding or preventing ingrown hairs.

Do not wax the nipples, genital areas, eyelashes, nose or ears.  The risks of waxing ranges from temporary inflammation to infection and even possible scarring.  You can, however, tweeze these sensitive skin areas.  Wax all you want on those legs!  Waxing may not be the way to go if you have lots of moles, warts or varicose veins.  Waxing can remove a layer of skin, casing scars or infection.

There are two types of hair on your body.  Covering most of your body is the soft “peach fuzz” which helps maintain body temperature.  The coarser, dark stuff on your head and genitals and underarms, helps protect sensitive areas.

Using depilatories will react with the protein in hair and dissolve it into a jellylike substance to be wiped away.  It can be messy and smelly.  Don’t use on eyebrows, near the eyes or on irritated skin.

You will get a smoother result with traditional razor blades than electric shavers.  The upside to electric is that you don’t have to mess with that soap or water and will produce fewer nicks.

Using electrolysis will kill the hair follicle by using an electrical current.  It requires a series of sessions over time to destroy the growing hairs.  Laser will also destroy follicles, using light that coverts to heat.  You may still need touch ups every six months to a year until the treatment destroys the growing hairs.  The laser removal uses concentrated beams or pulses of light that is absorbed by melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color.  It works best on people with light skin and dark hair.  Laser won’t work on white hair and not well on blond hair either. Avoid tanning 6 weeks beforehand.

Laser is used for bikini areas and underarms, as the thin skin is more responsive to the laser. You can apply lotion or gel to numb the skin before the treatment and be sure to avoid the sun afterwards.

Hundreds of tiny, rotating tweezers are used by an epilator to pluck the hairs out.  This does last longer than shaving because they remove the hair at the root.  They work best on legs and underarms.  Happy hair removal, no matter what way you choose to go!

-Dr Fredda Branyon

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