Approximately 80% of women and 50% of men have unwanted
hair growing in different parts of their body. Majority of this
hair growth is caused by genetics;
however, there are some cases of abnormal hair growth caused by
other factors such as testosterone treatments, steroid hormones,
medications, and the removal of the sex glands.
Men generally want their eyebrows groomed; they also want hair
removed from the outside area of their ears and shoulders. Most
male athletes, especially those involved in swimming and cycling,
have their hair removed to minimize resistance and increase their
speed. Women, on the other hand, typically want to have unwanted
facial hair removed this includes the hair on the upper lip
and the chin. Women also want their eyebrows groomed as well as
the hair on the neck, bikini line, breasts, abdomen, forearms, underarms,
and legs removed.
With the increase in demand for hair removal, a lot of hair removal methods have been introduced over the recent years. These methods vary greatly in cost, starting at $20 and may either be temporary, permanent, or simply cause less hair to grow. Some temporary methods of hair removal include tweezing, shaving, chemical depilatories, and mechanical epilators. Permanent methods include laser hair removal and electrolysis. Waxing is a good example of hair removal methods that eventually reduce hair growth over prolonged use.
Tweezing and Shaving results from tweezing only
last for up to three weeks; results from shaving, on the other hand,
can disappear after one day for mens facial hair, and up to four
days for body hair.
Epilators mechanical epilators are small gadgets
with an electric rubber roller that catches hair and pulls them
out, albeit rather painfully. Epilators also tend to miss some strands
of hair and are not recommended for use in areas such as the face,
genitals, and armpits.
Depilatories available in gels, creams, lotions, aerosol,
and roll-on forms, depilatory creams may be bought at almost
any drug store or personal health care store. These creams contain
chemicals that dissolve the protein structure of hair, causing it
to separate from the skin. Depilatories are known to be effective,
but can also cause irritation and scarring due to second and third
degree burns if not used carefully.
Waxing the most inexpensive and most effective temporary
hair removal method, waxing removes hair together with
the roots. Waxing results can last from three to eight weeks and
the new hair that grows in place is usually lighter, softer and
much sparser. Waxing also exfoliates the skin, providing softer
and smoother skin. Waxing, when used for a long period of time,
has been shown to cause permanent hair loss.
Sugaring a great alternative to waxing, sugaring is based
on a hair removal method used in ancient civilizations.
A mixture of water, sugar, and lemon juice is created to form a
syrup which is then formed into a ball with the use of ones bare
hands, flatted onto an area of the skin, and like wax, quickly pulled
Hair electrolysis this hair removal method is
the only proven technique for permanent hair removal and works by
using electricity to prevent the follicles from growing hair. Although
painful, the use of a gel to reduce pain prior to the procedure
may reduce and even eliminate the pain.
Laser Hair Removal the newest
hair removal method, laser hair removal is rapidly gaining in popularity
and is steadily improving. This treatment provides results with minimal
discomfort but is generally more expensive than all other hair removal