Generally considered a “cosmetic” issue, hair removal can be a medical necessity for skin graft preparation, ingrown eyelashes, and various other problems. Changes in hair-growth patterns are sometimes a symptom of serious conditions such as hormonal imbalances or glucose intolerance.
Depilation is the removal of body hair. Technically, this term refers only to removal of hair above the level of the skin, while removal of hair and root together is epilation. However, people often use “depilation” to describe processes that involve stripping the root out along with the hair. Numerous societies across human history have practiced depilation and there are a number of depilatory techniques in use today.
A classic depilation technique is shaving, in which a sharpened razor is run over the skin to cut off hair as it emerges from the follicle. Shaving needs to be practiced on a regular basis to keep the skin smooth and using dull razors or not being careful can cause ingrown hairs, razor burn, and cuts. For best results, rub a body wash or soap on the areas that you will shave in order to have a smoother finish. Then, glide the shaver’s blade against the growth of your hair. Rinse carefully and apply cream or lotion after drying with towel.
Chemical depilation uses a chemical depilatory or hair-removal cream that contains chemicals that can effectively remove hair. Test a small portion of your skin to see if you would get an allergic reaction or skin rash before using. Apply the cream over the unwanted hair. The depilatory agents work by reacting with the protein structure of the hair, causing it to dissolve. After 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the product’s instructions), wash the area with water and scrape away the growth. Depilatory creams that break the hair up and allow the user to rinse the damaged hair away are another popular method in some regions and tend to last longer than shaving.
Epilation to remove the hair and the root lasts even longer because a new root must grow before the hair can reappear. Waxing, sugaring, plucking, threading are all techniques that can be used for epilation. Some of these methods can be used at home, while others need to be performed by an experienced aesthetician who has received training in performing them safely.
Laser hair removal is an FDA approved process which should only be performed by a licensed and trained professional. During this procedure, a small laser beam is used to destroy the hair follicles. This is a relatively painless procedure which works best on people who have light colored skin and dark hair. It is not recommended if you are deeply tanned. Costs run around $1,000 for the removal of facial hair, and anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 for hair removal from the legs and pubic area.
Epilators are sleek, trendy and handy electrical devices to remove unwanted hair straight from the root. They function by gripping and pulling out several hairs at a time with the tweezing action of a rotating head which can be battery operated or connected to the mains. Epilating is a great way to remove those unwanted hairs easily, anytime, anywhere without creating any mess or spending a large amount of money. An epilator removes hair from the roots, so, the result is silky, smooth, hairless skin lasting for 3-4 weeks, depending on the rate of your hair growth. An epilator only entails a one time cost of about 45– 50$, the price varying according to the model and brand.