Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

It’s that time of year when we start baring more skin. Here is a run down of some of the most popular hair removal techniques and the pros and cons of each.

Shaving
Pros: Shaving remains the least expensive of all hair removal techniques.
Cons: Because hair is not removed from the root, re-growth can be quick – 1 to 3 days.

To ensure you get the smoothest finish with a minimal number of nicks, shave warm wet skin using a razor with lubricated strips and spring mounted blades. Be sure to change your razor often as a dull blade can lead to an increase in nicks.

Threading
Pros: Very precise results. Sanitary as the thread is tossed out after each procedure and safe for those with sensitive skin as there are no chemicals involved.
Cons: Only recommended for the face – eyebrows, chin and lip.

Threading is an ancient Middle Eastern hair removal technique that has gained popularity in North America. The practice consists of an aesthetician using two strands of thread to wrap around hairs and remove them from the root.

Waxing
Pros: Removes hair from the root which leads to a slower rate of re-growth (often 3-6 weeks), after waxing frequently many people report hair growing in thinner and, as a result, the process can become less painful.
Cons: high pain factor, can lead to ingrown hairs or burns from wax that is too hot

For those with sensitive skin or simply looking for an environmentally friendly procedure, sugaring could be a viable option. Some people report fewer ingrown hairs from sugaring and there is no danger of being burned as the sugar paste is not heated as warm as wax is for hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal
Pros: Extremely long lasting – often permanent – results,
Cons: Pricey alternative

While aestheticians can get certified to perform this procedure in a weekend workshop, consider a licensed dermatologist. Laser hair removal is not suitable for everyone and has been known to lead to scarring and burns when the laser is used inappropriately. Getting the procedure done in a doctor’s office will be more expensive, but remember, safety first. The procedure itself is relatively quick and, at its worst, feels like a rubber band snapping on your skin. Depending on the area you are treating, treatments normally take place once every 4 weeks for about 6 months.

By Kim England

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