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Getting Rid of Unwanted Body Hair

For decades, men and women have been trying to find the most effective, best ways to get rid of unwanted body hair. Many of us think first of shaving. It’s simple, inexpensive, and works quickly. However, while shaving is a great option for men’s heads and faces, areas of the body. Shaving also has to be repeated often, and it can cause cuts and nicks to sensitive areas. So, besides shaving, what else is there? Let’s look at the pros and cons of some other viable hair removal options:

1. Tweezing: Pulling out small hairs or coarse whiskers with tweezers is usually a simple task. If you just have a few stray hairs, and you’ve got good lighting (and a magnifying mirror), tweezing is a great option. If you need get rid of a lot of hair, or it’s a sensitive area, tweezing is too time-consuming and can be extremely painful. Another pro—and con--is that tweezing can damage hair at the root. So, if you’re sure you don’t want that hair to grow again, tweezing is great! If you might want thicker eyebrows again someday, those hairs may not grow back.

2. Bleaching: While bleaching doesn’t actually get rid of unwanted hair, it will lighten it, so it’s less visible. There are great bleaching products on the market that will leave hair a light blondish hue, so much of the hair left is barely visible. You can bleach hair on your face, arms, or anywhere you’d like to camoflouge unruly or thick hair.

3. Waxing: Waxing is especially useful for brows and bikini areas. Men may find it effective on their backs and even chests. Wax is just a mixture of oil, rosin, and paraffin—heated—then spread evenly over the hairy area. Once cooled, the wax is removed quickly, and it takes with it unwanted hair. Waxing can be incredibly painful, but it is a good option if you want to be hair-free for several weeks at a time.

4. Depilatories: These are creams that are simple to use. Just apply the cream, leave it on for a specific time, then just wash away the cream (and the hair!). As easy as the creams are to use, they don’t often give consistent results.

5. Electrolysis: Each hair follicle is removed by an electric current through a fine needle. The process is quite effective, but only after quite some time—and definitely some pain. Electrolysis needs to be done for several months or years to remove all unwanted hair, and it may be a painful process.

6. Threading. The process of threading has been around for centuries, but it is mostly practiced in Eastern countries. Years ago, it became popular in the west, because it is effective at removing hair—at the root—for up to six weeks. It’s a quick process in which a cotton thread is pulled along hair follicles and removes them—many at a time. It is great for the face, but usually isn’t done for the rest of body hair.

7. Laser Hair Removal: Light is drawn to the pigment of your hair follicle, and as it is, the hair is damaged to the roots. Laser hair removal works on many hairs at a time, but you need to have multiple treatments to get lasting results. The process can be painful in sensitive areas, and it doesn’t always result in permanent hair removal.

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