There are many different procedures for removing unwanted hair. Some are painful, some are not. Some have many side effects, where as some have very few. Deciding which method is best for you can often be a tricky task. By breaking down the most popular personal grooming techniques, you can easily find the one that suits you best.
Shaving is the most popular choice for both men and woman alike. It is cheap, easy, painless and – after some practice – quite simple. Straight, safety and double-edged razors give the closest shave. Electric razors provide a less close shave, but in half the time. A close shave can leave you with not only hairless skin but cuts, razor burn and/or rashes. The hair-free effects last only a day or two and the risk of ingrown hairs is fairly great.
Depilatories are also a quick and easy method. They come in various strengths, and can be done in the privacy of your home. This painless hair removal cream is widely available in many stores. The results last a few days longer than shaving, but dark-haired users are frequently left with a shadow of hair under the skin. It’s also messy and smelly and can actually burn skin if left on too long.
Waxing can also be cheap if an at-home kit is purchased. It lasts much longer than shaving, with noticeably finer re-growth starting at 2-8 weeks. Waxing, although effective, is also quite painful. It can cause minor bleeding, bruises, swelling, redness, ingrown hairs, and can also be an expensive and embarrassing process when done by a professional.
Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal option available today. However, it is very painful and extremely expensive. It is a lengthy process, taking up to a few years for large areas and some reports of re-growth have been received.
Laser Hair Removal is a semi-permanent procedure. There is minor re-growth after treatments and hair is much less noticeable. For people who want the hair completely gone forever, this method is not for you. Some hair does grow back, although it comes in a lot finer and lighter in color. Depending on your pain threshold, treatments can be quite painful. In rare cases, scarring has occurred. You will be advised during a consultation whether you are a candidate for the procedure.
Hair removal itself comes with advantages and disadvantages of its own. If you decide to bare it all, then you may be rewarded with higher self esteem and confidence. Social acceptance in some circles is also achieved. Many people find hairlessness sexually attractive and more hygienic. Although of course there are people who find it unnatural and not attractive at all. Each culture has its own aesthetic ‘ideal’ amount of body hair. In the end, whether you choose to be hair-free or hair-y, the important thing to remember is that it’s your choice. You have the power to choose if and when to go smooth, and how to do it. And that’s the bare truth.