Alternative Hair Removal Methods
Hair removal methods fall into one of two categories:
- Depilation – the removal of hair at the skin’s surface
- Epilation – the removal of the hair below the skin’s surface
Shaving – Hair is tugged and cut off at ( or just below) the skin’s surface. Hair grows back darker, stronger and more coarse-feeling. Shaving can cause skin irritation such as razor burn and cuts.
Depilatories – Depilatories are composed of harsh chemicals which work to disintegrate hair at the hair line, weakening hair and allowing it to be rubbed off. The chemical can be very irritating to the skin, leaving redness and soreness where used.
Abrasives – There are several types of abrasives. They are like a mild sand paper, used to remove fine hair by rubbing it off, leaving the skin irritated.
Waxing – Wax is available in various form such as hot wax, cold wax or liquid wax, yet they all share several similarities. All wax products contain chemical, beeswax and/or resins, and are removed using cloth strips or the wax is allowed to harden on the skin and removed by gripping the edge of the wax. The wax is violently pulled off the skin against the direction of hair growth, causing pain and irritation, bruising and hair breakage. Wax must also be heated to a very high temperature in order to become liquefied, which can result in burning and scarring. Clients must have a minimum two to three weeks growth in order to be waxed.
Electrolysis – With this method a fine probe (needle) is inserted into the follicle until it reaches the root. Electricity is then conducted through the needle to kill the hair root. This must be done very carefully and over a prolonged period of time. Electrolysis is time consuming therefore, often costly for large areas of hair. For that reason, many electrologists are combining their services with other methods of hair removal such as the Advanced Sugaring Technique.
Electric Tweezers – Although the electric tweezer is still used, it is not considered permanent hair removal. This method is said to be sending an electrical current to the root of each hair by means of a tweezer. Since hair is not an effective conductor of electricity, the current is easily diverted from its intended path and therefore is regarded as unsafe. This is an expensive and time consuming process. Regrowth occurs relatively quickly with this method.
Tweezing – Removing hair with tweezers is an ancient rite – and certainly has not improved much over the years. In modern times, women generally limit tweezing to the eyebrows. It is a painful, time consuming process – and often needs to be done two or three times a week for a hair-free eyebrow.
Other Methods – These are often called “innovations” and may even use a sugar substance. These “other products” usually contain potentially harmful chemicals and the method can be messy, complicated and even painful.