Methods of Hair Removal

Hair. Its been around for as long as there have been bodies for it to grow on. And we have been removing it for about that long as well, Ancient Egyptians tombs indicate that abrasive materials such as pumice stones were used to remove unwanted hair. Ancient Greeks and Romans removed body hair using similar methods. Native Americans used sharpened stones and seashells to rub off and pluck off hair. The Ancient Turks used a chemical method (lets call it medieval Nair!). They used a combination of quick lime, arsenic and rose water. It was a rather crude and toxic means of hair removal but it did the trick!

Lets be honest, we all want to be smooth and hairless like a baby seal. I know I do! And with all of the modern advancements in technology there are so many options to choose from when it comes to hair removal. Weather your looking for hair growth reduction, permanent hair removal, temporary removal, like waking, sugaring or threading, or even just the good old razor and tweezers approach. God forbid you turn to Nair. Nair is a NO NO! It is toxic and forbidden! So lets break it down. We are going to take a quick look at the options we have and look at some of the pros and cons of each.

  1. Electrolysis: Is the method of removing hair by means of electricity. It is considered the only true means of permanent hair removal. This method uses direct current which decomposes the papilla (the source of nourishment for the hair). This can be quite painful and requires multiple visits for the client to achieve the desired results.
  2. Laser and pulse light therapy: Uses intense light to destroy the growth cells of the hair bulb. This technique significantly reduces the hair growth but does not permanent remove all hairs. This is great for clients who have and overgrowth of hair, or very course hair and would like thinner, more sparse and manageable body hair.
  3. Depilation and epilation: Depilation is the process of removing hair at or near the level of the skin, like shaving and trimming. Epilation is removing of the hair at the bottom of the follicle, like waxing and tweezing.
    • Shaving is quick easy and you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home. However it only temporarily removes the hair, and the hair grows back prickly and sharp. It can also result in razor bumps, burns, and ingrown hairs.
    • Waxing is a much more desirable method of hair removal and it helps the hair grow back thinner, softer and more sparse.  Waxing is fast and easy, for some it can be mildly painful but after you are used to it, it becomes less painful and the results keep you coming back for more hot wax ripped off your body in every nook and cranny!

Tune in for our next blog for an in depth look at the different methods and types of waxing and find out which type of wax is really the most effective and least painful! Is it sugaring, European hard wax, French, clay wax or traditional amber…. Find out here! And always be sure to apply your Sweet Bee Magic after every type of hair removal method you try for soft smooth moisturized skin!

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