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28 Jul 2017

How To Handle Unwelcome Body Hair

We all grow hair in unwanted places. Keeping this hair at bay often requires a strict regime. However, it needn’t be a complete chore. Here are just a few tips to make hair removal easier.

Don’t believe the shaving myths

Shaving is often the most efficient way of getting rid of hair quickly. Some believe that this causes the hair to grow back faster and courser, but this is a myth. By cutting the ends off, the hair simply loses its smooth tip, which causes that prickly sensation – it’s still growing at exactly the same rate and is no thicker.

The big disadvantage of shaving is of course that it’s less permanent than other solutions. Razors might also not be great for getting round all the contours of the body. Specialist razors with curve sensing blades as produced by Wilkinson Sword can help and minimise those ankle cuts.

Take out rogue hairs with tweezers

Those strange single hairs that seem to grow in odd places are best tackled with tweezers. This will kill it at the root and stop it ever growing back again. Plucking can have its disadvantages. Occasionally a hair may snap when pulled out, leaving the root in there which then turns into an ingrown hair. You should also always ensure that your tweezers are clean to reduce the chance of infection. Many women also pluck their eyebrows – whilst you can pluck other parts of the body its very time consuming, making other more permanent solutions better.

Consider creams

Creams are good for preventing prickliness and getting those areas of the body that are difficult with a razor. Over the counter creams will often dissolve the hair. They should not be left on too long as they can sometimes affect skin and create rashes. There are then specialist creams such as Vaniqa Cream for female facial hair, which doesn’t dissolve the hair but instead slows down growth and makes hairs come out thinner so that they can be shaved off less often and with less chance of prickliness. For serious body hair, a doctor may even be able to recommend a prescription cream.

Wax unwanted hair away

Waxing can get rid of hair for up to 3 to 6 weeks, making it ideal for those that don’t want to be constantly attending to their body hair. This process pulls out all the hairs by the roots, so is essentially mass plucking. You will get redness after and the area should be kept clean to stop the follicles getting infected.

Most people will choose to get professionally waxed, although you can get home waxing kits to try on yourself. If you’re going down this latter root, make sure that hair is at least a quarter of an inch long, otherwise the waxing strips may not be able to get a firm grip.

Pricier permanent solutions

No treatment is entirely permanent, although there are now modern practices that can guarantee longer removal. For example, laser hair removal can remove hair for 6 to 12 months. This doesn’t work for all hair types – it generally won’t work for white and blond hair. There’s also a chance of redness and even scarring.

Electrolysis meanwhile is a treatment that involves placing tiny needles in the root and destroying with an electric current. This treatment works on people with white or blond hair but is a long procedure making it unsuitable for large areas of hair. It can remove hairs for up to a decade, sometimes even longer.

Handling hormonal shifts

A shift in hormones can sometimes be the cause of irregular hair growth. This may be the case with many women going through their menopause or those suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome. In such cases it can be worth talking to your doctor, who may be able to recommend medicine to treat the extra hair growth. Birth control pills have been found to work for some women.

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