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Today's Top Hair Removal Options

Aug 17, 2007
Let's face it, few people enjoy dealing with unwanted hair. The hassles involved in its removal can be many, and the thought of leaving it in place just won't do for the appearance conscious. The problem is there are many options for removing unwanted hair. Choosing the right one for you is a matter of personal preference.

Whether it's removal of unwanted facial hair, the bikini area, the back or beyond, the main choices for removal include such things as shaving, depilatories, waxing and laser treatments. Each method comes with its own plusses and minuses.

Shaving is the most commonly used form of hair removal. In this process, a person simply uses a razor and some form of lubricant to make the razor work more efficiently. This method is great for those who don't want to deal with the other options. It's quick, cheap and does get the job done. The problem with it is the fact it can be painful - especially if the razor slips - and it must be repeated frequently. Although a good option for many, shaving just isn't for everyone.

Depilatories are creams that essentially remove unwanted hair. They can be lathered on and then wiped off, taking the hair with them. This is a cheap method that avoids the pain of a slipped razor, but again, it's not the right method for everyone's needs. These creams can be harsh and they can sometimes fall where they don't belong. Not the most precise method, depilatories are good for large areas, such as the legs, but awful for the bikini line and not much fun to use on a lip. Hair removal done in this manner requires frequent touch ups, but not necessarily as many as shaving alone.

Waxing is a favorite choice for many seeking to remove excess hair. Although a bit high in the "ouch factor," this method works for keeping hair off for a while. During a waxing, the area to be treated is cleaned and conditioned and then wax is applied. Long strips of cotton or other such material are applied over the wax. When the wax dries, the hair is removed by ripping the strips off. Those who swear by waxing say this process leaves skin baby soft. Those who don't like it simply say it hurts. Effective for the face, back, legs, arms and beyond, waxing is a good hair removal choice for those who don't mind dealing with the initial shock.

Laser hair removal is a favorite for those who want hair removed for good - or close to it. More expensive than the other removal processes, this one involves a medical or at least salon or clinical setting for the use of a specialized laser. The process doesn't work for everyone, but it is generally considered permanent or semi-permanent. The procedure is virtually painless and is considered so effective because the hair follicle itself is damaged during the procedure. Hair is removed and regrowth is retarded or prevented by the damage.

Hair removal is serious business. Choosing the right means for you should be considered carefully. Not all removal processes are alike and each comes with its own pros and cons.
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