At Home Hair Removal Methods
Home Hair Removal
Hair Removal - Bleaching, Plucking and Shaving
At home hair removal is an ongoing challenge faced by women of all ages—one that is at best annoying and time-consuming, and at worst, absolutely maddening and positively painful.
But unless you let your bodily hair grow out or opt to have it permanently removed, there is no easy solution, despite what the makers of the latest at home hair removal products may claim in their ads.
Hair, as we have seen, is supposed to grow all over your body. If it doe not, you have a problem. You should therefore be skeptical of salons that promise "root destroying” waxing therapies or epilators that buzz hair away for they just don’t work, at least beyond the short term.
Since there is no "magic bullet” for removing unwanted hair, your goal should be to make the process as quick, pain-less, and aesthetically pleasing as possible. Fortunately, many traditional and newer home hair removal methods will allow you to do just that. The key is finding the right one for you, and then deriving the best results from your chosen method. Here are some at home hair removal tips to help you get there.
Bleaching At Home Hair Removal
If you’re a stickler for precision, bleaching does not count as a true hair removal method. After all, the hairs are still in place when you’re finished! But results are results, and a bleached hair that can’t be seen is as good as gone from an aesthetic point of view. Bleaching, in fact, is a service offered at many the salons, though it can easily be done for at home hair removal, too, using one of the commercial bleaches found in most drugstores and beauty supply stores.
The chief benefits of bleaching, assuming you do it yourself, are that it is inexpensive and does not leave you with stubble, as shaving sometimes does. Its usefulness, however, is limited to light-complexioned people. If you have brown, black, or even very tanned white skin, the contrast between your dark coloring and the bleached hairs will tend to make the hairs you’re trying to hide more visible, not less.
Bleaching is also something of a tricky art, in which timing is of the essence. Take the bleach off too soon and you wind up with red hairs; leave it on too long and you wind up with dry, irritated skin. In case you can’t tell, we’re not the world’s biggest fans of bleaching. But if you decide to try it anyhow, be sure to keep the product away from your eyes, mouth, and nasal passages. The lips, mouth, and nose are especially vulnerable when bleach is applied to the upper lip. Watch the video How To Bleach Your Face at page bottom for additional instruction.
Plucking At Home Hair Removal
Plucking, the preferred method for shaping the eyebrows, is exactly what it sounds like—removing hairs one by one with tweezers. You may have heard somewhere that plucked hairs do not grow back or that they grow back longer, darker, and coarser. Well, both notions are completely misguided.
Your plucked hairs will re grow just fine. But you should still exercise caution when tweezing, since the growth cycle of eyebrow hairs (and eyelashes) is much, much shorter than that of your scalp hairs. Pluck too much at one sitting, and you may wind up with a thin, sparse look that won’t appear full again for several weeks.
Some tips for plucking like a pro:
Pluck selectively and slowly. Shaping your eyebrows gradually over the course of several days almost always delivers better results than doing the whole job at once.
Use good-quality tweezers, and sterilize them frequently. Papules, pustules, and ingrown hairs can develop in the pores of plucked sites, so you want to keep your equipment clean to minimize the risk of infection.
Angled tweezers work best for most people most of the time. Pointed tweezers, on the other hand, require more skill to use, and have a tendency to snap the shafts of longer hairs. Two brands I have used and liked: Revlon and Tweezerman, the latter available in hot pink
Shaving At Home Hair Removal
As with plucking, shaving will not cause your hair to grow back thicker, darker, or longer. A clean, close shave typically lasts one to three days, depending on how quickly your hair grows and how manic you are about stubble.
Your biggest decision here is pretty obvious: handheld safety razor or electric? I don’t recommend one over the other, but conventional wisdom says to use a safety razor if closeness is your priority, an electric if comfort is your aim. Some tips for using both:
For Safety or Electric Razors
Don’t try to shave immediately after bathing; your skin will be puckered and the results will be uneven.
For a cleaner look, always cut against the grain of the hair growth. You’ll break the hair shafts closer to the skin’s surface that way.
After you shave, rinse all shaved areas thoroughly with water, but wait a while before applying soap, deodorant, or antiperspirant, all of which can make freshly shaved skin burn and sting.
To prevent ingrown hairs on shaved skin, exfoliate gently with lotions and creams containing alpha-hydroxy acids between shaves.
For Safety Razors
Isn’t it ironic that a so-called safety” razor is the one that tends to nick and cut? To reduce the potential for damage, always start with a clean, sharp razor. Odd as it may sound, a sharper blade is less likely to nick you, because it cuts cleanly. Dull blades tend to snag and gouge. Ouch!
Hydrated hair is easier to cut, so rinse in warm (not scalding) water two to three minutes prior to shaving, then apply shaving cream—or in a pinch, hair conditioner—to retain the moisture. If razor bumps are a problem for you, let the shaving cream stand for a couple of extra minutes before shaving.
For Electric Razors
Wet skin will make your electric razor want to stick and grab, resulting in a poor, uneven cut, so start off right by making sure your skin is completely dry before shaving. Watch the video below How To Shave Your Legs for perfecting your skills for at home hair removal.
Other Popular Temporary Hair Removal Techniques
Sugaring For Hair Removal
Safe Sweet And Fast! Sugaring is a process that is similar to waxing, but the ingredients are different. Sugaring gets it name from the fact that wax is replaced with a mixture of sugar and honey.
Removing Hair With Sugaring
Try threading for hair removal, hair threading is a relatively new process which can be done either at home or at many salons. Threading is a great solution for removing fine hair like the hair that grows above the lip. It's more effective than shaving, or bleaching, but it can be as painful as waxing depending upon how sensitive your skin is and how thick your hair grows.
At Home Hair Removal