The Basics Of Hair Removal.

Body and facial hair has been a problem that both males and females have struggled with for centuries. It became fashionable in North America and Western Europe for people to remove their body hair during the 20th century when body hair was deemed unattractive or unfeminine. Men are also starting to buy into this trend. A trip to your local salon will give you the price of a back or chest wax and male only salons are popping up everywhere.

Different fashions have popped up over the years. The "Brazilian" is my current favorite. It has been around for a while and is even gaining popularity with men in Europe. We can thank adult film starts for giving us this little gem. For the purpose of experience I did get a Brazilian done. My initial reaction was that someone has lit my nether regions on fire and when I looked down I was sure that my skin was going to have been removed as well.

After the redness went away and the soreness subsided I decided I liked it. This was the next morning as it was sore for a few hours. I was spending most of that week in a bathing suit and I loved not having to worry about shaving or "peek." It also feels very clean and free. However, when you are not used to this free feeling you can feel a little exposed. Some people report to doing a few uninhibited things like not wear underwear while sporting a Brazilian. Personally, underwear became as important to me as oxygen.

But that is only one area that people have been removing their body hair. Most women are looking to get rid of their leg hair. My mother spent a lot of my teenage years schooling me about the evils of shaving above the knee. I dare say that I have crossed over to the dark side and am hair free above the knee. Don't tell my Mom.

We all have questions about the best ways to rid ourselves of unwanted body hair. The "ouch" factor seems to be the one we most want to avoid. In a perfect world we could do a hair removal treatment once, it wouldn't hurt, and it would be gone forever.

"Permanent" Hair Removal

There are so many hair removal products on the market today. It's hard to know which ones work and if they will live up to all the hype on the label. Permanent hair removal is gaining popularity and most customers think that permanent means forever. In regards to hair removal "permanent" actually means going for a full year after your last treatment before having to go back for further hair removal. The only method of hair removal to be clinical proven as permanent is electrolysis. I have had one electrolysis treatment and it felt like I was getting some facial hair plucked. So yes, it was very painful and time consuming. I was there for a 45 minute treatment and I saw no difference. I figured that I would have to go back 10 more times and the cost was just too much. Which is when I decided to try laser.

Laser could probably be more accurately described as hair reduction. I did have some laser hair removal and have had some of it grow back after my pregnancies. I blame this on the hormone shift, but time also played a role. It was about 5 years after my last laser treatment. In saying that, the laser that I had on my eyebrows has never grown back. After time your hair does grow back a lot sparsely especially in the eye area. Women are now turning to Rogaine to try to grow back some over plucked eyebrows.

The greater degree of difference in pigment between skin tone and hair color, the greater success. So very pale people with really dark hair tend to respond very well. I am going to try some laser on my armpits and bikini for the summer. I'll be sure to update the results.

Here are few other hair removal methods. I personally haven't tried these ones but if I do I will be sure to report back. When I am finally done with having babies and breastfeeding I may try a prescription.

Prescription oral medications

Enzymes that inhibit the development of new hair cells. Hair growth will become less and less until it finally stops; normal depilation/epilation will be performed until that time. Products include the prescription drug Vaniqa (active ingredient eflornithine hydrochloride inhibiting the enzyme ornithine decarboxylase).

There are some home remedies that you can try. I found a great one that does not remove the hair but really helps inhibit the hair growth after you do your hair removal. If you want to try an inexpensive home remedy that is all natural Click Here!

Methods of Temporary Hair Removal





Electric tweezers

Foods and Dietary supplements

Nonprescription topical preparations (also called "hair inhibitors," "hair retardants," or "hair growth inhibitors")


Advantages and Disadvantages

There are several disadvantages to many of these hair removal methods. Many are not permanent, can cause medical problems, or have very high costs. Some of these methods are still in the testing phase and their methods have not been clinically proven. One should seek the advice of a doctor-supervised facility when choosing these hair removal methods.

One issue, that can be considered an advantage or a disadvantage depending upon an individual's viewpoint, is that removing hair has the effect of removing information about the individual's hair growth patterns due to genetic predisposition, illness, androgen levels (such as from pubertal hormonal imbalances or drug side effects), and/or gender status.

Health Risks

A variety of staph infection, known as "community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" (MRSA), was identified following an outbreak among gay men in Los Angeles in 2003. Among the risk factors for transmission of the infection identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is "compromised skin integrity." Researchers with the Connecticut Department of Public Health determined that "manscaping" (hair removal, especially performed with a dry safety razor and powder) could produce micro-abrasions of the skin, compromising its integrity. Men who manscaped were six times more likely to contract the disease. This drug-resistant strain of S. aureus has been found prevalently among gay and bisexual men, athletes, prisoners and Native Americans.