Too much hair in places where you do not want it to grow is a distressing problem for many women and men. Luckily, getting rid of unwanted hair is not the problem that it used to be, and shaving or plucking excessive hair are no longer the only options people have available to them. In fact, with the advent of new technology, you can even get rid of it permanently. From temporary to short term to permanent, here are a few options for hair removal:
Shaving - Shaving is a quick and painless way to remove hair anywhere on the body. It is a temporary solution. Depending on how fast a person's hair grows, hair can even start to reappear the following days. Some men shave their faces in the morning and will already have regrowth by the afternoon. Razors can be expensive, but for the most part the investment is minor. There may not be pain associated with shaving hair, but if it is not done carefully there is a risk of razor burn or cuts on the skin.
Waxing - There are different kinds of hair wax on the market. The options range from cold strips to hot wax that cools when it is on the body. The general concept is the same no matter what kind of wax is used: wax is placed on the hair and when it is pulled off, hair goes with it. People have the option of applying the hair wax themselves, or going to an esthetician. Hair wax leaves the skin smooth and only needs to be applied every three to four weeks. There is a slight pain associated with waxing, and some people prefer to take a pain killer about an hour prior to application. Although it is not always the case, the hair tends to grow back thinner and sparser after being waxed in the same area many times.
Laser Hair Removal - The most expensive of all of these hair removal techniques is laser hair removal. Laser treatments involve a laser blasting the hair follicle and killing it. The solution is very long term to permanent. Since hair grows in cycles, most people need to treat an area three to six times to see results. People with light skin and dark hair have the highest success rates. Since the skin is most receptive to laser hair removal when it is at its lightest, it is recommend for people to stay out of the sun as much as possible in the time leading up to treatments. There is a very low risk for side effects when the procedure is performed by a licensed and experienced esthetician.