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Hair removal methods
 by Celluline, last updated: June 08, 2015

What are the hair removal options out there? Which ones is the best for you? Unwanted body hair for some is a major cause of embarrassment. Others have to maintain a hairless appearance due to the nature of their work or other activities.
Here are the hair removal methods reviews.

Method:

Description

Results:

Body area:

Comments:

Temporary hair removal methods

Shaving

Shaving is the most common way to remove hair. According to a recent Ipsos-Reid survey, 83 percent of Canadian women shave themselves. Shaving involves using a razor to cut through hair and scrape it away from the skin.

2- 3 days

  • bikini line

  •  legs

  • underarms

Shaving is laborious, slow and the effects are temporary, lasting just one to three days. Regrowth after shaving, particularly in sensitive areas, can be painful and itchy. There is the risk of cuts and nicks to the skin unless you use an electric shaver.

Tweezing

An epilation method that utilizes pinching tweezers to grasp individual hairs by the roots and pull them out.

Temporary - few  weeks

  • small areas such as the eyebrows

The hair sometimes grows back thicker and darker. Tweezing can be very painful, particularly tweezing hairs from the face. Tweezing is  very slow, since it involves pulling hairs out one-by-one. It also carries with it the risk of inflaming the hair follicles and perhaps causing infections.

Threading
or
 Khite

Threading is an ancient manual technique, popular in many Arabic countries. 100% cotton thread is twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin entwining the hair in the thread which is then lifted out from the follicle.

Temporary - few  weeks

  • eyebrows

  • upper lip

  • and other facial areas

In order for threading to work, hair must be at least 1/8 inch long. Adverse effects from threading include pain, hyper pigmentation, scarring, folliculitis, and ingrown hair pseudofolliculitis

Waxing - sugaring

Waxing is one form of epilation, which is a process of pulling hair out by the roots. Warm wax is applied section-by-section to relevant areas of the body, is allowed to harden for a few seconds, and then is quickly peeled off. Alternately, a cloth can be placed over the wax which adheres to the wax and is then ripped off quickly, taking the wax and hair with it.

Temporary - few  weeks

  • upper lip

  •  bikini,

  • legs

In order for waxes to work, hair must be at least 1/8 inch long. Waxing can be painful, especially on those that have sensitive skin.  Waxing can irritate sensitive skin and should not be used on skin that is chapped, sunburned or otherwise weakened.

Depilatory creams

Depilatories

Depilatory creams, roll-ons, aerosols, and lotions contain chemicals that dissolve hair and separate it from the skin. After leaving the depilatory on for about 20 minutes , user wipe hair away.

7 to 10 days

  • legs

  • underarms

  • bikini line

Depilatories can cause skin irritation or chemical burns for those with sensitive skin, allergies, or those who leave the product on too long. They can also be difficult to apply smoothly and evenly and users sometimes complain that they can't sit down or put on clothing while their body is covered with the depilatory product.

Prescription topical preparation Vaniqa is a prescription cream applied to the skin for the reduction of unwanted facial hair in women. You'll have to get a prescription from your doctor. Most insurance policies do not cover Vaniqa. Note: Vaniqa should not be used:
 - By men. It has not been tested on males.
 - By females under age 12.
 - By women who are pregnant or nursing.
 - If you have severe acne or broken skin.
works for same Only on the face and chin and nowhere ales. This medication is not a depilatory, but rather appears to retard hair growth to improve the condition. You will need to continue using other hair removal method simultaneously with Vaniqa. It will take around 2 months of treatment before you see if it works or not. If you stop taking Vaniqa, your hair may come back to previous levels within 2 months after stopping.
The active ingredient in Vaniqa is eflornithine hydrochloride. It inhibits an enzyme that affects hair growth, called ornithine decarboxylase.
There is also an oral version of the Vaniqa drug

Prescription oral medications

Prescription oral medications Some Drugs that can reduce hair growth: - Finasteride or Propecia and Proscar
 - Spironolactone or Aldactone
 - Flutamide
 - Ketoconazole
 - Gonadotrophin releasing hormone agonists
 - Cyproterone acetate (not available in the US)
works for same Any area Most oral medications require prescription even though , they can be helpful in reducing hair growth in some consumers, but it's important to discuss possible unwanted side effects with your physician.

Permanent hair reduction for some

Flashlamp
or
- IPL

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), involves the use of a specially constructed xenon flash lamp and focusing optics.

Permanent  for some

Any area, except eyebrows  The IPL has become very popular due to its cheaper and faster procedure, compared to laser hair removal. The effectiveness of the IPL hair removal and Laser Epilation is debated by scientists, equipment manufacturers and practitioners. The results of IPL hair removal are generally acceptable , but the Laser hair removal results appear to be better and more consistent.
It is also used for the treatment of the skin in a process known as photo rejuvenation or photo facials.

Permanent hair removal for most

Electrolysis

With electrolysis, very fine needles are inserted into the hair follicle and an electric current is used to disable the hair growth. This damages the hair follicle and hampers its ability to produce more hairs. Each hair has to be treated individually.

Permanent

Small areas like:

  • chin

  •  eyebrows

  •  upper lip

The process can be lengthy as each follicle is individually targeted. Electrolysis also requires multiple sessions to remove hair completely in an area. Electrolysis also carries with it a slight risk of scarring and infections from inflamed follicles and ingrown hairs. Do not try at-home electrolysis kits because it can be dangerous, painful, and leave scarring

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a process that uses a very narrow beam of concentrated light. Laser beams send a burst of light energy into hairs, destroying hair follicles and preventing hair from growing back. Process is quick with minor discomfort, it can take up to six treatments for complete hair removal.

Permanent for most

Any area, except eyebrows

Most expensive permanent hair removal method per treatment, but it is most cost effective over the time. The treatment is quick and lest painful then other hair removal method. The laser hair removal can't be perfumed if the acne creams are used 48 hours prior treatment.

Other Doubtful - non FDA approved methods

Photodynamic therapy -PDT An experimental method combining chemicals and radiation to induce controlled hair loss or reduction. Similar to cancer treatment where chemotherapy and radiation treatments result in hair loss. Potentially permanent unknown This has been proposed as a theoretical possibility of hair removal, and in 1995 an experimental clinical trial was performed. Commercial use is not expected in the foreseeable future.

X-ray hair removal

The clients would receive a four-minute dose of x-rays directly to the face, often once a week for several months. The treatments often caused permanent removal of hair, but they also eventually resulted in wrinkling, atrophy, white or brown fibrous splotches, keratoses, ulcerations, carcinoma, and death for many clients. Potentially permanent unknown Banned for cosmetic uses in the Canada and  U.S

How much does it cost?
It all depends on the area that is being treated. A bikini can cost as little as $150 or as much as $400.  A full back can cost from $600-1200.  Initially it looks like a lot of money, but it is by far more economical financially, and time-wise to do laser in the long run. Below is hair removal compare cost chart.
 

Hair  Removal Method

Area

Treatment Time

Frequency

Cost per Time

Total Cost (for 10 years period)

Laser

Back

one hour

once a month, up to six treatments

$600 Average

$4,800

Electrolysis

Back

125 hours

Once every three weeks

$60 Average

$7,500

Waxing

Back

1/2 hour

Once a month to unlimited

$45 Average

$5,400


 

                 Celluline's hair removal chart for cost, speed, pain, lasting and safety:

Hair Removal Methods:

Cost

Speed

Pain

Lasting

Safety

 Waxing / Sugaring

B-

B+

B-

C

A-

 Threading

B-

B+

B

C

A-

 Electrolysis

D-

D+

D+

A

B

 Nd:YAG laser

D-

B

B-

B-

B

 Ruby laser

D-

B

B-

B+

C+

 Alexandrite laser

D-

B

B-

B+

C+

 Diode laser

D-

B

B-

A -

B+

 IPL

D-

B+

C+

B-

C

 

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