Hair removal, also called depilation or epilation, is the intentional removal of unwanted body hair. It differs from shaving, waxing and other superficial procedures because hair removal is done directly by hand or with a surgical instrument.
Many people are embarrassed by hair removal as it is done in public, but this practice is common among young people who are just coming out of puberty. The main purpose for removing hair is to make the person look younger, although many people believe that it will reduce their body odor. There are three methods of hair removal: electrolysis, lasers and waxing.
Electrolysis is a method of removing unwanted hair through the use of electric current. An electrolysis machine consists of two electrical wires, which are connected to the skin, and the hair follicles. The skin is soaked with a solution that contains an acid (usually Lye) and bicarbonate. These chemicals attach themselves to the hair, causing it to be destroyed. Electrolysis can be performed on the face, the body and even the pubic area. Some hair removal machines use hot wax as an alternative to Lye, though this method is rarely used. Although some people prefer electrolysis over waxing or lasers, some people choose both at once.
Laser hair removal involves using a device, which uses light to kill the hair follicle. The heat of the laser destroys the root of the hair, leaving it completely harmless. This is one method of hair removal that is effective in all areas of the body, though it can be painful. Another advantage to laser hair removal is that it is less expensive than electrolysis. The process of laser hair removal requires a trained technician to apply the heat to the patient’s skin.
Waxing is another popular method of removing unwanted hair. When a thin layer of wax is applied to the skin, it creates a temporary barrier between the wax and the skin. The wax breaks down after a short amount of time, leaving the skin smooth and soft. Some waxes contain alcohol, which can dry the skin and cause the skin to peel. Waxing can be performed on the legs, the buttocks, chest and back. Waxing can also cause temporary scars and it can irritate sensitive areas of the skin.
While all three methods of hair removal have their advantages and disadvantages, electrolysis has been proven to be the most effective at removing unwanted hair permanently. Because it can remove hair in so many areas, it is the most widely used method of hair removal. It is also less expensive than waxing and laser. It can be done on the face, in addition to the chest, legs and back. If electrolysis is not possible, then a good alternative is to go for waxing or laser removal. If you are concerned about how your hair looks after removing it, then you may want to consider electrolysis.