Complete Body Hair Removal
by Annie Wang
Everyone has body hair, and some of us have excess body hair in places we'd rather not. There are many different methods for hair removal, both permanent and temporary. Choosing the best option for complete body hair removal may require a combination of methods, depending on personal choice, budget and pain tolerance.
Permanent Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a permanent solution for removing hair from almost any place on the body. Pulsating laser lights penetrate the skin and destroy the hair follicle, so no new hairs can grow. The sensation of the laser has been compared to rubber bands snapping against the skin. Multiple sessions are required for permanent hair removal. Each treatment session costs an average of $358, and you generally will need at least five sessions per body part. Due to the expense, many use this method for only certain areas of the body.
Waxing is a long-lasting method of hair removal, and is suitable for your entire body, including the face. Waxing can be done at home or by a professional. Warm wax is applied to the skin, then a strip of cloth is placed on top of the wax. The cloth is removed quickly from the skin so the wax beneath rips out hairs at the root. Hair should be at least 1 cm so the wax has a bit of hair to grip on to. Waxing can be painful. Results generally last three to six weeks.
Shaving is an inexpensive, quick method for removing hair. To shave your legs or arms, apply a shaving cream and use upward strokes with your razor against the way the hairs naturally grow. To shave the underarm area, lather with shaving cream and use both upward and downward strokes. To shave the bikini area, lather and use downward strokes, going with the way your hair naturally grows instead of against it.
It is a myth that shaving makes hair thicker. Shaving doesn't alter hair in any way, but stubble from shaving is bristly and may seem thicker. For women, the hair above the lip or on your chin is best removed by waxing or laser hair removal, not shaving.