5 Common Hair Removal Techniques

/ Hair Removal| BY PHYZIQUE

Do you have unwanted hair? Well, you aren’t alone. Most women, and some men, have at least some hair on their body that they want to remove. Thankfully, there are several solutions available to remove unwanted hair, including the five methods listed here.

#1) Shaving

The simplest hair removal technique is shaving. As you may already know, this involves the use of a shaving razor, typically with shaving cream or gel, to cut and remove hair from the surface of the skin. It’s been around for centuries, with origins dating back to the 1700s. Since then, it remains one of the most popular ways to remove unwanted hair, partly because it requires nothing more than a razor and gel or cream.

#2) Waxing

A more effective hair removal technique is waxing. This technique involves the application of hot wax over the hair, after which the wax — and the hair — is pulled off.  It’s more painful than shaving but also offers better, longer-lasting results.

#3) Electrolysis

A lesser-known hair removal technique is electrolysis. Developed more than a century ago, electrolysis involves the use of electricity to remove hair. During the procedure, an “electrologist” will apply a metal probe into the hair follicles. Once the probe is inserted into the follicle, electricity is channeled through it, thereby shocking the follicle and causing the hair to die. There are different types of electrolysis used to remove hair, including the Galvanic method, the blend method and thermolysis. However, they all work in the same basic way by using electricity to remove unwanted hair.

#4) Intense Pulsed Light

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a relatively new hair removal technique that involves the use of light pulses — ranging from 500 nm to 1,200 nm  — over areas of unwanted hair.  The high-powered light is designed to kill hair at the room, thereby offering long-lasting results. However, one study found that side effects were more likely to occur in IPL than laser hair removal.

#5) Laser

Finally, laser has become a popular hair removal technique in recent years. Some people assume that laser is just another name for IPL, but this isn’t necessarily true. Laser hair removal involves the use of monochromatic laser light to remove hair and prevent it from growing back. It’s been commercially available for several decades, with millions of men and women seeking this procedure. In 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of lasers to remove hair.