Getting rid of unwanted hair has been an issue for women since ancient times and even today it is still a major challenge for women all over the world. With the advent of technology, and despite what the ads say, it is still scientifically impossible to guarantee 100% permanent hair removal. There are many methods available, each with it’s own set of positive and negative points. You simply have to choose the one that is most suitable to your needs.
Waxing is one of the oldest and still the most popular options available. Also known as “sugaring” because the hot wax found in the kit is made of sugar or honey combined with beeswax or resin. You can buy a jar of the wax, heat it so it is easy to apply on the target area, wait for it to firm and press a sheet of cotton muslin fabric over it and pull in the direction opposite to natural growth of hair. OUCH! But seriously, you get used to it after the first few times and it really doesn’t hurt much. Also it is cheap; you can do it in the privacy of your own home and at your convenience. Finally it is good for a couple of weeks.
Electrolysis and laser hair removal options are the only two which come close to permanently removing hair. With electrolysis, a professional inserts a needle into the hair follicle on at a time to deaden the root. It too is painful, can cause skin irritation, expensive and may take years to achieve the desired results.
The laser hair removal method also needs to be done by a professional and the idea here is to flash a light at specific intervals over the skin to deaden the hair follicles. It unfortunately only works with fair skinned people and can cause burning and scarring. Also it does not come cheap and requires many treatments.
Hair growth inhibitors can be used in addition to waxing, are good at slowing down the growth of unwanted hair. This decreases the number of hair removal sessions and in some cases actually stops hair growth.