Methods of Hair Removal

Written by Aleah Hammer

June 28, 2024

Let’s review the methods that are available for hair removal. Some are not permanent and some are. We will go through the different methods, and how they work, and what they do to the hair.

The most common methods are shaving, using chemical agents, tweezing, and waxing or sugaring. We will also talk about more permanent options such as laser hair removal and electrolysis. 

Tweezing 

Tweezing removes the hair by pulling it out. When this action takes place on the hair and skin, especially when not done correctly, will lift the skin as it yanks the hair out causing irritation.

It makes sense that this is the go-to method because it’s easy and most of us have tweezers in our bathroom, but the truth is, tweezing your chin hair makes it worse.

When you tweeze hair from your chin, the body creates a stronger, deeper, thicker hair in anattempt to resist the tweezing. The body wants that hair to be there, so it fights to keep it.

*If you must tweeze, here’s how to do it correctly:

1. Clean your skin first with alcohol, witch hazel, or a gentle cleanser

2. Hold the skin taut with your non-dominant hand

3. Approach the hair with the tweezer in the opposite direction of the hair growth or angle and pull out in the same direction as the hair growth.

4. Make sure your tweezers are sharp and have a good grip, Gently and Quickly pull the hair in the direction that the hair is growing.

5. Soothe skin with a nice toner, witch hazel, or a serum with a little salicylic acid if your skin is breakout prone.

Waxing 

Overall, waxing tends to be popular because it works much better than shaving or twizzing, but it doesn’t fully remove hair in the long run. 

Methods of Waxing:

  • Soft Wax – a sticky substance that is applied to your skin and hair. A strip of Pellon or muslin is applied over the wax, pressed down, and removed, bringing the wax and hairs with it.
  • Hard wax –  a thicker type of wax that is applied to the skin and hair and allowed to cool for a minute, the wax hardens over the hairs and when removed takes the hair with it. Hard wax does not pull on the skin so it is great for sensitive skin.
  • Sugaring is similar in the way it removes the hair.

Waxing will have a similar effect on your upper lip and chin hair as tweezing causing the hairs to eventually grow thicker, deeper, and eventually become ingrown all of which emphasize the problem.

Waxing can be great for other areas of the body (so long as you aren’t prone to ingrown hairs) – eyebrows, legs, bikini, and if you take away anything from this article I hope it is that you must RESIST waxing your chin or upper lip!

Sometimes waxing isn’t a good option on the body because it causes the hair to become ingrown. In cases where bikini hair, for example, is quite dense and coarse, waxing is likely to cause ingrown hair.  The other downside to waxing is that you will have to do it forever. It may seem that your hair is thinning out after a few waxes, but it’s actually not. The reason your hair appears to be thinner when you wax is because you are waxing different growth cycles.

Shaving

Shaving cuts the hair off at the surface of your skin. This does make the hair less noticeable, but when you look closely, you can still see the hair just below the skin’s surface. Shaving isn’t great for chin hair as it will leave you with a 5 o’clock shadow. 

Depilatories:

Such as Nair, 2wo words — Chemical Burn.

Epilators:

Talk about torturing yourself!! Can we say painful???!!

An Epilator is a hair removal tool that is shaped like a large razor, and you use it the same way you would a razor except you want your skin dry and exfoliated before using. Epilators are usually battery-powered and have several speed settings. The way it works is by pulling out your hair in the same way a tweezer does, except much faster and many hairs at once.

Now let’s talk about the more permanent options that are safe and effective!

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is really hair reduction. No one can legally claim that a laser will permanently remove 100% of your unwanted hair for good. It does, however, reduce hair by about 90% for some and 50% for others, which makes it much more manageable. 

For some, the laser treatments keep the hair away for good, others are hair-free for 10 years or so before they see regrowth and others have no change. There is also the 5% that experience the worst side effect – stimulated hair growth, this is about 1 in every 10,000 people.  

Most people who use this option have good results. Here at Curve Appeal we have amazing laser hair removal technology that makes this an affordable option, and we have unlimited laser hair removal memberships and packages too.

Electrolysis:

The Only Permanent Solution  Electrolysis is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent removal of unwanted hair. Regardless of the cause – heredity, metabolic, or hormonal conditions – electrolysis will permanently remove unwanted hair to reveal glowing, smooth skin, and a more confident you.

Some other amazing facts about electrolysis: 

  1. Electrolysis is effective for all skin types, hair types, skin colors, hair colors, and areas of your body.
  2. As the hair is treated, regrowth is prevented rather than removed temporarily. Electrolysis is the ONLY method that provides both hair removal and permanent hair elimination.
  3. Electrolysis must be done in a series to treat all growth cycles and temporary regrowth. As we treat the follicles, some will stop producing hair immediately, while others will regrow weaker, finer hair until it is treated enough times to completely stop growing.

The way Electrolysis works is quite simple; a small electric current is transmitted by a fine, sterile tiny probe directly into the natural opening of the hair follicle, destroying the dermal papilla, the matrix, and an area called “the bulge”, all of which cause hair to grow and regenerate. In other words, the electrical current destroys the hair follicle rendering it unable to produce a hair.

There are three types of electrolysis used today:

  1. Galvanic uses a Direct Current (DC) that is applied to the follicle. The DC causes a chemical reaction to happen within the skin which causes the breakdown of the salt and water molecules that are naturally in our skin. When these molecules break down, they reform and produce sodium hydroxide (lye) within the hair follicle. Lye is caustic to the follicle. When electrolysis is done well, your technician will make sure not to allow the lye to reach the surface of the skin which can cause mild irritation.
  2. Thermolysis uses an Alternating Current ( AC ) is used to cauterize the follicle using heat.
  3. The Blend Method combines both Galvanic ( AC) and Thermolysis (DC) current and is very effective in eliminating hair growth. The blend method is available here at Curve Appeal.

Laser Hair Removal & Electrolysis at Curve Appeal 

Here at Curve Appeal, we have a variety of options for you to get rid of unwanted hair. We work with men and women, including those who are transitioning. Regardless of why you don’t like or want the hair on your body we are here to help you look and feel your best. We have unlimited laser hair removal packages and memberships that make it affordable to stop waxing and shaving in the long run. 

Ready for smooth skin, and no more ingrown hairs? I would love to talk with you about your options and make sure you get what you need! You can call Curve Appeal at 509-619-2926 or send me a message to get started! 

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