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Unwanted Hair Removal

Most common ways to rid hair

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You may not realize that there are many unwanted hair removal methods. Every option has different pros, cons, price points and may not be the best choice depending on where you want to remove hair. We cover the most common options to make it easier for you to pick the right one for you.

1. Waxing

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Waxing, a very popular method used both at home and salons uses a resin-based wax like product to remove the entire hair follicle from the root. Results can last up to 6 weeks.

2. Laser

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Multiple laser hair removal treatments can help reduce the overall amount of hair, and also make some hairs lighter or finer. FDA approved for permanent hair reduction, but not permanent hair removal. Not all hair or skin types can safely receive or benefit from laser hair removal.

3. Sugaring

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Sugaring is an age-old hair removal method lasting up to six weeks uses natural ingredients like lemon, sugar and water to remove the hair follicle from the root. Although a similar process to waxing, sugaring is much more gentle to the skin and easier on the ouch factor.

4. Plucking

Plucking hair removal, also known by the more professional term of tweezing, uses tweezers to remove hair one by one, ridding hair up to six weeks. Most commonly used for shaping eyebrows, tweezing is also helpful in removing a stray hair here or there.

5. Threading

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Threading hair is an ancient method commonly practiced in Eastern countries, like Egypt and India, but is becoming very popular here in the West. Threading uses a string to remove the entire hair follicle, lasting up to 6 weeks.

6. Shaving

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The most common type of hair removal, shaving, simply cuts hair off at skin level with a razor and is used daily by millions of men and women. Although easy, shaving has short-lived results of a day or two.

7. Electrolysis

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Electrolysis is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. It does require multiple sessions where each follicle is individually treated for about one minute to achieve best possible results, but permanent hair removal isn’t 100% guaranteed for everyone.

8. Hair Removal Creams

A strong, alkaline based product is placed on hair and slowly breaks down the hair follicle, until it turns jelly-like. The depilatory hair removal process takes about 5- 10 minutes for it to be easily wiped off with a warm towel at, or somewhat below skin level.

9. Bleaching

Bleaching body and facial hair doesn't take the hair away, but can make it appear less noticeable because it lightens the color of hair to a light shade of blonde. Results last anywhere from 2- 6 weeks.
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