The Home-Based Body Hair Removal: What you need to consider before removing your body hairs based on 5 different techniques.

By Hafizatul Sufiah Yaacob.

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While puberty does shape a person’s physical, mental, and also emotional issues, it also triggers the hormones that either cause the growth of body hair in certain places or thicken it.

For the female species, the issues of body hair are staggering and being perpetuated by razor’s company as well as media, depicting the idea a woman must be hairless like a sphynx cat. 

Even the issues of showing a woman’s body hairs in media and television haven’t been spoken about until 3 years ago, when advertisements depicting a woman with real body hair, and use it to shave.

Media and tv shows also planted the idea that a woman who lets her natural body grow is something that is too disgusting and unhygienic when the fact is the opposite.

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Nevertheless, body hair issues not only cause confidence issues, but the wrong removal technique can also cause other problems such as itchiness to infections.

While we could rely on the wonderful hands of professionals, the CoVid Pandemic might force some of us to insanity due to the lack of help and knowledge to pull it off. 

Fret not, we are here to help you to choose which technique that not only suits you but also can be done at home.

Here are the pro’s and cons of 5 body hair removal technique for you to choose from:

Shavings razors

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Razors are the most common type of body hair removal that is being used by every gender. With the variety of types, shapes, and price ranges, it is the cheapest type of body hair removal.

To use a razor effectively, one must moisturize by having a soak in warm water to open up the pores and loosens well as exfoliating the skin before applying shaving cream and shave them. These steps are needed to prevent skin irritation.

The main issues with razors, however, it pollutes the environment since cheap razor are mostly a disposable razor is advisable to use 3-10 as the blade dulls as well as any other complication.

Disposable razors are mainly made of plastics, making them hard to recycle. Aside from that, the sharp nature of the metal razor makes disposable razor to be harmful to landfills.

Aside from that, there are also issues of itchiness from razor burns that not only make you feel uncomfortable but also bringing the risk of infection due to the need for our hands to scratch the itch. 

For areas such as the face, it might be bearable to handle as it is on an exposed area., but on closed area such as the pubic area, not only causes some confidence reductions but invites other types of bacteria from the moist and warm environment that cause the rashes to worsen and spread to the inner thigh area.

Razors shaving sometimes cause skin irritation if the shaving isn’t closed or didn’t leave the surface smooth. It might feel weirds on the legs or create a five-o’clock shadow on the face, but on the area around the folds like pubic and armpits, it feels like a million amount of small prickly stubs, rubbing against your skin and cause your skin to feel itchy.

Definitely not cute and sexy enough for the confidence or sexy times.

Lastly, ingrown hair not only brings itchiness and irritation but also causes the formation of pus and pimple-like issues due to the wrong direction of the hair.


Wax/Sugar Wax

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Waxing is a method of using sticky substances using beeswax or sugar as the main ingredients. In the case of hard wax, beeswax and rosin are the main ingredients while sugar wax used sugar, lemon juice, salts, and water before heating in on a stove, producing a rich brown sticky substance.

For hard wax, the usage of cloth is unnecessary as it will harden once it cools down. Sugar wax however needed a piece of linen or cotton cloth strip to adhere on as a stripping medium.

Waxing is popular in Malaysia especially sugar wax, as it is cheap as well as producing a much lasting effect compared to razors.

Before waxing or sugaring (that’s what using sugar wax being called), you should consider the length of the hair to ensure it is not too short that the wax can’t grip the hair, but not too long to cause it not to coat the hair well. You should have a warm shower or have a warm compress on the area that you want to wax to open up the pores as well as exfoliate the skin gently so the wax adheres to the hair better, but not on the skin so the pain can be reduced. 

If you often moisturize your body and around the area you want to wax, skip the method on the day you want to wax or do it after the session to ensure the maximum waxing effect. While moisturizer is great, when it comes to waxing, it will cause a problem for the wax to stick to the skin.

Waxing seems like a fast, quick session for body hair removal, there are certain things you should consider.

Waxing can be painful especially on the sensitive area as well as causing the skin to be extra sensitive. While pain immunity can be built, if you deal with sensory overload issues, hot wax might not be for you as it could be a triggering factor. 

Not to mention, keeping the skin taut while waxing at home is a must to ensure maximum results and less skin friction.

Like shaving, the issues of bumps and ingrown hair are also plausible for waxing. 

Since waxing is a process that forcefully rips the hair from the root, it will of course cause damage to the follicle and expose it to bacteria that exist on our body. While it can be treated and prevented by wearing loose clothes, it is advisable to seek your local clinic or dermatologist for treatment to prevent worse infection issues.

For those with sensitive skin, you should use sugar wax to reduce the possibility of waxing allergic reactions that might occur from using typical hard wax as it might cause a severe reaction on you.


Depilatory cream

We often see depilatory cream ads on bare hairless skin and somehow, always fall for the advertisement and buy it.

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While it does seem ridiculous, depilatory cream or hair removal cream does work to an extend. Just not as smooth as the ads of course.

Depilatory cream works by weakening and cuts off the keratin bonds in hair molecules, making it easier to remove and won’t cause any harsh friction on the skin.

While the method sounds like a dream, the after-effects, however, are a different story.

Depilatory cream is a chemical-based product that might cause severe skin irritation and allergic reactions to sensitive skin folks. The kind of reaction might be from itchiness and redness to severe chemical burns.

The calcium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide present in the hair removal creams could also darken the skin, causing uneven skin tones.

Due to its non-hypoallergenic nature, it is advisable for users to not use it around sensitive areas like the pubic, as it might cause other complications on your genital health.

Depilatory cream also only prevents the hair to grow in a very short time and needs to reapply every 3 days to keep the body pristine from body hair. Not only it is a time-consuming process, but also money-draining as depilatory cream can be pricey for frequent use.


Tweezer/ Epilator

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The reason tweezing and epilating being placed in the same section are because of the fact the base of their function mechanism is the same, by plucking the hair from the root.

The difference between tweezing and epilating is the dimension and speed it can reach.

Tweezers are pairs of tongs that grab short hair, like eyebrows, and offer better precision compared to other forms of body hair removal.

Epilator, however, is an electrical tool that utilizes 20-40 mini tweezers to grab and pull the hairs at the same time in the sense of few seconds. The primitive form of epilator was of course threading, where the hair coils between the thread and being pulled as it goes.

However, modern epilators use mini tweezing plates, made from various materials like metals or ceramic plates (for sensitive prone skin) that pluck the hair as they rolled on the skin.

Compared to other forms of body hair removal, epilators can be used many times until they either go out of battery or suffer from the ravage of time, thus saving money in the long term and does not leave any kind of sticky feeling after using it.

It also provides a much-lasting effect on hair removal compared to shaving and depilatory cream as it pulls the hair from the roots, capable of pulling shorter hair compared to wax.

Nevertheless, there is still a risk of ingrown hair, due to the way the hair might be plucked might break it, leaving the root stuck inside, which might change the direction the hair grows.

There are also chances of folliculitis happen as the hair follicle gets damaged and exposed due to the force that pulled the hair. It also worsens the situation if you tweeze the infected area, causing scars that marred your skin.

The preps for tweezing and epilating is similar to other forms of preps with moisturizing the skin, warm shower to soak the skin and exfoliating as well as keeping the skin taut while epilating for easy hair removal and reduced pain.


Intense Pulse Laser Treatment

While using laser technology for hair removal can be very pricy and take some time, we can’t deny it is the longest-lasting hair removal treatment that could last from months to years.

But during this pandemic, not only the access to spas are limited, but good laser treatments are also pricy.

The alternatives for luxurious laser treatment is, of course, home based Intense Pulse Laser treatment (IPL). While the main principle and method of both laser and IPL are similar, where both targets the melanin on the hair follicle, IPL worse in a much broader spectrum with the skin absorbing some of the light, while lasers are more specific on the hair follicle.

While the prep for IPL treatment is similar to every other hair removal technique, the issue that can occur is more on post-treatment to prevent the skin from suffering other issues.

IPL users should shave, or trim the hairs that they wish to remove but not waxing, or plucking the hairs as the treatment focuses on the melanin around the hair follicle area. Since plucking and waxing remove the follicle of the hair, IPL can’t work effectively on them.

IPL treatment is suitable for those with dark hair with fair to medium skin but not for natural blondes or red hair and dark skin folks as the wavelength of the IPL light focuses more on dark hair. For this case, it is advisable for those with heavily melanated skin and light-haired people to go for laser treatment as it is a more focused treatment compared to IPL.

While IPL treatment does not pose any threats for any type of cancer formation, users should cover the treated area from sunray and use sun protection with 30 SPF that offer protection for both UVA and UVB.

IPL treatment is also not suitable for those with a severe skin condition like psoriasis or as well as tanned or burnt skin, especially recently tanned/burnt cases.  The rule is also applicable for fake tanners,pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as areas that have tattoos and mole .

The side effects of  IPL are increased skin sensitivity for several days after treatment and also darker skin pigmentation on affected areas. The skin also needs to be moisturized a lot to prevent other complications and skin issues.

Users of IPL need to be aware of any skin crust flaking or infection formation that might occur from the treatment and seek dermatologist help.

While home based IPL treatment is not as powerful or harsh like lasers or clinical based IPL, precautions should be taken before using them and not looking directly at the light flashes that the machine produces.

Regardless of your preferal hair removal treatment, always remember to moisturize and exfoliate your skin using BoostBalm Rhassoul 600 clay mask to ensure the dead skin around the hair follicle won’t clog the pores.

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