not surprising that men find shaving a chore.
A man's chin has anything between 7,000
to 25,000 single hairs, each growing at
an average of half a millimetre every 24
hours. Before electric or disposable razors,
our earliest ancestors shaved with sharpened
flints, while Roman barbers used razors
made of bronze or iron applied straight
to the person's skin. And some hardened
working class Romans were content with rubbing
off their beards with pumice stones!
days, thankfully, methods are less painful. Hair removal creams
for women are a fairly cheap alternative and widely available in
chemists and supermarkets, but are often quite smelly, and have
varying degrees of success - if you do use a depilatory cream, always
do a skin test first to make sure you don't react badly.
why waxing, electrolysis and laser treatments have become popular
methods of removing hair for both men and women, be it on your upper
lip, back, arms, bikini line or legs.
has always been the most popular treatment, because you can cover
large areas such as the legs and bikini line and in some cases the
arms," says Paul Archer, director of the Guild Of Professional
Beauty Therapists. "The only problem is that waxing stimulates
hair growth so, like shaving, it can actually grow back thicker.
facial areas, such as the upper lip, electrolysis has been the most
popular method of hair removal for about the last 50 years. Unlike
waxing, it is permanent because it affects the blood supply to the
hair follicle, which means it doesn't grow back as strong."
therapists up and down the UK offer hair removal treatments, and
it is always best to have a consultation before undergoing any procedures.
But here's a guide as to what to expect:
works best on longer hairs. The wax is heated and applied to the
area being treated, and a linen or paper strip is placed on top.
The strip is then pulled off against the direction of the hair growth,
ripping the hairs out at the root.
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has been used for thousands of years, originating in Egypt. The
sugar is warmed before being applied and clings to the hairs. It
is removed using a flicking motion of the hand.
risk is low because the sugar doesn't stick to the skin, and the
treatment should last for about six weeks.
method is often used in Asia or the Mediterranean, and is highly
skilled. A thread of twisted cotton is rolled over the area and
the hairs are caught in the cotton then pulled out from the root.
is a more permanent method of hair removal. The most widely used
form is short wave diathermy, during which a current is passed into
each hair follicle through a probe, cauterising the blood supply.
patch should be done to ensure that you are suitable for this treatment.
It usually works best on pale skin with dark hairs.
the treatment is more effective because it damages the hair follicles
but this time by the light emitted by a single laser beam, which
is turned into heat as it is absorbed. The light emitted is very
bright so goggles should be worn.
laser treatment works best when the hair follicle is in the growing
phase, about three to six treatments will be need. After that, it's
just a case of topping up when needed.
Pulsed Light treatment is more comprehensive
and better for larger areas of hair growth.
It uses the same principal as a laser, but
uses more than one wavelength.