Of all hair removal methods shaving is the most common and probably the oldest that we will discuss here.
Virtual everyone uses a shaver at some time, whether male or female. It is the cheapest and simplest method of removing unwanted body hair but it is also almost certainly the most temporary of all methods.
For men who shave whether by an electric razor or an old fashioned bladed razor, they know that it is something from puberty that they will probably have to do everyday, provided they want to maintain a smooth look. For most men shaving is restricted to facial areas only but there is a growing fashion to remove hair on other areas of the body.
For women shaving is a simple method of removing unwanted hair on places like the legs, under arms, and bikini line. Shaving for women particularly on the legs, generally doesn’t have to be done as often as men shave, many women report only having to or wanting to, shave their legs every few days.
There is an old myth that shaving makes the hair follicles regrow thicker. It is generally accepted that this is not the case. Hair can be best described as thick at the point where it exits the skin and tapers towards the tip. When hair is chopped off at the skin it immediately starts regrowing from its thickest point. This is why hair feels more stubbly and thicker when it has been shaven rather than waxed.
Waxing removes the hair follicle root and all, below the skin surface. It is probably the most painful of all hair removal methods, but because the follicle starts growing from fresh , as it passes through the skin surface it feels much finer as the tapered tip of the hair comes out first. Waxing is quite long lasting, but is definitely not as permanent as laser hair removal or electrolysis. Waxing legs for example can be done in intervals of 2 weeks or more at least. From waxing to full length hair growth again can be several months though, and for hairy men who want to do areas such as chest or back or even arms and legs, this can be a good thing, as there is much more time between waxing procedures than if you chose to shave these areas.
Waxing can be carried out in the privacy of your own home using over the counter products that come in various forms. Pre-impregnated wax strips can be dermes 好唔好 bought that are simply heated in the hand prior to applying and then firmed against the skin before pulling off. Blank wax strips that are used in conjunction with either rolled on heated wax or spread on wax from a jar. Pre-impregnated wax strips are simple to use and largely mess free which makes them a good alterative to the old jar waxes, which need to be heated up separately then smoothed onto the skin before applying the separate cloth strips.
Hair removal creams give much the same results as shaving, in that they really only remove the hair at the skins surface and hence grow back is quicker and stubbier initially. Hair removal creams work by dissolving the hair usually using an alkaline substance. Some creams have growth inhibitors which are supposed to slow down the hair grow back speed.