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Hair Removal 101

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Hair removal is the practice of removing body hair. Hair typically grows all over the human body but is most noticeable on the head, face, eyebrows, eyelashes, armpits, legs, pubic region, abdomen, back and chest. Hair does not generally grow on the palms of the hands, the lips, certain areas of the genital structure or the soles of the feet.

Hair removal has been practiced in almost all human cultures. The methods used to remove hair have varied in different times and regions but shaving is the most common method.

Many hair removal products on the market have proven fraudulent. Many other products exaggerate the results or ease of use.

Hair removal typically falls into two categories: temporary and permanent. Types of temporary hair removal include: depilation and epilation.

Hair removal can be achieved through depilation (removing part of the hair above the skin's surface) or epilation (removing the entire hair). For many consumers, temporary methods at regular intervals are acceptable.

Depilation lasts several hours to several days. It can be achieved by shaving, depilatories or friction. Here are some examples of depilation:
• Shaving or trimming (manually or with electric shavers)
• Depilatories (creams or "shaving powders" which chemically dissolve hair)
• Friction (rough surfaces used to buff away hair)

Now, epilation lasts several days to several weeks can be achieved by tweezing, waxing, sugaring, threading and rotary epilators. Here are explanations of each procedure.
• Tweezing
• Waxing (a hot or cold layer is applied and then removed with porous strips)
• Sugaring (similar to waxing, but with a sticky paste)
• Threading (also called fatlah or khite, in which a twisted thread catches hairs as it's rolled across the skin)
• Rotary epilators (devices which rapidly grasp hairs and pull them out by the root)

Other types of epilation include:
• Use of turmeric along with other ingredients like besan powder and milk
• Prescription oral medications
• Enzymes (the Epiladerm-Complex) that inhibit the development of new hair cells.

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