Removing body hair is an age-old practice. Societal norms dictate that a woman with smooth, hair-free skin is beautiful and 'clean.' And so, women have aspired for silky-smooth skin over the centuries, much to the misery of our more hirsute sisters.
There are several methods by which body hair can be removed. Some are temporary, whereas others are permanent. But, which method is the best? The answer to this question is not so simple, since it depends on several factors such as one s tolerance to pain, skin sensitivity, and rate of hair growth.
Let us review the advantages and disadvantages of epilation, shaving, and waxing as methods of body hair removal.
1. There is a risk of suffering from nicks and cuts.
2. This is a temporary method; hair grows back within a week.
3. The skin might get irritated, leading to redness and bumps.
4. Initially, the stubble that grows back is rough and may irritate the skin.
This method has been used for centuries. Warm beeswax is applied to the skin to stick to the hair. Then, a strip of cloth or paper is pressed on the wax and quickly pulled away. The yanking action pulls out the hair along with the strip. While the thought of waxing may make you go ouch! this method has several advantages:
1. Hair is removed from the roots, hence the skin remains smooth for 4-6 weeks.
2. It is said to be hygienic and free of the dangers of cuts.
3. Regular waxing may retard the rate of hair growth.
1. It is safer to get waxing done by an experienced professional rather than using a DIY kit because the skin can get irritated if it is repeatedly pulled in the wrong way.
2. If the consistency of the wax used is not right, the skin may get burnt.
3. The method is painful, especially in sensitive areas such as the underarms.
4. It leaves rashes and bumps for people with sensitive skin.
5. Since molten wax is used, the method is somewhat messy.
6. Depending on the salon you visit, waxing can be moderately expensive.
7. One needs to wait for the hair to grow back again before getting waxed in order to avoid ingrown hair.
With the benefits and drawbacks of all three methods in consideration, we leave the choice to you. Each woman is unique and has her own special skin needs, thus it would be incorrect to declare any one method better than others.
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