Unwanted hair is the term usually used to describe hair, growing on any part of the body that the individual finds unsightly and unattractive. Here we provide some essential tips for how to get rid of unwanted hair at home easily.
It is interesting to note that where we allow hair to grow and show is usually the product of social and cultural tradition. For instance, in some parts of Europe women allow their underarm hair to grow freely and naturally, while in other countries underarm hair is usually removed, as leaving it to grow is often seen as a lack of proper hygiene and grooming.
Although attitudes are changing and there is less social pressure on women to conform to traditional images of beauty many women do in fact find excess body hair unattractive and as a cosmetic refinement choose to remove it.
The legs face (upper lip and chin) underarms and breasts are the areas that usually receive the most attention but some women even choose to modify the shape of their pubic hair in order to look good in bikini briefs.
But whatever you feel about your body hair it no longer has to be the problem it once was. And if you do choose to remove it there are now many methods of dealing with it effectively.
In our society, facial and body hair on a woman are considered unattractive and unfeminine. It is a continuous endeavor of women to rid themselves of the unwanted superfluous hair. So, here we provide some most effective ways to how to get rid of unwanted hair in this post.
The problem of excess body hair is medically called Hirsutism and is considered hereditary to a large extent. Some ethnic groups tend to be hairier than others.
Psychologically, the dark-haired ladies are often distress-sed with their excess hair problem, when they actually have no more than usual. Their hair is dark and therefore more noticeable than in the case of women with light-colored hair.
Causes of growing unwanted hair
The activity of the endocrine glands escalates during puberty, menopause, or due to certain internal disorders. The growth of superfluous hair accompanies the hormonal changes that occur.
- During puberty, the hormonal disturbance is characterized by the erratic menstrual cycle, underdeveloped breasts, and often hairiness.
- Tumors, cysts of the ovaries, diseases of the adrenal glands, malfunctioning, and tumors of the other endocrinal glands, such as the pituitary and thyroid also lead to a serious hormonal imbalance which triggers off the hair growth.
- Stress and tension are negative factors in excessive hair growth. The hair follicles are under the hare influence of hormones. Emotional stress and anxiety disturb the hormonal activity which stimulates the hair follicles on our body.
- There are certain drugs that adversely react and cause hirsutism. The drugs most likely to cause hair growth are birth control pills, cosmetic creams containing hydrocortisone, dean dome a drug to dry up milk glands in new mothers, and Dilantin used for epilepsy.
Some effective way of how to get rid of unwanted hair
There are several methods used to deal with the problems of superfluous hair. However, on this page, we shall discuss those methods which women can easily do at home. Some other methods not discoursed here require the services of expert cosmetologists.
Plucking and cutting
Plucking is a commonly used method for removing stray eyebrow hairs or stragglers on the chin upper lip nipples and chest. Its greatest disadvantage is that whereas it is a swift inexpensive method it can distort hair root and damage it.
This means that the hair grows back at an angle or even grows inwards. It has also been suggested that the shock of plucking stimulates hair growth by irritating the hair follicle, causing it to produce two hairs rather than one.
Cutting hair close to the surface of the skin is another useful way to deal with stray hairs. It is the best way to get rid of hair growing from moles as unlike plucking it is unlikely to tamper with the source of the hair or the mole itself.
(Do remember that any obvious change in the moles on your body either in color or in size should be reported to your doctor at once).
Bleaching to camouflage
This method is extremely useful for concealing light, fine and fuzzy hair. Bleaching is less successful on very dark hair, which tends to turn and unattractive yellow-orange. When done properly, bleaching is safe and simple.
Since some skins are sensitive to bleaching agents, always perform a patch test. First, apply a little bleach on your neck and wait for 20 minutes. If there is no reaction, go ahead. An excellent bleaching recipe is given in the pigmentation chapter.
The harmful effect of bleaching: it sometimes damages the hair shaft and causes temporary breakage.
It is the quickest and easiest to follow but has to be done more frequently than other routine methods. Within a few days, a prickly stubbly reappears. For the best results, it has to be done regularly and as often as once or twice a week.
There is one misconception regarding shaving-using a razor that makes hair grow coarser. It is a wrong notion. Shaving only leaves an oblique tip that feels stubbly and coarse until the sharpness wears off. Never dry-shave with a razor. If your skin is sensitive, smooth on some almond oil or a moisturizer, then lather with soap or shaving cream for a closer finish. Use long upward strokes on legs and upwards under the arms.
While shaving, the top layer of skin is loosened, so under-arm deodorants used immediately after shaving irritate. If the hair regrowth starts early, smooth it with a pumice stone.
It is a popular and effective method used for removing scattered hair on the face and eyebrows. It is not recommended for larger areas since pulling hair roots can be painful and time-consuming. Plucking out hair has no adverse side-effects as with other methods of temporary hair removal.
Some points to be remembered are:
- Constant and repeated tweezing leads to tiny pitted scars.
- It is important to sterilize the tweezer to avoid infection.
- Do not pluck hair form moles and warts.
- Rub some ice on the area before and after tweezing to ease the pain.
This method is ideal for legs, arms, and underarms. Hair reappears in about four to six weeks. The more the area is waxed, the less in the hair likely to regrow as it damages the hair follicle.
Hot wax is best for facial hair. It is applied to the area, allowed to cool, and then pulled off in the opposite direction. Try this recipe at home.
- Apply the wax to the skin in the direction of the hair growth. Place a cellophane strip or muslin cloth on top of it and smooth it out. Zip-off the strip quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth. In case of tiny bumps develop after waxing, it may be an allergy. Take an Avil tablet before waxing and after waxing, use a body lotion.
Make your Own Wax at home
Home wax recipes: you could buy the ready-made wax from the market or make your own.
- 500 gm sugar
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ teaspoon citric acid
- ½ tsp glycerin
Heat water and sugar till sugar melts. Add citric acid dissolved n ½ cups warm water. When it reaches one thread consistency, remove from the fire, and add glycerin.
Depilatories (Like Anne French)
Depilatory creams or lotions dissolve the hair just under the skin’s surface and give a much smoother and longer-lasting result than other temporary methods, such as shaving.
Some people, however, may experience an allergic reaction to an in-gradient in a particular formula, so it is very important, when using a depletory for the first time, to try it out on a small, hidden area of the body to determine its effects.
Depilatories usually come in cream, lotion, or aerosol form, and some are specially formulated for use on the face. They are smoothed onto the skin, left for the recommended time, and then rinsed off, taking the hairs with them.
Never leave a depilatory on your skin longer than is recommended, and always rinse the skin very thoroughly afterward with plenty of clear, lukewarm water.
These shave hair chemically by dissolving it away at skin level. Depilatories are available in creams and liquids. Often new hair growth appears in a week.
Wash and dry the area to be dilapidated. Apply the cream and leave it on for a specified time. Later wash the area with soap and water and pat it dry. Use a moisturizing lotion after dilapidation.
Unwanted hair can be permanently removed electrolysis or a similar technique. This involves passing an electric current through individual hair follicles and works by destroying the hair root and surrounding cells so that hair will not re-grow from the treated follicle.
Only a few hairs can be treated in any one season, and many sessions over a long period may be required to clear a large area. For this reason, electrolysis is best used where the hair is sparse-such as on the face.
Because of the delicate nature of the treatment, permanent hair removal should be carried out only by trained specialists at reputable salons or clinics. Treatment tends to be expensive, but because it is a once-and-for-all job, it is well worth it for those women who find facial hair, nipple hair, or chest hair distressing.
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