5 Hair Removal Myths Busted!

Posted by Jyoti Watchmaker | March 17, 2017 | Skin

Hair removal is a crucial part of a beauty routine for many of us. There are now plenty of simple ways to get rid of the unwanted hair on your legs, around your bikini area, under your arms and on your face. In fact, it’s never been easier to become an all-over smooth. But before choosing the best method, do keep in mind the dos and don’ts of it:Myth- Laser treatments last forever – Firstly this requires patience as it can’t be done at one time and it’s not cheap as well. Laser treatments are not sure shot that all hairs would be removed as it varies from person to person and their hair growth. The results are not permanent, yes there is reduction in hair growth but follow up maintenance sessions are also necessary.

Myth – Hair removal creams are safe- If you’re in a hurry to remove hair, depilatory creams are a good bet. Their disadvantage is that the chemicals that “burn off” hair can also cause skin irritation. Those with very sensitive skin may not be able to tolerate depilatory creams. Never leave the cream on your skin longer than recommended. Also it’s better to go in for waxing and shaving as they are less harsh on the skin.

Myth- Shaving makes the hair grow back thicker- Shaving is by far the most common method of hair removal for both men and women. Shaving is the most temporary method of hair removal because it merely cuts the hair off at the skin surface. Shaving does not make the hair shaft thicker, darker, or grow faster or slower. This method can’t accelerate the growth rate of the hair, it would be the same.

Myth- Waxing harms the skin and is painful- It does cause redness and inflammation in some women, but it’s the most effective temporary hair removal method. It does not cause any long term damage and now thanks to the chocolate and flavoured wax you can do waxing even when the hair regrowth is scanty. Waxing gives a smoother result, exfoliates the skin, removes tan and is beneficial for the top layer of the skin. There is discomfort when the hair is pulled but it gets over quickly. The treatment is not nearly as painful as it sounds.

Myth- Tweezing must be done for ingrown hair- Plucking hair with tweezers is an effective way to remove hair but can be very time consuming. The hair shaft must be long enough to grasp with tweezers. Tweezing is not advisable for in-growth as it might break the skin around it. The skin is prone to infection and scarring so best to avoid tweezing for in growth. It’s better to go in for exfoliation instead.

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