Oct 5, 2006

Comparison of hair removal methods

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At Brows in Denver, Colorado we offer eyebrow threading, beauty threading, eye brow waxing, eyebrow tweezing, trimming eyebrows, and razor thinning of eyebrows.
We can do most of the same services for facial hair.
Waxing and beauty threading are the best methods for body hair removal.


THREADING(khite)
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Basic facts
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Beauty threading is an ancient method of hair removal that is still used in parts of the Middle and Far East.
Called khite in Arabic and fatlah in Egyptian, it's a less common method in the West for removing hair at the root, used primarily on facial hair and eyebrows.
Rows of stray hairs are plucked out with twists of cotton thread.

Description:
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Thin, twisted cotton threads are rolled over untidy hairlines, lip, chin, brows plucking the unwanted hair.
Practitioners use a pure cotton thread.
They generally twist the hair and threading pulls out a whole row of hair, as opposed to tweezing where only one single hair is pulled out.
It is pulled out from the follicle.

Advantages:
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Inexpensive, fast, neat.
Considered less painful than waxing or tweezing for many.
Less likely to cause breakout or ingrown hairs than waxing.
Good for facial hair and brow threading.
Like tweezing and waxing, results can last up to two to six weeks.
Doesn't leave the skin as red and "bald" as waxing.
Faster than tweezing.
Stretches the skin less than waxing, and no heat.
Can be used on Retin-A and Accutane users.

Disadvantages:
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Side effects can include folliculitis, a bacterial infection in the hair follicles, skin reddening or puffiness, and changes in skin pigment.
Some find it more painful than waxing or tweezing.
Less precise than tweezing for shaping eyebrows.
Can be painful and cause itching afterwards.

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TWEEZING
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Description:
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Metal forceps used manually to pull hairs out by the root, one at a time.

Advantages:
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Inexpensive, neat.
Considered less painful than waxing for some, especially on sensitive skin.
Less likely to cause breakout or ingrown hairs than waxing.
Good for facial hair.
Like beauty threading and waxing, results can last up to two to six weeks.
Doesn't leave the skin as red and "bald" as waxing.
More precise than threading.
Stretches the skin less than waxing, and no heat.
Can be used on Retin-A and Accutane users.

Disadvantages:
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Can be painful.
Difficult for large areas.
May cause ingrown hairs.
May cause pitting or scarring.
Can cause little scratches or nicks on the skin.
Takes longer than waxing or threading.
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WAXING and SUGARING
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Basic facts
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Can be used on face and body.
Quickly establishes an eyebrow arch.


Description
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An ancient method,
Heated wax is applied to the skin, and a strip of cloth or paper is pressed into the preparation.
The strip is then quickly pulled away, taking hairs with it.
Some waxes, called hard wax, cools to a solid at room temperature and doesn't require a strip to pull it off.
Hard wax is more gentle on the skin.

Advantages
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Inexpensive, fast.
Faster than tweezing or threading.
Considered less painful than threading or tweezing for many.
Good for facial hair and body hair.
Grabs more of the little "baby hairs" then tweezing or threading usually do.
Good for bushy eyebrows.
Like threading and tweezing, results can last up to two to six weeks.

Disadvantages
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Heat and the pulling can leave skin red and puffy for many people.
Can not be used on Retin-A and Accutane users, or people with sensitive skin or rosacea.
Can show a distinct line between waxed and not waxed areas on some areas of the face when wearing foundation.
Can cause breakout or ingrown hairs. (proper home care can usually prevent these)
Can be sticky.

sugaring uses all food ingredients and is more gentle than strip wax, but is usually less effective than either wax type.
often sugaring breaks the hair rather than pulling it at the root, and can cause quicker regrowth and ingrown rates.
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ELECTROLYSIS
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Description
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A hair-thin metal probe is slid into a hair follicle.
Electricity is delivered to the follicle through the probe,
which burns the structure that grows hair.

Advantages
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Over 125 years of clinically proven safety and effectiveness.
Considered the most permanent form of hair removal.

Disadvantages
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expensive, painful, tedious.
Can be difficult for large amounts of hair.
Takes long term treatments. (months or years) since only one hair at a time is treated.

If done improperly, it can result in:
partial to full regrowth
permanent skin damage
spread of infection

Regulation varies by state, so inadequate controls exist to ensure competent practitioners.
Regrowth rates have not been accurately established and cannot be predicted due to numerous variables.
Some consumers do not respond to treatment.
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LASER HAIR REMOVAL and
FLASHLAMPS/ INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL)
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Description
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Light at a specified wavelength is delivered from a handpiece into the skin, where it targets dark material (usually the pigment in hair).
This is intended to cause thermal and/or mechanical damage to a hair follicle while sparing surrounding tissues.

Advantages
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Some consumers have experienced long-lasting hair removal or permanent hair reduction.
Considered safe if performed properly.
Useful for large areas such as backs or legs.
Regrowth can come back lighter in color or finer in texture.
Light-skinned consumers with dark hair have the best results.

Disadvantages
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Some consumers have experienced permanent hair reduction, but there is limited data on how long hair reduction usually lasts, how much hair reduction is typical, and how often permanent hair reduction occurs.
Long-term data on safety and effectiveness have not been accurately established.
Response rates have not been established.
Regrowth rates have not been accurately established and cannot be predicted due to numerous variables.
Generally not as effective on unpigmented (gray) hairs and red or blonde hair.
Must be used very cautiously (if at all) on darker skin tones or on consumers who tan themselves.
Improper treatment can cause burns, lesions, skin discoloration lasting several months, or patchy/patterned regrowth.
Recent data suggest other skin structures are often affected by laser irradiation, and long term effects of this constitute an unknown risk.
Requires eye protection.
Can be expensive.
Some find treatment painful.
Regulation varies by state, so inadequate controls exist to ensure competent practitioners.
Some consumers, even ideal candidates, do not respond to treatment.
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SHAVING
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Description
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A sharpened metal blade cuts hair off at the skin's surface.

Advantages
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Inexpensive, fast, usually painless, very safe,
can be done at home, available almost anywhere.

Disadvantages
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Effect lasts a short time-- anywhere from a few hours to several days.
Dark-haired users may have visible "shadow" of dark hair under skin.
Often requires daily use.
Can cause skin irritation and cuts.
For some, it causes ingrown hairs (esp. in women's bikini area and African-American men's facial hair).
Blades require frequent replacement.
Shaved eyebrows are hard to make attractive.
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CREAM DEPILITORY (nair)
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Description:
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A chemical dissolves hair at the skin's surface.

Advantages
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Inexpensive, fast, sometimes painless, can be done at home, available almost anywhere.

Disadvantages
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Messy and smelly.
Effect lasts a short time-- anywhere from a few hours to several days.
Dark-haired users may have visible "shadow" of dark hair under skin.
Often requires use every two or three days.
Can cause skin irritation and cuts.
Can be a severe skin and eye irritant
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FRICTION
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Basic facts
For Body hair removal.
Less common method of removing hair at skin's surface, but some consumers find it primaritly useful for fine hair on legs.

Description
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A rough surface is used to buff away hair at the skin's surface. The mitt usually has rough strips or a smoothing surface coated directly onto the mitt.

Advantages
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Inexpensive, fast, essentially painless, can be done at home, available widely, also exfoliates and smooths skin.
Many types can be used wet or dry.
Good for legs with fine hair.
Some use it between shaving or waxing sessions.

Disadvantages
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Effect lasts a short time-- anywhere from a few hours to several days.
Dark-haired users may have visible "shadow" of dark hair under skin.
Often requires use every two or three days.
Can cause skin irritation if rubbed too hard.
Do not use on face, arms, or bikini area.
Do not use on irritated or damaged skin.
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ROTARY EPILATORS (epilady)
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Description--
These devices are similar to electric razors, except instead of a cutting plade on a rotary head, they have rows of tweezers which can pull hairs out by the root.


Advantages
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Good for legs and arms
Can last from several days to several weeks.

Disadvantages
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Can be hard to use on backs of legs
Skin must be pulled tight to avoid pinching
Some find it very painful, especially on sensitive areas
Harder to use on fine hairs
Hair must be grown long enough for tweezers to grasp
Plucking hairs can lead to irritated skin and ingrown hairs.
Breaks hairs in middle causing uneven regrowth and ingrown hairs.
Not good for eyebrow hair.
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