What weapons to choose to fight hair? Let's clarify the various types of hair removal
In summer it is a gesture that enters the daily routine of many women, but also men: epilation and hair removal, however, especially if you do it yourself, is a topic talked about in this period of total or partial lockdown. Who does not give up the beauty center who, on the other hand, prefers homemade methods, but there is a difference between epilation and hair removal? What are all the methods of getting rid of hair temporarily or permanently?
What is the difference between hair removal and epilation?
Let's start with a first major distinction, epilation and hair removal. They are often used as synonyms but, in reality, the difference is in the method by which the hair is removed and, consequently, in the regrowth time.
Epilation involves the extirpation of the hair from the bulb, which will therefore take longer to grow back. In turn, hair removal can be divided into two sub-categories, the transitory and the definitive one.
Hair removal, on the other hand, provides for the removal of the hair, which however is severed, cut at the base, leaving the bulb intact. All hair removal methods are therefore temporary and, often, the hair grows back with a variable speed from a couple of days – as in the case of the razor – to about a week, as in the case of the depilatory cream.
Hair removal, on the other hand, has a longer duration depending on whether it is transitory, that is, when the bulb is eradicated but there will still be a regrowth of the hair, albeit slower, or permanent when the hair removal is definitive.
Waxing: the most common type of hair removal
We all know hair removal with a razor or cream, even if the duration is really short. As for epilation, however, depending on the type chosen, we will have more or less lasting results over time. The most classic method of epilation, albeit for limited areas, is the tweezers, often used to remove facial hair, for example eyebrows or chin. Be careful though, because there is a risk of breaking the hair, if not plucked correctly, with the possible formation of irritation and ingrown hairs.
A great classic among hair removal techniques is waxing: hot or cold, choose it based on your experience, dexterity but above all type of skin.
Hot waxing is what, most of the time, is used in beauty centers. To use it at home, if you are not an expert, it would be better to choose the wax with the roller and the refills, easier to use because it keeps the temperature of the wax constant, so the risk of getting burned is lower. With roller wax, then, you get less dirty because the handpiece is passed directly on the affected area, releasing the right amount of wax. Then the strip is applied in the direction of the hair, it is made to adhere and then it is pulled in the opposite direction to that of its growth.
The application procedure is the same also for hot liquid wax, the one in the jar that heats up on the stove. The difficulty with respect to the handpiece is not to exaggerate with the heat of the wax, in order not to risk getting burned and to dose and apply the right amount of product. Hot wax is certainly a convenient method even at home, especially for easily accessible areas such as calves, arms and stomach, but pay attention to the back of the legs and thighs, the back of the knee and especially the groin. The risk of pulling on the skin and getting bruised or, in the worst case, getting injured is not that far off. Proceed carefully, with small strips and small amounts of wax, if possible get help or prefer cold wax strips.
Cold wax is what is commonly found in markets or perfumeries and consists of two strips held together by wax. They are warmed by rubbing them between your hands, so as to be able to detach them and, one at a time, they are applied as in the case of hot wax, on the affected area and tears. They are suitable for those with sensitive skin or with capillaries, because heat is always not recommended. They are also perfect for those in a hurry and do not want to wait for the heating time of classic wax. To do the whole body, however, it is certainly more expensive because each strip can only be used 1-2 times, so you need more than the hot method.
Regrowth, with both methods, varies from 2-3 weeks to a month, bearing in mind that not all hairs have the same regrowth cycle.
Electric epilators, fast and risk-free
Another great DIY epilation must are electric epilators which, if a decade ago were considered painful, today thanks to cooling systems and release of soothing substances, different epilation speeds, interchangeable heads and suitable for every part of the body, have become the choice for many, even as a matter of long-term savings.
But let's start from the base, explaining what an electric epilator is: it is a compact instrument composed of a small handpiece on whose head there are many tweezers which, once activated by attaching it to the electric current, move simultaneously. By passing the epilator over the affected area, the tweezers eradicate the hairs mechanically, thus reducing the risk of breaking them, as is possible in the case of wax, in which personal dexterity plays a key role.
There are really models of electric epilators for every taste and need, for example the latest generation ones have a flexible head that adapts to every area of the body, for greater ease of use. Others, on the other hand, can be used not only in a classical way on dry, but also wet skin, for those who are particularly sensitive to pain.
But above all, modern epilators have interchangeable heads with various accessories, including razor, exfoliating, massaging, cleansing. With a single tool, therefore, you have various accessories to take care of the skin of the whole body, including the face, therefore also excellent to take on a trip, because it is travel friendly. How long does the hair regrowth? Up to 4 weeks, removing both longer and shorter hairs.
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Definitive hair removal: laser and pulsed light, to be done even at home
On the other hand, the most durable method to remove hair in the long term is without laser or pulsed light. Simply explaining it, both act in depth, exploiting the light energy that produces heat, destroying the hair follicle which, with variable sessions, will no longer produce hair. The laser can only be carried out by doctors or beauty centers, obviously the power of the beam changes, which is lower in the latter, so more sessions will be needed.
The difference between laser and pulsed light is that the first emits a single type of light that recognizes only the melanin contained in the hair bulb, which is why it acts more on thick and dark hair. Pulsed light, on the other hand, is less powerful because it contains all the wavelengths and is therefore less sectorial. Precisely for this reason, it was possible to create pulsed light epilators that are safe for use at home. The temperature adapts to the skin tone and they are easy to use, with various intensities. Compared to classic sessions, a little more time is needed to obtain excellent results, about three months, but the investment in economic terms is certainly much less, considering that it is a tool that remains and that can be used on multiple parts of the body. , also for periodic retouching once the actual treatment is finished.