Hair Removal for Brides

face packWe all work hard at keeping our skin, teeth, hair and nails looking good and spend a small fortune on make-up, shampoo, face and foot creams and nail varnishes. 

All this we do to make ourselves feel good which in turn gives us more confidence and brings out the ‘woman’ in us all!

One of the other ‘beauty’ treatments we also need to keep on top of is unwanted body and facial hair! Embarrassing moments can be avoided by making sure we regularly treat ‘hairy’ parts by exfoliating, waxing, plucking, shaving or using removal creams.



Banishing Unwanted Hair Temporarily

If you are looking for short-term hair removal then your options are ;

Hair Removal Cream

Apply the cream evenly and thickly over the area.  After approximately five minutes check to see if the hair comes away easily – if not leave the cream for a further few minutes.  Remove with a damp flannel or rinse under the shower. 

Do not use perfumed soap for 24 hours. Before you plaster your skin, always remember to do a test area to check for any reactions you may have and only use creams that are allocated to certain areas.  Follow the recommended time by manufacturer and do not exceed the stated minutes. 

If you find your skin has not been left smooth by the cream application, do NOT try another one for at least 24 to 48 hours as the skin will need to recuperate. Use a moisturised cream around the area - preferably something that contains Aloe Vera..

Pros and Cons of Hair Removal Cream.  It is the least painless way of keeping unwanted hair at bay but the wrong cream can cause irritation such as itching or a rash.. 

Waxing

One of the best ways of removing large amounts of hair at one time.  Wax is warmed to a temperature that is comfortable for your skin to take, spread over the skin and allowed to cool.  Strips are then placed over the wax and pulled sharp and fast in the opposite direction of the hair growth. 

Cold waxes are also available which come readily attached to strips.  These strips are placed over the skin in the direction the hair is growing and then pulled off in the opposite direction after a certain allotted time.

Pros and Cons of Waxing is that it can be painful to start with but the more you go for this type of treatment, the less painful it can be. The plus side of repeated waxing is your hair grows back slower and softer.  The downside is that you may get an ingrown hair or end up with spots where hair follicles never grow back.

Sugaring

Warm the sugaring mixture by placing it in a bowl of hot water.  Once its soft enough to spread, remember to always apply onto your skin in the direction of the hair growth.  Cover with cotton strips and pull sharp in the opposite direction of hair growth.

Pros and Cons of Sugaring.  It is said to be a less painful method than waxing and the results last longer. The cotton strips can be washed and reused which saves money in the long run.  Always test a small area first to check for allergies.

Shaving

Shaving is not just for men but images spring to mind of bits of tissue paper stuck on nicks and cuts made by the razors. If shaving is for you do not go for the cheap razors as you could end up with irritation, soreness and razor burns.  An old wives tale is that shaving under your arms stimulates the follicles and makes the hairs grow back coarser. 

Do NOT shave your face.  Invest in a good electric razor if this is the road you intend to stay on.  If you intend to use it while in the bath, double check it is waterproof and you won't end up electrocuting yourself. This method is the most temporary one as it only cuts the hairs on the skin surface.  Always apply moisturiser before shaving.

Pros and Cons of Shaving can be the cheapest and easiest method, but will need to be done every couple of days.  Extra care has to be taken or cuts and nicks can happen or worse still you could cut a chunk of skin right out of your leg.

Plucking

This method is really only suitable for eyebrows and along the lip line unless you have a zero tolerance to pain! 

Pros and Cons of Plucking.  This way can be very time consuming and hair shafts must be long enough to grasp with tweezers.



Permanent Hair Removal

If you don't like the idea of constant short-term hair removal solutions you could consider the following permanent options.

Electrolysis

This involves a fine needle being inserted into the hair follicle and applying an electrical current directly to the hair root.  The root is actually burnt and therefore prevented from producing new growth.

Pros and Cons of Electrolysis is that it can be very time consuming as it takes several treatments. Each and every hair follicle has to be treated individually and repeated treatments will be required from 12 to 18 months afterwards. Always look for an experienced and effective electrolysis.  Side effects can be pain and infection.  The plus side of this is that results are (almost) permanent.

Laser Removal

A fairly ‘new’ treatment that uses a laser to deactivate the hair follicles and cause them to fall out. 

Pros and Cons of Laser Treatment.  Again this method is time consuming but whole areas can be left permanently hair free.  This form of treatment is very suitable for those with dark hair.

Where and When

Hair removal treatments can be done by yourself or by a professional.  Beauty parlours and hairdressing saloons have rooms dedicated to such treatments and if you are lucky you may find a good mobile beauty therapist and you can have your hair removed in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Tit Bits on the History of Hair Removal

We all know that keeping our bodies hair free can be an annoying, arduous and sometimes painful ritual we have to put up with but spare a thought to those before us who never had the choices of difference creams, waxes or razors!

The removal of unwanted bodily hair goes back thousands of years to when cavemen used flint blades or sharp rocks to scrape the hair from their faces. 

During the 15th century, Elizabethan mothers used poultices on their children’s foreheads to remove hairs.  The ‘fashion’ was for females to have high foreheads and hair removal by plucking helped in obtaining this.

Two clam shells held together were used by Native Americans to remove their facial hair.

It was not until 1762 that the first safety razor was designed by a French barber bringing the hair removal method into a more civilised manner, but it was not until 1931 that the electric razor was invented.

Women’s disposable razors were available from 1975 and in 1981 facial hair remover was placed on the market.

With the change in fashion and women baring their arms and legs, the underarm hair removal began in the 1920’s.
 
If you intend to have a full bodily hair removal session before your wedding remember to plan it so that any redness or soreness will be totally gone by the time you walk down the aisle!