Hair is a very major part of us. A beautiful lustrous mane is every girl’s dream, and a lot of money is spent to keep them maintained. Ironically, a lot of money is also spent to get rid of them but in the areas apart from the head. While the head hair brings out our beauty, hair in other parts of the body is equally despised, and a lot of hacks are tricks are tried to get rid of them.
Eyebrow hair, pubic hair, and underarms hair are the biggest target areas with various techniques like waxing and shaving tried and tested on those areas. On similar lines, if there is thicker hair growth on the rest of the body parts, then various treatments are undertaken to get rid of them.
However, why do you want to get rid of them in the first place? Well, having unwanted growth in various parts of our body makes us conscious as more hair gives the appearance of a dirtier personality resulting in finding out ways, no matter how weird it is to get rid of unwanted hair growth.
This article here will focus on the safest ways of getting rid of unwanted hair along with insight on all the factors that influence hair growth. This will enable you to ponder the root cause of your excessive hair growth, allowing you to treat it accordingly. But before we delve further into these details, let’s take an understanding as to what causes excessive hair growth.
Reasons for excessive hair growth:
Did you know that excessive hair growth has a medical term called ‘Hirsutism’? Hirsutism can cause excessive hair growth in any part of the body like face, arms, underarms, private areas, etc. Hirsutism is caused by the over-production of a hormone called ‘Androgen’ and ‘testosterone’s, causing men like patterns of hair growth in the face, chest or back, and sometimes even a deeper voice. Some of the other symptoms of Hirsutism are-
- Balding tendency
- Deeper voice
- Excess stiff hair in the commonly uncommon areas
- Sudden weight gain
- The decrease in the size of the breast
Now before we go into another tangent and you get all stressful trying to count the areas where you have hair, let’s take a look at effective ways to get rid of them.
Shaving is the most common method of getting rid of hair, not only for men but for us, women too. It’s one of the safest and quickest ways to get rid of extra hair. With shaving though, two little problems arise- One is the hair quality of the newly grown hair. The newly grown hair is coarser in texture and quite stiff. Secondly, the regrowth speed may increase with new hairs sprouting out sooner than expected. The risk of getting cut by the razor is also there, but otherwise, it’s one of the most effective and quick techniques of hair removal for unwanted hair.
Plucking through tweezers has been an age-old technique. Unfortunately, plucking is effective on smaller surface areas, like the eyebrow or T zone, where the number of hairs to be plucked out is less. Even though tweezers are time-consuming, they successfully pluck out hair from the root and helps open the pores to give way to the new hair growth.
Plucking is also done with the help of a thin thread that is pulled against the hairs to pluck it out. Plucking is surely an inexpensive process, but it’s very time-consuming and very painful. On a positive side, plucked out hair takes approximately two months before coming back.
This is a super effective and super painful method of cleaning that unwanted hair. In waxing, hot wax or cold wax is used to get rid of unwanted hair. A formula or liquid hot wax along with some honey or sugar syrup is prepared. This hot concoction is then spread out on the air, where excessive hair growth is seen. Once its spread, a tarpaulin cloth is used to pull out the hair with a slight jerk in the upward direction.
Its technique is effective for larger surface areas where the hair can be pulled out at the same time. Even though it’s a painful method, it is quite preferred because it pulls out hair from the roots cleaning the dirt from the clogged pores. This allows the re-grown hair to be soft and helps in managing their ingrowth.
Laser Hair Removal:
This is a recommended technique for those who suffer from extreme hair growth of unwanted hair. This medical procedure involves a laser beam with a desired wavelength to destroy the hair cells and bulbs so that the growth pattern can be retracted.
It takes a few sessions with the cosmetologist who initially examines your hair texture and skin type to determine what kind of laser beam wavelength can be used on the hair. Once this is determined, the rest of the sessions go in the burning of the cells to kill the hair growth cells. The best part about this treatment is that it’s a permanent hair removal technique with disadvantages like hyperpigmentation and is quite expensive.
Depilation is a technique of removing unwanted hair through chemical treatments or using a chemical substance like a hair-removal cream etc. But one should be very careful about such techniques as it’s not skin-sensitive and might lead to inflammation on certain skin types. Also, one should be careful about the area-specific creams and should be used accordingly and wisely.
In a nutshell, even though there are many ways to get rid of hair as mentioned above, one should be careful about the ways to remove them as it might lead to the skin- damage resulting in long-term damage. In any case, if you are suffering from Hirsutism seeking medical help is a must before taking any actions. After all, I am sure, and you just want to get rid of the hair and not the skin.