It has long been thought that hair is unattractive on females. Women have been known to try so many methods just to achieve soft, silky skin. No single hair removal technique more effective than another. Shaving is by far the most common method of hair removal for both men and women.

Shaving becomes safe and effective when a clean, sharp razor is used. Cutting is more appropriate than shaving, however, on wet, soft hair. Contrary to old wives' tales, shaving has not been proven to change the color, texture, or growth rate of hair. However, bumps do result as hair must pierce the skin after shaving too closely. For good reasons, including bumps and the fact that its effects do not last very long, numbers of women have given up shaving.

Tweezing and waxing pluck the hairs from below the surface of the skin. Regrowth shows through after several weeks by pulling it from the root. These hair removal methods are quick and inexpensive but painful. Darker and rougher is the skin resulting from these methods. The explanation most cited is that plucking is equal to trauma, which leads to skin irritation.

Furthermore, bumps and scars form from skin irritation as new hair breaks its way through. Waxing is a popular method of hair removal from the upper lip and eyebrows.

Aside from burns and allergic reactions, there are other forms of skin irritation inflicted by waxing. To keep facial hair at bay for longer periods, electrolysis is one solution. Effective hair removal with this method is accomplished as long as the needle is brought close enough to the follicle. Scarring, irritation, and darkening are all that can be expected from using this method on curly hair.

Laser hair removal uses powerful pulses of light energy to destroy the hair follicles. The light should enter the dark pigments of the follicles. With dark skin, light is similarly absorbed, causing irritation. In order to prevent involvement of surrounding areas, cooling devices are added to the newer lasers. Results last longest with laser therapy.

The fine print says however that results may not be permanent. Fewer hairs will regrow and these are usually finer and sparser. A series of treatments is required, usually three to four, every four to six weeks. It seems that laser therapy stands above the rest when it comes to facial hair.

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