Methods

Depilatory creams
Electric shavers
Electrolysis
Friction
Intense pulsed light (IPL)
Laser
Oral medications
Rotary epilators
Shaving razors
Sugaring
Threading
Tweezing
Waxing
Brazilian

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Treatments

hair removal for Women

In many cultures, such as North American, Eastern European and Middle Eastern cultures, it is common for women to remove some or all of their body hair, due to the societal values that consider it to be unfeminine and/or unattractive, or as a sign of good hygiene or fashion. This is a summary of the different removal methods that are effective for females.

Facial hair

Image of a woman who has had hair removal treatment
  • Electrolysis: effective for small areas of sparse facial hair. It is recommended that this method is performed by a skilled professional to minimise the risk of facial scarring.
  • Laser: good for removing dark hairs if light skinned from all parts of the body. Take care to select a reputable professional, as laser treatment can result in scarring of the woman's face.
  • Depilatory Creams: can be effective at treating facial hair. There are many creams on the market so make sure you choose the right cream.
  • Oral medication: can be the most effective for females with high levels for androgens, e.g. testosterone.
  • Tweezing: effective for small areas of the face. This method is often used to shape ladies' eyebrows or pluck the odd stray hair.
  • Threading: an old traditional technique to remove hair used by women throughout Asia. Becoming increasingly popular and is ideal for shaping eyebrows or pulling out stray hairs.

Bikini area

  • Electrolysis: effective but can be painful for female bikini lines. Has the advantage that this process can lead to permanent results and therefore may only be required once or twice.
  • Laser: treatment by laser can give permanent results. Not suitable for women with light hair and suntanned skin, as the laser light will be absorbed by the skin.
  • Shaving - Electric , Razor: the most common and effective method to remove hairs around the bikini area. The downside is that regrowth can be irritating, and can cause small red lumps or a rash to appear on this part of the body.
  • Waxing: can be painful but effective for treating the bikini area. Waxing the female pubic hair region is more commonly known as a Brazilian Wax. The result is either total or near-total hair removal.

Legs

  • Flashlamp: the process works similarly to lasers but, because the light beam is larger, it is a faster methodology when used on ladies legs.
  • Laser: good for treating dark hairs if the woman is pale skinned. May require many sessions to eradicate the hairs on such a large area as the legs.
  • Depilatory Cream: common and effective way for treating legs. Some creams are harsher than others, so take care if treating sensitive areas, such as the upper and inner thighs.
  • Rotary epilator: effective but painful. The leg hair must first be long to be grasped by the device for it to be effective.
  • Shaving - Electric, Razor: the most common short term method. Buy the best quality ladies razor so you can to reduce the number of skin abrasions.
  • Waxing: this is a common and effective way to remove hair for women. This method is rather painful and messy to clean up. Some females have reported having an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the wax.

Arms

  • Laser: to remove arm hair by laser will be quite expensive due to the fairly large area involved, but the results are likely to be permanent.
  • Rotary epilator: effective if you have the appropriate type of hair. If they are too fine then the device will not grasp them firmly. If they are too coarse it could be very painful.
  • Waxing: common and effective method but can be fairly painful for a woman. Quicker and less painful if a skilled professional performs this treatment.
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