Depilatory creams
Electric shavers
Intense pulsed light (IPL)
Oral medications
Rotary epilators
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Short term hair removal methods

Typically lasting between a few hours and a few weeks, short term hair remover methods are usually inexpensive and the equipment can be bought very easily off the internet or in high street shops. The main types are:

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Depilatory is the generic name for any method that removes hairs from the surface of the skin. The most common short term method used today is shaving, although other methods such as friction and depilatory hair creams are becoming more common.
Epilatories is the generic name for methods of pulling hairs out of their follicles. The most common epilator methods used today are waxing and tweezing. Other methods are becoming more popular such as threading and mechanical rotary epilators. These methods provide longer lasting results than those achieved through depilator methods.
There are many creams on the market that can be used for hair removal. They come in a many forms such as gels, lotions and aerosols. The active ingredient in the cream works by reacting with the hair's protein structure causing it to dissolve. The majority of patients will not experience any pain using creams. However, some patients have experienced allergic reactions to the various chemicals used in these creams.
One of the most common hair removal methods. A hand held device that has a series of rotating blades behind a protective mesh. They can be used as a facial hair trimmer, or for shaving legs, the face or chest.
This method uses a special stone or hand mitten to scrub hair. The user will gently rub the stone or hand mitten over unwanted hairs until they have been rubbed away. The method also exfoliates the skin, providing it with a healthier glow. It is a good alternative to shaving your legs.
These devices are similar to electric razors, except that they pull hairs out of the follicle rather than cutting them off at the skin. These devices are not appropriate for all types of hair. The more course the hair, the less effective and more painful the treatment will be.
By far the most common method, a sharp metal blade cuts hair off at the skin's surface. They are very versatile instruments and can be used for shaving most parts of the body including the legs, arms, chest and back, as well as the face. They can also be used on a beard or moustache to shape and trim hair.
A sticky sugar solution is applied to the skin, then a strip of cloth or paper is pressed into the substance. After a few moments the strip is quickly removed, taking the hairs with it. This method is very similar to waxing, but has the advantage that the sugar solution can be made at home from easily obtainable ingredients. It is good for treating large areas of the body such as the legs, chest and back.
This method has been popular in Asia for many thousands of years, and requires the user to wrap cotton thread around the unwanted hairs and yank them out. It is typically used to remove stray facial hairs around the cheeks and eyebrows.
Small metal forceps are used to manually pull hairs out of their follicles. This method is typically performed on stray facial hairs or for trimming and shaping eyebrows.
A hot wax is applied to the skin, then a strip of cloth or paper is pressed into the wax. After a few moments the strip is quickly pulled away, taking the hairs with it. This method can used on large areas of the body as well, as the bikini line and for facial waxing. Again, this method is a popular alternative to shaving legs.

Other hair remover methods

Long term: (these methods typically last from a few weeks to a few months)

Permanent: (these methods typically last from a few months to 1 or more years)

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