Whether or not you choose to remove your body hair is a personal choice, but if you do decide to remove hair from down there, we have some tips to make sure it is done safely.
- Shaving. Shaving is the option you are probably most familiar with: using a sharp blade, the hair is cut right where it exits the skin. You can buy disposable razors that get tossed after a few uses, non-disposable razors that get loaded with new blades after a few uses (but the handle can be used for a much longer time), or electric razors that use electricity or batteries to power small rotating blades - those blades are tucked deep inside the electric razor apparatus. One really important tip: if you are using a razor with visible blades and you notice rust on the blade, don’t shave with that razor! A rusty blade can cause serious irritation or even infection on the skin.
- Waxing. Another popular option, waxing uses hot wax to soften the skin, stick to the hair, and then yank the hair out from it’s root when the wax is pulled off. Because the entire hair is pulled out, not just trimmed at the surface as with shaving, waxing often lasts longer - that’s because the hair has further to grow before you notice it again. Many salons offer waxing services, but there are lots of home kits as well. Waxing only works when the wax is pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth, a feat that can be tricky if you’re doing your own wax job. And, you want to beware of perfumes or other additives in wax that can irritate sensitive skin.
- Depilatories. Depilatories are creams that break down the proteins in hair, causing the hair to break off easily when the cream is wiped away. But, depilatories can smell pretty potent and they can irritate sensitive skin. You’ll definitely want to test a small patch of skin before applying it to a larger area.
- Laser and electrolysis. Unlike shaving, waxing, or depilatories, laser and electrolysis are a way to remove hair permanently. Laser and electrolysis mechanisms use energy in the form of light, heat, or both, to damage the hair follicles. Without an intact hair follicle, new hair has tough time growing. So after a series of laser or electrolysis treatments, the follicles are damaged enough that the hair won’t grow. Since these are permanent hair removal strategies, you’ll want to think very carefully about using them. Are you 100% certain you don’t want that hair there and never will? If yes, you will need parental consent if you are younger than 18.
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