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Different Methods of Temporary Hair Removal

Laser Hair Treatments

Use laser treatments to zap unwanted hair from the bikini area and legs. If you have coarse hair or light skin, laser facial treatments use a pulse laser to destroy a hair follicle. Laser hair removal is a temporary hair removal method that may reduce hair growth for up to three months. As of 2010, procedures used to remove hair by laser cost on average $331 per laser treatment session.

Shaving

Shaving is a temporary hair removal process that uses a razor to cut hair at the skin's surface. Use shaving to trim hair in the bikini area and the legs. If you have concerns that shaving body hair results in the hair growing back darker and thicker, don't worry. Your hair's thickness depends on genetics and hormones; shaving doesn't affect it.

Depilatories

Depilatories remove hair on the legs, bikini area and face by dissolving the hair proteins. Depilatories come in a variety of formulas from gel creams to lotions. Smooth a pea-sized amount of depilatory cream on upper lip and chin hair for three minutes, maximum. Apply a golf ball-sized amount of depilatory cream to the front, back and sides of each leg to remove hair. For the bikini line, apply a half dollar-sized amount of depilatory cream to remove hairs. Before applying a depilatory cream, perform a patch test on the skin to avoid an allergic reaction to the solution. This form of temporary hair removal can last a week or two.

Tweezing

To slow hair growth, tweeze the hairs on the chin and cheek to remove each hair from its follicle. This form of hair removal is effective but time consuming. The effects from tweezing your hair may last for one or two weeks, depending upon how quickly the hair grows on your face. However, take note that if you tweeze your facial hair frequently, the hair follicle can become irritated.

Waxing

Employ the waxing method to remove unsightly hair on the cheek, upper lip, chin, legs, bikini area and on eyebrows. Use a wooden spatula to spread the hot wax on a thin patch of hair. Stretch a small, thin piece of cloth over the hot wax. Pull the cloth off your face quickly to remove unwanted hair. Waxing treatments may last from two to three weeks.

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