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Let's talk hair removal
19:00 Monday 29th of February 2016

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Waxing is a hair removal method which is semi- permanent removing the hair from the root.

For best result with waxing the hair should be a significant amount of hair growth in the area. If you can leave the hair to grow for at least 3 weeks before your wax, you will get the best results as the hair is been pulled from the root leaving roughly 6 to 8 weeks for new hair growth. However in some individuals, there is re- growth after a week.

Once you have decided to start waxing it is best to give up shaving altogether. If you continue to shave, you will not experience the full benefits of waxing because you are 'cutting' the hairs and not giving the hair enough time to grow before your next wax appointment.

It is imperative that you go to a qualified beauty therapist or someone who specialist in waxing as you are dealing with a hot substance and done incorrectly can leave permanent damage.

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Threading  is an ancient method of hair removal originated from Central Asia or India which has now become hugely popular in Western countries.

If you have ever seen threading been done, you'll know there is a very fine art to how the method is applied.

A thin thread is doubled and then twisted, it is then rolled over the area been treated plucking the hair at the follicle level - so unlike tweezing where single hairs are pulled one at at time, threading can remove a number of hairs in a line.

I will be honest and say that I do find it painful as there are a number of hairs been removed at once. However you are left with the most incredible results, neat and shaped to protection is how I would describe my eyebrows after I have them threaded.

 Body hair removal is a personal choice and a very individual decision.

There are many different forms of hair removal from waxing, shaving, laser, threading and sugaring so if you choose to remove body hair, choosing the right method for you is essential.

Whether it be temporary or permanent hair removal you should really explore what there is on offer before making your decision.

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Shaving is the most common type of hair removal probably because it is the most convenient way of removing hair as we can do it ourselves. The reason that a clean shave will only last you a day or two maximum is because you are only removing the hair from the surface of the hair and this is not effecting the root of the hair which in return does not disturb the hair cycle in the dermis layer of the skin.

When shaving, common complaints include skin rash, cuts, irritation and abrasions. These can be minimized by using a fresh blade and ensuring the skin is well lubricated.

Laser  Unless you have been living under a rock you will have noticed that laser hair removal has taken the beauty industry by storm. There are so many special offers going around at the moment it can be a little overwhelming if you have never spoken to anyone who has had it done.

Laser hair removal  is highly concentrated pulse light that is aimed into the hair follicles, causing the pigment in the follicles to absorbed the light and that in turn gradually destroys the hair.

Hair grows in several phases, known as ATC (anagen, telogen, catagen) and the laser can only affect the currently active growing stage so this is why a number of sessions are needed to kill the hair in all the stages. Using highly concentrated pulse light into the hair follicles causes the pigment in the follicles to absorb the light.

Laser does not suit all hair types, it is tailored for darker more coarse hair as blonde hair does not have enough pigment to attract the laser's heat. This leaves laser removal unreliable on blonde or grey hair.

It is so important to book a consultation , this is where the therapist should examine your hair to see if you would be suitable, this is where they will talk you through the treatment and also do a patch test to ensure your skin reacts perfectly to the laser.

Sugaring again originates from an ancient Middle Eastern practice. Sugaring is an all natural paste or gel made from food ingredients including sugar, water and lemon juice.

While there are many different recipes, only natural ingredients are used. This method is very similar to waxing as it removes hair from the root when done properly.

It may take a couple of tries to master the art of sugaring but once you get the hang of it, it really is quite simple. Applying to any area, stretch the paste by pulling it against the direction the hair grows in.

Leave for a few seconds to sink into the pores, working in small sections. Flick the side of the paste and peel off in the direction of the hair growth.

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