While the motivations for hair removal have changed from prehistoric times to current day, one thing remains consistent – we are always looking for the best ways to smooth down. And of all the ways available to us, the more permanent and painless they are, the better. Here’s a countdown of your top five options.
5. Shaving is the oldest form of hair removal. Prehistoric cave walls show man using clam shells, flint blades and even shark teeth to shave, but it wasn’t until 1915 that Gillette invented the first razor specifically for women. While still the quickest and easiest way to remove unwanted hair, shaving only provides a temporary solution to hair removal.
4. The Romans used resin, pitch of bat’s blood for their waxing. Today, thankfully, we are less experimental with the ingredients, and the result is a semi-permanent removal of hair by the roots. The results last a few weeks, and eventually, follicle damage will prevent some hair from growing back.
3. Ancient Egyptians like Cleopatra started the sugaring trend by using a mixture of sugar, oil and lime juice to remove hair. Today’s version of that mixture is similar to the original, just swapping honey for oil. Unlike waxing, sugaring removes hair in the same direction of the hair growth, resulting in less pain and less hair breakage. Sugaring also cuts down on ingrown hairs by exfoliating while you remove the hair, and the results last about as long as waxing.
2. In 1875, opthalmologist Dr. Charles Michel first used rudimentary electrolysis to treat ingrown eyelashes. Modern day electrolysis removed hair with a sterile probe and a low level current, and today it works on every hair and skin type. It has been proven a safe and permanent hair removal method for decades, but it can still be painful and may require more than one session.
1. Laser hair removal has been around since the 1960s, but was not approved by the FDA until 1997. This highly concentrated laser light is beamed unto the hair follicle. The pigment in the follicle absorbs the light, and the light destroys the hair. Multiple treatments may be necessary. The latest lasers work on almost all skin types and hair colors, though blonde, gray or white hair may be less affected by the treatment. Despite those few drawbacks, this fast and efficient method of hair removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S.
Contributed by Angel Maynard