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Physical methods of hair removal

Bleaching makes the excessive hair less obvious.

Depilatory creams
Depilatory creams are generally based on thioglycolate (also used in perming solutions). A thick layer is applied for 15-30 minutes to the hairy area, then wiped off and the hair comes off with the cream. Depilatory creams can irritate and cause dermatitis.

Shaving, if necessary twice daily, will prevent unsightly stubble. Shaving does not make the hair grow more thickly.

Waxing needs to be repeated every six weeks. The warm wax hardens on the skin and as it is stripped off, the hairs are pulled out with it from the roots.

Electric hair removers
These remove the hair by a combined cut and pull.

Electrolysis or thermolysis may result in permanent hair loss but it takes time. A small probe is inserted along each hair, and a small electrical or heat discharge destroys the hair. A small area is treated every few weeks. It can be expensive if the area affected is extensive. Unskilled treatment may cause scarring.

Laser therapy
New long wavelength lasers and intense pulsed light are under investigation for the removal of body hair. Time will tell how effective these will be.