Hair removal has been something that man has obsessed about for thousands of years. As such, they have developed many traditional techniques that has survived the generations.
Here are the three most popular and most traditional techniques at present. These are threading, hair inhibitors and sugaring.
Hair threading, which is also called Khite in Egyptian, is an ancient methods of removing hair. It is still practiced in many countries in Middle East, as well as India and Pakistan.
Hair threading is primarily used for removing facial hair and eyebrows. Raw of stray hairs are yanked out from the follicle with twists of 100% cotton thread.
It is an alternative for waxing and sugaring for removing facial hair and eyebrows. Hair threading give a longer effect as compare to shaving, where the hair may re-appear again within 2~6 weeks.
- Hair Inhibitors:
This is a clear odorless topical solution made from a mixture of plant enzymes. These hair growth inhibitors disable the mechanism which causes hair growth.
By changing the structure of the hair follicle the hair gradually becomes finer and softer until it finally disappears. For best results, hair growth inhibitors are rubbed to the skin after using a hair removal method such as shaving, sugaring or waxing or tweezing.
The hair then takes longer to grow back and eventually stops. Best result was observed with sugaring and waxing. Hair inhibitors are completely natural and gentle on the skin.
Thus, they can be used on any part of the body including sensitive areas such as the bikini line or genital areas.
Sugaring originated from Egypt. This method of hair removal is very popular in Arab countries.
A sticky paste made primary from sugar is warmed and then applied to the skin in the direction of hair growth, and a strip of cloth, cotton or paper is pressed firmly into the paste.
The strip is then quickly pulled away thus taking hairs with it. It is suitable for removing hair from various body and facial areas, like eyebrows, upper lip, arm, underarms, legs, stomach and the bikini line.
It is not suitable for removing hair from beard due to different hair root system.
Sugaring is an alternative for anyone whose skin reacts to wax with redness or bumps. Because the person applying the mixture rolls the mixture in the hands first, it can never scald the way hot wax can.
The ingredients of sugaring paste solution are all natural. However, some paste solution may consist of citric acid and gum Arabic to make hair removal easier.
When selecting which technique to go with, you should evaluate each of their pros and cons. Usually, threading is used ideally for eyebrows as it is precise but it quite tedious.
Hair inhibitors are used for those who want to avoid any kind of pain and discomfort over the long term. Unfortunately, hair inhibitors are quite expensive.
Finally, sugaring is a hair removal method that is only ideal for people who cannot deal with the extreme pain of traditional waxing. You should talk with your dermatologist to identify the best hair removal solution for your needs.