Despite its functions, hair on the underarms might be undesirable for most women, as it affects physical aesthetic. Moreover, underarm hair also traps body sweat and has glands producing body odor. For a long time, therefore, women have been trying to find the most effective methods for removing these hair permanently. There are numerous beauty parlors offering hair removal techniques which give desired effects. Some treatments might still be affordable, yet some others with more permanent effects can be a lot more high-priced.
How to remove underarm hair permanently
Some hair removal treatments have been employed to perform permanent underarm hair elimination. These include traditional hair removal treatments as well as the high-tech ones. Despite variety of results occurring with different individuals, most of the time, these treatments give more or less the same effects and time length before the hair regrows. Some treatments considered working well in removing underarm hair permanently include:
Despite its ancientness, tweezing has been one of the most frequently used treatment for removing underarm hair. Blunt tweezers are often used in order to effectively reach the hair bottom without hurting the skin, especially in over-sensitive areas. Tweezed underarm hair will be gone for 3 to 8 weeks, which is quite satisfactory. Before deciding to tweeze your underarm hair, pay attention to these things:
- Tweezers used for removing underarm hair should be clean. Rubbing alcohol can be used to soak it before use. This is important in order to minimize the chance of infection caused by bacteria left in tweezers.
- Grasp the tweezers firmly when pulling the hair out to minimize the pain. Do this in a quick gesture as well.
- When finish removing the hair using tweezers, apply thin layer of moisturizer onto the treated areas. Keep the underarms elevated until the moisturizer is completely absorbed.
Waxing is another option for permanently remove underarm hair. it is done by spreading sticky wax over the treated underarms and covering it with cloth strips. The strips will be pulled off once the wax dries. Waxing is painful method of hair removal, yet many people favor it for its semi-permanent and neat effects. The result commonly lasts for 3 to 6 weeks. To wax underarm hair, these are the considerations:
- Wax is commonly made from sugar, although some ready-to-use wax is also available at the market.
- Hair should be at least ¼ inch long to be waxed.
- When pulling the strips off, do it fast to minimize the pain.
- If you do waxing more frequently, the risk of having infection is lower.
- Apply moisturizer or aloe vera gel after waxing to calm treated areas and prevent red bumps.
Sugaring is similar to waxing. The only difference is that sugaring uses sugar diluted in water and cooked to certain consistency, so that when applied to the skin, it can be removed using bare hands, instead of waxing strips. Hence, sugaring causes less pain than waxing. To do sugaring, pay attention to these things:
- To form sugaring paste, make sure the sugar mixture is simmered in low heat for continuously 25 minutes until it turns color to dark amber.
- The paste is sticky, so wearing gloves when applying it is recommended.
- Different from waxing, sugaring can be done repeatedly in the same treated spot. However, only repeat the treatment in one place twice per treatment.
If you have an unlimited budget for removing underarm hair, you might want to consider laser therapy. The light used in this therapy is aimed at the central hair follicles to make it inactive. Laser targets the hair follicles directly, so that the damages on the skin can be minimized. Before deciding to do laser hair removal, pay attention to these things:
- Reduce the waxing, tweezing, and electrolysis six weeks before laser treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure before treatments, since it may promote complication after treatment.
- Laser treatments may cause sunburn-like reaction during two days after the treatment. Cool compresses and topical moisturizers will help soothing the treated underarm. Bumps and red skin might also happen the next day after treatment, but blisters and scarring are very rare.
- The result might be permanent, because the follicles are destroyed by the treatment, but the cost can be very high, depending on the areas to treat and time required for treatment.