Shaving is the easiest and probably the most common way to get rid of unwanted hair used worldwide. Both men and women use razors and electric shavers to cut the hair very close to the skin, to make them almost invisible. There is a common myth that shaving causes hair to grow coarser and denser. But it is just a myth with no fact in it. However, there are several other side effects of shaving that make it less popular among masses. These include its repetitive nature (you have to shave almost daily), ingrown hair and blackening of the shaven areas over time, especially underarms and bikini area.
Another hair removing method used quite commonly by the women is tweezing. In case of tweezing, every hair is pulled out individually from its roots, using a pair of small forcipes. However, tweezing is best only small areas of the face. But like other traditional hair removing techniques, it also offers a temporary solution with results lasting for 3-8 weeks at most. It also carries a risk of ingrown hairs.
It is probably the most commonly used hair removing technique among females. A sticky wax is evenly spread over the hairy area, in the direction of hair growth, using a wooden spatula or stick. The area is then covered with cloth strips and pressed lightly with hand to make them stick properly. After 30-45 seconds, the cloth strip is quickly pulled off, taking the wax and hair with it. Hot wax can be applied and pulled off without cloth strips. Side effects of waxing include its painful nature, redness and bumps, possibility of having infection in the treated areas. The biggest advantage is you need to grow hair to at least ¼ inch length in order to get them properly waxed. Results last for 3 to 6 weeks.