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Hair Removal - Basics

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Every society in the world have their own norms regarding the presence of hair in their body. It is influenced by society, culture, media and peers. Some countries aesthetic standard on presence of hair is very different from other countries. People whose hair falls outside a culture's aesthetic standards may experience real or perceived social acceptance problems. For example, for women in several societies, exposure in public of body hair other than head hair, eyelashes and eyebrows is generally considered to be unaesthetic, unattractive and embarrassing while in some societies women don’t mind hair on their body or even in their face, it is completely depends upon their society and culture.

With the increased popularity in many countries of women wearing shorter dresses and swimsuits during the 20th century and the consequential exposure of parts of the body on which hair is commonly found, there has been an increase in the practice of women removing unwanted body hair, such as on legs, underarms and elsewhere. Generally women who cover their body entirely with full sleeves and long pants won’t even mind shaving or waxing their body but stylish women who wear shorts and bikini remove their hair religiously.

Primarilly there are two ways of removing hair – Depilation and Epilation


It is the removal of the part of the hair above the surface of the skin. Methods of Removal are Shaving, Trimming and Hair Removal Creams


It is the removal of the entire hair, including the part below the skin. Methods of Removal are Waxing, Epilation Devices, Electrolysis, Intense Pulse light, Laser and Tweezing.

1. Shaving

Shaving is the most basic method to get rid of body hair. You can buy a razor and shaving cream in most grocery stores, pharmacies, and even gas stations. Shaving is a fast and painless way to get rid of hair, however it doesn't prevent hair from growing back. Shaving does not hurt but the hair can grown back within few days to a week. So, frequent shaving is required to keep the body hair free.