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Marzena Beauty Salon Wax, NZ$18·50
Everyone knows that getting into a ﬁtful
panic to prepare our legs, arms, torsos and other bits for their
ﬁrst emergence into the summer sun can result in disaster.
No one wants splotchy legs, shaving cuts and random sprouts of hair
to ruin their holiday fun! Emma Tate
gives you the low-down on the hairy art of hair removal
issue 21 of Lucire
The most tried and true DIY method works well if you’re in a rush
and is best on easy bits such as legs and underarms. It is perhaps
the technique with the least stress which inevitably means the results
don’t last very long. Shaving gels and creams are important to use
beforehand and afterwards so remember: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
This method provides instant results with a slight ouch
factor. Of course, if done correctly, it shouldn’t cause too much
discomfort, so practice makes perfect. If you’re worried about the
pain a professional wax could be the answer, as therapists know
what they’re doing and are more likely to give you the result you
Waxing works well on small or large areas and
it is important to exfoliate the area first. Kits can come in DIY
strips, sugar wax or hot wax which should only be applied at a comfortable
temperature to prevent irritation and burning.
Sugar waxing is great method that can be washed
off with water and is simple to clean up. Remember when waxing that
there are a number of activities you cant do for 24 hours after
the application. This is not much of a sacrifice as four to six
weeks of little or no hair is a pretty great result.
This is a short-term solution that dissolves the hair at the skins
surface. Its a good idea to take a hot bath first to open up the
pores and soften the hairs for easier removal. The cream chemically
dissolves each hair so an eye needs to be kept on the time to prevent
a chemical burn or irritation. This is a fairly quick method and,
like waxing, these creams are great for at least four to six weeks
Laser treatment is increasingly popular and faster than electrolysis
and is great on both small and large areas. It is very safe, non-invasive
and provides little or no discomfort. It is a more costly treatment,
yet it greatly reduces the possibility of hair growth. The big plus
here is that you only need to go back every nine to twelve months,
making it worth every penny. For best results the hair should be
darker than the complexion as the lasers targets the melanin in
the skin. However a range of lasers are available at most clinics
that cater for most skin shades.
A beauty and skin professional needs to take care of this treatment.
It basically involves inserting a fine needle into the hair follicle
and applying an electrical current to destroy the root. It is best
on small areas and there is minor discomfort to this treatment.
The diamond in the rough is that after several treatments it encourages
hairs to become finer and less obvious unlike the DIY home methods.
The main thing to remember with any hair removal
treatment is that nothing is permanent. Hair follicles lie dormant
in the skin so even if the visible hairs disappear forever, dormant
ones can pop up at any time.
Beauty therapists give great consultations and
can put any wax, electrolysis or laser worries at rest. They will
usually give you a range of home care tips to get the best out of
the treatment. So dont stress: whether its right off-the-shelf
or an expert treatment theres no excuse not to be smooth all summer
Nads Kiwi and Mint Natural Hair
Nads Hair Removal Essential Kit,
Braun Silk-epil Xelle epilator
Note: prices current as of December 2006.