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Because hair removal has a long history, and most of today’s methods have been used for hundreds or thousands of years, hair removal methods are unlikely to change. The product you prefer should be the one that fits your needs the best. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge to make an informed choice.
In this article, we will explain hair removal methods and the advantages and disadvantages as we see them.
It is a common misconception that chemical remover creams are something new. Like sugaring and waxing, chemical removers have ancient roots too. More than 6,000 years ago in Asia Minor people used hair removal products made with quicklime. American Indians applied lye to get rid of the body hair. Lye and quicklime hydrolyze nitrogen amide bond in hair proteins, breaking bristles down. This procedure of disintegrating the hair is used in some other domains like hair bleach or household products. Drain clog removers work in the same way.
The active ingredient in modern depilatory creams is potassium thioglycolate or calcium thioglycolate. To simplify, calcium thioglycolate attacks hair keratin strands in such a way that the hair degrades completely and can simply be wiped away. But in order for the active ingredient to reach the keratin strands and dissolve them the keratin fibers need to be open. For this purpose calcium hydroxide (lime), potassium (caustic potash) or sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) are used. They cause the hair to swell and open the keratin fibers. A derivative of lime (hydrogen peroxide) is used in bleaching the hair.
-CREAMS are convenient and work fast. In about 10 minutes the hair starts degrading and falling out. WAX works instantly but takes more time for preparation
-CREAMS are relatively inexpensive. WAX is also inexpensive but as results last up to 4 weeks, it is used 4 times less often than creams on average. This saves time and money
-In order to disintegrate the hair CREAMS use harsh chemicals like caustic soda. Due to this they are not indicated for sensitive skin. New generations of WAXES like Waxness Bikini Lotus are extremely delicate and created especially for sensitive skin
-CREAM hair removers can cause chemical burns for some people. They should be used according to their directions to minimize risk. New generations of WAX do not adhere to the skin thus they are unlikely to cause any harm
-CREAMS do not remove the hair from the root but from the surface, therefore they do not have lasting results and need to be re-used often. WAXES remove the hair from the root with results that can last up to 4 weeks. After waxing the hair grows thinner and less often
-CREAMS have a strong odor that most people find very unpleasant. One by-product of the caustic soda reaction with Keratin disulfide bonds is hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs. WAX will have either a resin scent, no scent or added pleasant scent depending on the type of wax used
-CREAMS are loaded with harsh chemicals. They may be absorbed in your skin and cause irritation. Depending on the type, WAXES can be made from natural resin or synthetic polymer resin that does not interact with the skin in any way.
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