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Hair removal techniques

Author: Vanessa Ngan, Staff Writer, 2005.

There are many reasons why men and women choose to remove unwanted body hair. Excess body hair may be undesirable and in many instances cause embarrassment and low self esteem.

Some medical indications for hair removal include:

There are basically 3 types of hair removal methods: temporary hair removal, temporary hair reduction and permanent hair removal. Within each method a number of different techniques are used to achieve hair removal or reduction.

Temporary Hair Removal TechniquesTemporary Hair Reduction TechniquesPermanent Hair Removal Techniques
Shaving
Chemical depilation
Epilation
  • Plucking
  • Waxing
  • Threading
  • Abrasives
  • Sugaring
Eflornithine HCl cream
Laser-assisted
Intense pulsed light sources
Electrolysis
  • Galvanic
  • Thermolysis

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