Hair Removal 101

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Women are always looking for a better way to take care of the hair on their bodies. What does better mean? Well for some people it means less pain or no pain at all. For others it means permanent hair removal solution. Even though there is no real permanent solution there are plenty that come pretty close. You can learn how to get rid of body hair now. What are the best methods to use? How about the best products? What's the difference? What's best for you? Grab our free guide and you'll find the answers to those questions. Are you waxing or shaving? Do you happen to be using an epilator? Do you spend lots of money on laser hair removal or IPL? Read this guide and you'll know what to do.

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Hair Removal 101

  1. 1. HAIR REMOVAL 101 Your free guide to Hair Removal Body-Hair.org
  2. 2. Hair Removal: Improving on Natural BeautyFor centuries, people have been removing their body hair for a variety of reasons–cultural, religious and even medical.In modern Western countries, however, many women and men remove parts oftheir body in order to look more beautiful. Those, seeking to improve on naturalbeauty, might shave their legs, wax their bikini line, or even zap their body hairwith lasers.From the moment we are born, the hair on our heads begins to grow. But most ofthe hair on our bodies arrives with puberty. Although men tend to have morebody hair than women, at puberty both sexes begin to grow hair under the arms,on the legs and the pubic area.For men, hair will also begin to grow on the face, abdomen, back, chest and prettymuch everywhere if you’re predisposed to it (if there are hairy men in your family).Different societies have different cultural standards when it comes to body hair.Caucasian people are generally considered to be the hairiest. Leg/armpit hair isalmost universally considered to be somewhat ugly and undesirable, and that’swhy there are so many women that want to get rid of it.In more temperate zones, where swimwear is frequently worn, removing hairfrom the bikini area is naturally popular.As menopause approaches the growth of hair on the face and upper lip can beginto develop, and is frequently removed at considerable expense.Why Hair Removal?Hair removal is done for all kinds of reasons. For some women, removing all orpart of their pubic hair makes them feel sexier, more provocative and attractive.We should mention that there’s a bunch of other women who refuse to removeany body hair at all as an act of defiance to what they believe is an oppressiveritual, perpetrated by men. The more obvious reason to avoid hair removal ispersonal choice – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  3. 3. In the US and Canada, many men shave their faces, or leave only a mustache. Fullor partial beards are less common than in Europe or parts of Asia, where somecultures, especially muslims to whom the beard is a symbol of experience andwisdom and is part of their religion.For men who can’t grow a full beard, or whose beard is a different color or texturethan the hair on their head, removing facial hair also becomes a good cosmeticdecision. Other men shave their beards because they grow in coarse and itchy, orbecause it irritates their skin. Using a good aftershave that doesn’t contain alcoholis a good choice. Look for a balm or lotion – here’s a few popular ones.The History of Hair RemovalHair removal is believed to have begun during pre-history, around 30,000 B.C.,when men reportedly used razors made of flint to shave the hair on their faces.Similarly, women used quicklime and arsenic to burn hair from their bodies, butthese harsh chemicals frequently burned the skin and caused injuries.As technological improvements were made, better and more effective means ofhair removal were developed. In ancient Egypt and India, for example, around3,000 B.C. women first began using razors to shave hair from their bodies. Thesehighly ornate razors decorated with carvings and designs, were frequently madeof copper.The first widespread habit of shaving men’s beards began about 500 B.C., whenfollowers of Alexander the Great emulated his habit of shaving daily, and thisfollowing resulted in the construction of the first barber shops. About the sametime, women in Rome started using razors, tweezers, pumice stones anddepilatories to groom themselves of unwanted body hair.By the Middle Ages, it became fashionable for women to remove all the hair ontheir bodies, including their heads. This made it easier to wear the large, ornatewigs, which were stylish at the time. Plucking and shaving faces, foreheads andeyebrows became the trend among women, seeking to look more like QueenElizabeth I.In the 1700s, the first safety razor was developed in France, and by the mid-1800s,men and women started using razors with blades that run perpendicular to the
  4. 4. handle, making it easier to shave men’s faces and other body areas. In 1875, theuse of electricity to remove hair was first recorded by a St. Louis eye doctor,named Charles Michel, who used electrolysis to remove ingrown eyelashes fromhis patients.Gillette developed the first disposable razors around 1901 and by World War I thecompany made a deal with the US armed forces so that they became part of everysoldier’s standard issue gear. In 1915, sleeveless dresses became fashionable inthe US and a marketing campaign in Harper’s Bazaar magazine convinced womenthat underarm hair was unhygienic, unfashionable and not lady-like.The first electric razor was invented in 1931 by Col. Jacob Schick. By the 1940sNair became the most popular hair removal cream among women. And by the1980s, doctors began using lasers to remove hair from well-to-do patients duringmultiple and expensive clinical appointments. Waxing also became a popular formof hair removal.A Sexier You With Hair RemovalRegardless of how hair was removed through the ages, for most people, hairremoval has always been about vanity. Smooth, unblemished, hairless skin is away to attract attention. A freshly shaved face or beard is a way to make menmore desirable.Perhaps as a reflection of societal values, if movies and television shows want aparticular character to look ugly and undesirable, a good solution is to always adda lot of body hair -- especially on the face and upper lip for female characters, andwith thick dense body hair, particularly on the back for men Hair Removal for Religious and Medical PurposesSome religions require hair removal as part of the practice of their faith. Forexample, Buddhist monks are required to shave their heads, face and eyebrows inorder to mimic Siddhartha, the prince who later became Buddha. Even inChristianity, some monks were required to shave the middle of their scalp in orderto be admitted into their order. It was supposed to symbolize the crown of thornsJesus Christ wore during his crucifixion.
  5. 5. For Muslims, hair removal is dictated by Islamic law, called the Sharia.Muhammad, the messenger of God, said that mustaches must be trimmed andthat underarm and public hair must be plucked. Only the eyebrows were neverallowed to be cut. In modern Islam, threading has replaced plucking as the hairremoval method of choice.In the Jewish faith, hair removal standards usually depend on the sect of Judaism.Orthodox Jews, for example, don’t remove hair from the corners of the head orbeard, as required by the Torah. Other sects, such as Conservative or Reformation,allow any form of hair removal as long as a razor is not used. All Jews areforbidden from shaving or cutting their hair for 30 days after the death of a friendor family member.Medical procedures, including surgeries, typically require the removal of all bodyhair in the affected area in order to prevent sepsis. Some chemotherapy patientsprefer to remove the hair on their heads to having it fall out in patches due tocancer treatments.Sports and Military GroomingWhenever a sports star comes up with a new haircut or shaves his head, invariablylegions of fans will follow suit. This was certainly the case during the 1990s, whenMichael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships. Lots of men optedto “Be Like Mike” and keep their scalp clean-shaven.Some athletes prefer to keep their pubic regions shaved to prevent discomfortduring the rigorous exercise of sports. Bodybuilders typically shave/wax/laser/ipltheir entire bodies and rub themselves in paint and oil in order to emphasize theirmuscle tone during competitions.The military has a long history of shaving the heads of new recruits in order toindoctrinate them into the armed services. Short hair also is encouragedthroughout a person’s military career.
  6. 6. Hair Removal Methods: Their Benefits andProblemsThere are various ways of removing hair from the body, but not all are createdequal. Some hair removal methods are more painful than others, while others areexpensive and available only to the wealthier.Which method a person chooses for hair removal is an individual choice, anddepends on their budget, their pain threshold, and the amount of time they haveto devote to hair removal.Shaving with Manual and Electric RazorsShaving is the most popular form of hair removal among both men and womenbecause the required equipment – straight, disposable and cartridge razors andshaving cream, oil or gel - is plentiful and inexpensive. Shaving is simple and canbe performed conveniently at home or on the go. Many men keep a shaving kit ontheir bathroom vanity while women shave their legs and underarms in theshower.But razors can cause nicks and cuts, or even serious injuries when used incorrectlyor carelessly. Homes with small children are required to keep razors out of reachfor fear of injury.Electric razors offer a safer alternative to straight razors, disposables or cartridgerazors. Tiny rotating blades pull hair away from the skin before cutting it. Butmany times electric razors fail to provide as close a shave as a razor. Also, they aredifficult to keep clean and free of tiny hairs and oftentimes end up having anunpleasant odor over time. They require a power source, obviously.The Problem with PluckingPlucking is the removal or hair by using tweezers. It is commonly used to shapeeyebrows or to remove stray hairs, especially those in the nose, ears or randomface hairs. Frequent tweezing can cause hair follicles to become damaged andstop growing hair permanently.The problem is that tweezing is painful and tedious. People with a low thresholdfor pain should avoid tweezing, although some numbing agents are available to
  7. 7. reduce the pain. Similarly, anyone in hurry may find this method takes too long: Itcan take up to 30 minutes to pluck eyebrows alone.In a professional salon, tweezing tends to be expensive, with eyebrow shapingsessions running anywhere from $25-$50, plus gratuity.Hair Removal Chemicals and Ointments: How Dangerous Are They?Chemical products are sometimes used to remove body hair in a process calleddepilatory hair removal. They are composed of a strong, alkaline based chemicalthat is rubbed or brushed on the hair. It slowly erodes the hair follicle until itbecomes jelly-like in texture. After about 5 to 10 minutes, the depilatories arethen removed by wiping the treated area with a cloth, little plastic shovel orsimply washing it away.Depilatory creams are inexpensive – typically $4 to $12 -- and are widely availableat most drug stores. They are simple to use and can be applied in the privacy ofthe home.But depilatory chemicals can also be dangerous and can damage your skin andeven cause serious injury if used incorrectly. Leaving the chemical on too long cancause burns, blisters, stinging, itchy rashes and skin peeling.Many depilatory creams often have an unpleasant odor, like the way a permsmells in the salon. They also remove only the hair at skin level, and the rootquickly grows new hair back during the following days.Waxing: Is it Worth the Pain?Waxing has become a popular method to remove unwanted body hair. A resin-based wax is heated then applied to a body area such as the chest, back or publicregion. A paper cloth or cloth strip is then pressed on top of the soft wax. After acouple of minutes, when the wax hardens, the paper cloth is ripped away fromthe skin, along with all of the hair follicles and roots that are attached to it.The process is done quickly and large areas of hair can be done at one time.Waxing of both legs generally takes about an hour. Although the hair will growback eventually, it takes much longer to return than other hair removal methods
  8. 8. because it was removed at the root, and multiple applications in time cansometimes result in permanent hair removal.Waxing typically is performed in a salon or spa setting by an esthetician, who issomebody trained in waxing hair removal. But home kits are available online andthey’re very affordable, too.Waxing does not work, however, if there is less than ¼ inch of hair for the wax toadhere to. It can also be very painful, especially in sensitive areas and that’s whatmakes waxing notorious. Only trained professionals should perform waxingbecause improper techniques can result in serious injury or at least lots of pain.Waxing is a relatively expensive form of hair removal, if you decide to go to aprofessional a couple of times a month, with the cost depending on the areasbeing treated. For example, eyebrow waxing costs between $8 and $20, Brazilianbikini waxing (removal of all or nearly all public hair) costs about $50. Both thosetreatments actually cover a very small area.Electrolysis: Is It Worth the Expense?Electrolysis is the use of an electric current to remove hair by inserting a very fineneedle electrode into every hair follicle to destroy the root. Normally, it isconducted in a clinical setting under controlled conditions. It is the only FDAapproved method for permanent hair removal.Multiple electrolysis treatments – usually 15 to 30 – each lasting about 30 minutesare required for effective permanent hair removal. The process can be painful,causing a pricking or stinging sensation every time the needle is inserted into ahair follicle.Electrolysis is expensive. Each session can cost up to $100 or more, putting it outof reach for many people seeking an affordable hair removal treatment. There aremachines that you can use yourself, but you should give it some serious thought.Can you actually handle this? If so, you can save a lot of money.Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Hair (IPL) RemovalWith laser or IPL removal, a laser device sends pulses of concentrated light ontothe skin to seek out the dark pigment or color of hair, impairing the follicle andcausing the hair to fall out 10 to 14 days later. Multiple treatments are required
  9. 9. and usually are conducted in a doctor’s office, although some IPL devices havebeen approved for home use.Laser and IPL are not permanent hair removal, but are classified by the FDA aspermanent hair reduction. They typically reduce hair counts by 40% to 80%.Both treatments can be very painful. Some users report that the feeling is like arubber band being snapped against the skin. Both methods can cause scarring,blisters and burns. Laser hair removal doesn’t work for everyone. People with darkhair and light skin have the best results, but it is less effective on people with lightskin and light hair or dark skin and dark hair.Laser and IPL hair removal are expensive. Each session typically costs $200 to$900, depending on the size of the area being treated. IPL devices for home useusually start at $300 and can go much higher from there.Finally, A Sensible Solution!A hair removal solution that incorporates the best elements of other hair removalsystems without the drawbacks is the no!no! Hair Removal System, which usesheat to remove hair painlessly and efficiently in the comfort of one’s own home.And unlike lasers and IPL, it is safe to use on all skin types and with all hair colors.A Healthy and Affordable OptionStacked up against the other hair removal options, the no!no! has the benefit ofbeing a painless and effective way to remove unwanted body hair. It won’t nick orscrape like razors, or pinch like plucking. There are no dangerous chemicals toapply to the skin, and there’s no need to pay a fortune for waxing clinics, salonsvisits, or doctor’s appointments.Like many other hair removal options, you can apply the no!no! by yourself inyour own home.Pricewise, it also stacks up well, especially against the more expensive laser andIPL hair removal options. And unlike those, anybody can use it.
  10. 10. Using the Power of Heat to Remove Hair SafelyWhat distinguishes the no!no! from the other hair removal methods or devices isits use of patented Thermicon technology, which uses light and heat to removehair from the body naturally. It’s based on the scientific principles of thermaltransference and conducts a gentle pulse of heat energy to the hair to remove it.In comparison, lasers and IPL hair removal systems use the heat energy of light tofocus on melanin in the hair follicle. Because light, grey or white hair do notcontain melanin, people with these hair colors can’t use laser or IPL systems. Butthey can use the NONO safely, effectively and painlessly, regardless of their hairor skin color.Why It’s an Affordable, Practical Solution to Your Hair Removal ProblemComparing the prices of the various hair removal systems, it is necessary toconsider the long-term value of each of them. The cost of razors, shaving creamsand powders add up over the years, as do depilatory creams and ointments. Inmost cases, waxing, electrolysis and laser treatments require regular visits to asalon or clinic. And while the IPL can be used at home, it does carry a high pricetag.The no!no! Hair Removal System, however, can be used at home and is still pricedaffordably, putting it within reach of those with even the most limited budgets.Pain and Side EffectsWhile razors can nick and cut, ointments and creams can burn the skin, andelectrolysis, lasers and IPL require various amounts of pain, the advantage of theno!no! is that it is pain free. Unlike creams, it is odor free, plus it has no knownside effects.It also is proven to be extremely effective at dramatically reducing the amount ofhair on the treated area. It won’t hurt or damage your skin like some other hairremoval options. And it works anywhere on the body where hair is growing. Youshouldn’t use it on your breast (if you’re female) or genitals.Although some hair may eventually grow back, many users report that aftermultiple treatments, once the hair is gone it stays away.
  11. 11. No!no! vs. Tria: A Side-By-Side AnalysisComparing the Tria hair removal laser device and the no!no! 8800 side-by-sideshows certain advantages to the no!no! device. It is faster and more simple to use,more effective and less expensive than Tria.Perhaps the biggest advantage is that the no!no! system can be used by anybody,while the Tria cannot. Because Tria depends on powerful impulses of light to seekout the melatonin in hair follicles, it is ineffective against people with light hair ordark skin with dark hair. Some people can’t even use it if they get a tan!One Woman’s Journey to Self-FulfillmentFor centuries, men and women have spent time and money searching for aneffective, convenient way to remove unwanted body hair, only to be disappointedtime and time again.Emma, a woman from Philadelphia, said she had tried most of them over theyears, but she found the NONO to be among the best."I’ve started laser treatments on small areas and the amount of treatmentsneeded and the pain was just too much,” said Emma. “The benefits of laser justdid not outweigh the time and cost. When I read about no!no!, I was critical butthought I’d give it a try, considering the satisfaction guarantee. It’s been twomonths now, and I shave much, much less, and my skin is noticeably softerbecause of this. I will definitely recommend to friends with thick, stubborn hairlike mine!"How the NoNo Can Work for YouWell, you know what sucks about the other methods. We’ve compared most ofthem for you. Many of the advantages of the no!no! make it a good choice forpeople, who want to get rid of unwanted body hair. You can read more aboutwhat people are saying about it on this page. You’ll also find a trial option and a60 day money back guarantee if you’re interested in the device.
  12. 12. THANKS FOR READING! Now it’s up to you Choose one of the options and stick with it! http://body-hair.org

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