7 Natural Remedies to Remove Unwanted Hair

Written by: Denice Arthurton

For centuries humans have wanted to remove unwanted hair from just about every part of the body where it may grow. Traditionally it has been women who wanted to remove hair from under-arm, legs, face and bikini line but more recently men too have sought removal for unwanted body hair, on chests and backs particularly. There are many natural remedies for removal of unwanted hair from your face and other parts of the body, many of which have their roots in ancient traditions.

1.) Shaving

The quickest, easiest and least painful of all the hair removal methods and the most widely used.

It is also the most temporary as the razor cuts off the hair at skin level. Possible problems are cut skin, irritated skin, dry skin and rashes. By moisturizing the skin effectively, before and after, these problems can be minimized.

2.) Tweezing

A pair of tweezers is all that is required. This is a long lasting treatment as it pulls out hair at the roots. Long term tweezing also seems to encourage less hair growth probably because roots have been damaged by the process. Tweezing can be used anywhere on the body but it is quite time consuming as only one hair can be treated at a time. Some people report this to be a very painful method but again this normally reduces over time as the follicle is weakened by repeated pulling out of the hair.

There are now some products on the market which effectively tweeze larger areas all at the same time.

3.) Waxing

This ancient  method involves applying warm, melted wax to an area, pressing over a cloth and then quickly pulling the cloth against the hair growth. This can be very painful and will often leave some hairs behind. As the wax adheres to the skin and the hair, repeated waxing can cause damage to the skin.

Waxing is a popular home treatment for unwanted hair removal. The big drawback with waxing is that it is only effective on longer hair so you have to put up with a few weeks of hairy legs or armpits.

4.) Sugaring for Removing Hair

Very similar to waxing but using a sugar solution instead of wax. Here’s how to make a sugar wax hair remover. It is supposedly less painful and damaging to the skin as the solution sticks only to the hairs.

5.) Threading

This method involves rolling a thread over the area of hair which catches them and pulls them out. It is a skilled practice and difficult to use at home.

6.) Hair Removal Using Ant-egg Oil

Apparently this is a traditional hair removal treatment well known in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and has been practised for centuries. The ingredients are 100% natural and products are now available over the Internet. It involves rubbing oil over the area of unwanted hair and repeated. The treatment takes several months to be fully effective but is purported to be a permanent solution.

Ant-egg oil is quite expensive but should the treatment be the permanent solution it claims to be then it is well worth the money and would actually save money in the long run.

7.) Electrolysis for Hair Removal

This permanent hair removal solution is the most expensive option and is carried out by a trained electrolysis practitioner. It involves passing an electrical current through the hair root.

Relatively recently Internet literature has started to surface regarding making your own electrolysis hair remover. As with most things, there are testimonials to be found regarding this issue but the practice is at best high risk. Using a needle on your own body when you have not been trained to do so is not recommended and in some states of America such practices have been banned.

Which of the natural remedies for hair removal is used is very much down to individual taste and preference. Some people are seeking a quick fix whilst others are prepared to put up with unwanted hair for a while in order to be smooth for a few weeks afterwards. In addition, some people find that some of the methods are just too painful and particularly for those with sensitive skin. Trial and error are perhaps the only way to discover which method is most suited to your own needs.

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For many years of my life my major passions were all types of sport but particularly gymnastics. After finishing my own competitive career I became a coach, eventually converting an old industrial unit into a training facility to accommodate my 200 gymnasts. It was while coaching that I developed my interest in nutrition and how certain foods and herbs both fuel and heal the body. It was also during this time that I discovered surfing and became somewhat addicted even though I began in the handicapped position of some-one with a severe phobia of water. ...  visit author page.