Let's start with Temporary methods....
"Depilation", or removal of hair to the level of the skin, lasts several hours to several days and can be achieved by
- Shaving or trimming (manually or with electric shavers)
- Depilatories (creams or "shaving powders" which chemically dissolve hair)
Friction (rough surfaces used to buff away hair)
"Epilation", or removal of the entire hair from the root, lasts several days to several weeks and may be achieved by
- Tweezing (hairs are tweezed, or pulled out, with tweezers or with fingers)
- Waxing (a hot or cold layer is applied and then removed with porous strips)
- Sugaring (similar to waxing, but with a sticky paste)
- Threading in which a twisted thread catches hairs as it is rolled across the skin)
- Burning off with hot wax can damage the cells and prevent hair from ever growing in the unwanted spot again.
- Use of Turmeric along with other ingredients like besan powder and milk
- Epilators (mechanical devices that rapidly grasp hairs and pull them out)
- Prescription oral medications
- Drugs that directly attack hair growth or inhibit the development of new hair cells. Hair growth will become less and less until it finally stops; normal depilation/epilation will be performed until that time. Hair growth will return to normal if use of product discontinued. Products include the prescription drug Vaniqa. Permanent hair removal
- For over 130 years, Electrology has been and remains the only 100% permanent hair removal method recognized by government regulatory agencies such as the FDA. This technique permanently destroys germ cells responsible for hair growth by way of insertion of a fine probe in the hair follicle and the application of a current adjusted to each hair type and treatment area.
- Permanent hair reduction
- Laser hair removal (lasers and laser diodes)
- IPL Intense pulsed light (high-energy lamps)
- Diode epilation (high energy LED’s but not laser diodes)
- Experimental or banned methods
- Photodynamic therapy for hair removal (experimental)
- X-ray hair removal is an efficient, and usually permanent, hair removal method, but also causes severe health problems, occasional disfigurement, and even death. It is illegal in the United States.
- Many methods have been proposed or sold over the years without published clinical proof they can work as claimed.
- Transdermal electrolysis
- Non prescription topical preparations (also called "hair inhibitors", "hair retardants", or "hair growth inhibitors")
- Advantages and disadvantages
- There are several disadvantages to many of these hair removal methods. Most are not permanent, can cause medical problems and permanent damage, or have very high costs. Some of these methods are still in the testing phase and their methods have not been clinically proven.
- One issue, that can be considered an advantage or a disadvantage depending upon an individual's viewpoint, is that removing hair has the effect of removing information about the individual's hair growth patterns due to genetic predisposition, illness, androgen levels (such as from pubertal hormonal imbalances or drug side effects), and/or gender status.
- Information supplied by Wikipedia,