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Depending on many factors, some hair removal options may or may not be for you. Take this short 9-question quiz to test your knowledge of hair removal and learn which hair removal would suit you!

1. True or False: Tweeze eyebrows more carefully, since the hair there grows more slowly.

True. Because there are so many of them, it may seems like eyebrow hairs grow fast. But they don’t. Tweeze carefully and sparingly, to get the correct ones because each individual hair takes weeks to grow back. At any given time your eyebrow hairs are in their “resting phase” of their growth cycle three times longer than hair on your head.

2. True or False: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker and darker.

False. Shaving blunts the end of each hair (from its normal tapered end), which can make the area feel or look more coarse when hairs grow back. This is just an illusion there; it’s the same hair as before you shaved.

3. How do you avoid razor bumps?

a. Shave everday
b. Exfoliate frequently
c. Shave in the opposite direction of hair growth

b. Exfoliate frequently. “Razor bumps” are typically caused by ingrown hairs. Sensitive skin that is shaved often and closely is more prone, such as the beard or bikini area. Exfoliating helps remove the top layer of dead skin, allowing hair to grow out more easily. Other ways to prevent ingrown hairs: Use glycolic body washes and a moisturizing shave cream or gel, change razors frequently and shave in the direction hair grows.

4. True or False. You probably shouldn’t wax if you have a lot of moles.

True. If you have moles, warts, or varicose veins in the area you want to wax, you may want to find another way to get rid of hair. Waxing can remove a layer of skin, causing scars or infection.

5. How do depilatories work?

a. They burn the hair off
b. They dissolve the hair
c. They uproot hair

b. They dissolve hair. Depilatories react with the protein in hair, dissolving it into a jellylike substance on your skin that can be wiped away. While inexpensive and painless, depilatory products can be smelly and messy. They may not work on thick coarse hair, and may burn the skin if not used according to directions. They’re not meant for eyebrows, areas near the eyes or irritated skin.

6. If electrolysis and lasers both destroy hair follicles, is one treatment enough?

a. Not usually
b. Yes, but only for electrolysis
c. Yes, but only for lasers
d. Yes, for both methods

a. Not usually. Electrolysis kills the hair follicle using an electrical current and is the only hair removal method that is permanent. It requires a series of sessions over time. Laser hair removal also destroys follicles, using light that converts to heat. But you may need touch-ups every six months to a year because hair grows in cycles.


7. Laser hair removal works best on people with:

a. Light Skin and Light hair
b. Light Skin and Dark Hair
c. Dark Skin and Dark Hair
b. Light Skin and Dark Hair. Laser hair removal uses concentrated beams or “pulses” of light to destroy hair follicles. The light is absorbed by melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color, so it works best on people with light skin and dark hair. That’s why lasers won’t work at all on white hair and don’t work well on blonde hair. It’s wise to not start your treatment in the summer or 6 weeks prior to stopping tanning. For dark skin, laser hair removal is best done using a device with longer light wavelengths, to reduce the risk of burns and discoloration to skin around the hair follicles.

8. Laser hair removal works best on:

a. Legs and back
b. Bikini area and underarms
c. Chin and face
b. Bikini area and underarms. That’s because the skin is thinner here, and thin skin is more responsive to the laser. You can apply a lotion or gel to numb the skin before the treatment. Avoid the sun before and afterwards.

9. How do epilators work?

a. Shave hair in circular way
b. Zap hair away with micro-laser
c. Tweeze hair out at root

c.Tweeze hair out at root. Epilators, which use hundreds of tiny, rotating tweezers to pluck hairs, last longer than shaving because they remove hair at the root. They work best on legs and underarms. Some manufacturers say they can be used on any body hair, including bikini area and face.

Now that you know all of the different hair removal methods, please contact our Esthetician, Flory at 610-363-8710 if you have any questions about which is the best method for you.

FloryI started my career as an esthetician after spending 24 years in Allied Health care. Being an outdoors person my skin was exposed to a lot of damage from sun exposure. After spending many years trying to correct the damage I was given a gift certificate for a facial. The stress relief was amazing but the information I received regarding the care of my skin was invaluable. That is when I decided to go back to school for my aesthetics license. I wanted to be able to help others with their skin care problems.


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