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It’s All About Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal is one of the most often requested cosmetic procedures. It tends to be simple, relatively painless, and have an overall low recovery time with obvious results. This is a clear win for most of us wanting to see an immediate fix to a problem area. Almost everyone has an area they’d prefer there was no hair; where this is depends on the individual though. Making the most of these services can help remove some of the frustrating maintenance associated with shaving in exchange for the fact that many laser hair removal treatments require many sessions to have a full effect. We’re getting ahead of things though as we all need to have a clearer understanding of what laser hair removal is and the potential variations on it. After all, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all method and different factors can make laser hair removal easier on a person or make this set of hair removals methods entirely unsuitable for a given person. Let’s start by taking a closer look at what laser hair removal is though.

Defining Laser Hair Removal
A simple summary of most of these treatments is that they utilize lasers to heat up the hair follicles. This is possible thanks to the pigment in the hair readily absorbing the light of the laser. As the follicle heats, that heat passes downwards to the root of the hair and physically damages the area. This damage, in turn, reduces the ability of the root to grow new hair or prevents it from returning entirely based on many individual factors that are hard to account for in every patient. The use of heat can mean there is moderate discomfort during the process, but most people experience it as being within tolerable levels. It does need to be stressed that laser treatments need to be performed regularly for up to a year in areas of thick hair growth as only hairs in the current growth cycle can be targeted at a given time. Each new set must be “burnt” to ensure that that the hair growth is truly stopped or drastically reduced. As a result, a single treatment may result in some thinning, but it will not necessarily be the most pronounced. There are also limits on the treatment’s utility.

The Limits
Any reliable professional will immediately inform you that there is, in fact, an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. People with light skin and dark hair will actually get the most reliable results from this treatment. This is due to how the laser works. Remember that technically the lasers are targeting pigmentation. People with light skin have comparatively little pigment in their skin while dark hair has a lot of pigment in it. This allows the treatment to target the desired problem without harming the skin. People with light hair tend to have issues with almost every form of laser hair removal because their hair simply doesn’t have the necessary pigmentation for the treatment to function effectively. This is similar to the reason that laser isn’t terribly effective for people with darker skin since the laser will end up targeting their skin more and as a result is more likely to cause unwelcome skin damage. The treatment is still being refined and there have been recent advances that allow some forms of laser hair removal to actually work for people with darker skin, but this is still a comparatively rare option.

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The Experience
We touched on this earlier by noting that some people do experience a level of discomfort when undergoing laser hair removal. This can become an outright pain in some bases, but most people offering laser hair removal apply a numbing agent to the overall area to minimize any overt pain. Most of your time will simply be spent allowing the technician to pass the device emitting the laser or lasers over the treated area until the treatment is done. Many laser treatments are relatively quick and last less than a half hour depending on the size of the area being treated. After the treatment, patients are expected to leave the hairs be and allow for them to be naturally shed over the course of the next three to four weeks. Temporary irritation of the treated are is relatively common with tenderness, redness, and itching being the most common side effects. These tend to fade relatively quickly. We do need to note that damage to skin pigmentation can occur and result in hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation depending on the nature of the damage. This is worth remembering when considering laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal’s nature as a comparatively quick, effective, and safe method of hair reduction is what makes it so popular. The technology is being refined regularly to try to overcome its shortcomings and as a result the current limitations may be overcome in the near future. For now, remember to discuss the viability of using it as a treatment with a professional. This is especially necessary if you’re not an ideal candidate. By the end of the discussion, you should know the best treatment to use to achieve your desired cosmetic goals.

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Manage Your Grays In Different Ways

We all take to gray hair in different ways. Some of us have an almost instinctive reaction to avoiding it and do our best to hide gray hairs from sight. A few of us outright embrace it and work towards making it look as good on us as possible. Most of us tend to be somewhere between these extremes and negotiate between our own wish to keep looking as youthful as we feel and bowing to the fact that our hair can only keep up with us for so long. Figuring out how one is going to manage one’s grays tends to be one of those life events that we all remember for a least a while as it is a sign of our overall life progressing further. Not everyone knows how they feel about their grays though. That can make it difficult figuring out how to manage them one way or another. Let’s take a look at some of the ways others have done so to get a clearer picture of what is available to us all.

Covering the Problem
Many of us end up seeing our graying hair as a problem to surmount. This is an entirely valid way to approach it, but it does require certain considerations. You’ll want to talk to a stylist about your options. Different hair colors paired well depending on your overall complexion and apparent age. Sticking with as close to your natural color as possible tends to be the most popular option overall as it allows you to maintain a seamless appearance despite the dye. Choosing to take this route will require you to get periodic touch-ups to ensure coverage remains for the dye as your hair will keep growing and the grays will begin to turn up again around the roots of your hair. You’ll also want to make sure to discuss how often your hair can handle dye treatments with a stylist as dye also needs to be removed from time to time to prevent ugly buildup. A thorough cleaning and regular haircuts will generally take care of this though.

A Few Easy Steps
Another good option is to simply allow things to happen naturally. We all go gray at varying rates depending on our age, hormones, ethnicity, and other factors. Allowing oneself to go naturally gray can be its own simply yet beautiful option. It does mean needing to adjust one’s wardrobe and makeup over time though. Gray hair benefits your features when paired with particular colors. Makeup is going to need to become a bit more colorful to ensure your features are more apparent without the framing of colored hair. Your wardrobe will need to shift towards cooler colors that give you a bit of color without being overwhelming. Just stay alert to how gray your hair is getting and what looks best on your over time and you can simply embrace going gray in a natural way. This isn’t for everyone though and sometimes the patience involved just requires too much of one. That’s why there are still other options for managing your grays.

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In One Go
The natural option can be difficult, but there is an option for people who simply don’t want to wait everything out. Your hair starts growing gray at your roots and as a result you end up with varying colors of hair as your hair grays. Regularly dying it offers you an option to disguise it, but eventually many of us get tired of all the upkeep. That leads us to another choice. Your can easily swap to purely gray hair with a dye or by cutting your hair to where the ends of the grays hair are and removing all the color at once. This helps to remove other choices and, in many ways, is the hair color equivalent to pulling to proverbial bandage off. It allows you to immediately move to gray and simply embrace it for what it is along with all the changes you’ll need to make to your look. Getting it over with allows you to move on to standard gray hair care and not fuss with whether something still looks good or not.

Managing your graying hair is its own for of life event. We all start going gray eventually and figuring out how you want to handle it allows you to approach that time without worry. You’ll know what you’re going to do, how to do it, and have an idea of what you might do in the future. In the end, you’re the one who will need to make the choice about your hair color as no one else can make it for you.

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Styling Tips For Ladies With Super-Sized Strands

The various types of hair all needs particular kinds of care to look their best. Thick hair rests at the interesting place where it tends to need a little less of some forms of care, such as shampooing, thanks to the fact that it tends to remain in better shape for longer. Admittedly, it does need a little shove in the right direction to stay properly hydrated between washings. Thick hair happens to be relatively resilient by comparison to other hair types as well. This is why “thick” and “coarse” tend to be synonymous in most cases when it comes to hair. As frustrating as it can be to keep this sort of hair in good shape, it tends to enjoy some of the greatest flexibility in styling thanks to its ability to take more than other hair types. There are a few core ideas you can keep in mind when styling thick hair so that you have a clear idea of what will work the best without hurting your hair.

The Basics
It is worth noting that thick hair is actually best able to maintain the “traditionally feminine” look of longer hair. That’s due to the strength of the hair. Hair weighs itself down and only stronger hair can withstand the gradual pull of long hair. If hair can’t take the weight, it begins to snap more and in some cases can even lead to thinning in some areas. We do wish to stress here that it doesn’t mean thick hair has to be worn long. How stylish a particular cut looks tends to be connected heavily to facial shape rather than hair type. It is simply important to note that thick hair tends to look better with longer cuts and has a far lower level of maintenance. This is the main consideration when it comes to selecting a good hair style. Shoulder length or lower layered cuts tend to offer some of the best results, but do feel free to experiment and see if you can find a look that is perfectly you.

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Flexibility
Bangs are one of those bits of hair styling that tend to go in and out of fashion. Some kinds of hair can never wear them well while others can enjoy them. Thin hair, for instance, can’t do bangs as well as others because it soaks up the skin’s oil and can quickly end up plastered to the forehead. Thick hair doesn’t have this problem. There is plenty of hair to give as complete a coverage as one might desire from bangs and all it takes is a little dry shampoo occasionally if oily skin is a problem for you. Thick hair offers a degree of flexibility in this way that lets you pick from a broad range of styles. This kind of hair is particularly good at taking heavy styling by comparison to other hairs. Up-dos and other such hairstyles that might put an excessive physical strain on the hair are less likely to cause breaks, but you’ll want to be careful when taking your hair out of any of these styles to avoid tangles.

Extra Care
All of these benefits of styling thick hair hinge on how well you take care of it. As we highlighted earlier, thick hair can go without a full shampooing for longer than a lot of kinds of hair. It typically only needs to be fully washed once or twice a week. You can use dry shampoo to keep things under control the rest of the time. It is strongly recommended to use a conditioner meant for rejuvenating dry hair when you fully wash your hair though. This will give you the best results overall and keep your hair healthy and capable of maintaining its overall flexibility. Make sure to carefully detangle your hair before letting it dry too. This will prevent a lot of problems later. Most experts also suggest remembering to take showers in the evening rather than the morning. It will help prevent you from dealing with frustratingly damp hair all day and wondering when it will finish drying. Just be careful about making sure to touch it up in the morning to ensure your style comes out the way you like.

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Thick hair can be frustrating, but so can every kind of hair. We all have this inner picture of what looks we think would be perfect for us. Things don’t always work out how we’d like though. All we can do is work within the framework of what nature provided. It does take a few extra consideration to properly care and style thick hair, but making the effort will give you a distinct flexibility in choice of hairstyle combined with hair strong enough to handle even truly intensive styles.

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Taking Care Of Your Greying Hair

Time is one of those things that is really difficult to resist. We do our best. Many of us try to exercise, eat right, and do all the right things to keep ourselves healthy and looking our best. These ultimately do little more than buy us a little more time. Yes, they help us age gracefully, but they aren’t that perfect solution that we all quietly hope will appear one day. That’s why so many of us make an effort to try to manage the various signs of aging. After all, a short delay can mean having another few years of looking that much more like how we see ourselves. Greying hair is one of those signs that tends to reach us earliest while also being comparatively easy to notice against our normal hair color. There are plenty of rapid-fire solutions to go through in hopes that they’ll help. None of them really do much. Greying hair may not be what any of us want to see, but treating it well can keep it looking healthy as we adapt to a new look.

Why We Grey
Interestingly enough, greying hair isn’t actually turning grey. That’s just what it looks like to us. Hair changes colors because it isn’t getting the same amount of pigmentation that it is used to getting. Your hair, like your skin, relies on melanin to provide it with its pigmentation. The cells that produce melanin tend to become less reliable as we age. The result is that areas of these cells will gradually begin to function as well as they once did and the shortfall begins to show. Hairs without sufficient melanin are actually white. They begin to wind their way through the rest of your hair and the mixing of the two apparent colors is what causes the appearance of “greying” hair. That’s technically why hair seems to get lighter and lighter as we age. More and more melanin producing cells fail and so there is less color to work against the white hairs until they take over. This lack of melanin doesn’t actually hurt your hair any though. It can use the same love you’ve given it for years before.

Slowing the March
While you can’t necessarily stop your hair from greying, you can manage some factors that can help minimize the chances of going grey earlier. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can go a long way towards helping to minimize premature greying. This is because failing to take care of yourself opens you up to various health issues that can cause premature greying. A healthy lifestyle counters this issue. However, there are some factors that you can’t really control for because they’re part of your genetics. Some of us simply have the genetics for going grey early. You’ll generally know this ahead of time as relatives tend to comment on such a trait more than once in your lifetime. Some variation is also found in various ethnicities. People of African descent tend go grey later while light-skinned people, particularly Caucasians, go grey the soonest. This interplay of genetics and overall health is what ultimately determines when you start to go grey and how fast it happens.

Cleaning Up
There are no truly special care instructions when it comes to taking care of greying hair. You may want to swap to a more gentle product over time to avoid irritating your scalp, but beyond that the routine care you’ve become used to will generally be enough. This isn’t necessarily true if you strive to maintain a certain look and routinely dye your hair though. You’ll want to check with the stylist responsible for any particular extra care instructions and pay attention to make sure that your scalp isn’t suffering from being dyed too often. We would like to stress that most people do not need to shampoo every day and anyone who encourages you to do it just because you’re going grey isn’t doing you any favors. What we do encourage is to let your hair get wet every day and go through the motions like your wear shampooing. This combined with the lukewarm heat of the shower will help keep a healthy blood flow through your scalp and contribute to the overall long-term health of your hair.

While grey hair can sometimes feel like an unwelcome herald of a less desirable time of our lives, it is something most of us eventually need to embrace. There’s nothing wrong with that. Learning to accept the nature change in our hair color and how to work with it to maintain an acceptable look is something everyone will eventually need to do. Accepting it will happen and planning for it will let you approach grey hair with a healthy attitude. That alone will do wonders to help keep your hair healthy for years yet.

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Choosing A Hairstyle That Fits Your Face

Trying to look our best involves us taking more than a few steps. Our biggest one is generally investing in a good skincare routine. After all, fashion changes from season to season, but we only have one set of skin…even if it gets continually rebuilt. Good skincare combined with just the right amount of makeup can go a long way to helping us look our best. The same is also true of a good wardrobe. Something timeless or delightfully modern can be equally tasteful depending on how you choose to wear it. It remains something elusive though as some people seem to have a knack for simply assembling perfect outfits that help them stand out in a crowd. All of this is meant to complement our looks properly. The same is true of getting a good hair style. You want something that works with you rather than against you while still retaining that sense of individuality that you want to keep on display. We’ve got a few tips to help you make the most of choosing a good hair style to match your face.

Shape Matters
You’re going to need to figure out your overall facial shape to get a good hair style. Most of us cannot simply pick a random hairstyle and make it look perfect. Some of them will make our face look too long while others will leave our faces looking a bit wider than we’d like. Picking a good hairstyle helps to offset any extremes of your features in such a way that they even out of become complementary. The difficult part in this is that every potential facial shape has at least two different names depending on who you ask. There’s also the fact that it can be difficult in some cases to quite pin down exactly what shape your face is as sometimes we lose track of it based on how we’re already wearing out hair. We recommend talking to your favorite beautician at the salon to be pointed in the right direction if you’re not sure. Once you know your facial shape, you have an idea of the kinds of styles that will work with your face.

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Hair Health
Another thing that we need to note in this case is how healthy our hair is and how it behaves. The shape of your face is important, but how your hair acts is just as important. Think and coarse hair behave entirely differently from one another. For instance, bangs are a bad idea for anyone with thin hair as the thin bangs will go limp and lose life as they pick up sweat and oil from one’s forehead. Thicker hair can handle it without an issue. However, that hair brings its own issues as no one wants to wear coarse hair too heavily or it will become a burden. We have to balance out these concerns to avoid having a hairstyle that, while capable of framing our face properly, diminishes our appearances in entirely different ways. Talk through the hairstyles available to you thanks to your face shape with your beautician and focus on what will work with your kind of hair specifically to avoid problems.

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance
The last big consideration is honestly how much maintenance you’re willing to put into your hair. There are plenty of good hairstyles for every face and hair type combination, but some take a little more effort than the rest. You’ll want to weigh this alongside all other considerations as well. Remember that short hair is almost always easier to take care of even if it isn’t always the look we start out seeking. We recommend trying to find a nice balance. A good hairstyle that works for everyday is a wonderful choice, but you might want it at a length where you can still have something notable done for special occasions. This is all up to you though. You can achieve good results simply from using hair accessories to add that extra splash of color to your appearance as well. Medium length hair can also be comparatively low maintenance in some styles. Once again, discuss your options with a beautician to help you make the best choice.

Choosing the right hairstyle to fit your face has a lot to do with juggling several factors to find what works. That’s why hair styles have so many variations. One version may be suitable for people with a particular type of hair while the other was the solution to make the style work for another type. Figuring out how to manage the mixture of your ideal look with your facial shape and hair type can be a difficult task. Once you find the right style though, you probably won’t care whether it is high or low maintenance.

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Does Your Hair Need A Detox?

There are times in all our lives that we look at our hair and realize it isn’t looking as healthy as we would like. Whether it is dry and stiff, slick and oily, or even flaking a bit too much, that realization means we are inevitably going to look for the culprit to blame for the problem. Recently the most popular culprit in beauty and healthy has been nebulously defined “toxins”. These difficult to pin down compounds supposedly come from almost anything and have a pronounced negative effect on our appearance. People have even started to float the idea that they can be responsible for those times when we have particularly pronounced issues with your hair. That has led more than a few of us to start wondering if our hair needs a detox check more info about detox shampoos. To properly answer this question we need to take a closer look at what this means and the nature of our hair, but by the end you should have a better idea of what it takes to look after your hair.

Toxic Hair
Toxins are a convenient scapegoat in many ways. They seldom have a solid definition, lack any true source, and don’t have to be detectable according to some people. These people claim that you can just know or tell when your body has been sullied by toxins. Unfortunately, this betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of how your body works. Your skin is your first layer of defenses against unwelcome outside intruders. The various layers help to repel bacteria and other unwelcome invaders by providing a seal for the rest of your body. Your skin sheds at a reliable rate to release anything that gets caught in it to help preserve your health. Internally, your body has a way of getting rid of things that it doesn’t like such as toxic substances, poisons, and just unwelcome leftovers. The organs responsible for this are your kidneys and your liver. What they’ve processed comes out when we go to the bathroom. Both of these systems work to keep us healthy all on their own.

Reasoning Through The Issues
There are plenty of other reasons that your hair might have started an open rebellion beyond toxins. We do need to acknowledge a couple of facts first though. The hair that you can see, feel, touch, and style is all more or less dead. Your shampoos and conditions are polishing and oiling your hair. That’s not really breathing any “life” into it so much as simply making it look better like proper care of anything. The catch is that the roots of the hair in your scalp are very much alive. Problems with the skin of your scalp can lead to many different issues with the rest of your hair. Hair that grows in wrong can come at odd angles that make hair harder to deal with while damage roots can produce flawed hairs that are brittle or dull. The potential results fit pretty much all of your standard hair issues. That’s why you need to take care of your scalp.

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Proper Care
Taking proper care of your hair and scalp will go a long way towards helping with most persistent issues. A problem that most of us have is that we shampoo too much. Shampoo strips oils from our hair and our scalp. Using it too often ends up causing problems by drying our scalp out. This can result in flaking, overproduction of oil, breakouts on your scalp, and many other issues as well. As a general rule, you should really only be washing your hair with shampoo every two to three days to ensure your scalp’s health. Additionally, remember to brush your hair daily. This helps the hairs to grow in smoothly as well as gently removing dead skin cells and other debris from your hair while stimulating your scalp. Consider looking into scalp treatments and masks that can exfoliate your scalp safely. It will benefit from exfoliation just like the rest of your skin. This dedication to appropriate care will be what helps boost your hair’s health. Trying to rid yourself of nebulous toxins won’t help anywhere near as much.

In the end, a few hair mistakes here and there that damage your scalp often have a lot to do with any problems you’re experiencing. This is fine though. It isn’t an accusation so much as encouraging all of us to accept that we will make mistakes. Proper care is the only way to really correct them. It will help you get your hair back to looking and feeling healthier. The same cannot be said of trying to purge unspecified toxins.

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Great Haircuts for Thinning Hair

There comes a point where we all need to face the fact that time changes us. We can age gracefully, but we do still age. Thinning hair is a problem for everyone and it is always hard to accept. The best thing we can do is figure out how to live with it though as treatments to minimize thinning are only so successful overall. Most people find that figuring out a new hairstyle can do wonders to help you to feel good about yourself even with thinner hair. There are plenty of options available for you to pick from that can help bring a little life back to your hair. It is important to note that thinning hair means even coarser hair can end up with less volume with age. As a result, it can be best to focus on ways to help boost volume to keep you hair looking lively and full. We’ll be looking some great haircuts for thinning hair as longer hair weighs itself down and ends up looking less full and healthy.

Long Bob
This shoulder length hairstyle is a comparatively good choice for anyone who still want a little length to their hair, but is fine with it being a little above the shoulders. This cut focuses on framing the face properly and providing a visual focus that complements your facial shape. Importantly, the long bob can be styled in a number of ways after the initial cut. The individual styling is what will help the long bob work well with your features. Varied parting and smaller styles within the cut make it easy to give the appearance of fullness with even notably thinning hair. What makes the cut so ideal with that it can keep and retain volume from appropriate products easier than a longer cut. Additionally, the long bob is currently a fairly popular hairstyle for many people. You’ll not only look your best, but you’ll stay on trend too. What isn’t to like?

Messy Bob
You’ll find this style tend to follow slightly more traditional interpretations of the bob. It is a clearly short hair by comparison to the long bob, but still equally useful when it comes to helping you look your best even with thinning hair. This bob tends to be defined by its intentionally messy or “ruffled” look. The hair is layered and feathered along with a slightly asymmetrical part to give you a distinct and stylish look that maintains a fuller looking head of hair. Hairstyles with a varied part like this are particularly good at helping with thinning hair as you can own some of the thinning while making the other side look thicker. You end up looking making the entire thing intentional and disguising the fact that your hair is thinning. This cut does take a little bit of maintenance to keep at the proper length though. You can expect to return to your stylish semi-regularly to keep the look.

Messy curls
Tousled Curls
This short cut is potentially one of the better ones to disguise thinning hair as it uses the shape of the hair to help disguise the thinning. You’ll want to curl your hair, if it isn’t naturally curly, with long, loose curls for the purpose this hairstyle. Once your hair is curled, it gets flipped and played with to intersperse the curls amid one another before being set with a hairspray that helps maintain volume. The interspersed curls are the key in this look as they keep the hair crossed to disguise any thinning. It is particular good for thinning around the crown in this regard. All of the long, loose curls helps to contribute to an overall look of volume as well. In general, it is a fairly low maintenance style that is easy to do on your own or to have a stylist do for you. Just remember that you’re not looking for tight curls. You are, in essence, giving your hair thick waves rather than traditional curls. Don’t forget to slightly tidy the look before applying hairspray either.

These hairstyles are only a few of the ones you can use to help look your best even when facing thinning hair. Remember that thinning hair isn’t a personal failing. It is something we all deal with from age or illness. Talk to your doctor if the thinning is unexpected or at a high rate to ensure that you’re healthy. Once you’ve done all of this, all you can do is own your changing look and dare anyone to think you look any less stylish.

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Ingredients That Help Reduce Fine Hairs

Human beings have hair almost everywhere. Think of it as the price of being a mammal. Our heritage is obvious to see if you know where to look. Lots of factors affect whether or not most of the hairs on our body can be seen or not. Hair starts as “vellus hair”. These are the light, short, and all but invisible hairs that coat our bodies for most of our lives. They change over time due to exposure to hormones, though. Higher testosterone levels encourage the development of androgenic and terminal hairs on the body. These are the dark, longer hairs that people typically see readily. Most of us who have had to deal with them solve them by plucking or shaving them depending on the number of them. Vellus hairs are different. Their mostly invisible nature tends to lead us to neglect them, but sometimes you want to remove them too. Depilatory products can assist with that through a number of potent ingredients.

Thioglycolic Acids or Salts
To understand this ingredient, you need to understand your hair. Hair is actually built out of keratin. This compound is a structural protein used throughout your body including in your hair and skin. It provides the form and structure that allows your hair to have the look and feel that it does. Thioglycolic acids directly attack keratin, though. They target the compound at a molecular level and begin to break it apart. Naturally, the keratin loses the strength that it had and either dissolves or becomes severely weakened. This state leaves it relatively easy to remove at that point. All you really need to do is wipe the product away at that point and the hairs will come away with it. The catch is that keratin’s presence in your skin actually means these products need to be used carefully to avoid damaging the skin. Fortunately, they typically have clear instructions to prevent, though.

Calcium Hydroxide
This compound is interesting in that it can work as a depilatory, but at the same time, it doesn’t have the same drawbacks as thioglycolic acids and salts. In fact, this is the preferred modern ingredient in depilatory products because it is both highly effective and comparatively gentle on the skin. Calcium hydroxide is interesting in that, instead of dissolving keratin, it weakens hair at the chemical level in other ways. The lack of specifically targeting the keratin makes it much more tolerable to the skin without it being any less effective. It does need to be stressed that part of the effectiveness of this ingredient is that it makes the localized area it is applied to hostile to hair. Yes, it wears at the hair itself, but it also affects the local pH levels of your skin to turn it against the hair as well. That makes it important to clean the are after use and allow pH levels in the area to normalize to ensure healthy skin.

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Potassium Hydroxide
Despite sharing a part of its chemical formula with calcium hydroxide, this compound actually has more in common with thioglycolic ingredients. It draws on similar reactions to directly attack keratin to provide positive results. It also remains in relatively wide use when compared to thioglycolic acids and salts. Potassium hydroxide is typically used in a supporting role in modern formulas, though. It works with another active ingredient to supplement the hair removing the capacity of the other ingredient without being in a high enough concentration to cause as many problems are products that solely focus on thioglycolic ingredients. The end results mean getting the best of both worlds, but you’ll still want to be mindful of products with this as an ingredient. They mean it when you’re only supposed to leave the product on for so long.

The ingredients we’ve highlighted are some of the more common depilatory ingredients used in products. Some of them are held over from an earlier era while others are their more modern associates. In general, calcium hydroxide products will be the gentlest on your skin. You still don’t want to leave them on forever, though. It is simply a more forgiving active ingredient. Depilatory products will let you remove both vellus and other hairs with comparative ease, but the results rarely last even a week. So keep this in mind when looking for a depilatory product and think about whether you want a longer lasting option or not.

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