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Hair removal describes any method of removing hair, especially from the human body. A strand of human hair under magnification Hair is also the name of a musical, see respective articles for the stage production and the movie. ...

  • Depilation affects the part of the hair above the surface of the skin. The most common form of depilation is shaving. Another popular option is the use of chemical depilatories, which work by breaking the disulfide bonds that link the protein chains that give hair its strength, making the hair disintegrate.

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A man shaving using a straight razor. ... Chemical Depilatories are cosmetic preparations used to remove the hair from the skin on the human body. ... In chemistry, a disulfide bond is a single covalent bond derived from the coupling of thiol groups. ... Waxing is a temporary method of hair removal, which removes the hair from the root. ... Sugaring (also known as Persian waxing) is a method of hair removal that has been in use for thousands of years. ... An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Eyebrow threading be merged into this article or section. ... A human arm, four hours after IPL treatment. ... Electrology is either of two electrical epilation methods for the permanent removal of human hair. ... Plucking, in the sense relating to glaciers, is when a glacier erodes away chunks of bedrock to be later deposited as erratics. ... Using tweezers to remove a tick Tweezers pick spots from annoying little ten year olds who think they ve hit puberty ...

Reasons for removing hair

Hair removal has been practiced for centuries in almost all human cultures. The methods used vary among times and regions, but shaving is the most common method. Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man or knowing man) in the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning to cultivate), generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance. ... A man shaving using a straight razor. ...


Medical reasons

In Ancient Egypt, many people depilated their entire bodies to prevent infestation by lice, fleas, and other parasites. Given the absence of insecticides, this custom seems less bizarre. Khafres Pyramid (4th dynasty) and Great Sphinx of Giza (c. ... Suborders Anoplura (sucking lice) Rhyncophthirina Ischnocera (avian lice) Amblycera (chewing lice) Lice (singular: louse) (order Phthiraptera) are an order of over 3000 species of wingless parasitic insects. ... Adam had em. ... Insecticide application by crop spraying An insecticide is a pesticide whose purpose is to kill or to prevent the multiplication of insects. ...


Patients' body hair was once shaved before surgery for reasons of hygiene; however, this turned out to be counterproductive[citation needed]; and, as a result, in many hospitals patients are no longer shaved. The shaving of hair has sometimes been used in attempts to eradicate lice or to minimize body odor due to accumulation of odor-causing micro-organisms in hair. Some people with trichiasis find it medically necessary to remove ingrown eyelashes. Incorrect shaving (shaving against the grain) can often cause ingrown hairs. A cardiothoracic surgeon performs a mitral valve replacement at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. ... Hygiene is the primary attraction facet and is commonly understood as preventing infections in personal places through cleanliness. ... Suborders Anoplura (sucking lice) Rhyncophthirina Ischnocera (avian lice) Amblycera (chewing lice) Lice (singular: louse) (order Phthiraptera) are an order of over 3000 species of wingless parasitic insects. ... Bromhidrosis or body odor (also called bromidrosis, osmidrosis and ozochrotia) is the smell of bacteria growing on the body. ... A microorganism or microbe is an organism that is so small that it is microscopic (invisible to the naked eye). ... Trichiasis is a medical term for ingrown eyelashes. ...


Many forms of cancer require chemotherapy, which often causes severe and irregular hair loss. For this reason, it is common for cancer patients to shave their heads even before starting chemotherapy.


Social, cultural, or sexual reasons

An utterly hairless female body combined with luxuriant tresses was a 19th-century theme: Birth of Venus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1879.
An utterly hairless female body combined with luxuriant tresses was a 19th-century theme: Birth of Venus by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1879.

Hair is normally removed for social and sexual reasons related to the social role of hair in human society. Many cultures have an aesthetic "ideal" amount of hair for males and females. People whose hair violates such standards may experience real or perceived problems with social acceptance. Venus, classical personification of femininity. ... Venus, classical personification of femininity. ... William-Adolphe Bouguereau, self-portrait (1886). ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... For the Brian Yuzna film, see Society (film). ...


Many men in Western cultures shave their facial hair, so only a minority of men have a beard, even though fast-growing facial hair must be shaved daily to achieve a clean-shaven or hairless look. Some men shave because they cannot grow a "full" beard (generally defined as an even density from cheeks to neck), because beard color is different from scalp hair color, or because it grows in many directions, making a groomed look difficult. Some men shave because their beards are very coarse, causing itchiness and irritation. Some men grow a beard from time to time to change their appearance. A man with a full beard A beard is the hair that grows on a mans chin, cheeks, neck, and the area above the upper lip (the opposite is a clean-shaven face). ... A man with a clean-shaven face A clean-shaven beard is one that has been totally removed, usually by shaving or other more radical means of depilation. ...


In many cultures, particularly North American and Western European, it became increasingly common during the 20th century [1] for women to remove some or all of their body hair, due to societal values that consider it unattractive and/or not feminine (see gender role and hirsutism), or as a matter of practicing good hygiene. Women may also remove some or all of their pubic hair for aesthetic or sexual reasons. Porn stars are well known for this practice. Men may also practice this, but not as commonly. In a sexual context, pubic hair removal is done to increase visual exposure of the genitalia and/or facilitate access to the genital area by removing the barrier of hair, and for the purpose of cleanliness. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Western Europe is distinguished from Central Europe and Eastern Europe by differences of history and culture rather than by geography. ... A bagpiper in Scottish military clan-uniform. ... Hirsutism is defined as excessive and increased hair growth in women in locations where the occurrence of terminal hair normally is minimal or absent. ... Hygiene is the primary attraction facet and is commonly understood as preventing infections in personal places through cleanliness. ... ...


Some men shave their heads, either as a fashion statement, to cover up male pattern baldness, or to attain enhanced cooling of the skull (particularly for people suffering from hyperhidrosis). A much smaller number of women also shave their heads as fashion or political statements. In art paintings or carvings from ancient times, one can often see women portrayed with no pubic hair: pubic hair was linked to sexual acts and desires in the general mindset, and thus it was deemed improper and impure in a public painting. This may have influenced aesthetic views regarding the matter as well.[1] Baldness (formally alopecia) is the state of lacking hair where it usually would grow, especially on the head. ... Primary hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. ...


Male-to-female gender reassignment

Male-to-Female Transsexual women who are preparing for Genital Reassignment Surgery (GRS) usually remove their facial "beard" hair, typically either by electrolysis or laser, or a combination of the two procedures. While this is commonly done entirely before surgery, some patients will start the procedure before surgery, and finish a few months to several years afterward, often due to cost. A transwoman (also spelled trans-woman) is a transsexual or transgender person who was naturally born or physically assigned, as male at birth, but believes that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves and identifies as a woman. ... Sex reassignment surgery (SRS) includes the surgical procedures by which a persons physical appearance and function of their existing sexual characteristics are changed to that of the other sex. ... Electrology is either of two electrical epilation methods for the permanent removal of human hair. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In addition, it is recommended by some surgeons that part of the pubic hair be removed prior to surgery as well, usually by electrolysis. Since the neovagina is created using the skin of the penis and part of the scrotum, which usually has active follicles, the hair is removed from these areas prior to surgery, in order for the genitals to be fashioned without the concern of hair growth inside of the neovagina. In some cases, the surgeon scrapes the underside of the skin to remove the follicles at or near the beginning of the surgery, eliminating any need for pre-surgical hair removal. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ... In some male mammals, the scrotum is a protuberance of skin and muscle containing the testicles. ... In botany, a follicle is a type of simple dry fruit produced by certain flowering plants. ... A sex organ, or primary sexual characteristic, narrowly defined, is any of those parts of the body (which are not always bodily organs according to the strict definition) which are involved in sexual reproduction and constitute the reproductive system in an complex organism; namely: Male: penis (notably the glans penis... Hirsutism is the excessive growth of hair, particularly on a womans face, torso and limbs, and is generally caused by increased androgens. ...


For religious reasons

Head-shaving is a part of the Buddhist, Christian, [Jainism|Jain]] and Hindu traditions. Buddhist and Christian monks generally undergo some form of head-shaving during their ordination; in Thailand monks shave their eyebrows as well. Brahmin children have their heads ritualistically shaved before beginning school. Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion and a philosophy. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Hinduism (known as in some modern Indian languages[1]) is a religion that originated on the Indian subcontinent. ... Munichs city symbol celebrates its founding by Benedictine monks—and the origin of its name A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, the conditioning of mind and body in favor of the spirit. ... Ordination is the process in which clergy become authorized by their religious denomination and/or seminary to perform religious rituals and ceremonies. ... A Brahmin (anglicised from the Sanskrit adjective belonging to Brahma, also known as Brahman belonging to ; Vipra, Dvija twice-born, Dvijottama best of the twice born or earth-god) is considered to be the highest class (varna) in the Indian caste system of Hindu society [1] [2], although this status...


In some parts of the Theravada Buddhist world, it is common practice to shave the heads of children. Weak or sickly children are often left with a small topknot of hair, to gauge their health and mark them for special treatment. When health improves, the lock is cut off. Theravada (Pāli: theravāda; Sanskrit: स्थविरवाद sthaviravāda; literally, the Way of the Elders) is the oldest surviving Buddhist school, and for many centuries has been the predominant religion of Sri Lanka (about 70% of the population[1]) and most of continental Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand). ...


The Bahá'í religion explicitly prohibits head-shaving. In Judaism, the shaving of certain parts of the head (peot) using a metal blade against the skin is forbidden, however, electric razors may be used, since the actual cutting blade never touches the skin. Sikhs take an even stronger stance, opposing all forms of hair removal. One of the Sikh "Five Ks" is Kesh, meaning "uncut hair". To Sikhs, the maintenance and management of long hair is a manifestation of one's piety. Seat of the Universal House of Justice, governing body of the Baháís, in Haifa, Israel The Baháí Faith is the religion founded by Baháulláh in 19th century Persia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shaving in Jewish law or Halakha is a subject of much debate and scrutiny. ... Sikhism (IPA: or ; Punjabi: , , IPA: ) is a religion that began in sixteenth century Northern India with the teachings of Nanak and nine successive human gurus. ... The Five Ks, or kakaars, are five items that baptised Orthodox Sikhs wear at all times either out of respect for the tenth teacher, Guru Gobind Singh, or out of a sense of religious devotion. ... Kesh - Uncut hair is one of the five articles of faith for the Sikhs The Sikhs were commanded by Guru Gobind Singh at the Baisakhi Amrit Sanchar in 1699 to wear long uncut hair, called Kesh, at all times. ...


Muslim law (Sharia) puts hair in three categories: that which it is recommended to remove (pubic and armpit hair), that which it is recommended to keep (the beard), and that which is the object of limited recommendation (foot, hand, back, and chest hair). Removal of armpit and pubic hair is a hygienic practice which was taught by the prophet Muhammad and which was enumerated as having been part of practices conforming to man's premortal (Fitrah) nature. On the other hand, shaving or removing part of the eyebrows is forbidden as the "modification of the creation of Allah and obedience to Satan in his work to fool men and bring them to modify the creation of Allah." Stray hairs between the eyebrows may be removed, but not the hairs of the eyebrows. A male may trim hair on the chest and back but may not remove it, as this is considered to be imitating women. In contrast, women are permitted to remove hair from these areas.[2] Sharia (Arabic: transliteration: ) is the body of Islamic law. ... In Islamic context, Fitrah (فطرة) is humanitys innate disposition towards virtue, knowledge, and beauty. ...


In military institutions

A close-cropped or completely shaven haircut is common in military organizations. In field environments, soldiers are susceptible to infestation of lice, ticks, and fleas. Also, due to hectic operations schedules, time allowed for personal hygiene and grooming is highly curtailed or even absent. Some have also noted that the practice of head-shaving serves to remove exterior signs of individual identity, which can be helpful in the process of cultivating a team-oriented environment. In many militaries, head-shaving is mandatory for males upon induction training. However, even after the initial recruitment phase, when head-shaving is no longer required, many soldiers maintain a completely or partially shaven hairstyle (such as a "high and tight", "flattop" or "buzz cut") for personal convenience and an exterior symbol of military solidarity. Head-shaving is not required of females in military service, although they must have their hair cut or tied to regulation length. Suborders Anoplura (sucking lice) Rhyncophthirina Ischnocera (avian lice) Amblycera (chewing lice) Lice (singular: louse) (order Phthiraptera) are an order of over 3000 species of wingless parasitic insects. ... Families Ixodidae - Hard ticks Argasidae - Soft ticks Nuttalliellidae Wikispecies has information related to: Ixodoidea Tick is the common name for the small arachnids that, along with other mites, constitute the order Acarina. ... Families Tungidae â€“ sticktight and chigoe fleas (chiggers) Pulicidae â€“ common fleas Coptopsyllidae Vermipsyllidae â€“ carnivore fleas Rhopalopsyllidae â€“ marsupial fleas Hypsophthalmidae Stephanocircidae Pygiopsyllidae Hystrichopsyllidae â€“ rat and mouse fleas Leptopsyllidae â€“ mouse and rat fleas Ischnopsyllidae â€“ bat fleas Ceratophyllidae:-fleas mainly associated with rodents Amphipsyllidae Malacopsyllidae Dolichopsyllidae â€“ rodent fleas Ctenopsyllidae Flea is the common name... The high and tight can be any of several very short hair styles most commonly worn by men in military service, predominantly in the United States. ... H.R. Haldeman wearing a short flattop (this is closer to a high and tight) A flattop is a type of very short hairstyle similar to the crew cut, with the exception that the hair on the top of the head is styled to deliberately stand up (typically no more... A male buzz cut A buzz cut (sometimes known as a wiffle or crew cut) is the American name for a type of haircut named after the sound of the electric razor, which is used to shear the hair very closely to the scalp. ...


In one dramatic scene in the movie "G.I. Jane", Lt Jordan O'Neill (Demi Moore), who is determined to get into an elite commando unit, sneaks into the base barbershop after hours and shears off her thick black hair with an electric clipper, then shaves her head completely bald. This is apparently to show her determination to face any challenge that male commando-trainees must face; it is also a mark of solidarity with the group she wants to join. She is explicitly giving up any expectation of chivalrous treatment by men. G.I. Jane is an 1997 action movie that tells the story of the first woman to undergo S.E.R.E. training. ... Demi Moore (born Demetria Gene Guynes on November 11, 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico) is an American actress. ...


Many military organizations also require males to maintain clean-shaven faces because facial hair can prevent an air-tight seal between the face and breathing or safety equipment, such as a pilot's oxygen mask, a diver's mask, or a soldier's gas mask. However, the concerns of personal hygiene apply as above. The face-mask argument is questionable, because most military organizations place a high value on conformity and are capable of rationalization to justify rules that outsiders might be tempted to question. The new uniform rules are generally attributed to Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, who was CNO after the Vietnam War, who implemented new rules to make the Navy more humane and equitable, racially, sexually, and otherwise. Elmo R. Zumwalt Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. ... The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is the senior military officer in the United States Navy. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


Alternatively, Foreign Legion Sappers have traditionally worn beards as a sign of their rank and experience, similarly the the Imperial Guard of the Grande Armee were allowed to grow beards as a sign of their prized position. European armies before (and to some extent during) the Napoleonic wars allowed soldiers to grow and lacquer pigtails, sometimes held in place by bone combs or regimental colour ribbons or bows. In the pre-Napoleonic era, the wearing of wigs, even within the ranks was commonplace, though impractical in such places as India and the Americas. Selous Scouts, once through training and induction were expressly forbidden from cutting their hair in any way that might indicate that they were soldiers, allowing them to engage in anti-insurgency warfare amongst the rural population of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Tolerance of Sikh religious beliefs with regards to hair and beards has for some time been commonplace in most armies of former British colonies. Legionnaire (film) The French Foreign Legion (French: Légion étrangère) is a unique elite unit within the French Army established in 1831. ... The Imperial Guard (French:Garde impériale) was originally a small group of elite soldiers of the French Army under the direct command of Napoleon I, but grew considerably over time. ... La Grande Armée (in English, the Big or Grand Army) is the French military term for the main force in a military campaign. ... Map of the First French Empire in 1811, with the Empire in dark blue and sattelite states in light blue Capital Paris Language(s) French Government Monarchy Emperor  - 1804-1814/1815 Napoleon I Napoleon II Legislature Parliament  - Upper house Senate  - Lower house Corps législatif History  - French Consulate  - Established 18... Pigtails is a hairstyle: long hair is parted in the middle and tied on the sides, often curled into ringlets. ... A comb A comb for people with hair loss. ... A regiment is a military unit, larger than a company and smaller than a division. ... A ribbon is a thin band of flexible material, typically cloth but also plastic or sometimes metal, used primarily for binding and tying. ... Bow may mean: Look up bow in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Generally, rank is a system of hierarchy used to classify like things. ... World map showing the Americas CIA political map of the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World consisting of the continents of North America[1] and South America with their associated islands and regions. ... The cap badge of the Selous Scouts was a stylised osprey. ... Southern Rhodesia, todays Zimbabwe. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ...


As punishment or prank

In some situations, people's hair is shaved as a punishment. Before World War II, the Nazis would cut off the beards of Jews as a prelude to other forms of abuse. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... National Socialism redirects here. ...


After World War II, head-shaving was a common punishment in France for women who had collaborated with the Nazis during the occupation, and, in particular, for women who had "collaborated" sexually. [3] Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


During the Vietnam War, conservative students would sometimes attack student radicals or "hippies" by shaving beards or cutting long hair. One notorious incident occurred at Stanford University, when unruly fraternity members grabbed Resistance founder (and student-body president) David Harris, cut off his long hair, and shaved his beard. Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in Stanford, California. ... David Harris (born 1946 in Fresno, California) is an American journalist and author. ...


In Arab countries, shaving off head-hair is sometimes used to shame and humiliate male prisoners.


Body areas where hair is often removed

Male body hair
Male body hair

Hair grows on all areas of the human body except for the palms of the hands, the lips, certain areas of the genital structure and the soles of the feet. But hair is most noticeable in most people in a small number of areas that are most commonly waxed, trimmed, plucked, or shaved: namely, the Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 539 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1380 × 1534 pixel, file size: 386 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Hair Hair removal... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 539 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (1380 × 1534 pixel, file size: 386 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Hair Hair removal...

The term abdominal hair refers to the hair that grows on the abdomen (belly) of humans and non-human mammals, in the region between the pubic area and the thorax (chest). ... Armpit Hair Media declaring female armpit hair as a scandal Armpit hair is the composition of hair in the underarm area. ... The term chest hair is generally used to describe hair that grows on the chest of human males, in the region between the neck and the abdomen. ... The eyebrow is an area of coarse skin hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the brow ridges. ... An eyelash or simply lash is one of the hairs that grow at the edge of the eyelid. ... Modern bearded adult. ... Shaven female legs Leg shaving is the practice of removing leg hair using a razor. ... A strand of human hair under magnification Hair is also the name of a musical, see respective articles for the stage production and the movie. ... Pubic hair is hair in the frontal genital area, the crotch, and sometimes at the top of the inside of the legs; these areas form the pubic region. ...

Hair removal methods

Many products on the market have proven fraudulent. Many other products exaggerate the results or ease of use.


Permanent

Permanent hair removal involves several imperfect options. A number of methods have been developed that use chemicals, energy of varying types, or a combination to target the areas that regulate hair growth. Permanently destroying these areas while sparing surrounding tissue is a difficult challenge.


Permanent hair removal

Permanent hair reduction Electrology is either of two electrical epilation methods for the permanent removal of human hair. ...

  • Laser (Does not permanently remove all hair, but does reduce the amount of visible hair)
  • Flashlamp (also called Intense Pulsed Light or IPL)
  • EpiLight (an Intense Pulsed Light device)

The terms IPL and EpiLight are trademarks of Lumenis Ltd. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A human arm, four hours after IPL treatment. ...


Lasting hair inhibition for many (requires continuous use)

  • Prescription oral medications
  • A new method of epilation is to use enzymes that inhibit the development of new hair cells. Hair growth will become less and less until it finally stops, normal depilation/epilation will be performed during that time. Products include the prescription drug Vaniqa (active ingredient eflornithine hydrochloride inhibiting the enzyme ornithine decarboxylase).

Neuraminidase ribbon diagram An enzyme (in Greek en = in and zyme = blend) is a protein, or protein complex, that catalyzes a chemical reaction and also controls the 3D orientation of the catalyzed substrates. ... Vaniqa (eflornithine hydrochloride) is a topically applied agent to slow hair growth. ... Eflornithine is a drug developed by Aventis, which has various uses. ... The enzyme ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) is a homodimer of 461 amino acids (in humans, at least) that catalyzes the decarboxylation of ornithine producing, as a result, diamine putrescine. ...

Temporary

"Depilation" lasting several hours to several days 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" lasting several days to several weeks can be achieved by A man shaving using a straight razor. ... Chemical Depilatories are cosmetic preparations used to remove the hair from the skin on the human body. ...

  • Plucking (hairs are plucked, 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 (also called fatlah or khite, in which a twisted thread catches hairs as it is rolled across the skin)
  • Epilators (devices that rapidly grasp hairs and pull them out by the root)

Plucking, in the sense relating to glaciers, is when a glacier erodes away chunks of bedrock to be later deposited as erratics. ... Waxing is a temporary method of hair removal, which removes the hair from the root. ... Sugaring (also known as Persian waxing) is a method of hair removal that has been in use for thousands of years. ... It has been suggested that Eyebrow threading be merged into this article or section. ... An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. ...

Experimental or banned, currently not available

  • X-ray hair removal This method was an efficient, and usually permanent, hair removal method, but also caused severe health problems, occasional disfigurement, and even death.[4] (illegal in the United States)
  • Photodynamic therapy for hair removal (experimental)

Photodynamic therapy (PDT), developed at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the 1970s, is a ternary treatment for cancer involving three key components: a photosensitizer, light, and tissue oxygen. ...

Doubtful methods

Many methods have been proposed or sold over the years without published clinical proof they can work as claimed.

  • Electric tweezers
  • Transdermal electrolysis
  • Transcutaneous hair removal
  • Photoepilators
  • Microwaves
  • Foods and Dietary supplements
  • Nonprescription topical preparations (also called "hair inhibitors," "hair retardants," or "hair growth inhibitors")

Electric tweezers are an electronic device intended to permanently remove hair. ... Microwave Slang for small waves, like at a beach, often used by surfers. ...

Advantages and Disadvantages

There are advantages and disadvantages to many of these hair removal methods. Many are not permanent and many can cause medical problems or the costs are very high. Many of these methods are still in the testing phase and the methods have not been clinically proven. One should seek the advice of a doctor supervised facility when choosing a hair removal method.


Health risks

A variety of staph infection, known as "community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus" (MRSA), was identified following an outbreak among gay men in Los Angeles in 2003. Among the risk factors for transmission of the infection identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is "compromised skin integrity." Researchers with the Connecticut Department of Public Health determined that manscaping could produce micro-abrasions of the skin, compromising its integrity. Men who manscaped were six times more likely to contract the disease. This drug-resistant strain of MRSA has been found prevalently among gay and bisexual men, athletes, prisoners and Native Americans. [2] Binomial name Staphylococcus aureus Rosenbach, 1884 Staphylococcus aureus (which is occasionally given the nickname golden staph) is a bacterium, frequently living on the skin or in the nose of a healthy person, that can cause illnesses ranging from minor skin infections (such as pimples, boils, and cellulitis) and abscesses, to... Binomial name Staphylococcus aureus Rosenbach 1884 Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a specific strain of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium that has developed antibiotic resistance to all penicillins, including methicillin and other narrow-spectrum β-lactamase-resistant penicillin antibiotics. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, is recognized as the leading United States agency for protecting the public health and safety of people. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


References

  1. ^ Body Hair In Art. Retrieved on 2006-12-31.
  2. ^ http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?cid=1119503543976&pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar%2FFatwaE%2FFatwaEAskTheScholar Islam on Line
  3. ^ Vinen, Richard. The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation. Allen Lane, 2006.
  4. ^ Andrea James (21). X-Ray Hair Removal. Hairfacts.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-31.

For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

Bikini waxing is a type of hair removal in the pubic region. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Street haircut in Harbin, China. ... Hirsutism is defined as excessive and increased hair growth in women in locations where the occurrence of terminal hair normally is minimal or absent. ... Pubic hair is hair in the frontal genital area, the crotch, and sometimes at the top of the inside of the legs; these areas form the pubic region. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Vellus hairs generally do not grow more than 2 cm in length and are not attached to sebaceous glands, which are found in the skin of humans and other mammals.
Hair growth inhibitors are pharmaceuticals designed to reduce hair by retarding or inhibiting hair's growth.
Hair removal creams, also known as depilatories, are products which chemically dissolve hair, allowing it to be easily scraped or brushed off the skin.
Hair Removal (1533 words)
Hair growth begins beneath the surface of your skin at a hair root inside a hair follicle, a small tube in the skin.
Terminal hair is coarser, darker, and longer than vellus hair and is the type of hair that grows on your head.
Hair regrowth looks lighter and less noticeable than it is after other methods of hair removal, such as shaving.
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