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Types of depilation

Types of depilation

Depilation is a method of temporary removal of unwanted hair. Hair growth resumes after depilation.

Temporary Hair Removal Techniques

Hair Pulling

Pulling by hand is the simplest and most common method. Pulling out the hair stimulates the hair follicle and puts it into the active growth phase, anagen. After depilation in this way, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, true or pseudofolliculitis, in very rare cases, scars can develop. It should be remembered that hair pulling over the years leads to a decrease in hair growth. This is important to remember when plucking your eyebrow hair. Eyebrow hair growth may not resume.


Sugaring (from the English sugar - sugar) is one of the ancient methods of hair removal, taking its history from Persia, where viscous sugar was used to remove hair.

Sugaring is performed using a lump of viscous sticky mass, which is applied to an area of ​​the skin and with a sharp movement is torn from the skin along with the hair.

The Sugaring effect lasts like a wax depilation for 2-3 weeks.


The disadvantages are damage to the skin, the risk of bacterial infection - pyoderma, folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle), ingrown hair and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation of the skin. Many women cannot often use this method on certain areas of the body. Wax is preferable.

Medication depilation

Depilatory preparations contain chemicals - thioglycolate or strontium sulfide - the most common chemical depilatory. These substances break down the disulfide bonds that hold the dead hair cells together, thus dissolving the hair. Similar to shaving, this method provides a short period of hair loss. The most common side effects are dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis, itching and rashes. Wax depilation is more effective and preferable to this method.

Chemical hair whitening

Hydrogen peroxide lightening is an effective method of masking the presence of hair, but it is not a depilation or epilation method, because does not remove hair. This technique is effective for those with fine and dark, and therefore visible, hair on the arms, face and neck.

Eflornithine depilation

Eflornithine or eflornithine hydrochloride inhibits hair growth in hirsutism and hypertrichosis. The drug is produced in the form of a cream that is applied to the skin in the area of ​​unwanted hair growth. The effect develops slowly. The results are visible at 4-8 weeks from the start of application. Indications for the application of eflornithine: girustism, hypertrichosis. The most common side effects of topical eflornithine use include acne, pseudofolliculitis, skin irritation and itching.

Wax depilation

Wax depilation - hair removal with wax. The wax is preheated and applied to the skin. After hardening, the beautician with a sharp movement removes the wax along with the hair. The effect of wax depilation lasts 2-3 weeks.

Read also - laser hair removal.

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