Hair protects your body from infection and foreign particles while helping maintain body temperature. Nonetheless, eliminating body hair from various parts of the body, including the butt, has become a common and relatively safe process. Many products and methods claim to remove butt hair, but only a few techniques effectively eliminate unwanted hair.
The right method for you depends on the amount of money, time and effort you want to spend on hair removal. Keep in mind that many hair removal techniques are temporary and may need to be performed weekly, monthly or yearly.
Shaving is the most common and most efficient method of hair removal. Apply shaving cream to the hairy areas and shave your butt using a razor. Results of shaving are temporary; hair generally returns within a few days because shaving only removes hair from the skin's surface. Use a mirror to help navigate hard to reach areas, and make sure to use a quality razor to avoid nicks.
If you want longer results, waxing is both effective and efficient. While you can purchase a waxing kit to use at home, its generally best to enlist the help of a professional salon or esthetician. A professional esthetician applies wax to the skin, then places a piece of cloth on top of the wax.
After pressing down on the cloth a few times, the wax strip is quickly removed in the opposite direction of hair growth. Hair is removed at the root and grows back at a slower rate than shaved hair. Though it may cost more to have a professional do the job, the process is generally less painful, quicker and more effective than doing it at home.
- Shaving is the most common and most efficient method of hair removal.
- After pressing down on the cloth a few times, the wax strip is quickly removed in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Removing an Ingrown Hair on the Face
Talk to a dermatologist about options that get rid of butt hair for a longer period of time, if not permanently. During electrolysis, an electric current burns the hair at the root through a needle inserted into the hair follicle. Each hair follicle is individually burned and the procedure generally involves several treatments.
Find a professional who is both qualified and licensed to perform electrolysis. Electrolysis is an expensive and tedious procedure that provides more permanent results than waxing or shaving 3.
Laser hair removal eliminates unwanted hair using an intense beam of light 2. A laser penetrates the skin to damage the hair follicle, preventing future hair growth. Several treatments may be necessary and future maintenance treatments may be necessary as well. Similar to electrolysis, laser hair removal is an expensive and lengthy process.
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- Talk to a dermatologist about options that get rid of butt hair for a longer period of time, if not permanently.
- Similar to electrolysis, laser hair removal is an expensive and lengthy process.
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