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Body hair is natural but let’s be honest; we can’t help but turn away when we see it on someone. Even on men, too much of body hair is a big turn off, although for some women, it’s known to work the other way around - to each it’s own! On a general basis though, not many people are fond of hair popping out of underarms or are hairy legs and arms that popular. Throwing away body hair may not be scientifically the correct thing to do, but its importance is such that it is socially considered an integral part of oral hygiene.  There are various ways of removing body hair; from creams to lazer technology, we’ve explained the various ways the world removes their body hair and the pros and cons of each method.

Depilatory Creams: Before taking up any hair removing cream, test the cream on a patch on your forearm to determine whether your skin reacts to it adversely (some cause skin discoloration or staining; others provoke allergies). To apply, first put on a warm washcloth to the area; this will soften the hair and open the pores so the depilatory can be better absorbed. Never leave the cream on your skin longer than recommended. Instead of rinsing, wipe it off with the washcloth and then rinse.

If you're in a hurry to remove hair, depilatory creams are a good option .They're easy to apply and effective in the short run by removing hair just below the skin's surface. Their disadvantage is that the chemicals that "burn off" hair can also cause skin irritation. Those with very sensitive skin may not be able to tolerate depilatory creams.(Never use them around the eye area.) If your skin breaks out, wash the area with an anti-bacterial solution and consult a doctor. Never apply it on an area that has any cuts, scratches or other wounds.

Waxing: The best way and the most popular way of removing body hair among Nepalese women is waxing. This method gives a clean, smooth surface and the longest-lasting results. Hair grows back finer because waxing pulls the hair out below the surface of the skin. The process may appear painful but many women claim the treatment is not nearly as painful as it sounds.

Sugaring: An ancient method, sugaring is similar to waxing, although the sugar is only slightly warmed (but never as hot as wax).As it tends to stick only to the hairs, not to the skin, it causes less discomfort. The process uses warm sugar which is applied to the skin and then removed with muslin strips. It takes a certain skill-nimble fingers-to perform this procedure, and some say sugaring is not as effective as waxing in the end.

Shaving: Shaving is the easiest and most inexpensive way to remove body hair and is especially effective on the legs and underarms. Although shaving razors provide a close shave, the results are temporary. The hair usually grows back within 2-3 days. Wet the skin thoroughly and apply a shaving gel or cream (soap is too drying) to keep the skin soft and moist. This prevents cuts and makes it easier to shave the hair. Starting at the ankle, shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth, drawing the razor up the leg. Since underarm hair grows in many directions, you may have to stroke in several different directions.

If you need to shave a specific area twice, apply additional gel or cream. Rinse the skin and gently towel dry. Use oil or moisturizer to finish. Avoid shaving dry or sunburned skin. Don’t shave before an exfoliating treatment (shaving itself is a form of exfoliation).Never use a blunt razor or share a razor with someone else (especially one that has been used on a beard). For the smoothest, closest shave always use a new blade and a light touch.

Laser: Not yet popular in Nepal, the laser treatment of removing hair is expensive. The process has laser light pass through the skin to the hair pore, where the hair absorbs it and is destroyed. Because the light is attracted to dark colors, those with light skin and dark hair often see the best results. Darker skin absorbs some of the laser light, which can cause burning. For these people, lower-level light is recommended, but often is less effective. Currently there is no guarantee that laser hair removal is permanent, but hair does tend to grow lighter each time. As the treatment is expensive, go to a reputable practitioner and know what results to expect.

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