Wednesday, February 25, 2015

7 Myths of Hair Removal

We've all had our troubles when it comes to the battle against body hair — and we may even have taken some extreme measures at times,
but knowing fact from fiction regarding hair removal can make the whole business smoother.

Myth: Shaving body hair makes it grow back coarser.

Reality: Untouched body hair is tapered and lies flat, making it feel soft and thin. Shaving the hair blunts its ends and makes it stand up. This makes it feel thicker, but the hair itself is not changed.
Imagine you're cutting a drinking straw with scissors on a diagonal rather than straight across. It will simply appear thicker when cut on an angle.
For a smoother shave, make sure to exfoliate the skin before you reach for the razor. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, which can block the razor blade and make for a bumpier result.

Myth: You risk an infection if your technician double-dips the wax stick.

Reality: If you go for a waxing treatment and notice that the technician is about to use a stick that she used on the last client, head for the door. Despite a popular belief that the heat of the wax will kill bacteria on a double-dipped wax stick, it doesn't. Hot wax isn't enough to kill the wart virus. 
"While it's rare, certain fungi and viruses can be transferred from person to person. So be sure to ask the technician to use a fresh wax stick.

Myth: It's okay to leave a depilatory on longer if you have thicker hair. 

Reality: False! Never leave a depilatory on longer than the recommended time. The ingredients in depilatories can cause severe inflammation and a red, itchy rash if they're not removed after the prescribed amount of time. What you could develop is called an irritant contact dermatitis. So stick to the suggested time on the box for optimum results — and to dodge a nasty skin emergency. 
In addition, check with your doctor before using a depilatory on your face — some ingredients used in skin care products, like retinol, can make your skin too sensitive to tolerate a depilatory for any length of time.

Myth: Waxing always hurts.

Reality: Short of being tranquilized, there is no way to completely eliminate the pain associated with waxing or tweezing, but thankfully, there are ways to dull it. Schedule your appointment two weeks after your period, when your hormones won't make you as sensitive to pain, and use a numbing agent on your skin before the treatment. 
 Avoid eating or drinking anything stimulating. Alcohol and other stimulants, such as caffeine, tighten pores, which can make removing the hairs more painful.
Another trick is distraction. Have a patient hold a vibrating toy, or a fan, or squeeze a ball during an uncomfortable procedure,It somehow interrupts pain pathways.”

Myth: At-home treatments give the same results as in-office ones.

Reality: The answer is yes and no. At-home treatments are a good way to supplement professional services, but DIY options alone usually aren't as thorough as pro treatments. For example, you may be able to extend the effects of laser HAIR REMOVAL between treatments with an at-home laser device. Some of these devices use a window that you use to test your skin color with the machine, so you know it's safe for you.
Or you might eliminate stray strands that sprout between waxing sessions with an at-home waxing kit. But before you even think about applying the wax,thoroughly cleanse the area you're going to wax with a natural antiseptic lotion to remove all excess oil and bacteria from the skin.

Myth: Pluck a gray hair and three more will grow back in its place. 

Reality: There's no gray area here — this is completely false. This myth started because gray hairs seem to multiply quickly. But, when you pluck a gray hair, all that will happen is that one will grow in its place.

Monday, February 2, 2015


When it comes to the health of your hair fibers, protein is key,—salmon’s got a lot of it. Salmon also boasts omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, which help out with scalp health.
Ditto to salmon’s benefits, if you’re more of a sardines girl.
  • Trout
Want to switch up your salmon and sardines? Trout’s a solid way to reap similar benefits.
More protein! Plus, poultry contains zinc, iron, and vitamin B12, all of which will help you out both with hair growth and avoiding excessive shedding.
These are an excellent source of protein, as well as iron, zinc, and biotin, so they’re a solid option for vegetarians.
  • EGGS
Eggs, of course, have protein. They also have many important minerals, including iron. Iron’s a crucial one,—not getting enough of it is a big contributor to hair loss.
This veggie’s got beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. That vitamin A promotes hair health at the cellular level.
Another great source of beta-carotene.
…And these guys, too.
“The blood vessels that supply nutrients to the follicle benefit from vitamin C,” —and these berries are major vitamin-C providers.
  • Spinach has been dubbed a superfood for a reason—it’s a good source of iron, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folate. All of those nutrients promote hair follicle and scalp tissue health.

  • KALE
Swap spinach for kale when you crave something new—it offers similar benefits.
…and same here.
Another good source of vitamin C and iron.