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June 29, 2010

How to choose the right Make up Tools

Makeup is not just strokes of colour or a splash of glimmer; it’s a fresh impression of beauty, which relies on perfect application. For applying it perfectly and to make it impressive you need to acquire the right technique and the correct tools.

Professional Makeup Brushes

Here we have picked some essential makeup brushes for that smooth and flawless finish.

Just the right brush

Makeup brushes can make all the difference in how your makeup goes on and how it looks after you apply it, so the right tools are very important to get the right look. Your compacts might have a brush with it, retain it for final touch-ups but for a perfect blended makeup, keep a good set of make-up brushes on your cosmetic rack. A good brush kit should have these brushes. Each brush is made for a specific task and helps you do your makeup quickly and easily.

Powder Brush – A powder brush is an essential brush for dusting loose powder all over the face and for blending makeup. Wide and fluffy, the brush is the largest of the group.

Blusher Brush – This brush is round-shaped with soft and medium-full bristles, tapered at the sides to allow more control when blending. It blends powder evenly over the cheeks without streaks.

Lip Brush – A lip brush is flat and slightly tapered that will glide around the mouth’s curves and place colour precisely. This brush should be chosen according to the shape of the mouth. A pointy brush can define thin lips while a flat square-head brush is good for a fuller mouth. Lip brush is essential for applying deep-toned lipsticks and mixing one or more lipstick shades.

Eye Shader & Brushes – For eyes, different brushes can be used for applying and blending. A wide square-tipped flat brush is used for sweeping on neutral shades from the lashes up to the brow. A smaller liner brush will apply shadow under the low lashes. A pen like brush with long narrow bristles can be used on the brows.

Eyeliner Brush – This is a thin, flat brush that will place and blend colour near the lash line.

Eyelash Separator – The eyelash separator is commonly found combined with an eyebrow brush. The comb separates dumps and other mascara blunders and helps keep the lashes look natural and soft.

Buying tips

When choosing your brushes, these points should be kept in mind:

  • Choose natural-hair bristle brush that feels smooth and soft. Reject any brush that sheds or has a splayed, messy head
  • Test bristles on your skin to see whether they are firm enough to place colour with precision
  • Make sure that the handles are rounded and smooth enough for a comfortable grip
  • Buying each brush separately is a better idea, so you will pay for what you will really use
June 28, 2010

Relax and revive with a soothing bath and a foot massage

A few minutes of relaxation can help you get rid of the stress and tensions of the day. It not only helps you to feel fresh again but revives you for the day ahead. Here are some tips to help you relax and revive after a tiring day.

Relaxing Bath

Mood therapy

A few drops of aromatherapy oil added to your bath can relax or refresh you, depending on the fragrance you choose. Use essential oil and add six to eight drops to a drawn bath (if you add essential oil to running water it will instantly evaporate). Before you step in, gently swish the water around with your hand or a bar of soap, so the oil distributes itself evenly across the surface. Then slowly lower yourself into the bath, lie back, close your eyes and allow the heady aroma to envelope your senses.

Which essential oil to choose?

For Relaxing, lavender is excellent with its calming and cleansing properties. It’s also gently antiseptic and is perfect for soothing those tired aching muscles.

For Reviving, choose lemon grass with its lively citrus scent or basil with refreshing and strengthening properties.

Either will lift flagging spirits and boost energy levels after a hard day’s work.

Bubble talk

If you like to wallow in a mass of scented bubbles, there’s nothing to a really deep foaming bath. For best results, pour one capful of bubble bath directly into the running water as you start your bath and add another capful about halfway through. Choose moisturizing bubble baths which are delicately scented according to your mood.

Herbal remedy

If you don’t like bath additives, but love the idea of a fragrance-filled bathroom, a herb bath is the perfect answer. Wrap and tie muslin round some dried herbs then attach to the bath tap so the hot water can run over it. As it does so, vapors are released. Choose rosemary and thyme for their stimulating properties and fennel and sage for relaxing.

Pillow talk

Invest in a small bath pillow to rest your head on. Not only does it make relaxing in the bath more comfortable, it gives you the perfect excuse for an extra five minutes of pure indulgence. Look out for pillows with suction pads that stick onto the tub; that way you won’t slip down into the bath.

Steam clean

Incorporate your skin care routine into bath time by steaming your face. First remove all traces of make up before you step into the bath. Tuck your hair into a cap or tie it away from your face, and then lie back and let the steamy atmosphere deep cleanse your skin and draw any impurities to the surface. Then while you’re still in the bath, wipe your face with a little toner and apply a face pack for the last 5 to 10 minutes.

Soap opera

Lather up a bar of luxuriously scented smooth and creamy soap. But take care, soap can be drying, so only cleanse areas where hygiene is a necessity and always rinse well afterwards too.

Superfatted soaps are best for drier skins, as they have a creamier texture.

Foot Massage

Massage matters

Soften your skin with body lotion immediately after a bath or shower when skin is still damp and absorbs moisture best. Simply work a little lotion between the palms of your hands and then massage in with firm upward strokes.

Powder velvet

Lightly dust a little talcum powder over your skin to help absorb excess moisture, but as talcum can be drying, use only on areas that perspire.

Fragrant layers

For those special occasions, pamper yourself with soap, talc, body cream and spray that are richly scented with your favourite perfume. Many of the new body creams contain fragrances so intense you could wear them alone. But for those times when you want your fragrance to last all evening, body and bath products that match it are the perfect solution.

Beautiful endings

Tired aching feet will benefit from a little extra attention. Fill up a large bowl with warm water and add five to six drops of rosemary essential oil. Five minutes is all that’s needed to allow the stimulating properties of the rosemary oil to get to work. Afterwards, dry well with a towel and rub in some refreshing foot lotion.

· Filed under Bath & Body

June 27, 2010

Using concealers and foundations

Concealers and foundations help hide blemishes to give your skin an even tone to apply makeup. A foundation is specifically used to give an even and uniform complexion to the face and is also known as body paint. It is a flesh-toned cosmetic, as it directly applied to the skin, so you can choose one which matches your complexion.



A number of foundations are available today, which include oil based, alcohol based, powder based, and water based ones. They also provide different coverage, which refers to the opacity of the makeup, and how much it will conceal the skin, such as being sheer, light, medium or full. Pan-Cake foundation is most popular, which was originally developed for use in films on actors.

How to choose the right colour foundation

  1. Test it on your cheek or jaw line, not on your neck or hand.
  2. Choose three or four suitable colors. Apply them in stripes on bare, cleansed skin. The one that is most invisible is the best color match.
  3. Check the color in the daylight. The artificial lighting in stores can be very deceiving.


A concealer, also known as a color corrector is a type of makeup used to hide or mask pimples, dark circles around the eyes, scars, dark spots, spider veins, freckles, birth marks or any other visible blemishes on the skin. Like foundations, concealers are also available in a variety of shades and colors so you can choose the one which matches your skin tone. However, they are usually denser than a foundation and are available in different forms including liquid, stick, cream and matte.

Using a concealer

Unless your skin is flawless, you’ll need to use a concealer from time to time. Select a shade lighter than your foundation and apply it afterward with a fine, sable brush or with your finger. Do it around your eyes and on any blemishes and blend it.

· Filed under Makeup

June 25, 2010

Eye makeup FAQs

Q. Is it best to use eyelash curlers, and if so, how?

A. While they may look more like instruments of torture than aids to beautification, eyelash curlers are a must. A quick squeeze before you apply your mascara and you’re halfway to longer looking, eye catching lashes.

Eye Makeup

To make your eyelashes stay curled for longer, squeeze for a count of 30 seconds. Try it, and you’ll see it really works.

Q. How is it best to remove mascara?

A. Soak two cotton-wool pads or balls in eye makeup remover. Hold the pads over each eye for a few seconds to start shifting the mascara; then gently stroke them in towards the nose and down from the brow. There are several cleansers on the market which are gentle enough to remove eye and face makeup.

Q. What is the lifespan of mascara once it has been opened?

A. Three months is the maximum according to Clinique.

Q. Is a time limit a valid safety precaution against eye infection or purely a clever marketing ploy to make us buy more mascara?

A. Most products do and should contain preservatives which protect against bacterial infection, so as long as the mascara is still usable, there is no need to discard it.

However, a three month deadline on opened mascara is a wise idea. After all, eye ointments and eye drops normally have a recommended shelf life once they’ve been opened.

Q. What if my mascara clogs up or goes clumpy?

A. Try applying less. Too many coats make your lashes stick together. Comb your lashes through. Apply one coat, wait for a few minutes and then comb through to separate the lashes. Now stroke on a second coat.

Q. Which would suit me better – black or brown?

A. As a general rule, black works on everyone. For a softer look, if you are fair, go for brown. In terms of fashion, brown mascara also compliments the sheer, natural look of the season.

· Filed under Makeup

June 24, 2010

Make up tips for Eye Pencils

Eye pencils are one of the few beauty products that can be kept around for a long time without any risk that they’ll change color or spoil, unlike mascara which can form bacterial growth after you’ve used it for several months. Although eye pencils are one of the most easy makeup items to use, some tips can help you use them better. Read on for tips on using eye pencils.

Eye Pencils

Coloured pencils

When choosing a few basic pencils, start with shades that compliment your hair color.

Eyebrows: blond to light
Eyeliner: dark brown
Lips: brownish red

Honey Blonde/Blonde
Eyebrows: light brown
Eyeliner: dark brown or black
Lips: beigy pink

Eyebrows: dark brown
Eyeliner: dark brown or black
Lips: dark, reddish brown

Eyebrows: light brown or light brown with a hint of red
Eyeliner: grey
Lips: burnt red

Sharpening your skills

Making a good point can be difficult, especially if you’re using the wrong tool or poor technique. Read on for vital tips to help you sharpen your skills.

  • If the point of the pencil breaks off while you’re sharpening, it means the pencil is too soft. Put it in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight before sharpening so it’ll be harder and less likely to break.
  • To sharpen, twist pencil firmly and quickly, just two times around. Check and then give another twist or two if needed. The tip may break if you over-sharpen.
  • Wipe the blade and the inside of the sharpener with a cotton swab.
  • Tissue off any shavings left on just-sharpened pencil tips before using.
  • Secret for wide eyes

    Here is a trick to widen and waken small or tired eyes:

    Line the inside of your lower lid with a white eye pencil.

    · Filed under Makeup

    June 19, 2010

    Tips to choose Hair Styling Tools and Equipment

    Your hair needs the best care, and require you to buy the best hair styling tools and items for your hair. Here are some tips to help you choose good hair styling tools and equipment.

    Hair Styling


    Hairdryers are available from 500 to 1000 watts; the more powerful the hair-dryer, the bigger the heat output. Professional blow drying requires power from a 1000-watt hairdryer. It is easier to style with a powerful hairdryer but one must take care to handle the techniques of blow drying correctly. To choose a good hairdryer, ensure that there is an optional heat choice with a powerful but controllable air flow.

    Choosing a Hair Brush

    To control hair correctly, use a suitable type of brush. Use a brush with nylon bristles with rounded ends set into a flexible rubber pad. This will prevent damage to the hair, providing, a gentle curve to encourage natural movement when blow drying. The standard common size brush is the 9 Row size, which is suitable for turn-under or brush- back movements for a style shape.

    The 5 and 7 Rows sizes are used for drying shorter layered hair. The large diameter radial is used to flick the hair in turn-under movements. The medium round brush is for dressing crown hair to create volume or height, and over-lapping flicks for soft brush-backs. The small round brush can be used to create curls for long and short layered hair.

    Hair Accessories

    The choice has never been wider. Take advantage of the many different effects you can achieve with combs, flower ornaments, beads, hair- bands, braids and slides. Do not be afraid to experiment. Even short hair can be made to look extra special with an additional pretty slide. Long hair can be knotted, plaited, pinned or tied. Buns or chignons look elegant too.

    Hair Styling Methods

    Once you have the right tools and equipment to style your hair, you can use different methods to do that. Some of the common hair styling methods include:


    Blow drying is a method of temporary waving produced by a brush using heated air from a hairdryer. This method creates softer, natural free movements for the hair.

    Before you start to blow dry your hair, a shampoo on the hair is a must. Conditioning after shampoo is very important to avoid tangles. It also gives extra shine and bounce to the finished style. Using a blow dry lotion is even better to protect hair against excessive dryer heat. This way the hair style tends to stay in shape for a longer period.

    Section hair and blow according to the style of hair. There are many blow dry techniques: Turn-under, brush-back, curl-up, flick back and roll back curls. To style hair, first you must invest in some sectioning clips.

    Using a selected hair brush and a good hairdryer, dry sectioned hair ensuring that the heat is not concentrated directly on the hair for too long. Keep the dryer moving over the brush. A small radial styling brush can be used for a tight curl and a larger one for a wavy or straight style.

    Finger Drying

    Comb your hair into the desired style. Use the hairdryer about six inches from the hair. Blow sections of the hair roots first, using the fingers to shake off excess water. Follow through to the ends of the hair for extra volume.


    Mousse can be used on any type of hair. Mousse is used to create height and volume texture. Mousse is most effective when applied to almost dry hair. Equal amounts of mousse should be applied evenly throughout the hair and then massaged thoroughly into the hair. Maximum volume will be achieved if the root section of the hair is lifted upwards while blow drying.

    Wet Gels

    Hair gels are mostly used for slicked styles. They can also be used for fast drying without losing the ‘wet’ look. Wet gels hold hair in place. Hair gels are non-greasy and hair can be easily brushed out and washed off.

    Hair Spray

    Hair spray holds the style place. It is indispensable for a long lasting look of hair in place – a neat style. Spray for a good distribution. Look for a hairspray that is easy drying, non-sticky and humidity resistant. A good hair- spray enables easy brushing out and restyling.

    Hair Treatments and Massage

    Use a hair tonic and massage into hair with the balls of the fingers using the cushions of the palms. Use rotating sliding movements. This treatment improves blood circulation, maintains hair health and encourages hair growth.

    · Filed under Hair Care

    June 18, 2010

    Tips for Choosing a Hair Style

    Choosing the perfect hairstyle is one of the most difficult things to do for most women. Your hair cut can make a drastic difference in the way you look. Some women may choose to go for a hair style because it looked good on someone else. However, you have to decide what suits you the best when choosing a hair style. It is important to know your facial features before you decide on a particular hair style.

    Hair Styles

    Long Faces – Choose a style with plenty of width and not much height. A fringe can give the effect of ‘shortening’ the face and softening the features. Try to avoid a short hairstyle.

    Round Faces – A hairstyle with height and volume on the top will be suitable. This creates less emphasis at the sides. A middle or side parting is best, to decrease the size of the cheeks and hide the chubby face.

    Square Face – For a short hairstyle, have more height above the temples. Wear your hair flat and close to the cheeks if you decide on a long hairdo. Basically, wear styles that “break” the line of the forehead, cheeks and jaw line.

    Heartshape Faces – Wear your style with volume at the fullest part of the cheeks. A short style is recommended. Try to avoid long hair.

    A good hairstyle depends mostly on a good cut. The texture of your hair determines the suitability of a particular hair style. Texture refers to the diameter of each individual hair, the degree of opening or closeness, harsh or soft, wiry or silky, coarse or fine. To make an analysis, one must check several strands of hair from different areas of the head. In almost every case, at the nape area, hair will likely be fine, and hair above the nape will be coarse.

    There may be more than one texture of hair on one head. Texture of the hair is not thickness of the hair. Texture along with elasticity helps to determine the cut, or perm technique of a hairstyle.

    Hair Cut and Trimming Techniques

    Weave-cutting – For speed and accuracy, hair is trimmed with weave-cutting scissors. Spikes and shorter strands of hair created by this method of cutting will support the longer strands for a fuller and ruffled look. A section of hair is cut with weave-design cutting scissors to remove short effect.

    Triangular Perm – Hair is sectioned at half inch intervals and wound with triangular rods to achieve zig zag movement throughout the length of the hair. This method of perming creates a unique volume and prominent strong wave like style, quite different from the traditional curly perm.

    Fashion Hair Colour

    There are various ways to colour your hair. Tint and highlight using bleach. Hair is tinted and bleach is combed over hair with coloured tint.

    Colour bending – Sections of hair are tinted different tones or depths to give either a strong contrast in colour or soft blending of colour tones.

    Tiger stripes – Bands of hair colour are used on the surface of the hair. Tape is used to cover the hair that is not to be coloured.

    Foil highlights – Hair is parted into sections. Tiny strands of hair to be highlighted are carefully woven out and the foil placed underneath. Colour is applied evenly, leaving only a tiny area near the root free to allow for colour expansion. The flap of the foil is then folded over the hair and colour to prevent slipping. The foil is then folded again along a predetermined line and folded again. The sides of the foil are turned inwards to form a sealed ‘packet’.

    To use direct colour – Shampoo hair and towel dry thoroughly. Apply colour evenly to hair, starting at the crown and finishing at the front of the hairline. Add warm water and massage well. Use a mild shampoo and rinse hair thoroughly after shampoo. Take care to use a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair. This will enhance the colour and strength of the hair.

    · Filed under Hair Care

    June 17, 2010

    Hair Problems and Treatments

    If you are facing a hair problem, you need to find a cure for the problem. This blog post discusses some of the most common hair problems faced by women and their treatments.

    Hair Problems

    Dry Hair

    If your hair tangles easily, flies out of control or is rough to touch, then it is likely to be too dry. Exposure to the sun or water and excessive drying with the hairdryer can dry hair. Washing hair with harsh shampoos, too much tinting, bleaching or perm also contributes to the problem.

    Use a mild shampoo every three to five days. Condition with a cream conditioner and be sure to comb through to the ends of the hair. Always comb hair gently when wet, never brush hard at it. When drying your hair, be sure to keep the hairdryer least 10 inches away. Protect the hair from the dryer’s heat, and never keep the hairdryer at one section of hair for too long.

    Oily Hair

    Oily hair is a common problem amongst teenagers when the body’s hormones are in the process of settling down. It can also be caused by over active sebaceous glands which produce oil beneath the surface of the scalp. This condition can also be aggravated by too much brushing or combing, or failing to rinse hair properly after shampooing.

    Wash your hair with a shampoo for oily hair as often as possible. Shampoo lightly and do not massage, scalp as this will stimulate the oil glands. Remember not to brush or comb your hair too often.


    Dandruff can be caused by a number of reasons. The flaky deposits that you sometimes find on collars or shoulders are just probably dry scalp. Over-shampooing and washing with a harsh shampoo can result in dry flaky scalp. Dandruff is more difficult. Symptoms may be greasy, yellow or greyish flakes that appear on the scalp making the scalp itchy and irritated.

    Poor health or a diet of excessive carbohydrates and insufficient intake of protein and vitamins can also aggravate the problem.

    Anti-dandruff treatments include using a medicated shampoo with a penetrated action to cleanse the scalp of infection. Keep hair as clean as possible and do not use lotions or shampoos containing alcohol or lacquer.

    Damaged Over-Permed Hair

    Damaged and over-permed hair appears ruffled, dry and is difficult to manage. Hair loses its elasticity and it takes a great deal of effort to encourage hair into style. Split ends which sometimes appear with this problem, are caused by chemical treatments and the over-use of heated rollers. Damaged, out of control hair can also be a result of excessive perming, colouring, straightening or over-blowing hair.

    Over-damaged hair cannot be repaired. Perhaps you should contemplate trimming off the dry split ends. Transform dry and damaged hair to a healthy condition with a treatment prescribed by your hairdresser. Shampoo with the treatment shampoo and condition your hair, leaving at least a good five minutes for the conditioner to set in. Rinse well. A treatment conditioner that contains valuable vitamin complexes penetrates into the hair structure to give more body and plenty of bounce.

    If you have to blow dry your hair, be sure to use a blow-dry lotion. This will help curb further damage to the hair.

    In tomorrows post, we’ll give you tips on choosing a hair style which suits your face, and the techniques used in hair cutting.

    · Filed under Hair Care

    June 16, 2010

    Get healthy, pretty hair!

    It’s time you had a serious ‘hair to hair’ talk. Nothing is more important than a well-maintained, healthy looking crop of hair. After all, it is your crowning glory. And looking good is not a matter of just dressing well and putting on the latest colour on your face. Good looks have gone to the hair as well. Before you visit your hairdresser for the new look, let’s take a closer look at some very important points. After all, you must consider the decision of a change in hairdo very carefully. So take a few hints from the experts.

    Hair Structure

    Understanding Hair Structure

    The basic condition of human hair is continuous proof of the physical well-being of a person. Analyze the biological aspect of a single strand of hair and you will understand its complexity and strength, and what makes it more, or less, beautiful.

    The bulk of a hair fibre is made up of 95 per cent Keratin, a natural protein substance contained in the cortex or the inner ‘tubing’ of the hair. The cortex section determines the colour, elasticity, flexibility and overall ‘stamina’ of the hair. The cortex is protected by the cuticle, which is made up of hard, translucent Keratin scales. Coupled with natural scalp oils, this contributes to the shine of healthy hair. The medulla or inner core of the hair is an irregular sponge-like ‘marrow’ of the hair. Together with the cuticle and cortex they form a direct link with the living root that lies embedded in the hair follicle within the scalp.

    As hair grows, its strength and structure is determined by the root level, absorbing the necessary nutrients from the bloodstream. Beautiful hair depends on the rate of growth and fundamental condition on the upkeep of necessary nutrients received by the root.

    On the average, hair grows between ½ to ¾ inches a month. Each hair has its own inbuilt lifespan, ceasing to grow after it has reached certain length. It is natural to lose up to 100 hairs a day, but you are not likely to notice this as new growth is continually under way. Hair growth may vary from time to time.

    Stress, emotional shock illness, hormonal changes and eating an unbalanced diet can impair the circulation, slow down cell metabolism and starve both the hair the scalp of essential nutrients.

    Stay tuned for Hair Problems and their Treatments in tomorrow’s blog post! Also be sure to check out our post for Hair Care and Styling Tools and Equipment.

    · Filed under Hair Care

    June 15, 2010

    Hair Removal Methods – Problems and Solutions

    Men and women have been fighting the battle of follicle for centuries. They have been cutting, shaving, dissolving, burning, pulling, plucking, digging out and rubbing away unwanted hair and invariably to no avail. The hair always grows back. Nowadays there are so many different methods of hair removal that claim to be able to leave your skin silky smooth, and plethora of advice from various quarters, that it is difficult to know which method to choose. This article discusses the various methods of hair removal, how they work, their possible consequences and how and when to use them.

    Hair Removal

    Plucking and Tweezing

    Probably the very first way anyone removed unwanted hair was by simply pulling it out. Women are very fond of tweezing; they believe it to be the safest way to remove hair. In fact, exactly the opposite is true. Plucking or tweezing creates additional problems and is one of the least desirable ways to remove facial or body hair, with the possible exception of the eyebrows, an area where you can tweeze if you are looking for a temporary method of removal.

    Eyebrow hair responds differently to all other facial hair. Even then you have begun a never ending cycle which will tend to hasten the rate of re growth. It will also build up the thickness and strengthen and deepen the re growing hair, thus making it darker. If tweezing is done on the chin, cheeks or body, you may also notice some irritation frequently due to hair growing so crookedly out of a distorted follicle that it begins to grow back into the skin again. An additional cause of irritation is that the follicle becomes an excellent breeding ground for possible infections, resulting in pitting or scarring.


    Waxing is performed by spreading warm softened wax over the area from which the hair is to be removed. It is allowed to cool then quickly stripped of, tearing the hair out with it but not destroying the roots. The hairs are pulled out from just below the surface of the skin which means new hair are only visible after some time, perhaps as long as a month. For legs, waxing is regarded as one of the best methods because there is no re growth stubble and in time waxing retards and weakens re growth.

    Alternative ways of waxing

    A variation is to spread warm wax over the area to be treated using a material such as a gauze. When the wax is cool the material will have become fastened to it. The gauze is ripped off the skin, taking with it both the wax and the hair that is embedded in it.

    A home-made recipe for wax is to mix 5 tablespoons of sugar 5 tablespoons of water and the juice of half a lemon. Cook the mixture slowly in a saucepan or in a double boiler stirring all the time until it turns a caramel colour. Pour on to a plate and work into little balls. Press each ball firmly on to the skin, hold it for a while then pull it up sharply extracting excess hair with it. Of course the bigger the surface area to be treated the larger the quantity ingredients required.

    The wax can also be applied to the skin while still warm with the help of a spatula. You can then pull it off before it solidifies on the skin with a tough piece of cloth or a wax strip. Make sure you do not apply really hot wax to the skin as it can cause burning.


    Shaving is the quickest, easiest and cheapest method, but you will have to bear the consequences. While accepting razors on legs and under the arms, a woman will do almost anything else in the world rather than shave her face. Shaving this area is considered unfeminine, but when the growth of facial hair seems to become impossible to control any other way, she is often forced to turn to the razor.

    Razor Blades

    The result when you shave, you are cutting all the hair that the edge of the razorblade encounters on the skin’s surface. This includes all the fine blond vellus hair as well as any coarser hair in that area. Knowing what you know about hair re growth, you must expect the result. Each hair will now begin to grow thicker and thicker, and of course each time you shave you have a heavier growth than before.


    It has been recorded that primitive civilizations used animal, vegetable or mineral matter in ointment and paste form to get rid of unwanted hair. Medical recipes from the Papyrus Ebers included “burned leaf of lotus in oil, shell of tortoise with the fat of hippopotamus” for the removal of hair. It is fascinating that all through history men and women have attempted so many different methods of hair removal.

    Nowadays the depilatory creams or powders, made of inorganic sulphites or organic thiols chemically degrade or break down the cell structure of the hair, but also react the same way to the skin. This is why so many people who use depilatory creams or pastes find them unsatisfactory. Depilatories are applied to the hairy areas of the skin, allowed to remain long enough for the chemical action to take place and then washed or wiped off taking the hair with them.


    This does not actually remove hair but lightens its appearance. Another method of coping with unwanted hair, bleaching can be effective for very fine hair through not very successful with heavier hair, with the following drawbacks. When you bleach hair you not only lighten its pigment or colouring, but you also remove its elasticity. This causes it to become stiffer and to stand away from the skin, thus reflecting light and often becoming more noticeable. Add to this the possibility of some skin reaction to the strong chemicals, and we find that bleaching is far from an ideal solution to the problem of unwanted hair.


    With this method, a thread or string is used to remove hair. Pieces of thread are manipulated between the fingers in such a way that they glide along various skin areas in a pincer like arrangement, pulling the hair out. This is similar to tweezing only faster and with the same likelihood of skin irritation or infection of the follicles.

    To sum up plucking, tweezing, waxing or any method of forcibly tearing the hair out of the follicle tends to increase the depth, thickness and darkness of the hair, causes the hair to regrow more rapidly and more distorted and increases the possibility of bacterial infections of the follicle, resulting in possible pitting and scars.

    With the occasional exception of eyebrows and those cases of waxing where a decrease in the amount of hair occurs naturally, none of these methods of hair removal are permanent and they usually make hair removal more difficult.

    Some of the new advancements of hair removal include electrolysis and laser hair removal / laser hair reduction, which may be a bit more expensive as compared to the hair removal methods listed above, but they do give permanent results.

    · Filed under General

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