If you are planning to dress up to the nines for a special occasion, then take extra care of your face and hair. All women have light coloured body and facial hair. Around 10% of women battle the problem of extensive, coarse and dark facial hair growth.
The unwanted hair growth in females is mainly caused due to hormonal or genetic disorder, stress, prescription drugs, higher than normal levels of male hormones in the body or a combination of various such factors.
The various products available in market to get rid of thick facial hair can be expensive and can irritate skin due to harsh chemicals.
There are many easy and safe methods to remove facial hairs though it may take some time to show results. Natural treatments are the best way to do it.
Where removal of facial hair is concerned, it falls into two categories — temporary and permanent. The method should be chosen according to the quantity or thickness of hair, its location and rate of growth. It is also essential to get information about the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods. Temporary hair removal, as the term suggests, requires repeat treatments, as and when there is regrowth. Methods such as depilation, shaving, tweezing, threading, waxing, epilation come under the temporary category. Several hair removal creams are available, which contain chemical ingredients to dissolve hair. However, chemical hair removal creams can sometimes cause skin discolouration (dark patches) and should preferably be avoided. Needless to say, a hair removing cream should be patch-tested before use.
An effective and common facial hair removal method is threading. It is useful for shaping the eyebrows and also for removal of facial hair on areas like the upper lip and chin. There may be slight redness after threading, which reduces in a day. However, a word of caution – hair from a mole must not be removed without consulting a doctor.
Waxing can also be used for facial hair removal. Soft, strip waxing is useful. Roll-on waxing kits are also available. It is said to be a breakthrough technology that may be used for facial hair. It is becoming popular as it is easy to use and also hygienic. The results are also said to be longer lasting. This relatively new method has a roll-on applicator, which is placed in a device that heats the product, but at a low temperature. It is then rolled on the area and removed with a strip. It is said to be useful in removal of short facial hair.
Hair removal by laser is becoming increasingly popular as a permanent method. Laser disables the follicle’s ability to produce hair. It should be done under supervision of a doctor. The temporary known side effects are redness, swelling and itching. The main risk in laser treatment is the possibility of skin burns due to excessive heat of the laser light. Regrowth occurs in some cases but is slower and scantier. It is very important to find a good laser clinic.
Laser can be used to remove hair from the entire face, or from particular areas, like upper lips, chin or cheeks. The time taken for the actual treatment is not much. With regrowth, one may have to repeat the treatment after four or five months.
Hair colouring is the mantra of the day. But how glamorous it may look, hair colours and dyes can cause a lot of damage. Once the colour wears off, one wants to have the hair coloured again. It is this kind of repeated colouring that damages the hair, making it dry and brittle. Moreover, if dark hair is coloured to a lighter colour, a bleaching process is also used. This causes added damage.
Before going for colouring, it is essential to know the methods which are available and how they affect the hair. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain will tell you how to be the fashionista without damaging your hair.
Permanent dyes and colours work by changing the structure of the hair and entering the inner layer. They actually strip off the outermost layer, in an uneven manner, to penetrate the inner layer. Damage to the outer layer, or cuticle, weakens the hair and also makes it dry, rough and dull.
Semi-permanent methods, like hair rinses and creams, last for 4 to 6 shampoos. They do not cause as much damage as the permanent dyes. Semi-permanent methods are suitable for disguising grey hair, or for lending a richer colour to dull hair.
Temporary hair colours are also available in the form of hair mascaras. Hair mascaras are somewhat like crayons, which can be used to “streak” strands of the hair. Hair mascaras are temporary methods of colouring the hair. They are easier to use and the effect lasts till the next shampoo.
One can also use a natural hair colour that contains natural colourants like indigo, catechu and henna. It gives the hair a blackish brown colour and is free of chemical dyes.
Streaks and highlights are back in hair colour. In fact, apart from blonde, gold or platinum, you can even go for pink, violet, green or orange streaks, as bright coloured streaks are predicted in the coming seasons. Of course, you can keep to subtle colours, close to your normal colour, with lighter and darker tinted strands all over.
Streaking is a method in which some strands are bleached or coloured. A few streaks of colour can also save the rest of the hair from damage and yet give you a new and glamorous look.
If you go in for half-head streaking, it helps to limit the damage. In this method, some strands are selected. They are bleached and wrapped in special foil. It can be started from the hairline to the crown, so that the streaked hair is fully visible. You will need to touch it up in about four weeks.
It is also essential to choose the right colour that goes with the colour tone of your skin. For instance, a blonde or whitish colour would not suit an Indian skin tone. However, a lighter colour may be used for highlighting or streaking. If you wish to conceal a lot of grey hair, you may have to colour the entire head of hair the same colour. If you want highlights or streaks, you have to select a lighter colour which complements the colour of the rest of your hair. Experts recommend that the colour you choose for highlighting your hair should be three shades lighter than your natural hair colour. If you wish to go for bright colours, like red, purple, blue or gold, it is necessary to see if they suit your natural skin tone. The new trend is to highlight only the tips of the hair. This is actually favoured for a bright look. It also helps to limit the damage.