Slowing Down Hair Growth

by Jessica Wright
(last updated May 13, 2015)

Removing unwanted hair can be time consuming, frustrating, and expensive. When hair grows faster than we like there are a few things that can be done to slow this process down. It will take patience and a commitment on your part, and with some time you will begin to notice that your hair is coming in less frequent, growing slower, and will be thinner and finer.

One of the more popular methods is to use a hair-growth inhibitor. You can purchase a hair-growth inhibitor over the counter at most pharmacies as well as most grocery stores. It is a lotion that contains soy extracts and needs to be used regularly and consistently in order for it to work. This product works by changing the structure of the hair follicles until the hair becomes soft and fine, and with time it will ultimately stop the hair from growing. However, there have been no studies done as of yet that have determined how effectively the lotions work.

At this time there is only one hair-growth inhibitor approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The name of this product is Vaniga and is only available by prescription.

There are other ways of slowing down hair growth and getting rid of unwanted hair. Some of these ways include laser hair removal, waxing, tweezing and bleaching.

  • Laser hair removal. This method is one of the more expensive methods. You will need to go to a laser hair removal clinic for this procedure to be done, and will have to repeat the process about every six weeks. You will have to repeat this procedure unto the hair follicles close or the hair comes in so fine that you don't notice it.
  • Waxing. One of the more common methods that are used in removing hair is that of waxing. This procedure can be done either by yourself or at a beauty salon. This is done when warm wax is applied to the area where it is desired for the hair to be removed. After the warm wax is applied, cover the wax with muslin and then pull it off. You will need to repeat this procedure every four to six weeks as it takes about six weeks for a hair to cycle. Some hair will come in a little faster; just simply remove the strays by tweezing. If you choose to do the waxing yourself at home you will want t be sure that you get the wax hot enough to do the work but not so hot that you burn yourself.
  • Tweezing. Tweezing is an old standard way of eliminating unwanted hair and is definitely the cheapest way to remove hair. You need to be careful as to not cause pinpoint scarring. Using a good mirror and good tweezers will help in preventing pinpoint scarring.
  • Bleaching. Bleaching unwanted hair is not hard; just purchase the hair cream bleach at the drug store. Put the cream on where you want to remove your hair, wait (the length of time will be on the instructions), then simply rinse it off. You will want to repeat this process weekly. With time the hair will become more fragile and thin and will break off.

There are a lot of different choices and you may find that you will need to try several different ways before you find one that will do the job that you want.

Author Bio

Jessica Wright

Jessica is a communications major studying for her masters and working full time. Growing up in a household of girls, she learned young the fun of trying new beauty ideas. Jessica enjoys playing the piano, dating, and having a good time with family and friends. ...

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