Hair Tweezing Recommendations
Tweezing hair correctly takes a little bit of know-how and practice. You want to get it right so you can minimize any damage to the skin but also so you know how to pull the hair out completely. Whether it’s plucking your eyebrow hairs or body hair, understanding best practice will allow you to tweeze hair effectively.
Hair comes in different thicknesses and it may be more painful to pluck at different places on the body. You might choose tweezing over waxing to save money from hiring a professional to do it, to have a longer lasting clean, smooth area, or because you like to tweeze. Tweezing can be painful but you can minimize the pain with some simple steps. After you’ve become accustom to tweezing, you usually experience less pain and possibly less growth of hair in the area. Eyebrow hair, armpit hair and pubic hair tends to be the thickest hair. Arm, upper lip, chin hair tends to be the finest. Your head hair and leg hair can be either thick or thin.
To make sure you don’t damage the skin when tweezing hairs it’s important to open up the pores where the base of the hair is located. This can be done by using hot or warm water around the area. You can use a hot towel and place it over the area or simply do your tweezing after a shower or bath. This will help to open up the pores and allow hair to be released more easily. If the skin around the hair is tight, it will be more difficult to get the hair out. It can also lead to skin damage.
To tweeze hair, make sure you have a good tweezer. Nothing says ‘frustrated’ more than tweezers that don’t do it’s job. The tweezers should be of good quality and grip hair with ease. It’s best to use a slant tweezer for most hair tweezing unless you are trying to get an ingrown hair, need to get really fine hairs, or need precise tweezing. Sometimes a point tip tweezer works better for these circumstances. When handling your tweezers, make sure you have a good grip using your thumb and index finger. Then, grab the hair as close to the root as possible. This will allow for a firmer grip and greater strength for pulling out the hair. Pull the hair swiftly in the direction the way the hair is growing (with the grain). This will help the hair to slide right out. It will feel a little painful or not painful at all. Most likely a short pinch is all you will feel. But more loosened up the hair is from the skin, the less pain you will experience. If you are on your period, you might also experience more pain than usual so try to tweeze when you are not on your period. No matter what kind of hair removal technique you use (except for shaving) you will experience some sort of pain.
As far as sanitation goes, it’s always a good idea to sterilize your tweezers. You can do this by taking a cotton swab or Q-tip soaked with rubbing alcohol. Rub it over the tips of the tweezer. This will ensure all bacteria is killed prior to tweezing. It’s important to keep tweezers free from bacteria because you are actually creating an open wound/pore and bacteria can easily get into the pore and create an infection. Infections can lead to scarring so this simple precaution could save your skin in the long run.
It’s also a good idea to exfoliate once a week. When you exfoliate the skin you are removing dead skin layers allowing for the hair follicles to break the skin easier when they grow back. If you don’t exfoliate you may be more prone to in-grown hairs. Remember…in-grown hairs occur when the hair grows back into itself. The hair never quite breaks the skin. This creates a red bump and infection. If you make it as easy as possible for the hair to break the skin, you will minimize in-grown hairs. Exfoliating also removed dirt and oil which can promote an infection. So exfoliate at least once a week.
Tweezing does not make hair grow back thicker. In fact, over time, if you continue to tweeze correctly and get hairs out from the root, the repeated action can scar the hair follicle and lead to permanent hair loss. This is great news for those trying to get rid of certain hair completely.
If done right, it will take a lot longer for the hair to grow back compared to something like shaving. Tweezing can be a time consuming process because you are removing one hair at a time. But it can save you money and it can still get the job done. Just think of it as a slow tedious wax. Happy tweezing!
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