Not to be confused with unhairing.
Depilation lasts several hours to several days. It removes the part of the hair above the surface of the skin.
Epilation lasts several days to several weeks. It removes of the entire hair, including the part below the skin.
- Shaving is the most common form of depilation.
- Chemical depilatories (creams or "shaving powders") make the hair disintegrate by breaking the disulfide bonds that link the protein chains that give hair its strength.
- Friction (rough surfaces used to buff away hair).
- Plucking: hairs out with tweezers or with fingers.
- Epilators: mechanical devices that rapidly grasp hairs and pull them out.Updated
- Waxing: a hot or cold layer is applied and then removed with porous strips.
- Sugaring: similar to waxing, but with a sticky paste.
- Threading: also called fatlah or khite, in which a twisted thread catches hairs as it is rolled across the skin.
- Burning: off with hot wax can damage the cells and prevent hair from ever growing in the unwanted spot again.
- Turmeric: with other ingredients like besan powder, milk will remove hair.
- Prescription oral medications: e.g. Epiladerm-Complex and Vaniqa (eflornithine hydrochloride inhibiting the enzyme ornithine decarboxylase) These enzymes inhibits the development of new hair cells. Hair growth will become less and less until it finally stops; normal depilation/epilation will be performed until that time. Hair growth will return to normal if use of product is discontinued.
destroy hairy areas while sparing surrounding tissue. It is a difficult challenge.
- Electrolysis (electrology)
- Intense Pulsed Light (Flashlamp, EpiLight).
- Electric tweezers
- Transdermal electrolysis
- Transcutaneous hair removal
- Foods and Dietary supplements
- Nonprescription topical preparations (also called "hair inhibitors," "hair retardants," or "hair growth inhibitors")
"Manscaping" (hair removal with a dry safety razor and powder) can produce micro-abrasions of the skin which can become infected and cause "community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" (MRSA). It is prevalently among gay and bisexual men, athletes, prisoners and Native Americans.
This page has been updated on the 2017-01-24.