Hair Removal for Fair Hair - The Does & Don'ts
People with blond, grey or red need to be extra careful when it comes to getting
rid of unwanted facial and body hair. Hair
removal for fair hair requires more care as some methods will be too harsh for
sensitive skin, which many fair-haired people also have.
Tips for Fair-Haired People (and Redheads)
- It's important to prepare the skin before any hair removal process so that the
tissue will not be damaged or required excessive time to heal. Exfoliating
removes the dead skin and leaves less skin cells to anchor the hair root. Hair removal for
sensitive skin may require extra preparation.
- Stay well hydrated to keep the skin plump and firm and to make the hair stand up away
from the skin.
Prevent ingrown hairs.
can be done safely at home. Press firmly on surrounding tissue to avoid
unnecessary tension on the skin and do not go over the same area more than once.
Apply the hair removal wax to small patches
at a time to lessen the amount inflammation just in case the skin is injured.
Hair epilation hurts until you build some tolerance to it.
first to trim the hairs as short as possible. Move the epilator
very slowly across the skin.
- Avoid unnecessary pinching and skin pulling by purchasing a
that has skin guards to prevent the blades from coming in direct contact with the skin.
These tend to cost a bit more but are worth it.
- Look for a beauty salon that is experienced with electrolysis
on fair hair. A good clinician can effectively remove fair colored hair.
A hair removal cream for sensitive skin
may work well but will need to be done frequently since it doesn't remove the hair root. Be sure
to choose a cream that's been specially formulated for sensitive skin.
Repeated use of these chemicals on the same body part can cause a skin reaction.
- Don't be discouraged if one hair removal method fails. A combination of one or more
may prove to be the least painful and most successful.
Laser Hair Treatment Is Not For Fair Haired People
Fair hair refers to the color and not the strand thickness or hair density. Because
these colors reflect light, fair hair is not suitable for laser hair removal.
The laser light is reflected by the blond and grey color instead of being absorbed
into the hair root. This is true for both natural and dyed hair color and makes the hair
act like a mirror. The heat and light is reflected away from the hair which can then
cause possible injury to the surrounding tissue.
Even though red hair is not light in color compared to blond or gray hair,
the color of the laser is approximately red in color (also known as the wavelength)
which will also be reflected by the hair. Experienced clinicians or dermatologists
will not perform laser hair treatment on red or fair haired patients.
It's unnecessary to dye blond, gray or red hair before laser hair treatment. Instead
of wasting money and time, try another hair removal method to see what works best for
your skin & hair type.
Hair removal for fair hair requires a bit more preparation and precaution but using a
combination of methods can lead to silky smooth skin with the least amount of pain.
options for both men and women. Learn about the various alternatives for removing
unwanted body hair so that you can decide which option you might want to try.