Hair Dye : Hair coloring smoothen the outermost layer of
hair. There appears to be no connection between the application
of hair color and the appearance of gray hair. Hair turns grey
due to the inability of hair to produce melanin in the early stages
of hair growth. Melanin is the color pigment in your hair, which
can be black, brown, yellow or red. The individuality of your
hair color is determined by the percentage of each color pigment,
making each person's hair color characteristically their own.
Poor diet, illness, age, heredity, etc can cause the acceleration
of grey hair and the actual use of a hair dye has nothing to do
with the graying process. Hair can be checked out for porosity
or elasticity, both of which play a major role in how healthy
the hair will look after the color.
Side effects of hair coloring : If a professional taking
all the precautions, the side effects are almost nil, especially
if the one follows the after care recommended. However, it is
very important that a patch test is necessary, with a new hair
color. This is to check for allergic reaction before carrying
out the coloring process. This should be done at least 24 hours
Frequency of hair coloring : Few colors fade easily and
need application once a month, for example, to maintain the intensity.
In the case of grey hair, it would depend on the individual growth
rate of hair. On an average, hair grows ½"- ¾"
every month, so a touch up once in 30 days is a must for grey
hair. For those with no grey hair and a mild color not too different
from their natural color, a touch up once in six months is ideal.
For those with a drastic or dramatically different hair color,
a root touch up is important. Too much exposure to sun, sea and
chlorine should also be avoided.
Unwanted Body Hair : Adolescents seek unwanted hair removal
simply because of aesthetic or hygienic reasons.
Waxing : a thin layer of heated wax is applied on the skin
in the direction of the hair growth of legs and arms. The hair
becomes embedded in the wax as it cools & hardens. A strip
of jeans type cloth is pressed on the above portion. The cloth
is pulled off with wax & hair, quickly in the opposite direction
of the hair growth, taking the uprooted hair with it.
Waxing can leave the skin sore and open to infection. Waxing
should not be used over veins, moles, or warts. They should not
be used on the eyelashes, inside the nose or ears, on the nipples
or genital areas, or on irritated, chapped, sunburned, or cut
skin. A small area should be tested for sensitivity or allergic
reaction before treating the entire area.
Hair will return within four to six weeks. If you don't mind pulling
a sticky bandage off your own skin, and if you have too much unwanted
body hair, then you may be the perfect candidate for waxing.
Bleaching : Bleaching does not actually remove the hair.
It lightens the hair color so it appears blonde or golden. All
hair bleach kits come with two essential components: the actual
hair bleach mixture in cream form, and the activator mixture,
which is always in powder form. Follow the instructions to obtain
the proper proportion of bleach to activator. Never combine the
two until you're ready to begin bleaching, always immediately
discard any unused portions and never mix the two together in
any kind of a metal bowl or container.
Whatever bleach you get, be sure to do a patch test. If no redness,
irritation or eruption occurs, you can proceed with the full application.
To date, no evidence has been presented of harmful effects of
bleaching to the skin. However, the bleaching agents that lighten
the hair can also alter the pigment in the skin. This can result
in a change to the skin texture, making it thicker, coarser and
Threading : It is mainly used to give shape to eyebrows
and some facial hair on the upper lip. Threading utilizes a strong
thread which is twisted and pulled along the area of unwanted
hair, lifting hair directly from the follicle. The pain experienced
during Threading is no worse than that experienced during waxing.
A small pinch is felt with the removal of hair. Unlike waxing
which can be messy and time consuming, Threading requires no external
products, only the use of 100% cotton thread and a minimal amount
of time with a skilled beautician. Threading does not have the
unpleasant side effect of irritation and rashes caused by the
"stripping off" of the top layer of dead skin that accompanies
waxing. The benefits of
Trimming : During puberty initially most of the boys and
girls like to cut/trim unwanted pubic hair and underarm hair.
Due to physical activities and exercise lot of sweat comes out
of the skin near hair roots mainly in the pubic area and underarm.
Trimming of hair is essential to reduce sweat odour.
One can use a good, clean, sharp small scissors for trimming.
Shaving : It is the most common form of hair removal.
Men have been shaving their beards & mustaches as well as
under arms & pubic hairs for thousands of years. Now, many
ladies routinely shave their legs & underarms and pubic hair.
A clean razor with a sharp blade is essential for a safe and comfortable
shave. Skin should never be shaved dry; wet hair is soft, pliable,
and easier to cut. Contrary to what many believe, shaving does
not change the texture, color, or rate of hair growth. It is quick
and convenient, but can cause skin irritation, ingrown hairs and
cuts from the razor blade.
Helpful Shaving Hints for Girls :
* Self Shaving is carried out to remove unwanted hair.
* Pre-soak the area first. You can do this by taking a bath or
a shower, or placing a hot washcloth over the area to be shaved
for few minutes.
* Apply a shave cream with shaving brush.
* Use a fresh blade safety razor.
* Pull the skintight and shave in the direction of the hair growth.
You won't get as smooth a shave as shaving in the opposite direction
of the hair growth . But by shaving with the direction of hair
growth may reduce those annoying red bumps that sometimes appear
in a day or two. Never try to shave quickly, otherwise one may
get cut unnecessarily.
* After shaving, dry your skin gently but thoroughly. Once the
skin is completely dry, use antiseptic lotion.
After you've shaved a few times, you'll find that you can shave
more often and with less itch and irritation. The itching will
go away eventually, lessening each and every time you shave.