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"Tweezing Hair Removal"

Tweezing Fact Sheet

Tweezing: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of tweezers are best?

Buy a good quality pair. Don't skimp on price. Make sure the two tips of the tweezers meet and form a good grip on the hair.

What is the best way to pluck hair?

Stretch the skin slightly, grip the hair close to the root, and pull gently, firmly and evenly. Yanking the hair may cause it to break off thus increasing the risk of ingrown hair.

  • Use good tweezers.
  • Make sure you are in good even light.
  • Pull the hairs in the direction of growth.
  • Tweezing after a bath or shower is easier when the skin is warm.
  • Rub an ice cube over the area after tweezing to reduce redness.
  • Avoid plucking just before a period as more pain or discomfort may be felt at this time.

Which body areas are particularly suitable for tweezing?

Stray eyebrow hairs, scattered hairs in the abdominal region, stray hairs on the nipples and chin hairs in women past the menopause.

Eyebrow hair differs in that the majority of them at any given time are in the resting or telogen phase. This means their regrowth rate is slower than other hair. It is wise therefore to avoid overplucking eyebrow hair.

Where are electrical epilators most and least effective?

Most effective: Large, flat areas like the arms and legs.

Least effective: Curved areas like the underarms, and may cause significant trauma to the face and other thin skinned areas.

How do electrical epilators work?

Many of these devices have tweezer discs in the head which rotate picking up the hair in the process and plucking them from the root. Many are contoured in such a way as to glide easily over all parts of the body.

How long before the hair reappears after tweezing?

Many weeks, between 3 and 8.

How painful is tweezing?

A slight stinging or pricking sensation is often felt. Red bumps may appear due to swollen hair follicles but they usually disappear after some hours.

The risk of infection with epilating can be reduced by using an antibacterial agent before and after the procedure.

What are the main advantages and disadvantages of tweezing?

This is generally a very economical method depending on how much one wishes to spend on good quality tweezers.

Electrical devices range anywhere from $30 to $60.

The main disadvantage of hand tweezing is the time required. It is a painstaking process and requires much patience.

On the other hand some have expressed that they enjoy it and find it therapeutic with the procedure becoming almost compulsive.

Are electronic (Radio Frequency) tweezers effective?

Controversy surrounds the use of electronic tweezers.

The method: The hair is grasped with the electronic tweezers and held for 15 to 20 seconds while a current travels through the tweezers and down the hair shaft. The hair can then be slid out.

The effectiveness of this treatment has been questioned by some as hair is not a conductor but rather an insulator. Some conclude the effectiveness is no better than with ordinary tweezers.

Additionally there are some precautions:

As small amounts of radiation are emitted, electronic tweezers should not be used by pregnant women as harm may result to the fetus.

Electronic tweezers should not be used by anyone wearing a pacemaker as the high frequency emitted can interfere with the frequency of the pacemaker.

Additional warnings concern possible damage to the eyes from the small amounts of radiation.

Tweezing - Resources

Tweezerman tweezers are recognized worldwide for their quality and precision.

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They have been the choice of make-up artists and beauty professionals for over 20 years.

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Reduce the frequency of tweezing by always using a hair inhibitor.
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