Dealing with changes to your body can be overwhelming, developing body hair and feeling self- conscious around friends and embarrassed to reach out to parents can be an utter nightmare. But don’t worry, having as much information as possible can mean both of you can make good choices
Firstly, it’s important to know that a teenagers skin is thinner than an adults, this means it can react more to products and heat. There are a number of options out there – shaving, hair removal cream, wax or sugar. Each of them have their own merits, but firstly its important to think about the hair and skin type. Darker hair tends to be thicker as does red and strawberry blonde hair. If the hair is dark and the skin sensitive for example you’ll need to think carefully about the hair removal method. Choosing shaving as an option – where the hair is likely to need to be removed each day, with sensitive skin could make the skin itchy and inflamed.
Shaving is a good option for fairer hair, the hair will likely only need to be removed once or twice per week. For darker hair, it is likely that your teen will need to shave every day or every other day. It is important to use a clean razor (a safety razor, is a good ethical choice) and use a barrier gel or foam as shaving will remove natural oils from the skin which will need to be replenished.
Hair removal creams are a chemical solution that break down the keratin in the hair. This means it will fall from the root. The chemical solution is similar to that which is used in perming lotion for hair. The cream breaks down the structure of the hair and the hair falls out. This means it lasts longer than shaving but not as long as waxing or sugaring. As it’s a chemical solution a patch test is recommended. Beware that left on too long the solution can have the same affect on skin as it has on hair, leading to itchy, dry skin.
Waxing is a good option as long as you are choosing a high quality wax with natural ingredients, lower quality waxes are made from paraffin. Waxing pulls the hair out at the root and will lightly exfoliate, the wax will be heated and the results should last 3 to 4 weeks. As an ethical salon, we choose not to wax due to the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill.
Finally we have sugaring – sugar is made of 100% natural ingredients, sugar, lemon and water. The paste is cool unlike wax and will be applied at body temperature. This removes hair in the direction of growth, unlike waxing. Sugaring is good for sensitive skins due to the100% natural ingredients and low temperatures. Like waxing this should give 3 – 4 weeks hair free time and may last longer.