Bleaching Body Hair
Bleaching Body Hair
Josephine Wackett (Skincare specialist - Principal, Steiner Beauty Training) gives expert video advice on: What are the advantages of bleaching?; What are the disadvantages of bleaching? and more...
What are the disadvantages of bleaching?
Bleaching uses a peroxide type product which can be quite a strong treatment on very sensitive skin. It must be used with great care on the face. It can't be overused on the arms or legs because the skin can very quickly have a bad reaction to it. It's a strong alkali. It does affect the surface of the skin. In the same way, if someone's having the hair on their head bleached they have to be very careful, and the hairdresser has to be very aware of any problems which might occur. Then, on the face, or on the arms or on the legs, body hair using bleach must be done with great care and if it's going to be a strong bleach it should be used by a professional and not at home.
How long does bleaching last?
Bleaching is effective for as long as the hair exists. In other words, it bleaches the hair, which is above the surface of the skin, therefore the colour of the hair becomes much lighter with the peroxide product which is used. The hair cannot change colour, it won't go dark again; but as the hair grows, that part which is produced from the hair follicle, beneath the skin and gradually protrudes above the surface of the skin, that will be dark. You get your re-growth, of the bleached or the unbleached hair, in exactly the same way as you get re-growth on the hair of the head. Bleaching lasts as long as it takes for the hair to grow out. It may last for a couple of weeks or it may last for a month, depending on how much hair there is, and how quickly it grows.
Is bleaching good value for money?
Bleaching in a salon is good value for money because it is a much more effective treatment than you can use at home. It can be done at home, but great care must be taken with it. And the good thing about it is: it does not in any way affect the growth of the hair. So, it will not make the hair growth any worse. It will, simply, disguise the hair which is there. So it's particularly effective on a young person who may be too young and wouldn't want to have anything more invasive like waxing.