Plucking Body Hair
Plucking Body Hair
Josephine Wackett (Skincare specialist - Principal, Steiner Beauty Training) gives expert video advice on: What are the disadvantages of plucking?; How long does plucking last? and more...
What is plucking?
Plucking or tweezing is holding one hair in a pair of tweezers and pulling it out. It removes the hair from the follicle. When the hair grows again, it will have a fine tapering tip. Plucking is the most normal method for shaping the eyebrows and some people use it at home to remove odd individual hairs on the upper lip or the chin area. It will, on the facial area rather than the eyebrows, possibly make the hair a little coarser because the hair may grow deeper and stronger, because the base of the follicle may be slightly distorted by pulling out the hair. Mass plucking, if you like, is something that happens with an epilator. Epilators are really machines which work by having a small motor in them that drives a plucking type device which grips the hair and pulls it out, but also breaks and cuts some hair. These are used on the legs, so they're kind of mass plucking. But plucking with tweezers is the temporary removal of one hair after one hair after one hair. Plucking is normally used in a salon to tidy and shape the eyebrows. Also, plucking or mass plucking is performed by threading. Threading is a method of removing hair which has been used in Asia and the Middle East for generations, and uses a thread which is twisted and held in both hands and in the teeth of the person who's performing it on the person who's having the treatment. Culturally, it's something that a lot of people from the East and from Asia have been performing on women, performing on one another, for a very long time. They sometimes use threading on the sides of the face, on the forehead, and even on the eyebrow area, and on the arms.
What are the advantages of plucking?
The advantages of plucking are that it's very quick and instant, and there are no side effects. It is something which is a simple treatment on the odd hair, which is somewhere where you don't want it, which is not enough to go to a salon and have something like electrical epilation. Plucking is the perfect method for tidying the eyebrows. We should remember that if someone plucks their eyebrows into a very thin line, long term, then the hairs may not grow back exactly where they were before. But for temporary short term hair removal, then plucking the odd hair out with a pair of tweezers is quick, easy and safe.
What are the disadvantages of plucking?
There aren't really very many disadvantages to plucking. I think the important thing to remember is that the hair will grow back again and, therefore, it's a short-term quick fix. For eyebrows, this is fine, but if it's some unwanted hair on a woman's face, it's a nuisance because maybe the hair will grow a little deeper and she should perhaps think about having electrolysis on it. There are not many disadvantages to tweezing or plucking at all.
How long does plucking last?
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