Hairy armpits can be quite bothersome, especially to women. Aside from being unsightly, the moist condition of the armpit together with the presence of hair also makes it more favorable for the growth of body odor-causing bacteria. Nobody wants that, right?
Nowadays, guys are also into the whole armpit hair removal craze, too, as people are getting more particular with hygiene and the whole new trend of metrosexuality. Whichever the case, here are the few techniques that you could use to get rid of unwanted hair in your armpits:
- Shaving. This is easily one of the most unpopular ways of getting rid of armpit hair. Many have sworn by the bad effects that shaving does - ingrown hair, itchiness, irritation, pigmentation, and the like. But a lot of people have claimed great benefits from using a razor. The key to having a nicely shaved armpit is minimizing the irritation. Be sure to take a shower prior to shaving. Applying soap or shower gel to your armpit hair makes the hair softer and more ideal for saving. This also makes the skin supple in consistency and less likely to develop redness and irritation as a reaction to the process of shaving.
Make sure that you have a good sharp razor before proceeding. Lather up with a nice helping of shaving cream and just let the blade do the work. Razors are designed to shave close to skin without nicking skin so just let it glide. Unlike facial hair, armpit hairs grow in different directions so there's no need to follow a particular grain. Once you're done, pat dry with a towel and wait for a few minutes before applying deodorant.
- Plucking. This is an increasingly popular method especially for women. Using tweezers, you can pluck out individual hairs one by one. Since there's actual physical manipulation of the hair follicle, there's a real chance of irritation and dilation of the skin pores. This might be an entry point for bacteria and other organisms so extra care must be done to prevent the occurrence of infections.
- Epilators. You can also use over-the-counter creams and waxes for removing hair. Though there might be some discomfort associated with the use of these products as well as an increased cost, these methods ensure that hair won't grow back as fast compared to the other methods already mentioned.
- Laser. When worse come to worst, you may choose to opt for using lasers to permanently make your follicles from growing hair. This might seem like a very extreme procedure - and it actually is. This should only be considered as a last resort because the other methods can definitely take care of the problem with lesser cost. To those willing to part with their money (and their armpit hair for life), many dermatologists would be more than happy to help you become hair free!
So there you go. There are literally different strokes for different folks. Pick one that suits your problem area and budget. Happy shaving, plucking, waxing or good luck with the laser!