Sunday 26th March, 2006


Unwanted Face & Body Hairs

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Ephraim Hunte

For beauty-related questions, e-mail [email protected] or write toBeauty Hunte, at 16 Salandy Street, Diego Martin, Trinidad, WI.


Hair follicle:

The follicle is regarded as a hair factory which, throughout most people’s lifetime never stops working. The hair grows and after its life span, it falls out. The follicle then rests for a while and grows a new hair.

This is the hair follicle cycle.


The removing of part of the hair above the skin’s surface, eg shaving or chemical depilatories.


The removal of the entire hair from the root, eg waxing, sugaring, threading and tweezing.

Who Needs It?

Hairy upper lips, chins, ears, nostrils, side burns, chests, stomachs, backs, legs and arms can be excruciatingly embarrassing if you happen to be female. It might just be the underlying reason why some women religiously wear trousers, or prefer more nighttime engagements, or simply refuse to socialise. If you are a woman who takes pride in her femininity, these hairy banes will certainly gross you out.

I have not met one woman so far who wasn’t sold on the fable that if she removed her undesirable hair growth it would grow back thicker and longer. Well, for those women whose fear of hair removal has kept them in a social prison, the questions, answers, facts, tips and solutions in this two-part series should help you shed some of your fears and hairs.

In this issue, the number one questions from a wide spread survey was:

Does removal of facial hair encourage thickening of the hair when it grows back? Are there safe methods of hair removal?

The fact is that the design of every cell in your body is genetically determined so that a hair will not live longer or grow thicker or faster than its genetic characteristic whether you cut it, pluck it, or burn it from your skin. Besides, the hair that you see above the surface of the skin is dead protein fibre.

When hair is cut with a razor, or burned off with a depilatory, the tip, which is naturally tapered becomes squared off. This makes the new growth feel stubbly and appear thicker.

End of story.


Shaving and Waxing

Hair removal can be achieved through depilation (removing part of the hair above the skin’s surface, lasting a couple days) eg shaving and depilatory products, or by epilation (removing the entire hair from the root, lasting up to several weeks) eg waxing, threading, tweezing, sugaring and rotary epilation.

Waxing, depilatories, sugaring, threading, tweezing and shaving all have one good thing in common: they are quick, convenient, inexpensive and easy although they can be painful.


This is a procedure that requires frequent applications as re-growth appears every other day or so once the hair is removed. The primary risk with shaving comes from ingrown hairs, razor bumps and stubbles. This may irritate sensitive skin.


* Always use a sharp, sanitised razor.

* Shaving with the

grain or in the direction of the hair growth helps reduce ingrown hairs.

* Shaving is best

performed when the hair has been thoroughly hydrated, ie after a bath or shower.

* Wet shaves, or shaves done with foam or gel are less irritating to the skin than dry shaves.

* Always sanitise the areas after shaving. Try GiGi® All Purpose Antiseptic Spray.  



Waxing is probably the most popular form of temporary hair removal systems, simply because large areas can be done at a time. In most spas and salons, hot waxes are the preferred formulas, but easy at-home procedures can be done with cold wax formulas like GiGi® Ready To Use Cold Formula (water soluble). Pre-waxed strips like GiGi® Hair Removal Strips for face and body are also very convenient.

The basic waxing principle is a simple one. The wax is heated and when melted, it is applied to the skin. A muslin or cloth strip is placed over the area where wax has been applied. The hairs are embedded in the wax and are pulled out as the strip is briskly removed. This approach is sometimes known as zipping.

The results from waxing and other forms of epilation are longer lasting than shaving or chemical depilatories. It usually takes several weeks for new hair growth to become visible above the skin surface.



* Waxing your eyebrows, upper lip and side burns should be done by a professional make-up artist or aesthetician. You can then maintain the removal of the fine re-growth on eyebrows with a clean, sharp tweezers.

* Over-waxing an area can be very traumatic to the skin and can cause skin infection if done repeatedly on the same area. Pulling the muslin strip once or twice should suffice.

* People with sensitive skin may also be allergic to some of the ingredients in modern wax/resin products.

Do a patch test 24 hours before wax epilation.

* For those with low pain thresholds, spray on or apply GiGi® Anesthetic Numbing Spray™ to desensitise the area.

* Make sure that the wax is warm and not hot when it is applied to the skin as this can cause burns and marring.

* After waxing, skin must be properly sanitised to prevent infections. Try GiGi® All Purpose Antiseptic Spray and GiGi® After Wax Cooling Gel (with Cucumber and Aloe).

* Avoid the use of chemical exfoliants and peels on the skin at least two weeks before waxing. The skin will be very sensitive and could burn, tear or peel off.

* After removing unwanted body hair, use GiGi® SLOW GROW hair growth inhibitor to condition skin and begin the process of slowing down hair re-growth.

Use daily after showering.


Cosmetics and GiGi® waxing products courtesy —  Desmond Halfhide Ltd, #1 El Socorro Ext Rd, Chanka Trace, San Juan, Trinidad, (868) 638-1145, (868) 675-9264

TRUCCO® Cosmetics courtesy — Desmond Halfhide Ltd. Also available at Salon Evolution, Movie Towne Shopping Complex, Port-of-Spain, (868) 623-2739

Model — Stacy Browne

Hair Stylist — Onika Charles, ONIKA’S BEAUTY SALON, corner Queen and Sorzano Streets, Arima,

(868) 757-9342

Stylist/Assistant — Lisa-Gail Ali

Text, make-up and photography, Ephraim Hunte/EHP Ltd©.

For information on Ephraim Hunte’s make-up workshop, call 637-3363.

To be eligible for a BeautyHUNTE makeover, send a letter and a portrait photograph of yourself, explaining your beauty needs to BeautyHUNTE; 16 Salandy Street, Diego Martin, Trinidad WI or e-mail to [email protected]


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