beauty-related questions, e-mail [email protected]
or write toBeauty Hunte, at 16 Salandy Street, Diego
Martin, Trinidad, WI.
The follicle is regarded as a hair factory which,
throughout most peoples 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 skins
surface, eg shaving or chemical depilatories.
The removal of the entire hair from the root, eg waxing,
sugaring, threading and tweezing.
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 wasnt 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
In this issue, the number one questions from a wide spread
Does removal of facial hair encourage thickening of the
hair when it grows back? Are there safe methods of hair
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 skins 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
* Always use a sharp, sanitised razor.
* Shaving with the
grain or in the direction of the hair growth helps reduce
* 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.
HAIR REMOVAL BY WAXING
HOT AND COLD WAXES
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.
DOS AND DONTS
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
* 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, ONIKAS BEAUTY SALON,
corner Queen and Sorzano Streets, Arima,
Stylist/Assistant Lisa-Gail Ali
Text, make-up and photography, Ephraim Hunte/EHP Ltd©.
For information on Ephraim Huntes make-up workshop,
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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