Hair removal has been around for centuries, perhaps, some
contend, since the dawn of humankind. Tools once thought
to be used for scraping fur from animal skins were discovered to
contain human hair and are now believed to have been used as crude
razors for shaving the face 20,000 years ago. Threading and sugaring,
both ancient methods used in the Middle East, are still used today.
Ancient Egyptians waxed hair off with beeswax and sported clean,
shaven faces as status symbols. Ancient Sumerians and Romans
tweezed eyebrows and facial hair. In the modern United States,
people continue to develop and improve hair-removal methods for
home use, whether through improved shaving tools, depilatories, or
S e c t i o n I I
of Hair Removal
This section covers the many home-
hair-removal products that are available,
how those products work, and those
products’ effects on the hair and skin. This
section also addresses the little-known,
alternative methods of hair removal that
have been around for centuries in Middle
Eastern countries and that are gaining in
popularity in Western countries.
By the end of this section, hair-removal
specialists should be familiar enough with
all these methods and products to be able
to answer clients’ questions and to offer
C H A P T E R 6
Home Hair-Removal Methods
Learning Objectives ■ Key Terms ■
Introduction ■ Shaving ■ Tweezing
Chemical Depilatories ■ Bleaching ■ Abrasives ■ Mechanical Epilation
Electronic Tweezing ■ Home Electrolysis Units ■ Hair-Reduction Creams ■ Home Wax Kits
Conclusion ■ Discussion and Review Questions ■ Additional Readings
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Explain the most popular methods of home
2. Differentiate between epilation and depilation.
3. Identify the effects of various hair-removal methods
on the skin, hair, and regrowth.
4. Know the pros and cons of each hair-removal method.
5. Advise and educate clients about hair-removal methods.