HAIR REMOVAL 101
Your free guide to Hair Removal
Hair Removal: Improving on Natural Beauty
For centuries, people have been removing their body hair for a variety of reasons
–cultural, religious and even medical.
In modern Western countries, however, many women and men remove parts of
their body in order to look more beautiful. Those, seeking to improve on natural
beauty, might shave their legs, wax their bikini line, or even zap their body hair
From the moment we are born, the hair on our heads begins to grow. But most of
the hair on our bodies arrives with puberty. Although men tend to have more
body hair than women, at puberty both sexes begin to grow hair under the arms,
on the legs and the pubic area.
For men, hair will also begin to grow on the face, abdomen, back, chest and pretty
much everywhere if you’re predisposed to it (if there are hairy men in your family
Different societies have different cultural standards when it comes to body hair.
Caucasian people are generally considered to be the hairiest. Leg/armpit hair is
almost universally considered to be somewhat ugly and undesirable, and that’s
why there are so many women that want to get rid of it.
In more temperate zones, where swimwear is frequently worn, removing hair
from the bikini area is naturally popular.
As menopause approaches the growth of hair on the face and upper lip can begin
to develop, and is frequently removed at considerable expense.
Why Hair Removal?
Hair removal is done for all kinds of reasons. For some women, removing all or
part of their pubic hair makes them feel sexier, more provocative and attractive.
We should mention that there’s a bunch of other women who refuse to remove
any body hair at all as an act of defiance to what they believe is an oppressive
ritual, perpetrated by men. The more obvious reason to avoid hair removal is
personal choice – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
In the US and Canada, many men shave their faces, or leave only a mustache. Full
or partial beards are less common than in Europe or parts of Asia, where some
cultures, especially muslims to whom the beard is a symbol of experience and
wisdom and is part of their religion.
For men who can’t grow a full beard, or whose beard is a different color or texture
than the hair on their head, removing facial hair also becomes a good cosmetic
decision. Other men shave their beards because they grow in coarse and itchy, or
because it irritates their skin. Using a good aftershave that doesn’t contain alcohol
is a good choice. Look for a balm or lotion – here’s a few popular ones.
The History of Hair Removal
Hair removal is believed to have begun during pre-history, around 30,000 B.C.,
when men reportedly used razors made of flint to shave the hair on their faces.
Similarly, women used quicklime and arsenic to burn hair from their bodies, but
these harsh chemicals frequently burned the skin and caused injuries.
As technological improvements were made, better and more effective means of
hair removal were developed. In ancient Egypt and India, for example, around
3,000 B.C. women first began using razors to shave hair from their bodies. These
highly ornate razors decorated with carvings and designs, were frequently made
The first widespread habit of shaving men’s beards began about 500 B.C., when
followers of Alexander the Great emulated his habit of shaving daily, and this
following resulted in the construction of the first barber shops. About the same
time, women in Rome started using razors, tweezers, pumice stones and
depilatories to groom themselves of unwanted body hair.
By the Middle Ages, it became fashionable for women to remove all the hair on
their bodies, including their heads. This made it easier to wear the large, ornate
wigs, which were stylish at the time. Plucking and shaving faces, foreheads and
eyebrows became the trend among women, seeking to look more like Queen
In the 1700s, the first safety razor was developed in France, and by the mid-1800s,
men and women started using razors with blades that run perpendicular to the
handle, making it easier to shave men’s faces and other body areas. In 1875, the
use of electricity to remove hair was first recorded by a St. Louis eye doctor,
named Charles Michel, who used electrolysis to remove ingrown eyelashes from
Gillette developed the first disposable razors around 1901 and by World War I the
company made a deal with the US armed forces so that they became part of every
soldier’s standard issue gear. In 1915, sleeveless dresses became fashionable in
the US and a marketing campaign in Harper’s Bazaar magazine convinced women
that underarm hair was unhygienic, unfashionable and not lady-like.
The first electric razor was invented in 1931 by Col. Jacob Schick. By the 1940s
Nair became the most popular hair removal cream among women. And by the
1980s, doctors began using lasers to remove hair from well-to-do patients during
multiple and expensive clinical appointments. Waxing also became a popular form
of hair removal.
A Sexier You With Hair Removal
Regardless of how hair was removed through the ages, for most people, hair
removal has always been about vanity. Smooth, unblemished, hairless skin is a
way to attract attention. A freshly shaved face or beard is a way to make men
Perhaps as a reflection of societal values, if movies and television shows want a
particular character to look ugly and undesirable, a good solution is to always add
a lot of body hair -- especially on the face and upper lip for female characters, and
with thick dense body hair, particularly on the back for men
Hair Removal for Religious and Medical Purposes
Some religions require hair removal as part of the practice of their faith. For
example, Buddhist monks are required to shave their heads, face and eyebrows in
order to mimic Siddhartha, the prince who later became Buddha. Even in
Christianity, some monks were required to shave the middle of their scalp in order
to be admitted into their order. It was supposed to symbolize the crown of thorns
Jesus Christ wore during his crucifixion.
For Muslims, hair removal is dictated by Islamic law, called the Sharia.
Muhammad, the messenger of God, said that mustaches must be trimmed and
that underarm and public hair must be plucked. Only the eyebrows were never
allowed to be cut. In modern Islam, threading has replaced plucking as the hair
removal method of choice.
In the Jewish faith, hair removal standards usually depend on the sect of Judaism.
Orthodox Jews, for example, don’t remove hair from the corners of the head or
beard, as required by the Torah. Other sects, such as Conservative or Reformation,
allow any form of hair removal as long as a razor is not used. All Jews are
forbidden from shaving or cutting their hair for 30 days after the death of a friend
or family member.
Medical procedures, including surgeries, typically require the removal of all body
hair in the affected area in order to prevent sepsis. Some chemotherapy patients
prefer to remove the hair on their heads to having it fall out in patches due to
Sports and Military Grooming
Whenever a sports star comes up with a new haircut or shaves his head, invariably
legions of fans will follow suit. This was certainly the case during the 1990s, when
Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships. Lots of men opted
to “Be Like Mike” and keep their scalp clean-shaven.
Some athletes prefer to keep their pubic regions shaved to prevent discomfort
during the rigorous exercise of sports. Bodybuilders typically shave/wax/laser/ipl
their entire bodies and rub themselves in paint and oil in order to emphasize their
muscle tone during competitions.
The military has a long history of shaving the heads of new recruits in order to
indoctrinate them into the armed services. Short hair also is encouraged
throughout a person’s military career.
Hair Removal Methods: Their Benefits and
There are various ways of removing hair from the body, but not all are created
equal. Some hair removal methods are more painful than others, while others are
expensive and available only to the wealthier.
Which method a person chooses for hair removal is an individual choice, and
depends on their budget, their pain threshold, and the amount of time they have
to devote to hair removal.
Shaving with Manual and Electric Razors
Shaving is the most popular form of hair removal among both men and women
because the required equipment – straight, disposable and cartridge razors and
shaving cream, oil or gel - is plentiful and inexpensive. Shaving is simple and can
be performed conveniently at home or on the go. Many men keep a shaving kit on
their bathroom vanity while women shave their legs and underarms in the
But razors can cause nicks and cuts, or even serious injuries when used incorrectly
or carelessly. Homes with small children are required to keep razors out of reach
for fear of injury.
Electric razors offer a safer alternative to straight razors, disposables or cartridge
razors. Tiny rotating blades pull hair away from the skin before cutting it. But
many times electric razors fail to provide as close a shave as a razor. Also, they are
difficult to keep clean and free of tiny hairs and oftentimes end up having an
unpleasant odor over time. They require a power source, obviously.
The Problem with Plucking
Plucking is the removal or hair by using tweezers. It is commonly used to shape
eyebrows or to remove stray hairs, especially those in the nose, ears or random
face hairs. Frequent tweezing can cause hair follicles to become damaged and
stop growing hair permanently.
The problem is that tweezing is painful and tedious. People with a low threshold
for pain should avoid tweezing, although some numbing agents are available to
reduce the pain. Similarly, anyone in hurry may find this method takes too long: It
can take up to 30 minutes to pluck eyebrows alone.
In a professional salon, tweezing tends to be expensive, with eyebrow shaping
sessions running anywhere from $25-$50, plus gratuity.
Hair Removal Chemicals and Ointments: How Dangerous
Chemical products are sometimes used to remove body hair in a process called
depilatory hair removal. They are composed of a strong, alkaline based chemical
that is rubbed or brushed on the hair. It slowly erodes the hair follicle until it
becomes jelly-like in texture. After about 5 to 10 minutes, the depilatories are
then removed by wiping the treated area with a cloth, little plastic shovel or
simply washing it away.
Depilatory creams are inexpensive – typically $4 to $12 -- and are widely available
at most drug stores. They are simple to use and can be applied in the privacy of
But depilatory chemicals can also be dangerous and can damage your skin and
even cause serious injury if used incorrectly. Leaving the chemical on too long can
cause burns, blisters, stinging, itchy rashes and skin peeling.
Many depilatory creams often have an unpleasant odor, like the way a perm
smells in the salon. They also remove only the hair at skin level, and the root
quickly grows new hair back during the following days.
Waxing: Is it Worth the Pain?
Waxing has become a popular method to remove unwanted body hair. A resin-
based wax is heated then applied to a body area such as the chest, back or public
region. A paper cloth or cloth strip is then pressed on top of the soft wax. After a
couple of minutes, when the wax hardens, the paper cloth is ripped away from
the skin, along with all of the hair follicles and roots that are attached to it.
The process is done quickly and large areas of hair can be done at one time.
Waxing of both legs generally takes about an hour. Although the hair will grow
back eventually, it takes much longer to return than other hair removal methods
because it was removed at the root, and multiple applications in time can
sometimes result in permanent hair removal.
Waxing typically is performed in a salon or spa setting by an esthetician, who is
somebody trained in waxing hair removal. But home kits are available online and
they’re very affordable, too.
Waxing does not work, however, if there is less than ¼ inch of hair for the wax to
adhere to. It can also be very painful, especially in sensitive areas and that’s what
makes waxing notorious. Only trained professionals should perform waxing
because improper techniques can result in serious injury or at least lots of pain.
Waxing is a relatively expensive form of hair removal, if you decide to go to a
professional a couple of times a month, with the cost depending on the areas
being treated. For example, eyebrow waxing costs between $8 and $20, Brazilian
bikini waxing (removal of all or nearly all public hair) costs about $50. Both those
treatments actually cover a very small area.
Electrolysis: Is It Worth the Expense?
Electrolysis is the use of an electric current to remove hair by inserting a very fine
needle electrode into every hair follicle to destroy the root. Normally, it is
conducted in a clinical setting under controlled conditions. It is the only FDA
approved method for permanent hair removal.
Multiple electrolysis treatments – usually 15 to 30 – each lasting about 30 minutes
are required for effective permanent hair removal. The process can be painful,
causing a pricking or stinging sensation every time the needle is inserted into a
Electrolysis is expensive. Each session can cost up to $100 or more, putting it out
of reach for many people seeking an affordable hair removal treatment. There are
machines that you can use yourself, but you should give it some serious thought.
Can you actually handle this? If so, you can save a lot of money.
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Hair (IPL) Removal
With laser or IPL removal, a laser device sends pulses of concentrated light onto
the skin to seek out the dark pigment or color of hair, impairing the follicle and
causing the hair to fall out 10 to 14 days later. Multiple treatments are required
and usually are conducted in a doctor’s office, although some IPL devices have
been approved for home use.
Laser and IPL are not permanent hair removal, but are classified by the FDA as
permanent hair reduction. They typically reduce hair counts by 40% to 80%.
Both treatments can be very painful. Some users report that the feeling is like a
rubber band being snapped against the skin. Both methods can cause scarring,
blisters and burns. Laser hair removal doesn’t work for everyone. People with dark
hair and light skin have the best results, but it is less effective on people with light
skin and light hair or dark skin and dark hair.
Laser and IPL hair removal are expensive. Each session typically costs $200 to
$900, depending on the size of the area being treated. IPL devices for home use
usually start at $300 and can go much higher from there.
Finally, A Sensible Solution!
A hair removal solution that incorporates the best elements of other hair removal
systems without the drawbacks is the no!no! Hair Removal System, which uses
heat to remove hair painlessly and efficiently in the comfort of one’s own home.
And unlike lasers and IPL, it is safe to use on all skin types and with all hair colors.
A Healthy and Affordable Option
Stacked up against the other hair removal options, the no!no! has the benefit of
being a painless and effective way to remove unwanted body hair. It won’t nick or
scrape like razors, or pinch like plucking. There are no dangerous chemicals to
apply to the skin, and there’s no need to pay a fortune for waxing clinics, salons
visits, or doctor’s appointments.
Like many other hair removal options, you can apply the no!no! by yourself in
your own home.
Pricewise, it also stacks up well, especially against the more expensive laser and
IPL hair removal options. And unlike those, anybody can use it.
Using the Power of Heat to Remove Hair Safely
What distinguishes the no!no! from the other hair removal methods or devices is
its use of patented Thermicon technology, which uses light and heat to remove
hair from the body naturally. It’s based on the scientific principles of thermal
transference and conducts a gentle pulse of heat energy to the hair to remove it.
In comparison, lasers and IPL hair removal systems use the heat energy of light to
focus on melanin in the hair follicle. Because light, grey or white hair do not
contain melanin, people with these hair colors can’t use laser or IPL systems. But
they can use the NONO safely, effectively and painlessly, regardless of their hair
or skin color.
Why It’s an Affordable, Practical Solution to Your Hair
Comparing the prices of the various hair removal systems, it is necessary to
consider the long-term value of each of them. The cost of razors, shaving creams
and powders add up over the years, as do depilatory creams and ointments. In
most cases, waxing, electrolysis and laser treatments require regular visits to a
salon or clinic. And while the IPL can be used at home, it does carry a high price
The no!no! Hair Removal System, however, can be used at home and is still priced
affordably, putting it within reach of those with even the most limited budgets.
Pain and Side Effects
While razors can nick and cut, ointments and creams can burn the skin, and
electrolysis, lasers and IPL require various amounts of pain, the advantage of the
no!no! is that it is pain free. Unlike creams, it is odor free, plus it has no known
It also is proven to be extremely effective at dramatically reducing the amount of
hair on the treated area. It won’t hurt or damage your skin like some other hair
removal options. And it works anywhere on the body where hair is growing. You
shouldn’t use it on your breast (if you’re female) or genitals.
Although some hair may eventually grow back, many users report that after
multiple treatments, once the hair is gone it stays away.
No!no! vs. Tria: A Side-By-Side Analysis
Comparing the Tria hair removal laser device and the no!no! 8800 side-by-side
shows certain advantages to the no!no! device. It is faster and more simple to use,
more effective and less expensive than Tria.
Perhaps the biggest advantage is that the no!no! system can be used by anybody,
while the Tria cannot. Because Tria depends on powerful impulses of light to seek
out the melatonin in hair follicles, it is ineffective against people with light hair or
dark skin with dark hair. Some people can’t even use it if they get a tan!
One Woman’s Journey to Self-Fulfillment
For centuries, men and women have spent time and money searching for an
effective, convenient way to remove unwanted body hair, only to be disappointed
time and time again.
Emma, a woman from Philadelphia, said she had tried most of them over the
years, but she found the NONO to be among the best.
"I’ve started laser treatments on small areas and the amount of treatments
needed and the pain was just too much,” said Emma. “The benefits of laser just
did not outweigh the time and cost. When I read about no!no!, I was critical but
thought I’d give it a try, considering the satisfaction guarantee. It’s been two
months now, and I shave much, much less, and my skin is noticeably softer
because of this. I will definitely recommend to friends with thick, stubborn hair
How the NoNo Can Work for You
Well, you know what sucks about the other methods. We’ve compared most of
them for you. Many of the advantages of the no!no! make it a good choice for
people, who want to get rid of unwanted body hair. You can read more about
what people are saying about it on this page. You’ll also find a trial option and a
60 day money back guarantee if you’re interested in the device.
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