What is Bleaching?
Bleaching facial and body hair is a method of hair removal, but actually, it does not involve hair removal at all. Bleaching is a process of making hair in facial and body areas, less visible. Bleaching is not a method of hair removal, rather it is a method used to make the hair a bit less noticeable, by actually blending the hairs with the skin. Bleaching is especially useful for areas that have thin but dark, noticeable hair like on the arms, face, or neck. Thus bleaching works well on hair that is not thick or long.
How Does It Work?
Bleaching is performed by applying a chemical composition to the desired area, which, after a period of 10 minutes or so, removes the pigment from the hair. The composition is then removed from the skin using cold water. The process is very similar to that of hair coloring.
Dark haired women find that bleaching mustache areas are less expensive than electrolysis as well as less painful than plucking. The effect remains for two-three weeks only, therefore bleaching has to be done after every few weeks. It may cause little or no irritation to a person’s skin. At a time a large area of hairs on the skin can be bleached. The skin won’t lose its color and neither would react because of the bleach.
What Possible Factors Affect Facial Hair?
- Hereditary Factors
- Hormonal Changes
- Use of Steroids
What are the Advantages of Bleaching?
Easiest Hair Removal Method: It’s simple and easy to perform. You do not require any skills like in case of waxing, and neither do you require any finesse like in case of shaving. You can bleach yourself on most of the face and body parts.
Speed: The whole process of bleaching requires no more than 15 minutes in total. Mixing the composition, applying it and washing it off. It’s easy and fast. And while it is applied to the desired body part, you can do whatever you want.
Removes Tan: Application of the bleaching cream completely removes tan from the particular area, where the cream has been applied. This leaves the skin clearer, fairer and cleaner. The bleaching process is considered as a quick fix to get rid of a tanned or dull face and get a glow on the skin for all those special occasions. Plus, it can be used by both men and women and can be done on any body part for example face, arms, legs, chest or back.
No Hair Removal Side-Effects: Since you are not plucking or pulling out the hair, this process is painless. Also, you will not be facing issues like razor burns or bruising or the most awkward of all, the ingrown hairs.
Cheap & Affordable: Bleaching cream does not require prescriptions and can be found at any local drug store. They do not cost much and the small bottle can last for a few months depending on how much you make use of it. So it’s cheaper than almost all hair removal methods and it’s affordable as well.
No Running to Keep Those Appointments: Waxing, Threading and Laser Hair Removals, all require you to make an appointment with the Spas and Salons or the Clinics. You can bleach your hair at your own convenient time, sitting at home. No need to make an appointment.
What Are the Disadvantages of Bleaching?
Not a Hair Removal Method: As mentioned before, it is not a hair removal method. You will not be able to feel the smoothness of the skin surface that you get with other hair removal methods. Plus, even though the hair will match the color of your skin, but they will be noticeable when you are in direct sunlight.
Not Long-Lasting: The process removes pigmentation from the hair follicle and not the root. Thus the hair above the skin is the only part that is lightened. Eventually, as the hair grows, the color of the new part will be natural and will immediately start to be noticeable. The person then feels inclined to bleach the hair again, but one should not do that. The consequences of bleaching regularly can be disastrous for skin, as explained ahead.
Skin Damage: Regular use of bleaching creams can cause pimples and other marks on the skin. Also, regular application of such creams leads to thinning of the skin which makes it prone to bruising and causes stretch marks to appear.
Damages Hair: Bleaching makes the outer surface of your hair cuticle to rise so that the bleaching agent can penetrate your hair. However, when done repeatedly, the hair cuticle surface rises permanently. This leads to rapid and continuous loss of moisture from your hair, which will result in dry, brittle and damaged hair, which may further be prone to breaking or split ends.
Allergic to Some: When using bleaching creams, you might feel the slight tingling sensation when the cream is working. This is normal and happens to all. However, some sensitive skin types might feel a burning sensation which is not fine. It means that your skin is allergic to some of the components in the bleaching cream. This might create skin rashes and redness on the skin. These skin rashes do go away with time, however, they cause a lot of irritation and discomfort while the rashes exist. Applying more than required bleaching cream may cause skin diseases like acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
You might want to read the manufacturer’s directions written on the cream, for proper usage, but if the problem persists then remove the cream immediately and stop using it. You might need to find some other brand that probably does not use the ingredient that is causing that allergy or you may have to give up on bleaching hair removal treatment all the way. Do remember, that regular use of bleaching creams may impair the ability of skin to repair or heal from rashes, allergies, and injuries.
May Cause Skin Cancer: A typical bleaching cream consists of a primary ingredient called, hydroquinone. According to some studies, this component can be very dangerous for the skin. Particularly for those, who use bleaching very often or use bleaching creams of low quality. It has been associated with causing skin cancer as well.
Another particular agent, used in bleaching creams is Mercury. Heating of mercury can be disastrous for the skin as it may cause skin cancer too. So if you have just applied a bleaching cream, it is advisable, not to expose your skin in the sunlight. You may want to cover the bleached area with clothing or avoid getting out in sun.
Not For Every Hair Type: Bleaching process works fine on light and small hairs only. It won’t work on dark or thick hair types.
Not For Every Skin Tone: Unfortunately for medium to dark skin tones, bleached hairs might be still noticeable because of the color contrast (Light goldish hair on dark skin). Also, the bleach may react with dark skin tone and lighten it up for 2-3 days which may look bad. The uneven coloring of the skin, especially on the face, might look very unnatural and the person might find it embarrassing to step outside with such discoloration.
What is the Cost of Bleaching Kit?
A bleaching cream kit can cost between $5 and $15. How many applications you actually get out of a single kit depends on various factors like what area you are bleaching and how many areas you will bleach. Varies for every person.
Keeping Safe. Taking Care
It is advised that proper consultation and advice should be taken regarding bleaching and bleach products. Some bad products available in the market may cause irritation or rashes on few skins.
It is always advisable that when you are trying new products like these, always try on a small area first. If it is causing a burning sensation or rashes, then you can clean it off and discontinue its use. Sampling and testing the products like this with your skin ensures if the products are safe for use.