There are plenty of methods out there for hair removal – shaving, laser hair removal, electrolysis, alkaline washes … and bleaching. Though bleaching doesn’t actually remove any hair, it is still considered a hair removal method because it transforms the dark pigment in hair into a light shade of blonde, making it less noticeable to the eye. It’s a popular method for people who don’t necessarily want to remove the offending hair, but simply want to make it less visible.

How does bleaching work?

Bleaching is a fairly straightforward procedure. Bleach is applied directly to the unwanted hair and left to sit for approximately 10 minutes. During this time, the bleach works to remove the pigment from the hair. It’s very similar to the idea of colouring the hair on your head, except the formulation of bleach used on the face and body is more gentle.

What are the benefits of bleaching?

  • It’s a quick way to deal with unwanted hair – the entire process only takes about 15 minutes and you will walk away with visible results.
  • No side effects – Unlike some other hair removal treatments, bleaching has no side effects. There is no pain involved, and no risk of ingrown hairs, razor bumps, or bruising.
  • It’s affordable – Bleaching is one of the most affordable hair removal options.

What are the disadvantages of bleaching?

  • It doesn’t remove hair – This is the most obvious disadvantage of the bleaching treatment. Though it does make hair appear lighter, it doesn’t actually remove it.
  • It can’t be used on all hair – bleaching doesn’t work for long or thick hair, it only helps with thin and fine hairs like those one the face or arms.
  • Short lasting results – As quickly as your hair grows back in, the results of the bleaching process will disappear. Hair usually needs to be rebleached every 7-14 days.
  • Dark skin tones may be lightened – Bleach isn’t always recommended for darker skin tones because it can lighten the skin for up to three days.

Does it hurt?

Bleaching does not hurt, although you may experience a slight tingling sensation while the cream is on your face. But if you feel a strong burning sensation, this may mean that you have very sensitive skin or that you are allergic to an ingredient. Remove the cream from your skin immediately. To avoid this, a patch of skin should be tested before you bleach for the first time to ensure that your skin will not react.

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