Hair Removal Options for Transgender Women

24 February 2016
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Transitioning from male to female is a huge thing to do in your life. As you make this transition, you are bound to encounter many obstacles as you begin to feminise your appearance. Something that many transgender women need to contend with is unwanted hair. Of course, when girls are born female, they have the privilege of being guided through this minefield by their parents, but transitioning as an adult, with no prior body hair removal experience is a challenge. These are your hair removal options:

Electrolysis. The huge benefit of electrolysis is that it's a permanent hair removal solution, unlike something like shaving or waxing. For many transgender women, the growth of body hair can be a reminder of the person they once were, and you may just want to be rid of it altogether with some help from electrolysis. The downfall of this procedure is that it is costly and you'll have to return to the clinic many times before the process is complete. Once it's done, however, you'll be hair free forever. You may experience some redness, itchiness, or dryness for some time after the electric probes are used, but it could worth this for the long-term results.

Laser hair removal. You've no doubt heard of laser hair removal before, but many people don't realise that this procedure doesn't totally remove unwanted hairs. It actually makes them lighter and finer over a period of time. People with light skin and dark hair tend to see the best results with laser hair removal, so if you are Latina or black, this might not be the best option for you. And, again, you have to schedule a number of appointments to see the results you are looking for.

Waxing. Waxing can be applied to every part of the body, and it's a really quick way of removing unwanted hair. Just be aware that the hot wax is going to rip the hairs out of their follicles and if you have very thick, coarse hair, this can be painful. If that's the case, it might be worth thinning the hairs out with laser treatments and then opting for a wax. Although it can sting a little in the moment, waxing removes all unwanted hair, and leaves your skin feeling smooth.

Whichever procedure you opt for, be sure to exfoliate regularly because this will prevent the onset of ingrown hairs after a hair removal procedure. Dry skin can also cause ingrown hairs so keep that skin soft and supple by moisturising daily.