In friction hair removal method a rough surface is used to buff away hair at the skin’s surface. It is a less common method of removing hair because it has limited effectiveness. It is mostly used to remove hair from legs and hands.
However, specific friction products are available for areas such as the face and bikini area as well. Lots of people like to use friction as an upkeep method between waxing sessions. You can use anything from a pumice stone to a specifically designed hair removal mit in this method.
Friction is fairly cheap in compare to other hair removal methods. However it is short-term, if you use friction you’ll probably see some hair regrowth by the next day. But it does not cause stubble like shaving, as the hair is rubbed away rather than sliced, so no sharp edge is formed on the hair.
It is mostly painless if done correctly. Do not use on face, arms, or bikini area. Do not use on irritated or damaged skin.
Best tips for friction
- Before doing friction on legs and arms take a warm shower and exfoliate the area, otherwise you may have problems with dead skin sloughing off as you treat the area. A shower also helps to soften the hair, making your job easier.
- After this rub your pumice or mit and gently and slowly on legs and hands in circular movements. It is important to be very gentle while using this method for hair removal.
- Care must be taken to avoid rubbing the skin too hard so as to prevent abrasions and irritation.
Advantages of friction:
- It is cheap, fast and essentially painless method.
- It is easily done at home and available widely.
Disadvantages of friction:
- It lasts only for a short time.
- It requires repeated use.
- Can cause skin irritation if rubbed too hard