Getting to the Root of it All



A          Hair Shaft
B          Arrector Pili Muscle
C          Hair Bulb
D          Sebaceous Gland
E          Inner Root Sheath
F          Follicle Papilla


Our hair is often something that we take for granted, it’s there when we want it, and when we don’t – we can remove it. These tiny features of our bodies are a lot more than meets the eye. They are a complete and complex system, and this should be kept in mind when we review the different hair removal methods.

How Hair Removal Works

Looking at the diagram, we can visualize exactly what happens when we use different hair removal methods.  


When we shave, the blade cuts the hair just above the skin, but leaves the rest of the hair healthy and ready to keep growing. This is why it can take only hours for stubble to become visible, and a matter of days (at best, two days!) for the hairs to return.

Depilatory Creams

Similar to shaving, Depilatory Creams dissolve hairs at the level of the skin’s surface but don’t affect the root. This means that with this method, the hairs will return up to four days later. The added advantage with creams is that it does sink into the follicle a certain amount, so the hair breaks off lower than with shaving, and doesn’t leave stubbly sharp edge.


Waxing is a form of depilation, which means that the hair is completely removed. So referring back to the diagram, the entire hair right down to the bulb is removed. This means that the follicle has to grow a complete new hair from scratch, giving you up to four weeks in between removals. Browse the Veet® Wax Products Page for more information.

Rooting Around

Just by thinking about this simplified diagram, we can understand why some hair removal methods work better for some and are not as effective for others. If you’re tired of your hair removal routine, then consider something that affects the entire hair and root system, rather than just methods that remove hair at skin level.