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Any of several temporary procedures to remove hair from the body, including shaving, plucking, chemicals, or hot wax. If chemical depilation is used, care must be taken to avoid skin irritation. The wax treatment involves application of molten wax, which is allowed to cool; then, when the wax is pulled away, the hair comes with it. Permanent depilation is accomplished by electrolysis of each hair follicle. This time-consuming process is done by an electrologist trained in the technique.See: electrolysis; hirsutism
See also: technique