Bleaching, though not an actual method of hair removal can come in very handy where the hair are not thick and long enough to wax or shave but are not fine enough to leave alone either. Bleaching lightens the hair to match it with the skin tone thus making it ‘invisible’ to the eye.
Bleaching also has a lightening effect on the skin, making you look fairer for some days. The effect of bleaching typically lasts for about 3 weeks. People with fairer skin need to keep the bleach on for longer. People with dark skin should keep it for a shorter period to match the hair with the dark skin. Keeping it on for longer would make the hair lighter than the skin giving an undesirable appearance.
A small patch test should be done prior to applying the bleach on a larger area. Some skins may be sensitive to bleaching and may develop rashes.
It is normal for the skin to burn during the bleaching process. Bleaching can be done at home with ease. All good brands of bleaches provide detailed instruction of use. For longer lasting results, it is better to apply a mild bleach for a longer time than a strong bleach for a shorter time.