The process of destroying hair – substances and processes used for this purpose being known as depilatories. The purpose may be eﬀected in three ways: by removing the hairs at the level of the skin surface; by pulling the hairs out (epilation); and by destroying the roots and so preventing the growth of new hairs.
Shaving is the most eﬀective way of removing superﬂuous hairs. Rubbing morning and night with a smooth pumice-stone is said to be helpful. Electrolysis and diathermy are also used.