What is Nair?
Nair is a brand of hair-removal cream. Hair-removal cream or depilatories are chemicals that temporarily remove unwanted hair on the face and body.
A depilatory is a cream or lotion, which has a strong, alkaline-based component.
Depilatories work by removing hair just at the skin surface. They only remove the hair from the exterior and not from beneath the skin or the hair root.
The ingredients of Nair depilatory cream involve:
- Calcium or potassium thioglycolate
- Calcium, potassium, or sodium hydroxide
Besides, Nair also comprises:
- Perfume or fragrance
- Calcium carbonate
- Cetyl alcohol
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Sodium silicate solution
- Baby oil
- Almond oil
- Aloe vera
How does a Nair cream work?
Before understanding how Nair works, it is crucial to know about the hair structure. Each hair is made from keratin. Keratin is a protein fiber that is twisted together like yarn and held by a chemical bond. The calcium or potassium hydroxide makes the hair swell and thus open the keratin fibers. It helps the thioglycolate salts to penetrate the hair and break down the sulfur bonds holding the fibers together. Once the bonds are broken, the hair degrades and can be wiped easily.
Nair also acts as an exfoliant, removing dead skin cells on your skin surface.