I've read a few on-line articles and this
doesa really good job describing the chemicals and
their function in Nair.Potassium thioglycolate
dissolves keratin - a protein in hair,click_here
Calcium hydroxide (also known ascalcium
hydroxidem) and (although the article doesn't say
itexplicitly) sodium hydroxide are bases which
more strongly attack the hair proteins, but these
bases also damage the surrounding skin. The other
chemicals serve to sooth the surrounding skin or
serve as fragrances.
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