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Permanent Hair Removal – Choosing Between Laser and Electrolysis

By Tamryn |

SO you’ve had it with shaving and waxing and plucking and want to get rid of unwanted hair for good. Permanent hair removal just might be the answer.

What is Permanent Hair Removal?

There are various methods of permanent hair removal that work with varying success. However, no matter what the method – and despite the term – permanent hair removal is not, in fact, permanent!

Typically, if after the appropriate number of sessions you are free of unwanted hair for a year, that is considered a good result. While not perfect, a whole year of not worrying about shaving or waxing, or having to spend the time to do it, is pretty appealing.

Permanent Hair Removal Methods

You have several options if you want to remove hair permanently. There is electrolysis hair removal, which has been around for a long time, relatively speaking. In this procedure, a tiny electrified needle is inserted into the hair follicle in order to impair the growth of new hair. There are two types: galvanic electrolysis, which damages the follicle chemically, and thermolytic electrolysis, which uses heat to damage the follicle. Some permanent hair removal centers combine the two methods. If you have very fine hair or light-colored hair, this is the choice for you – it’s the only permanent method that works on those types.

Another option for unwanted hair growth is laser hair removal. In this case, an intense, pulsating laser beam targets dark areas under the skin, which tend to be hair follicles. The cells that grow hair are destroyed when the laser’s heat makes contact. This method is most effective on patients with dark hair and light skin since the laser singles out dark areas.

Lastly, there is flashlamp hair removal. Also called IPL hair removal – Intense Pulsed Light – this option is very similar to laser hair treatment. Like a laser it fixes on dark areas. But instead of a specific wavelength, it uses full-spectrum light and can cover a larger area than a laser.

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Permanent Hair Removal Negatives

Tossing your razor or saying goodbye to your wax girl is not without some negatives. All methods require several hair removal treatments for the best results and that can add up in cost. All can cause discomfort or pain during the session. While complications are rare, there is a very small chance of suffering skin discoloration, scarring, burns, blistering or infection.

So if you are still interested in permanent hair removal, do your homework. Ask your friends for recommendations, look into hair removal cost and get a consultation first before you commit.

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Permanent Hair Removal Products

By Olivia |

It is so often the case we don’t have enough hair where we really want it and too much hair where we definitely don’t want it. Women often suffer with excess hair on their upper lip and/ or chin and even forearms. Men’s problem hairy areas tend to be their backs and buttocks, nose and ears. The typical remedy is to wax the areas, which offers better results than shaving, but ouch! And a few weeks later you have to subject yourself to the pain all over again. Who wants that? Permanent hair removal products offer the best solution of all.

Permanent Hair Removal Products

For the most part, truly permanent hair removal products are available only to specialists. So this means you will have to go through the process of having your unwanted hair permanently removed over time, since none can achieve the smooth appearance you desire in just one go.

Electrolysis is the oldest of permanent hair removal products, having been invented in 1875, initially for the treatment of ingrown eyelashes. Electrolysis hair removal is the only technique the Food and Drug Administration has approved for the permanent removal of hair. This method requires many sessions and is best for smaller areas, such as the face, underarm, eyebrows, breasts, bikini area, fingers, toes, neck, shoulders, cheekbones, and so on, because the technique calls for an electrified needle being inserted into each offending hair follicle individually. Very labor intensive. And while there are now electrolysis kits that claim to offer permanent hair removal at home, the procedure is the same: a tiny metal probe inserted into each follicle. There is the possibility of scarring if you don’t do it right. So if you decide to buy a home electrolysis kit, follow the instructions to the letter, take extra care when using it and try it first on discreet areas before attempting to remove facial hair.

Lasers are a relatively recent introduction in the permanent hair removal products industry. The big benefit of lasers vs electrolysis is that it treats larger areas. Permanent is a bit misleading in the case of laser hair removal because the hair will grow back. It may return thinner and lighter, perhaps, but it will return eventually. Still, you can forget about frequent shaving and waxing for a while and for many people laser hair removal cost is well worth it.

Another weapon in the arsenal of permanent hair removal products is the topical cream Vaniqa. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce and eliminate facial hair. It has not been found to be effective in other areas. And in order to maintain the results, you must continue to use the cream twice a day, otherwise hair growth will resume. Vaniqa is available by prescription only, so if this sounds like an option you want to try, you will need to see a dermatologist.

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Caring For Long, Curly Hair

By Olivia |

LONG, curly hair has its challenges. There are those who have thick, healthy hair that naturally form perfect ringlets, but most curly hair is on the finer side – that is, thin – and what this type forms most naturally are tangles. Read the rest of this entry »

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