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.
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 »
By Olivia |
Though some people may crack jokes about receding hairlines and bald spots – shame on them! – hair loss is no laughing matter for the person who is going through it. Hair is such a big part of your appearance that when the strands start to go, your can feel as if your femininity or your masculinity is going down the drain with them. Fortunately, there are hair growth products that can come to your rescue.
Hair Growth Products
Minoxidil – Minoxidil was the first drug to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss. It is available over the counter under brand names such as Rogaine, Regaine, Avacor and Mintop. It is a topical solution that must have contact with the scalp in order to have an affect on your hair. Minoxidil is available for men – usually in a 5 percent minoxidil solution – and women – usually a 2 percent minoxidil solution, because it has been determined that this is the optimal level for women to experience hair growth. Twice a day application is recommended to achieve the best results.
Provillus – This hair growth product also makes use of minoxidil as an ingredient, but it adds vitamins for hair loss, to make it what they call a two-part system for growing hair. It comes in two formulas – one for men and one for women. The men’s topical solution is 5 percent minoxidil. The men’s hair vitamin supplement contains ingredients to nourish hair follicles such as vitamin B6, biotin, zinc, saw palmetto and a proprietary blend of herbs – nettle root, pumpkin seed, eleuthero ginseng, uva ursi extract and muria pauma. Provillus for Women consists of a 2 percent minoxidil topical treatment and a supplement that contains vitamin B6, biotin, magnesium, horsetail silica and PABA (para-amino benzoic acid).
Propecia – Propecia is another FDA approved drug for the treatment of hair loss. This pill works by lowering levels of the testosterone by-product DHT, which is a cause of balding. Propecia is available by prescription only and, sorry ladies, it is for men only. Women of child-bearing age are advised not even to touch the pill for the harm it can cause a fetus in the event she should become pregnant.
Biotin – Biotin is a vitamin in the B family that is essential for the growth of healthy hair. Biotin for hair loss is often prescribed by doctors to women with thinning hair. A typical dose is 2 mg a day, but can go as high as 5 mg daily for women whose hair loss is on the more severe side. Biotin is so important for the health of hair follicles that is a common ingredient in hair growth products. See other natural hair restoration options such as apple cider vinegar for hair loss and neem oil for hair.