03.11.2015 by Vicky
Shaving, waxing, depilatories and electrolysis – hair removal can be time consuming, expensive and painful! But is going under light treatment the answer to your hair-removal woes?
How does laser/light hair removal work?
There are several devices available but they all use the same basic technology. A device delivers light energy (heat) to the unwanted hair, which travels right to the root and damages the follicle. This disables the follicle and prevents it from producing new hair.
Electrolysis however involves removing hair by applying an electric current to the follicle with a fine needle that destroys the root of the hair. Electrolysis requires needle probes to be inserted into every hair follicle you want to target which can make sessions long and uncomfortable. However, electrolysis is approved by the many governing bodies for permanent hair removal vs. permanent hair reduction for light treatments which means there is less chance of re-growth with electrolysis.
What are the pros?
• One of the biggest advantages of laser hair removal is the speed of the treatment.
• The technique is considered to be safe if performed properly.
• It is considered to be less painful than other methods .
• IPL as a process works – most people experience long-lasting hair removal or even permanent hair reduction.
• IPL is effective for removing hair from large areas such as backs or legs.
What are the cons?
• Laser treatments are only approved by for “permanent hair reduction” NOT “permanent hair removal”. This simply means that some regrowth is to be expected.
• There can be side effects that can range from itching or swelling (which will disappear after a few hours) to more serious, but rare side effects like burning, skin discoloration, blistering and infection.
• Since the light targets the pigment that gives skin and hair colour, people with dark hair (more melanin) have more success with this treatment than people with light hair.
• Several treatments are needed, usually 6-8 to remove hair from the desired area. The time each session takes will depend on the size of the area being treated.
• Treatment can be expensive.
Laser hair removal certainly gives you longer lasting results when compared to more conventional methods like shaving, waxing and depilatory creams. Additionally, it is generally thought to be less painful and less time consuming than electrolysis. Electrolysis is good as a permanent hair removal treatment while some regrowth can be expected with IPL hair removal.
How does waxing work?
Waxing uses a resin-based product to remove the entire hair follicle from the root. Results can last up to six weeks.
How Does it Work?
Strip wax is warm wax mixture that is spread over hair in the direction of its growth and a paper or cloth strip is then placed on top of soft wax.
Hot wax doesn’t require a strip because it cools solid enough, and becomes a strip in itself. It is applied against the direction of your hair growth and removed in the opposite direction.
Cold wax is usually already applied to pre-made strips, but a little friction over it helps generate some heat for wax to soften and better adhere to the hair. The direction of application is irrelevant as the wax is on the strip already. Those who want a more effective hair removal process with less irritation and longer-lasting results will generally use the services of a professional waxing salon.
Waxing as a method of hair removal has both pros and cons when compared to methods like shaving or sugaring.
The pros of waxing
• Over other methods of hair removal are that it generally is not as fast as shaving, but removes far more hair in a faster way than tweezing.
• The main benefit to a professional waxing over shaving is that the results last far longer due to the fact that the entire hair is removed as opposed to just the part that is above the skin.
• Removal of the entire hair provides smoother skin for far longer than shaving, and will result in far fewer ingrown hairs.
• Waxing also causes the hair to grow in finer than shaving, and sometimes ceases hair growth all together.
The cons to waxing
• You have to let the hair grow in long enough to be waxed, which is usually longer than shaving.
Overall, waxing is not as easy as it looks when it comes to hair removal, but provides a far superior end result that lasts longer. Attempting to wax at home can be problematic, which is why the services of a professional and trained wax expert are always suggested for the best results.