Hair removal — the options and the choices

Facial and body hair can cause a lot of heartache to many people. With so many methods of removal, it can also be very confusing when it comes to clearing it, so I hope the following can be of some help.

Temporary hair removal methods include:

Plucking, tweezing, threading and waxing (hot and cool ). These methods remove hairs from the follice and the hair can take from a few days to a few weeks to regrow. These stimulate blood supplky and therefore encourage growth.

Depilatory creams chemically dissolve the hair to just below the skin surface with regrowth in two to four days. These can cause skin sensitivity but do not stimulate growth.

Cutting and shaving will cause the hair to regrow with a blunt end so the hair appears to be thicker, but does not stimulate growth.

Bleaching, although not a hair removal method can be very effective on finer hairs in making them less noticeable.

Permanent hair removal methods:

Electrolysis is prmanent hair removal involving three methods: Galvanic, Diathermy and Blend. All three methods involve applying a current via avery fine needle insetred into the hair follicle for a few seconds, to destroy the papilla or blood supply to the hair. This is a gradual process so will involve multiple treatments with the length between, getting gradually longer. It is suitable to all areas of the face and body and for all hair types.

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL )

Both involve the use of laser light to damage hair follicles and rely on the mellanin or pigment in the skin to generate destructive heat. Therefore the darker the hair and the paler the skin, the quicker the results. These are not suitable for blonde, red or grey hairs as there is not enough pigment in the hair to carry the light.

This is just a brief guide to hair removal. Your hair removal therapist will be able to help you decide which method is most suitable to you.

As a therapist and electrolysist for 14 years, and a laser therapist for four years, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. I can be contacted at Calista Beauty, Claregalway at (091 ) 799804.


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