A mane of thick hair is recognized as a symbol of beauty and is majestic on both animals and humans. A crown of well-kept shiny hair is a great asset. However, here ends our obsession with thick and shiny hair. Hair that is present anywhere else on the body is unwanted and an inconvenience to deal with. Given that the biological nature of hair is to regrow when removed, it essentially requires an ongoing process to be kept away. There are several methods available to arrest hair growth, some more convenient than the others. Depending on the location and type of hair, the methods that are commonly used for removal may vary.
Here we compare the most common hair removal techniques and their effectiveness in delaying or preventing hair regrowth.
Shaving is probably the most popular method of hair removal, being easy, quick and inexpensive. This definitely does not imply that it is an efficient method. Following shaving, stubble is quick to regrow and requires frequent repetitions to keep it under control. The resulting regrowth is normally thicker and can make the area darker over time. Shaving involves a risk of cuts and bruising when performed quickly or without a proper blade. Women normally shave underarms and legs while men regularly shave their face.
Depilatory or hair-removal creams contain chemicals that dissolve the hair and remove it. They normally come with instructions on how long the product is to be left on the skin, and if left for much longer can scald the area. Regrowth is thicker and the strong chemical composition can sometimes cause allergic reactions in the user. It is commonly used on arms and legs.
This is a popular method of hair removal where the unwanted hair is coated with a layer of wax and a strip of cloth is applied to the surface. The coating is then pulled away along with the hairs, by yanking the cloth strip. Waxing may have to be repeated several times to remove all the unwanted hair in an area and can be quite painful as it also removes cells from the epidermis. It takes time and effort, however the regrowth is normally lighter and slower. This is because constant use of this method damages the hair follicles, making them weaker. It can be used on most parts of the body including hands, legs, face, underarms and the bikini line.
Plucking of hair using tweezers is commonly performed for small areas such as eyebrows. Hair is held between the ends of a pair of tweezers and is pulled away. It is impractical to perform plucking over larger areas.
Threading is a popular method of shaping the eyebrows and first originated in the Middle East. It targets smaller areas such as the eyebrows or upper lip. In this procedure, a thread that is held taut is twisted around the hair to be removed, and it is pulled away from the roots. It is a quick and inexpensive procedure and is easily performed in a matter of minutes.
Epilators are electric devices that use rotating metal plates or tweezers to grasp multiple hairs and pull them out by the root. It may be painful the first few times, but the pain reduces with subsequent uses. The regrowth is less coarse and slower. Epilators can be used on hands, legs and the bikini line. There are even special epilators to remove hair from the face. A common issue reported with the use of epilators is the occurrence of ingrown hairs.
This is a method of permanent hair removal. It treats each individual hair by destroying the hair follicle using electric current passed into it through a sterile needle. Repeated sessions may be necessary for complete elimination of all the unwanted hair. Electrolysis was popular before the introduction of laser techniques. Since it targets individual hairs, it is a tedious and long procedure. It is also expensive and can be painful and extremely uncomfortable.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal, is undoubtedly the most modern method of hair removal and the most effective. Introduced in the mid 1990’s, this method quickly grew in popularity. By offering a permanent reduction in the hair growth, it is advantageous over electrolysis, by being considerably less painful and providing quicker results. The process involves exposure of unwanted hair to laser light that destroys the hair follicle.
There are different types of lasers for hair removal today, some more effective than the other for a particular individual. The Alexandrite Laser is the fastest laser. The long pulse Nd:YAG laser is generally suitable for all skin types and colors. It allows faster treatment and is less painful.
Laser hair removal, when performed by experienced professionals offers excellent results in very few sittings. Considering the comfort and effectiveness of laser hair removal in Sydney, many women are opting for this.