Even my skin is acting weird
I wish that I could grow a beard…
Then I could cover all my spots…
When a woman hears “Up!” by Shania Twain in 9 cases out of 10, it is safe to assume she would flash that knowing smile. Yup, it’s something I’ve felt too – at least at some point of time in life if not more frequently.
Getting rid of hair however, is another matter. That silky smooth skin that begs to be kissed and caressed…? If the lovely lady hasn’t gone for laser hair removal, her skin has most certainly felt some pain or the other in the past week or month as the case would be if you are used to shaving or waxing.
The problem with shaving is that it’s frequent and on one day or the other you’d forget to moisturise and it’ll feel like you’ve sandpapered yourself. Let’s face it – it’s not always about how sharp or new your razor blades are. It’s also about whether your skin is too dry. The worst part however is that moisturising a few minutes or even a couple of hours before a shave aren’t exactly going to work.
Waxing – one recalls a scene from the film Good Advice where Charlie Sheen tells the woman asking the question of whether or not to wax, a man has to try it to realize the sheer agony of it. Some of us may be used to it. But what about the others?
For the people on the other side of the pain tolerance spectrum, electrolysis and laser hair removal seems to be viable and relatively painless alternatives although the cost factors do exist. They’re not as cheap as a razor blade or a bottle of wax.
Let’s now take a look at what we’d get
Permanent hair removal is the claim and both Laser as well as electrolysis seem to be pretty effective. During electrolysis, the hair root of the hair is probed and electrocuted to cause permanent damage to the region that is responsible for that hair-raising experience. Apologies for the pun – localised damage caused by electrolysis ensures the tissue is incapable of growing hair anymore.
The probing of the hair-root is painless subject to the skill of the practitioner to not cause collateral damage to the surrounding skin.
There are a few types available electrolysis methods including galvanic electrolysis that relies on sodium hydroxide to kill the hair follicle, thermolysis that kills with heat, and the blended approach that combines both galvanic and thermolytic epilation methods.
Laser hair removal on the other hand is a slightly more advanced technology. Instead of it being follicle by follicle, the epilator uses a focussed laser to destroy the hair follicle. The instrument scans the area of operation for the slightly darker spot where the hair grows and fires the laser in that precise direction. It actually seems to use the same technology used in guided missiles. Precision guided to the last micrometre.
Once the roots are killed, the hair doesn’t grow back. Yes, you heard that bit right…no more shaves, no more painful waxes, just that silky feel that’s irresistible to touch.
There’s some fine print in Laser hair removal though. It requires a few sessions – won’t happen all at once, as the epilator cannot identify hair follicles that are in their very early stage of growth. Patience is a virtue and this procedure is a much simpler, painless and permanent alternative to having your foot on a stool and the razor scraping your skin twice a week.
But as with any treatment, there are considerations…read up and know well before you take a call.