In our last post, we covered the science behind the three phases of hair growth. Okay, we covered the boring parts. But it’s good to know these things, right? Moving on we have the 3 best ways of getting permanent hair removal.
This is a great option to remove unwelcomed hair. A small probe is placed onto the hair follicle and electric current passes into the bulb. This electric current essentially kills the hair follicle by “electrocuting” the stem cells responsible for creating new hairs. The process is very specific and done on individual hairs.
Pro: can treat any hair color--brown, black, red, white, light blonde, and gray hair
Con: takes forever to treat a large area
Sensation: feels like a tiny pinch. Depending on your pain tolerance it can hurt
IPL is short for Intense Pulsed Light. These devices use a flash lamp (kind of like the one on your smartphone) that creates a wide spectrum of light. Just like the water filter in your refrigerator, manufacturers use filters to reduce the range of light. This reduced range of light allows them to treat sun spots, vessels on your face, your bikini line, etc.
Pro: IPL is generally cheaper per treatment
Con: takes 6-12 treatments, one month apart. Can only treat brown and black hair
Sensation: feels like a hot rubber band snapping on your skin
Do you remember Usher’s video “Yeah,” with blue lights flying in specific directions? Those are lasers. The word “laser” is an acronym that means “light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation”. Phew, that was a mouthful. Simply put: lasers only fire one kind of light. For aesthetic treatments, lasers can treat everything from leg veins to sun spots to tattoos and hair removal.
Pro: only takes 3-6 treatments, one month apart, quickly gets rid of brown, black, darker red, and most blonde hair. Very effective
Con: more expensive per treatment. Cannot treat white or grey hair
Sensation: depending on the laser it can feel like tiny hot pins, or with cooling, nothing at all
If you had your choice and have typical hair, look for a clinic with lasers. They are fast, require minimal numbers of treatments, and are very effective. On the flipside, if budget is an issue and you have more time, IPL will work as well. Treat yourself and try it sometime. You can thank us later : )
To getting rid of that unwanted hair,
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