There are plenty of reasons why opting to remove unwanted hair permanently is beneficial. After all, even though shaving is easy, it needs to be done regularly if you want to stay smooth – and don’t even mention those ingrown hairs! Waxing has the same problem, plus it’s painful and appointments can be costly. With all these little niggles, it’s easy to see why finding a way of permanently removing hair is high on many people’s beauty wish lists.
Does that sound like you? Then read on to find out how to remove hair permanently and whether it is the right choice for you.
Why permanent hair removal?
Opting for permanent hair removal may involve a larger upfront cost than traditional forms of non-permanent hair removal. However, providing you receive the right treatment, at a reputable clinic, you’ll more than make the investment back as you’ll no longer need to purchase hair removal products. You’ll also save yourself a great deal of time in the long-term as you’ll no longer need to shave or wax regularly!
So, what is it about permanent hair removal that makes it so effective? As opposed to temporary hair removal methods, the most effective hair removal aims to prevent hair regrowth from the root. You can find a range of creams that take away surface hair very effectively, and waxes and epilators that remove hair further down the shaft, but none of these offer permanent results as they don’t reach far enough below the skin to target what is actually causing hair growth. This is the key difference between temporary and permanent hair removal treatments.
Laser hair removal is currently the favoured choice of many clients and clinics as it is highly effective. Laser hair removal is not the only means of removing hair permanently, however, so here’s how it compares to a few other methods:
Electrolysis vs laser hair removal
Laser hair removal and electrolysis are two very popular methods of permanent hair removal. Electrolysis works by passing an electric current down a probe to heat and destroy the hair’s root and is a good option for people who want to remove hair from a small area such as the chin or upper lip. If you have lots of hairs or darker hair, a practitioner might advise using laser treatment first, followed by electrolysis to remove any remaining hairs afterwards.
Both methods require a number of sessions to achieve a permanent result, are relatively pain-free and don’t require any recovery time. You may need up to 12 sessions of electrolysis, depending on your individual needs. Opt for laser treatment and you can expect to attend six to ten sessions to get the best results.
IPL vs laser hair removal
Both laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) use light waves which are absorbed by pigment in the hair and create heat. This destroys the cells that cause the hair follicle to grow, resulting in permanent hair removal as the hair can no longer grow in this area. Both IPL and laser treatments are more successful on people with darker hair with fairer skin as the heat is absorbed more quickly and the contrast between hair and skin is more distinguishable
The main difference between the two methods is that IPL uses a broad spectrum light wavelength whereas laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam. With IPL, the light waves have a shallower penetration and are dispersed at a variety of depths. This can mean that laser hair removal is a better option for people with coarser hair which needs more precise targeting. Also, as the heat can be absorbed by pigment in the skin rather than the hair itself, experts report a higher risk of adverse reaction for darker skin types from IPL.
While IPL is a good option for some clients, the direct beam used in laser treatment transfers light more quickly, creating a safer level of heat in the hair follicle. This results in more efficient hair reduction and less risk of discomfort. People generally expect to need fewer visits to their clinic for laser hair removal than they would with IPL.
How laser hair removal works
What is it that makes laser hair removal so effective then?
Laser hair removal involves the use of lasers to deliver mild radiation to the hair follicles which causes damage to them and reduces hair growth. Laser hair removal can be used effectively on a variety of areas including arms, legs, face, underarms and bikini line.
How long does laser hair removal take?
All body hair goes through cycles of growth so a number of appointments are needed to target hair when it is in the active growth phase. Generally, around six treatments are needed, but this can be more depending on individual factors such as hair and skin colour
The length of the appointment depends on the course of treatment you are having and the parts of the body you are removing hair from. The laser pulses take a matter of milliseconds and can target multiple follicles at once meaning smaller areas, such as the upper lip, can be treated in minutes. A full leg, understandably, takes a bit longer!
How long does laser hair removal last?
Laser is considered to be one of the most effective permanent hair removal treatments available and many people see long-term results after three to eight sessions. The treatment is considered permanent as it permanently diminishes hair growth, but does not eliminate unwanted hair forever. Eventually, the hair will grow back so some maintenance may be needed. Any persistent hair growth is likely to be finer and lighter in colour.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
As mentioned, laser hair removal requires a bit more of a financial outlay than non-permanent methods – but the return on investment is considerable. Just think of all those hours you’ve spent shaving, plucking or waxing, only to be back to square one in a matter of days. Find out more about our competitive laser hair removal pricing today.