Jul 28

Permanent Hair Removal Techniques

Removing unwanted hair can be painful, expensive and time-consuming but a lot of people still do it for the sake of beauty. If you’re tired of hair growing back just a few days after shaving or waxing, know that there are methods that can remove your hair permanently (or at least reduce growth).

Types of Hair Removal Techniques

1. Depilation – Depilation removes hair at the level of the pore or the opening of the follicle. This method includes shaving and the use of depilatory creams.

2. Epilation – The entire hair is removed including the bulb beneath the skin. Sugaring and laser hair removal are examples of epilation techniques.

Types of Permanent Hair Removal

1. Laser

Laser (Light Emplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is a type of photoepilation that involves producing heat in the hair’s pigment using one color to destroy the hair and surrounding follicular tissue. There are different types of laser; namely, Diode (for fair to medium skin), Nd:YAG (for dark skin), Alexandrite (for olive skin) and Ruby (for very light skin). It’s expensive, painful and will not work on light skin and hair. There is a risk of burns and darkening of skin.

2. Intense Pulsed Light

IPL, also known as flash lamp therapy, is another type of photoepilation that produces energy from the light to target the hair follicles. Unlike laser, which uses only one type of light, IPL uses different wavelengths. It affects the dermis (the lower layer of the skin) but not the epidermis; and needs four to six sessions.

It’s fast, cheaper than laser, non-invasive and is also used for other skin problems. Side effects include swelling and redness. There is also a chance that it will not remove hair permanently, but the texture is thinner. It will not work on light-colored hair.

3. Dynamic Pulse Control

DPC is a form of IPL that allows the operator pick from three pulse configurations. There are the smooth pulse and the long pulse for dark, sun-damaged skin with dark thick hair; and the high pulse for light skin with fine hair. DPC is more recommended for those with thin and light hair.

4. Light Heat Energy

Another form of photoepilation, LHE works on the melanin of the hair shaft. In this procedure, the light in the follicle is also converted to heat, but at a lower energy level than IPL. The combined light and heat reduces the effects on the surrounding tissues of the hair. It requires 7 to 12 sessions; and is ideal for thin and light hair.

5. Electrolysis

Electrolysis or electrology lets energy pass through a needle into the matrix of the hair follicle so that hair will fall out. There are 3 types of procedures, namely; thermolysis, galvanic and blend. Thermolysis or shortwave diathermy lets radio energy at a high frequency to pass through the needle; Galvanic or multi-needle method requires more than one needle to start a chemical reaction using electrical current; and Blend combines the two procedures.

6. Enzyme Epilation

The hair is removed first using epilation and then the skin is treated with an enzyme complex or denaturing enzyme to act on the exposed follicles. Next, thermal treatment is done so that the formula works on the skin. It’s a modified form of using a depilation cream.

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