If you’ve ever had to shave or wax, you know that doing it on daily/weekly basis can get annoying. And while most of us want to have soft, hair-free skin, simply shaving or waxing is not always an option. Another side effect of such methods is ingrown hair – something most of us want to avoid. Why? Mostly because that’s the exact opposite of the skin we want to have! Not smooth at all.
That’s where permanent hair removal methods come in. They offer an efficient way to get rid of hair and forget about it. You won’t necessarily have to deal with ingrown hairs anymore or spend time and money on removing them. Here I’ll cover most common permanent hair removal solutions that you might want to consider.
Who’s Permanent Hair Removal For?
It’s recommended for those who suffer from being too hairy or uncomfortable with other hair removal options. Some body parts (such as the back) is hard to reach and could cause some serious problems. That’s when removing your hair permanently becomes extra useful.
Types of Hair Removal
Most often when you go to the laser center, you’ll be asked for which body part you want to remove the hair from. That’s important since the procedure will vary and cost according to that. Here are some of the types of hair removal that you’ll have to choose from:
- Bikini line
- Upper lip
Obviously, full body removal is also an option that’s going to take much longer. But, you might get a discount since you’re going to end up paying more.
IPL Hair Removal
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a technology that uses an intense, broad-spectrum pulse of light. It means that it comes in various wavelengths and spreads (source). Thus, it catches areas of hair rather than individual hairs and attacks their follicles. That happens because more pigmented areas on the skin (hair) absorb the light much more. Due to the high amount of energy coming at hair roots all at once, they burn. And that’s the reason why the hairs don’t grow back.
There are a few cons that come with IPL. Since the light spreads, it means that your skin is more likely to absorb it than it would be with laser hair removal. That’s the reason why IPL is best for individuals with dark hair and fair skin. Also, due to the nature of the treatment, it’s likely not as efficient and thus will take longer to remove the hair.
Other IPL Benefits
IPL is also used for cosmetic treatments such as removing vascular and pigmented lesions. It also works for treating acne. Studies strongly suggest that blue and blue-red light has the best effect on acne (source). Thus, IPL is not just for hair removal. Read more about IPL benefits and side effects.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser for removing hair has been available commercially since 1990. And it offers a very effective way to remove hair for a long period of time. Sometimes all you need is just 3-4 sessions depending on how hairy you are.
The technology works in a simple manner. A device emits one beam of light which gets absorbed hair follicle and destroys it (source). Since the light doesn’t spread all over the skin, unlike IPL, each treatment session takes longer. But, it’s more efficient in the long run.
Laser hair removal treatment can be done with Alexandrite laser, diode laser or Nd: YAG. The type of laser you should use highly depends on your skin type and hair color. A trained professional is going to help you choose which treatment is best for you. Laser hair removal works best on people with thick, dark hair.
Read more about IPL vs Laser Hair Removal to weigh all pros and cons.
Other Laser Benefits
Lasers are also used for acne, skin rejuvenation, removing tattoos and birthmarks. Many use the laser for anti-aging purposes too.
Is Permanent Hair Removal Safe?
Both laser and IPL carry some risks. You might get infections, milia, darkening of the skin and more (source). That’s the reason why getting your first treatments with a professional is important. In that way, these risks can be avoided. Also, a professional can help you understand whether you’re even a good candidate for a permanent hair removal. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and there isn’t much you can do about that. Skin and hair color is not something you can control.
Permanent Hair Removal at Home
With the latest advancements in technology, you now can buy IPL or even laser device for home usage. It’s a promising trend that shows hope for cheaper, more efficient treatments at home.
Do understand that these devices are not easy to use and could be dangerous. Thus, getting professional help first is recommended. Also, they’re not likely to be as effective. That’s mostly because these devices are not as strong for safety purposes.
Anyway, being able to have a treatment at home is very promising for the future. Once you learn how to use laser or IPL properly, you can do it at home and save both money and time. What could be better than that? Other than smooth, hairless skin?
Natural Permanent Hair Removal
While there are ways to make your own sugar wax or use a mixture of turmeric, flour, and tea, it doesn’t mean that they offer permanent hair removal solutions. Yes, they do work but only temporarily. If you want to remove hair and know what you’re using, natural ingredients offer just that. But, they’re not as effective.
If you enjoy DIY, try making your own hair removal products. It’s interesting to see what exactly works and doesn’t. Overall, it can result in a smooth skin, even if it’s temporary.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about permanent hair removal options. Do comment below if you have any questions. Let me know if permanent hair removal is something you’re thinking about. Perhaps you’ve had a treatment or two? Let me know how it went. I’d love to find out all about it!