Gone are the days where you have to suffer the regular “delights” of trying to use a razor to keep your hair growth under control, as there are now some more modern hair removal options that allow you to look your best all the time.
Getting answers to questions such as is laser hair removal permanent? Will help you to weigh up all of your options and give you the chance to toss that irritating razor away, for good.
Tackling the hair removal dilemma
You can spend a decent amount on a top-of-the-range shaving razor for ladies, and it will almost certainly give you a closer and perhaps more comfortable shave than some cheaper disposables around, but you will pay for the privilege, with the cost of replacement blades on a regular basis.
You could of course use an electric shaver as an alternative, although there is the irritation factor for your skin, as some women do struggle with this hair removal solution, especially when they are having to shave regularly to keep everything neat and tidy.
If you don’t like the idea of a blade, electronic or manual, then you could also consider the idea of using a hair removal cream.
Some of the creams don’t have a pleasant aroma to them, which can certainly be off putting. You can buy some products which are a gel with essential oils, which makes the aroma issue less of a problem.
But with all of these potential solutions, including the option of a waxing kit as well, you are only fixing the problem on a short-term basis, meaning that you will have to go through the process again a short while afterwards.
This is where the idea of laser hair removal can become an attractive option to consider.
How laser hair removal works
Although the description of laser hair removal does a fair job of telling you what is involved, it can help to understand the process involved and what results to expect on an individual basis.
The laser that is used emits wavelengths of light that are designed to specifically target each pigment of hair, which is also referred to as melanin. What happens when these wavelengths are absorbed by the pigment is the destruction of the hair follicle, without any subsequent damage to the surrounding skin area.
You will find that hair is likely to fall away during the laser treatment process, although it may be that a repeat of the procedure is required in order to completely achieve permanent removal.
You may well find that treatment is more effective if you have darker or thicker hair, mainly due to the fact that these conditions provide a greater target area for the laser to focus on.
If you consult a professional laser hair removal technician, you will find that they will give you an appraisal of your skin type and personalize your treatment in accordance with your skin type and color, so that you can achieve optimum results.
You are likely to discover that you will be offered a different treatment schedule for different parts of your body, meaning areas like your underarms will be treated differently to any facial hair that you wish to be removed.
Understanding your hair growth cycle
Gaining a good understanding of your hair growth cycle will help you to appreciate what needs to be done in terms of laser hair removal.
We have two distinctly different types of hair on our body. The thick dark hairs which are most noticeable, are the types of hair that are the focus of our attention for obvious reasons, rather than any light peachy-colored fuzz that is difficult to see unless you get up close.
Your laser treatment will be carried out on a strict schedule that not only takes into account the type of hair that you are removing, but what stage of the growth cycle it is in.
There are three specific phases of hair growth. The first is the anagen stage, which is when your hair is actively growing and new hair follicles are being formed during this period. Your bikini area for example, will normally remain in the anagen stage for somewhere between four and six weeks.
Afterwards, your hair will then enter the catagen phase. This is the point in the cycle where your hair growth will dwindle considerably and hair follicles begin to die off. The final stage of the growth cycle is known as the telogen phase, and it is the point when your hair growth has peaked and will no longer be growing.
Understanding what growth cycle stage you are at on the various parts of your body that you want to target with laser removal, will help you to appreciate why several laser treatments may be required in order to get the best possible results.
If you are suffering from razor burnout, permanent laser hair removal could be an attractive option to consider.
Cara Gould is a beauty therapist who works at her local salon. Keen to keep herself looking good, and feeling great, Cara writes articles in which she shares some beauty secrets as well as fashion and fitness tips too.