I created this site because there's a lot of misinformation about hair removal especially in the laser hair removal sector and I wanted to share my learning, experiences and studies that I've found on the matter.
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There are so many options at your disposal for hair removal that it can sometimes be confusing - especially as most men don't have a clue when it comes to this kind of stuff.
Short Term Hair Removal
If you're looking for fast but short-term hair removal then you should consider waxing, shaving and depilatory creams. These methods take a short amount of time to move the hair
but the results don't last very long at all.
For depilation and shaving, the hair will start ot grow back within a couple of days. Waxing results last longer simply because it pulls the hair out from the root
which incidentally is why it's so painful!
Long Term Hair Removal - Electrolysis is the only form of Permanent Hair Removal
For more longer term hair removal - then you want to consider looking at electrolysis and laser hair removal. Electrolysis is the only form of hair removal that can be legally
described as "permanent" hair removal. That's because electrolysis physically denatures the hair follicle thus preventing regrowth.
Electrolysis also works on all hair and skin types
aswell making it a universal hair removal system. The issue with electrolysis is that each hair has to be individually treated - this makes it infeasible for large areas of the body such
as the chest and back.
Because of the time it takes to have electrolysis performed, it's quite an expensive process and is best used for areas of the body such as the eyebrows, underarms and other small parts of the body
Laser Hair removal - Does it work?
Laser hair removal is not a permanent form of hair removal and is not suitable for everyone. Laser hair removal works by destroying the hair follicle through concentrated beams of light.
The light is set to the right wavelength to destroy the follicle and cause minimum side effects for the skin. The melalin in the hair follicle absorbs the concentrated light and heats up
to the point of becoming denatured.
Those with dark coloured skin aren't suitable for most forms of laser hair removal because the high levels of melalin in the skin don't allow the laser
to pass through without being absorbed - this can cause quite serious skin injuries which is why you should always make sure that you do your due dilligence when choosing a laser hair removal clinic.
The One Laser for Darker Skin Tones
In the above paragraph I mentioned that laser hair removal might not be suited for those with dark coloured skin - this is true for most lasers because the high concentration of light targets melalin in the hair follicle in order to prevent growth.
However, there is a new laser type that doesn't use melalin as the chromophore (the chromophore is simply the "target" of the laser). Instead of targeting melalin, the patient has to spread a carbon-based solution on the part of the skin that needs to be treated.
The solution seeps into the pores of the skin and, in theory, the carbon particles rest against the follicle of the hair.
The laser is then set to the optimum wavelength to target these carbon particles. The particles are heated up as a result and the hair follicle is thermally denatured.
This type of laser is called the Nd:YAG Laser. As the technology is fairly new, studies are still being created to determine the long term side effects of the treatment. Current studies seem quite promising with a decent success rate. I talk about all this stuff and more in my article here.
This laser is regarded as being safe for those people with dark coloured hair simply because the laser is set to a higher wavelength allowing the concentrated beam of light to pass through the melalin in the skin without any absorption.
Permanent Hair Reduction v Permanent Hair Removal
One of the most important things to understand about hair removal is that there are two terms very commonly used in the industry: "permanent hair removal" and "permanent hair reduction"...
"Permanent hair removal" can only ever be used to describe electrolysis - in other words the FDA has approved clinics to market electrolysis hair removal as "permanent hair removal". There isn't currently any type of laser that can be legally marketed in the same way - although the FDA allows the terms "permanent hair reduction".
What's more important to realise is that laser hair removal results vary from one patient to the next whereas electrolysis nearly always delivers perfect hair removal.