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Hair Removal Options

Hair Removal Options

In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of the various hair removal options available and tell you what we believe to be the best. Some hair removal options are advanced, but many are old tried and tested methods.  The results vary with some giving permanent hair removal, whilst others are temporary and will require regular maintenance.  Some treatment should not be carried out in the summer months as this may cause pigmentation damage whereas others can be used ‘Any time, Any Place and Pain-Free’!   After reading this you will be more prepared and informed on your quest to rid yourself of unwanted hair.

As hair removal experts, we are trained in all techniques and options, but would probably not use the sugar option!

Hair we either love it or we hate it and it often grows in the most unwanted and difficult to get to places, like the ears, nose and the brows.  Whether it’s your face, legs, back or private bits there is an option for you.  So, don’t despair as the solutions to your unwanted hair and smooth skin is but a few paragraphs away!

Hair Removal Options

Dark and Light Skin

Technology can now permanently remove unwanted hair from almost any skin type including dark and light skin.  The technology is so advanced it can be achieved painlessly, I will discuss the exciting technology in a later section.

Common Causes of Unwanted Hair

Your body has millions of hair follicles that can grow at different times during your life.  Hair growth is natural, but can often be accelerated by increased hormone levels as with a common condition that affects females called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  Which can cause excessive hair growth.

 

The Options – The most effective First

The majority of the people I help, just want to know the best option now.  And If it hurts and how much it’s going to cost.  The facts quick and simple, the other options are covered if you want to read further.  But below is what we and most of the hair removal industry believe is the best all round option.

Laser Hair Removal is the most effective option!

Our research identified that the Soprano Ice Platinum is the best and most advanced hair removal laser in the world.  At the time of writing this article, there were seven machines in the UK.  Unlike other lasers the Soprano is pain-free and it can remove unwanted hair from all skin types, all year round.  Yes, Dark, Light and even tanned skin.  I’ll say no more about the technology other than its patented so no one can copy it, whatever claims they make.

Cost – the initial outlay is more expensive than a razor, but on average after six treatments the unwanted hair has gone for good.  Prices range from £25 to £250 per session, it all depends on what you want.  For more information visit our Laser Hair Removal Page.

 

What are the pros and cons of laser hair removal?

This is where it gets a bit technical- Sorry but if you want the facts!

The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the laser light causing heat that destroys the hair bulb and stops it growing.  With six treatments on average being sufficient to prevent further regrowth.  The reason that multiple treatments are required as hair goes through three distinct phases of growth and can only be treated when it’s in the Active phase.

People with light skin and dark hair generally are the easiest to treat.  Whereas darker skin and hair can often be challenging for some lasers.  But the Soprano Ice Platinum can comfortably treat darker skin types and hair.

Laser hair removal has historically been painful as the light energy heats up the hair follicle and surrounding skin. But with new technological developments and modern lasers like the Soprano Ice Platinum, the treatments are pain-free.

Thermal burns are always a risk with any laser treatment.

Hair removal Laser v IPL

 The two systems are very different, briefly, a laser has a concentrated beam of light that is attracted to the hair follicle only.  IPL has a wider spread of light that hits the skin and the hair at the same time which is unable to penetrate the hair deep enough to stop it growing.  The modern IPLs are better than the older models, but they are not as effective as a laser.

Qualified Laser Practitioners

Laser treatments are not regulated by the government, so it’s important to check that you are using an experienced practitioner who has had some formal training.  This will ensure your safety as well as the results.

Practitioners qualified in,  ‘BTEC in Lights Lasers & Advanced Aesthetic Therapies’  are recognised as the most knowledgeable, as their training takes many years.

Alternatively, a practitioner who holds the ‘Laser Core Knowledge Certificate’ or finally a ‘Level 3/4 Beauty certificate’ with suitable additional laser training.  Who receives ongoing supervision from a senior qualified laser technician is also likely to be very competent.

However, just because a practitioner has the title Doctor, Dentist or Nurse doesn’t mean that they are qualified or experienced enough to use a hair removal laser.  Or have the relevant training and knowledge in skin care.

Ask Questions

Professional practitioners will have a good knowledge of Lasers and will be happy to answer any questions you have so make sure you do some research first.    Most professionals work from a clinical environment, if the treatment area is non-clinical your alarm bells should ring.

You get what you pay for in this life – the best lasers and practitioners cost tens of thousands of pounds and that reflected in the treatment cost!  Cheap probably means just that.

What are the pros and cons of IPL hair removal?

IPL hair removal systems have been around for years delivering a varying degree of success and failure.   Practitioners frequently refer to IPL machines as Lasers, which is worrying as the technology is very different as described earlier in this article.  This shows a lack of understanding and knowledge!

IPL machines are relatively inexpensive when compared to the cost of a state of the art laser.  This makes  IPL systems more accessible to the inexperienced practitioner.  Who’s lack of experience and knowledge may result in the unintentional burning of the client’s skin and poor results.

Dormant hair follicles may be stimulated by IPL light energy leading to additional hair growth!  Which defeats the reason for the treatment in the first place!

New IPL technology has vastly improved the performance and safety of the new super IPL machines.  However, the principles of delivery as explained in the Laser v IPL still exist.  Results again will be dependent on the quality of the IPL system and the practitioner.  Needless to say, some very experienced practitioners do achieve above average results.

The best hair removal clinics I know, use lasers!  I wonder why, probably to do with the results!

Home devices

There are home light systems (Tria, E-ONE, Silk’n, and No!No! are trade names for use-at-home devices.) available for use at home by the untrained consumer. Whether this is a safe and effective approach to hair removal remains to be seen!

What are the pros and cons of electrolysis?

Electrolysis treatment involves threading a thin wire into a single hair follicle and then passing a small an electric current through it. The hair follicle is destroyed by the production of heat. The process is painful as each hair follicle has to be treated individually making it time-consuming and not suitable for large areas.

What are the pros and cons of shaving?

Shaving is the most popular method of hair removal and if performed daily can result in a satisfactory appearance unless the skin is irritated.  To minimise irritation, a sharp razor should be moved smoothly and in even strokes in the same direction that the hairs appear to be growing.   A good lubricant usually reduces friction between the blade and the skin.

Electric razors may cause less irritation, but repeated passes can produce ‘folliculitis’ a mild bacterial infection.

Wet and Electric shaving doesn’t give you perfectly smooth skin and may cause in growing hairs especially in the more delicate areas.

What are the pros and cons of hair removal creams?

Hair Removal Creams (Nair, Veet) rely on chemicals to destroy the hair shaft by breaking the bonds of the hair proteins.  The results often feel softer than the severed shaft left after shaving and last for up to twenty-eight days.  People with sensitive skin may be irritated by the chemicals in the cream.  And this may lead to a more severe skin irritations with overuse.

What are the pros and cons of plucking and tweezing?

Plucking or pulling hairs out one at a time, is a very effective but tedious method of hair removal.  And if carried out over a long period of time can result in a permanent reduction in hair.

Dark spots may form around the plucked follicles, as plucking and tweezing can cause inflammation leading to infection.

What are the pros and cons of twist-threading?

Threading is a popular Middle Eastern hair removal technique that has been around for generations. And is usually performed by a skilled practitioner, who holds a twisted length of thread in one hand, with the other in their mouth.   The trapped hairs are then pulled out bringing a tear to the eye.

Like plucking and tweezing, threading needs to be carried out regularly to keep unwanted hair away.  And can lead to irritation and dark spots.

Do any prescription medications or products stop hair growth?

There is a prescription medication cream called Vaniqa, that inhibits hair growth.  It achieves this by inhibiting an enzyme in the hair follicle that is required for hair growth.  The cream does not result in a permanent hair removal, as the enzyme re-establishes hair growth once the cream is not applied.

In the olden days

Granny and may be grandad didn’t have fancy Pain Free Lasers and Razors to remove excess hair from their bits and bobs.  If they were lucky enough to have a private bathroom they could do the following in private, otherwise, it would be a tin bath in front of the fire!

Large areas of hair with either one of the following methods:

Sugaring and waxing?

Both old-fashioned techniques are used to remove hair over larger body surfaces. In fact the latter is still being used in many beauty salons today. These methods involve applying a molten solution of sugar impregnated cloth or wax to the treatment area.  Once these solutions solidify, they are abruptly torn away from the skin, pulling out the hairs.  I can almost hear the screaming as the pain kicks in!   If the solutions are too hot, skin burns may occur.

Conclusion

If you’ve made it this far well done!  And you ‘ll probably agree with me that technology has won the day!   Laser technology, in particular, the Soprano Ice Platinum Hair Removal Laser can permanently remove hair from any skin type Dark or Light.  Any time of the year, unlike other lasers.  And it is Pain-Free!  With no downtime and no mess or rashes like the other methods covered above.

Yes, we have a Soprano Ice Platinum Hair Removal Laser and our clients are delighted with the results.  To see for yourself, click the link and visit our Facebook Page and read the reviews or visit our website.  Alternatively contact the clinic on 0800 999 3688 (Free Phone Mobiles) or email: info@reflectskinandbodyclinic.co.uk.

Hair Removal Options
Hair Removal Options

Dark and Light Skin

Technology can now permanently remove unwanted hair from almost any skin type including dark and light skin.  The technology is so advanced it can be achieved painlessly, I will discuss the exciting technology in a later section.

Hair Removal Options

Hair removal Laser v IPL

 The two systems are very different, briefly, a laser has a concentrated beam of light that is attracted to the hair follicle only.  IPL has a wider spread of light that hits the skin and the hair at the same time which is unable to penetrate the hair deep enough to stop it growing.  The modern IPLs are better than the older models, but they are not as effective as a laser.

Qualified Laser Practitioners

Laser treatments are not regulated by the government, so it’s important to check that you are using an experienced practitioner who has had some formal training.  This will ensure your safety as well as the results.

Practitioners qualified in,  ‘BTEC in Lights Lasers & Advanced Aesthetic Therapies’  are recognised as the most knowledgeable, as their training takes many years.

Alternatively, a practitioner who holds the ‘Laser Core Knowledge Certificate’ or finally a ‘Level 3/4 Beauty certificate’ with suitable additional laser training.  Who receives ongoing supervision from a senior qualified laser technician is also likely to be very competent.

However, just because a practitioner has the title Doctor, Dentist or Nurse doesn’t mean that they are qualified or experienced enough to use a hair removal laser.  Or have the relevant training and knowledge in skin care.

Ask Questions

Professional practitioners will have a good knowledge of Lasers and will be happy to answer any questions you have so make sure you do some research first.    Most professionals work from a clinical environment, if the treatment area is non-clinical your alarm bells should ring.

You get what you pay for in this life – the best lasers and practitioners cost tens of thousands of pounds and that reflected in the treatment cost!  Cheap probably means just that.

Home devices

There are home light systems (Tria, E-ONE, Silk’n, and No!No! are trade names for use-at-home devices.) available for use at home by the untrained consumer. Whether this is a safe and effective approach to hair removal remains to be seen!

In the olden days

Granny and may be grandad didn’t have fancy Pain Free Lasers and Razors to remove excess hair from their bits and bobs.  If they were lucky enough to have a private bathroom they could do the following in private, otherwise, it would be a tin bath in front of the fire!

Large areas of hair with either one of the following methods:

Sugaring and waxing?

Both old-fashioned techniques are used to remove hair over larger body surfaces. In fact the latter is still being used in many beauty salons today. These methods involve applying a molten solution of sugar impregnated cloth or wax to the treatment area.  Once these solutions solidify, they are abruptly torn away from the skin, pulling out the hairs.  I can almost hear the screaming as the pain kicks in!   If the solutions are too hot, skin burns may occur.

Do any prescription medications or products stop hair growth?

There is a prescription medication cream called Vaniqa, that inhibits hair growth.  It achieves this by inhibiting an enzyme in the hair follicle that is required for hair growth.  The cream does not result in a permanent hair removal, as the enzyme re-establishes hair growth once the cream is not applied.

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