Electrolysis, Waxing & Depilatories
Electrolysis is the only method approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. An electric current is applied to the hair follicle using a fine, needle like electrode.
The electrode is inserted into each, individual hair follicle to destroy the hair root. Electrolysis can be used anywhere on your body – eyebrows, face, stomach, legs, breasts etc.
Generally, there are no side effects associated with electrolysis. Occasionally, a slight reddening of the skin may occur just after a treatment.
Is Electrolysis Permanent Hair Removal?
More than one electrolysis treatment will be required for permanent hair removal. The number of treatment for permanent hair removal will vary depending on the individual and the area of the body being treated.
The treatment schedule for electrolysis is once weekly until hair no longer grows back. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and one hour. Electrolysis treatments take more time than a laser hair remover. However, electrolysis requires fewer treatments than a laser for permanent hair removal.
Waxing is a very popular as it can be used over large areas rather quickly. A special hair removal wax is heated until melted and then applied to the removal area with a cloth strip then applied to the wax. As the
wax cools, the hair becomes embedded in the wax. After the wax is completely cooled, the cloth used is pulled quickly from the skin removing the hair from the roots.
Although inexpensive, users report a considerable amount of pain with waxing. Too reduce the discomfort, ask your doctor for prescription strength lidocaine cream. Applying the cream 30 minutes before the wax application will reduce the pain considerably.
Home Wax Warmers
These work essentially like a salon waxing. A small electric heating unit melts the wax that is applied to the skin. Then a muslin cloth is pressed on the wax. After cooling, the wax is quickly removed taking with it the hair and roots. Don’t forget the lidocaine cream 😉
The strips have a pre-applied wax or adhesive and are available in many sizes and shapes. You simply remove the protective backing from the strip, press it against your skin then pull just like with warm waxing. Again, pre-application of a pain relieving cream will reduce discomfort.
A cross between warm wax and waxing strips. A special wax is heated in the microwave (about 15 seconds) to make it spreadable. It is then applied along with muslin cloth and removed just as with the warm wax method. Price:
There is no difference in effectiveness of hair removal or levels of discomfort when using any of the 3 methods noted above. User preference, convenience and cost will dictate your choice. Remember that anytime you use cold or warm wax, it can be a little messy so be ready for that. The strips are likely the best choice if don’t want to clean up after using.
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