You want to remove unwanted facial and body hair and you are lost in a sea of options. You are sick of burning, shaving, plucking, depilating, waxing or sugaring your hair. You ask yourself: "What is the best way to remove my hair?" Well, it really depends on the area, preference, and on how often you want to repeat the hair removal process. Most people want to permanently remove their hair; who wouldn't want to get rid of it completely?
When we think of long-term hair removal, we usually think of laser. Laser has been a very popular hair removal method since 1998. If we think of laser, we'll need to take into consideration the kind of area (sensitivity and color of skin) and hair (color and thickness) being treated. Most people think that laser is a permanent hair removal method while it is only a permanent hair REDUCTION.
The only true form of permanent hair removal that is approved and recognized by the FDA is electrolysis. The media fools us into thinking that laser is permanent hair removal, but it is not, unfortunately; it is rather a permanent hair reduction. A lot of people invest thousands of dollars in laser treatments and end up getting disappointed because laser results don't meet the client's high expectations that the media portrays for consumers. I personally used laser hair removal on several areas and it was effective on certain areas where hair tends to be more coarse and dark.
Laser hair removal works best on light skin with dark and thick hair. Darker skin shades with lighter hair do not get as good results. Therefore, when you are planning to get laser hair removal done on an area, refrain from exposing it to the sun especially a few weeks before the session and at least one week after the session.
Electrolysis can treat any hair color or type (fuzz, thin or thick hair) with any skin tone combination. Electrolysis is more lengthy and can take very many sessions and can be costly, but, in the long run, it is the most effective method of hair removal. The first use of electrolysis for the purpose of hair removal was by an ophthalmologist to remove ingrown eyelashes.
A lot of people are discouraged to do electrolysis as it can be, sometimes, more painful than laser on certain areas because it treats every hair individually and a lot of myths surround it. For instance, some people think that electrolysis can cause scabs and holes. From my experience, it did not give anything but excellent and permanent results. However, I definitely encourage you to go to electrologists who use the newest machines and technology. The needle of electrolysis should be almost as thin as your hair. The older needles used to be much thicker and maybe damaging to the skin, but the new ones are very thin. Two important factors in getting results just like in everything else are patience and consistency. You can't go have electrolysis then use other hair removal methods that cause your hair to grow thicker and expect to get good results. Once you treat an area with electrolysis, don't burn, shave, pluck, depilate or wax. Be patient and you'll have a baby-smooth skin!
Types of Electrolysis
There are 3 types of electrolysis:
1. Galvanic (1875)
2. Thermolysis or High Energy (1920)
3. The Blend (1948): it is a combination of both types 1 and 2. It is good for African, curly, and thick hair. It creates sodium hydroxide and needs approximately 5-7 seconds to burn each hair.
How to Decide if You Need Laser or Electrolysis?
Use Laser for:
4. Brazilian Bikini
7. All men's areas except some sensitive face areas
Use Electrolysis Only for:
1. Face peach fuzz and hair
4. Upper Lip
12. Fine hair
13. Light brown hair
14. Blonde hair
15. Grey/white hair
16. Red hair
Ladies, please do not shave your face. It will not serve you and will cause you a big inconvenience. I see many makeup artists on YouTube and social media recommending dermaplaning for better exfoliation and foundation application. I personally believe that shaving a female's face will cause the hair to grow back thicker and darker; others might disagree with me. The bottom line is that peach fuzz is one of the factors for maintaining a young skin; embrace it!