On average, a person’s hair grows for about ½ inches per month according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Hair grows faster for males than females, but hair growth also depends on other factors, such as genetics, hormones, health and medications. While hair growth is a natural process in the human body, some may have a desire to remove it.
For some, they may choose to remove their hair for reasons related to personal hygiene so they can get rid of the excess sweat and make them feel fresher. Others may do it for cosmetic reasons, where they get rid of hair for appearances.
Some also like to remove hair because they want their skin to feel smoother. This article looks at the different hair treatments that you may be interested in availing for long-term hair removal.
Hair Removal Creams
Hair removal creams are easier to find in the market and are considered as a cheaper option to other expensive treatments, such as laser hair removal and electrolysis. A notable hair prescription cream that is approved by the FDA is the Vaniqa or eflornithine cream meant for women’s facial hair. While its effects aren’t permanent, it helps slow down hair growth by suppressing an enzyme in hair follicles.
Results of this treatment show that it can last up to eight weeks. It’s generally considered a safe cream to use, but it’s possible for side effects to arise, such as acne, rashes and skin irritation, so it’s recommended that you consult first with a doctor before trying it. It’s also possible to use the cream alongside laser treatment for enhanced effects.
Laser hair removal uses high-heat lasers by damaging and destroying the hair follicle. It can be used on any part of the body except for the eye area. It requires multiple sessions as the treatment only affects the hair during the hair’s active growth stage (also known as the anagen phase), and that the length of treatment also depends on the amount of hair present in an area of the body.
What makes laser treatment an effective hair removal method is that the hair will not grow back for months or even years. It produces the best results with people with light skin and darker hair, as it’s unfortunately not effective for people with light, gray or red-colored hair.
The Electrolysis Procedure
The electrolysis method uses a fine needle and an electric current to insert it into the hair follicle to destroy it. Like with laser hair removal, it’s also necessary to have repeated treatment because of the hair growth cycle, and that the process involves each hair follicle being treated individually. Out of all the known hair removal treatments, it’s electrolysis that is considered to leave a permanent effect on the hair, but it’s also known to be a rather painful procedure with possible side effects. But the benefit of electrolysis is that it can be used on mostly any part of the body and on any type of hair.
While all these methods are known to have long-term effects for the hair, it’s not truly possible to get rid of all hair permanently. Instead, experts prefer to use the term “permanent hair reduction” as treatments like these are meant to limit the growth of hair as much as possible.
As these hair removal procedures can carry side effects and risks, make sure to consult with certified professionals and technicians so they can produce the best results for your hair.