It is one of the oldest, yet still a popular hair removal method which removes the hair shaft. Shaving for a long time causes pimples, ingrown hair, skin irritation, whereas men often develop non-healing rash, pseudofolliculitis in the face area due to incorrect shaving. Shaving only removes the hair shaft which means that the procedure needs to be repeated 2-3 times a week or even 1-2 times a day in the case of rapidly growing hair, especially in summer.
This hair removal method has been out there since the ancient times when people used to remove body hair with shells, flint, etc.; however, it is still popular nowadays in times of technological and scientific innovations, as there is still some disregard and disbelief in long-term hair removal methods. Waxing removes the hair together with its roots. Hence, it disrupts the natural direction of hair growth, forcing the hair to find a new path to grow and making it grow in, thus causing pimples, rash, brownish spots, and possibly scars. Procedures are repeated every 2-3 weeks and need the hair to regrow.
Sugaring is a short-term hair removal method which came after waxing where the body is coated in a sugar paste. Sugaring is less painful than the usual waxing. The procedure also uproots the hair, making it grow in eventually, thus causing the skin to be uneven and form spots and rash; hair takes around 3 weeks to grow back until the next procedure.
Short-term hair removal methods are becoming obsolete as laser procedures become cheaper. A quick look at how much money short-term hair removers require reveals that short-term methods are not only more expensive but also prevent the skin from looking good and being ready for exercising, going on holiday or to a swimming pool, etc.!
Is short-term hair removal more expensive than laser removal? Please read laser hair removal.
Photoepilation is performed by intense pulsed light (IPL) devices. This method has been invented to come up with a cheaper alternative for laser hair removal. Photorejuvenation devices emit a wide range of wavelengths, distinguishing them from lasers which emit a single wavelength. A photorejuvenation beam scatters and only penetrates the hair shaft up to 3mm deep due to their low power output. The lower the power of the device, the less it penetrates the skin. Since in most cases the procedure only removes the hair shaft (depending on device’s power), it needs to be repeated every 2-3-4 weeks. For more information on photorejuvenation and laser hair removal read – About photoepilation.
Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is the most effective hair removal method which requires 2-3 times less procedures than waxing. Once the procedure course is complete, only maintenance treatments once a year are required. Lasers emit a single wavelength of light which is focused on solving a particular issue. Lasers are divided into 755 nm Alexandrite, 800-810 nm diode, 1064 nm Nd:Yag, and other lasers. They are many times more powerful than photorejuvenation devices, making a selective beam to be absorbed by melanin contained in hair and reach the hair bulb, thus destroying it. The better the laser wave is absorbed by melanin, the stronger the laser, the better the results. Syneron Candela GentleLasePro Alexandrite Laser used at Era Esthetic laser dermatology clinic emits a wave of 755 nm which is best absorbed by melanin contained in hair; moreover, it is the most powerful hair removal laser, allowing to achieve the best results. For more information on Syneron Candela GentleLease Pro Alexandrite Laser read Hair removal with Alexandrite laser GentleLase Pro.
This year the clinic has acquired the king of diode lasers, the new Alma Lasers Soprano Ice which was released last year and has already been awarded with the golden standard as the only painless laser for lighter hair and tanned skin. The procedure may actually make you feel chill. More information about Soprano Ice laser can be found – hair removal with Soprano Ice laser.