There are many hair removal options to reduce unwanted hair: shaving, (obviously), waxing, threading, electrolysis, cream depilatories and tweezing. Some of these treatments have been used since the days of Cleopatra, and with little advancements into the 21st century. Except for shaving, all of these treatments have a couple of things in common-they need to be repeated every month or so… for just about your entire lifetime! Well, at least until you get so old your hair stops growing. Also, all except the creams are painful. Choosing between shaving over your in-growns in “special places” or getting the hairs yanked out by the root with waxing or threading, is like choosing your own form of torture.
Waxing and threading do have some loyal followers. Maybe some people like torture! With these forms of hair removal, the skin is also being removed along with the hair. This increases the risk of hyper-pigmentation or darkening of the skin in the treated area, due to repeat treatments over a period of time. This is especially true with darker skin types. Now, if your hair is very light, waxing and threading are your only options, unless you choose electrolysis. Electrolysis was invented in 1875 by an ophthalmologist to treat ingrown eyelashes.
Electrolysis is largely outdated because it treats ONE FOLLICLE at a time with an electrical current, it’s extremely time consuming and painful and has a higher risk of scarring. That explains why few people choose electrolysis anymore! It is, however, the only permanent treatment for grey, white or very blonde hair. It also can be used to remove hair between tattoo designs. Cream depilatories have never been very popular because they are very messy, smelly and generally ineffective.
Enter the most effective-and most popular of all hair removal methods, the lasers! Although hair removal methods have been around for centuries, lasers have completely redefined the practice and transformed hair removal for millions of men and women all over the world.
1960 saw the first working laser, the Ruby laser, which pulsed only every few seconds. This was the dawning of laser hair removal technology, which quickly advanced.
Laser hair removal was probably the byproduct of an experiment. In the mid-1970s, the development of the Alexandrite laser made light-based hair removal a commercial possibility. The Alexandrite laser was much safer, but because it under heated follicles, it wasn’t very effective.
It was in the 1980s, when removing birthmarks with lasers became possible, that hair reduction in the treated area was also noticed. These were the first of the melanin targeting lasers but they were very strong and burned dark skin. Then the development of the diode array laser made hair removal an option for people with all skin types.
Researchers have continually improved on these early laser hair removal models. Today there are several different types of lasers on the market. The go-to laser for darker skin types is the YAG laser, which is safe for even very dark skin. Sciton Laser company, THE name in the laser industry- has perfected hair removal for lighter skin types with their Broad Band Light, or BBL Forever Bare system. They also have the YAG in the same unit, so any skin type can easily be treated at any time.
Are you one of those people still spending tons of money on shaving supplies and hours of your life shaving? Now that you know laser hair removal can be a good choice for you, what are you waiting for? Do a little research on a reputable laser hair removal provider. Call them and ask about their lasers and their technicians and schedule an appointment! Life just got a little easier!