there a permanent method of hair removal?
Many believe that electrolysis or laser treatment are
the only truly permanent methods of hair removal.
However, many are unaware of a much more economical
method which many have found to be permanent.
It involves using a regular method of hair removal
such as waxing or sugaring or even shaving in
conjunction with a hair inhibitor which is rubbed
directly into the skin.
The hair growth slows down until it finally stops. If
the hair inhibitor is used about twice a month from
then on the hair growth is stopped - permanently.
With electrolysis very fine needles are inserted into
the hair follicle and an electric current is used to
disable the hair growth. Each hair has to be treated
individually. Repeated visits are often necessary and
the cost can run into hundreds and thousands of
Much discomfort or pain can be associated with the
process, depending on the individual. It is best
carried out by a professional as there are dangers of
skin damage if not done properly.
Written by Fino Gior, a practicing electrologist for
over 42 years, this book is one of the most
informative available on the subject while at the same
time being easy to understand.
This method uses a laser to disable the hair follicle.
Beams of light can treat a number of hairs at the same
time. There are claims that the discomfort is less
than electrolysis. It can be more expensive than
electrolysis and repeated visits are often necessary.
The risk of skin injury is higher on persons with
darker skin. Surrounding tissue can be burned and a
wider skin area affected. With professional
consultations however, the risks can be discussed and
This site contains before and after photos, video
footage of the laser hair removal procedure, and a
free consultation form to check your suitability. All
manner of questions regarding laser treatment are
given comprehensive coverage.
Depilatories are creams which can be applied to the
skin area and removed after 20 minutes or so taking
the hair with it.
The results usually last a few days even up to two
weeks with some persons.
This method is relatively cheap but needs repeating
Some persons find the smell released during the
process to be a little offensive.
Shaving is one of the most popular methods of hair
removal. Why? Because it is quick, cheap and easy for
a person to do by themselves. The main disadvantage is
that it doesn't last very long and has to be
The skin is also more affected by blade shaving as the
outer layer of skin is removed along with the hair
although this largely consists of cells which are
Care must be taken to shave carefully to avoid ingrown
hairs and skin irritations.
Electric shavers are very convenient although there is
some debate over whether it is possible to get as
close a shave as with blade shaving.
A paste made primarily of sugar is warmed and then
applied thinly to the skin in the direction of the
hair growth. Reusable cotton strips are then pressed
firmly onto the paste and then sharply pulled back
thus removing the hair with the paste.
Generally sugaring hair removal lasts between 4 and 6
weeks depending on the level of hair growth. The hair
is removed from the root. Repeated treatments can tend
to weaken the hair so it becomes easier over time.
Hair inhibitors have appeared on the market in recent
years made from plant enzymes. They change the nature
of the hair follicle so it becomes soft like baby
hair. They need to be applied after using waxing or
one of the other methods for a few weeks until the
These solutions can inhibit hair growth for many
months and are thus quite economical in view of the
fewer times the treatment has to be applied.
Tweezers are very cheap, ranging anywhere from $3 to
$30. This method is very time consuming as each hair
must be laboriously removed from the root, one at a
There is a risk of ingrown hair, some skin irritation
can occur and the hair follicle can also become
inflammed. Some say scrubbing the skin with a Loofa
(natural) sponge when bathing or showering can stop
the development of infected or ingrown hair.
Sometimes the hair grows back thicker and darker. The
results can last between 3 to 8 weeks.
Note: RF (Radio Frequency) Tweezers (also
called Ultrasonic) and Galvanic Tweezers send an
electric current down the hair shaft as it is gripped
by the tweezers. Some say the effect is similiar to
electrolysis. There are claims and counter claims as
to the permanence of these methods. To date it seems
there is no significant scientific data to indicate
There are also precautions involved for pregnant women
and anyone using a pacemaker due to low emissions of
A wax combination is spread thinly over the skin. A
cloth strip is pressed on the top and then ripped off
with a quick movement removing the wax along with the
hair and dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth.
Generally results last between 3 and 8 weeks. Less
hair grows back and it is generally finer.