Spring has officially arrived in Canada, and we’re not talking about the March Equinox. We’re talking about the no-more-snow, temperatures-above-zero, we-can-see-the-grass-again type of spring, and that can only mean one thing for women – hair removal season. As ladies across Canada begin to switch out their pants & coats for skirts & t-shirts, we can’t think of a more appropriate time to discuss and evaluate the available options for permanent hair removal treatments. Effective technological advancements in the beauty industry have led to the creation of services that provide year-round permanent hair removal solutions. Imagine it ladies, a hairless summer AND winter.
One of the most common aspects women associate with hair removal is pain. Whether it’s from the swift slice of a razor blade or the after-sting from a wax strip, women often turn to permanent hair removal to minimize the necessity of regularly going through such experiences. While the effects of permanent hair removal treatments certainly last longer than temporary solutions, it is worth evaluating the benefits and risks associated with achieving such permanent results.
Laser hair removal and electrolysis dominate the hair removal industry as the two most popular long-term solutions. While both target the hair follicle beneath the skin’s surface, laser hair removal remains to be more common than electrolysis. Through high-heat lasers and mild radiation, hair follicles become increasingly damaged over time and re-growth becomes increasingly slower. The best results are typically achieved with dark hair and fair skin. While the term ‘laser’ may have daunting connotations, the pain from established laser hair removal treatments is limited to a slight pinching sensation. The long term effects make it worth it, along with its versatility, swiftness and lack of recovery time. Nonetheless, some side effects include redness, swelling, and irritation, though they typically subside shortly after treatment.
Electrolysis, on the other hand, relies on an epilating probe that is inserted into one’s skin and emits short-wave radio frequencies. Through repeated sessions, hair follicles become damaged and existing hairs begin to fall, ultimately significantly slowing growth. Due to the delicate and precise nature of the hair removal treatment, electrolysis is typically carried out by a dermatologist and requires multiple visits to see more permanent results. Unlike laser hair removal, electrolysis works well inhibiting growth with all hair types and is almost entirely painless. However, the risks of the procedure are associated with infected needles and epilation devices, so make sure to seek out a certified dermatologist. If you need help finding or booking an appointment with a trusted dermatologist, you can do so through one of our TAP-verified clinics here.
At the end of the day, though these permanent hair removal treatments may be costly in the short term, the key word to keep in mind is permanent. For no more stubble and thrown out razors, it’s a worthy price to pay! Just remember to seek out a treatment that works best for you and your skin.
Wishing you all a fantastic, hairless spring!