Hair Removal: A Complete Guide
IF you’re tired of shaving and want smooth, hair-free skin by summer, now’s the time to get started on your hair removal plan. If you’re going to opt for permanent hair removal, it would take a few sessions to remove hair completely and permanently. Not sure which hair removal procedure is right for which area of the body? And what exactly is electrolysis? Tzvia Hermann, director of The Laser Beautique, South Africa’s leading non-surgical and minimally invasive aesthetic group, explains the different professional hair removal methods available. Regardless of whether you choose laser, threading, waxing or electrolysis, The Laser Beautique has got you covered!
Pain Free, Permanent Laser Hair Removal
The very best hair removal method is to have hair removed via laser. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for laser hair removal. If you have blond, ginger, grey or white hair laser will not be effective and Apilus Electrolysis treatments is recommended (See Electrolysis Reinvented). At the Laser Beautique revolutionary laser technology using a new technique called IN-Motion for permanent painless hair removal is used. Unlike other laser treatments which can be painful and cause discomfort. The energy from the laser is delivered via a low fluence (energy) and the temperature of the hair follicle containing the cells responsible for hair re-growth is gradually raised to the point whereby the germ cells are inactivated and can no longer generate new hair. By constantly moving the hand-piece of the machine during treatment, the energy is delivered uniformly, eliminating skipped spots and ensuring patient comfort. As there is no down time required, you can usually return to normal activities immediately. This gradual treatment technique is the first of its kind to safely treat Asian, African and tanned skin.
THREADING is an ancient way to remove hair that originated in Egypt and India. A thread (often made of cotton) is pulled along unwanted hair in a twisting motion, trapping hair in what can be described as a mini lasso and lifting it out of the follicle. Threading has become very popular as the go-to method of getting rid of unwanted fuzz. However, it is not permanent. A threading treatment is needed every 2-6 weeks, depending on hair growth. Tzvia recommends threading over waxing. “During waxing, skin gets stretched. This is not ideal for the skin’s elastin fibres or for anti-aging: every time ones skin gets stretched, the skin gets looser and will eventually result in fine lines.” Threading is also a great option for eyebrow design and shaping. Many people don’t want to permanently shape their brows in one way as they may want to change it as eyebrow trends change. There are many pros to threading:
- It’s extremely sanitary. Nothing but the thread touches the skin and it’s thrown away after use. There’s no concern over tools not being sanitized or ‘double-dipping’, unlike waxing.
- Threading is precise in removing each individual hair. It has a cult following from those who say that other shaping methods, like tweezing, waxing, or sugaring, could not make their brows look even.
- No chemicals are applied on the skin, eliminating allergic reactions and skin sensitivities. With threading, there are no chemicals or products used and it can prevent a lot of unnecessary irritation. (Sometimes the tech will cleanse skin or apply powder before removing hair, so please alert them of any allergies.)
- It’s very fast. Although every technician is different, it can take as little as two minutes to finish.
- Temporary results can turn into permanent. Over time, frequent threading can cause the hair follicle to become damaged and stop growing hair.
Wax On, Wax Off
FOR anyone not wanting to permanently remove hair, hot and cold wax is the next best thing. “We strongly recommend hot wax on the facial area, as strip wax is too harsh on one’s delicate facial skin”, says Tzvia. “I would personally only opt for hot wax, if I was waxing. But some people prefer cold/strip wax.”
AT The Laser Beautique we use the revolutionary Apilus electrolysis system. The state-of-the-art electrolysis machine limits the level of destruction within the hair follicle, targeting only germinative cells. This consequently protects the skin and prevents new hair growth. The Apilus system also has a greater power and operates on a frequency of up to 6 times faster than any other epilator. This means the technology optimizes energy concentration in the hair follicle and thus obtains much faster results, than previous electrolysis technologies.
“You can finally say goodbye to unwanted hair, whether it be facial hair or body hair. This technology is efficient, very comfortable and safe for everyone!” The treatment is executed so rapidly that the sensation is barely perceptible. Just a few thousandths of a second is suffice to eliminate the hair! With such a high level of comfort, the Apilus is the ideal solution for stubborn hair or hair that is grey or blonde, which cannot benefit successfully from laser treatments
Please note: Old school electrolysis devices are not recommended as they are very painful and are not sophisticated and can cause scarring.
The Laser Beautique is a favourite for local celebs, counting Pearl Thusi, Maps Maponyane, Taryn Louch and Melinda Bam, among their clients. Shashi Naidoo loved The Laser Beautique so much she even invested in her very own branch!
Contact The Laser Beautique on 0860 851 850 or visit their website at www.thelaserbeautique.co.za for more information.