Hair Removal

How many times have you longed for a permanent solution to that embarrassing body hair?

For thousands of women, this is no joke- they are literally so self conscious they avoid social contact and are suffering such low self esteem that it really affects their personal relationships. It is well documented that almost 150 years ago people were starting to look for permanent methods of hair reduction.

Long before the introduction of Intense Pulse Light and laser machines, both men and women were using the oldest type of permanent hair reduction, electrolysis, to achieve hair removal on a more permanent basis. A more painful and laborious approach which involves using needles, many women still choose this method as laser and IPL machines are ineffective when treating light blonde or grey hairs.

Waxing hair removal

Another very popular hair removal method is waxing, which involves using hot or cold wax to remove the hairs temporarily. The result is a lovely smooth result which lasts between 3 and 6 weeks.

There are a few downsides, however, in that the hair has to grow back before it is removed again, therefore having a period of stubble and visible hair between treatments. In addition, it is painful and many people experience bad ingrowing hairs following treatment.

Laser hair removal

In the 1970’s doctors started experimenting with laser technology and this became commercially available around the world in the 1990’s. Along with IPL systems, it would appear it is now the most popular method of hair removal used today.

If you look on the internet for a few minutes, you will be inundated with adverts for “permanent hair removal”, and “permanent hair reduction”. Many clinics and salons are offering either laser treatments or IPL treatments and a laser called Soprano, which claims to be virtually pain free and suitable for all skin types including Asian and black skin.

Charmaine Hearn, a Director of Medispa S10, a leading laser hair removal provider in Sheffield explained:

“We have been in this industry for a long time and have used many lasers including ND Yag lasers. The treatment can be extremely long and quite painful for the client. Intense Pulse light lasers can get good results, but the treatment can be uncomfortable and people with darker hair and darker skin are unable to be treated as the risk of damaging the skin increases with higher pigment levels which are found in dark skin.

Soprano Xli diode laser machine is the latest technology for hair removal, it is virtually pain free with its cooling technology, there is nothing like it. Many celebrities and clients are raving about it, as now you can be hair free will out any pain and is very affordable for sessions of around 8 needed to reduce hair permanently with no side effects.”

Excess hair can be caused by ethnic heritage or even hormonal problems such as polycystic ovaries or a hormone secreting tumour. Many ladies and men are much more body conscious and being hair free is often seen as a sign of beauty.

Still, however, in many circles, it is still not being discussed. With celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham both admitting to having had laser hair removal, I wondered if the majority of people undergoing hair removal were young women aspiring to their idols. “Absolutely not”, said Charmaine from Medispa S10. "At least 50 per cent of our clients are darker skinned and have previously been unable to be treated. It’s life changing for many of these women”.

Whatever the reason, it certainly sounds like there is now a better solution to the problem.