Hair Removal – How much Pain for the Gain?
When it comes to unwanted hair removal the old adage “no gain, without pain” certainly applies. For women, in many cultures, history has been one long battle to control outbreaks of unwanted or unsightly hair. Our great granddaughters will have it easy, when their time comes; genetically modified and selected, they’ll look back at us in wonder, gazing from their perfect eyes with their perfect complexions, their hands planted firmly on their perfect waistlines and laugh heartily; no doubt showing off their perfect bloody teeth. Then they’ll nip out to a party without even a fleeting thought about whether they can get away with what they’re wearing. Yes, the future is bright, but in the meantime we’re stuck shaving, plucking, waxing and lasering our bodies to finely honed perfection. Historically there are a range of options when it comes to achieving those perfect looks but how much pain should we tolerate for that gain?
Shaving is one of the most “traditional” of methods to help remove and reduce unwanted hair. Practiced widely by men and women, with greater and lesser enthusiasm throughout history, shaving is time consuming and annoying. Low cost and low in results, shaving leaves your skin irritated and requires a repeat treatment on an alarmingly regular basis. Our light summer dresses that create that ‘just thrown on’ look are never just thrown on, usually requiring some serious woman-hours of hard work. Shaving is physically perhaps not the most painful method of hair removal but emotionally and mentally it can be draining.
Waxing, plucking and threading are basically techniques that operate on the same principles. By ripping the hair out at the follicle they disrupt the growth of hair. Disrupt is putting it mildly, in this case, and effectively they remove hairs down to the root. The growth cycle of hair means that it will take a good six weeks before the unwanted hair begins to reappear. Temporary damage to the hair can result in a reduction in growth, and thereby offer a semi-permanent solution. Like shaving, these methods can be completed at home on a budget, although threading requires a second (expert) pair of hands. The level of pain involved varies; plucking and threading are usually only applied to eyebrows as they are not completely painless techniques, the level of discomfort depends on your pain threshold, but let’s put this way, most of us have raised and plucked eyebrows during the removal. Waxing is again subjective, when it comes to pain, but generally there’s an ‘ouch’ factor and occasional need for soothing creams.
Chemical Warfare for All?
Depilatory creams and sugaring both work on similar principles; the first uses chemicals, while the second uses natural ingredients, such as lemon and sugar, to melt the unwanted hair down to the follicle. Both are effective, and can be used on a range of different areas. For the most sensitive skin, sugaring is probably preferable to chemical warfare by depilatory cream. Generally the pain factor is minimal or non-existent, although chemical techniques need to be used carefully in order to avoid skin damage; not all people react as well to depilatory creams as others.
Laser Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Laser hair removal, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and electrolysis are all relatively modern innovations. The blurb for any of these will describe a sensation similar to ‘light pinch’ or ‘tingling’ sensation. Again, this seems to be subjective and based on the individual’s pain threshold. The real pain in these techniques is the cost; electrolysis requires repeated treatments and each individual hair has to be electrocuted to permanently remove it. IPL and laser both remove hair and lead to reduction. Laser is generally considered to be the closest treatment to remove hair permanently; however top up treatments can be required. Laser systems are now available for home treatment, such as the TRIA hair removal laser, and can offer a cost effective way to manage unwanted hair in a hassle-free way. The TRIA permanent hair removal system offers a long term solution that can be used time and time again for the one off cost of the system. Many TRIA laser reviews suggest, that compared to salon or clinical treatments, the costs of these highly effective new systems is extremely competitive and is making home laser treatment not only the most effective permanent solution, but financially the least painful!
The TRIA permanent hair removal laser has been available in the US for some years now and is leading the way in a simple, home laser solution for the permanent removal of unwanted hair. Our great granddaughters may well laugh but for now, at least, laser technology may well be the way forward.
Disclaimer: This is a Sponsored Post courtesy of Tria Beauty. Written by Charlotte Rivington.