Why electrolysis over other types of hair removal?PERMANENCE! Temporary methods such as tweezing, waxing, shaving, bleaching and threading require time and maintenance. Some methods even contribute to an increase in hair growth!
Tweezing causes stronger hair growth. By pulling out the hair from the root, stronger hair growth is encouraged because of the stimulation to the capillaries found at the base of each follicle. Also, this can create distorted hair follicles, causing ingrown hairs.
Waxing is the same as tweezing, with mass hair removal as the result. Not only do you remove the unwanted hairs, you also remove the fine vellus hairs found in the area. Not only does this method encourage stronger hair growth (see tweezing), it will eventually increase hair growth of the fine vellus hairs that were also pulled out with the wax. After a while, you will notice more coarse hair growth in the area as the fine vellus hairs become stronger, terminal hairs. This method also may cause ingrown hairs, like tweezing.
Shaving cuts off the fine pointed tip of the hair, leaving a short nub which doesn't feel very nice. This method does not increase hair growth. It just shortens the hair in the area.
Bleaching changes the color of the hair to make it less noticeable. This method works well for a while, however repeated use of bleach removes the natural elasticity in hair and can actually make it stand out and be even more noticeable. Bleach can also be a problem for individuals with sensitive skin.
Threading is a method of removing hair by using strings. This method pulls out the hair, and has similar side effects of waxing.
Laser treatment is by far the most expensive, with repeat treatments needed perhaps indefinitely. For a variety of information about lasers and research findings, visit www.electrology.com.
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