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Hair Removal Options: Which Method Should You Use?

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Hair removal is a constant battle. Part of the struggle is removing the hair and the other part is keeping the skin around the hair from becoming overly irritated.

Most of us are pretty familiar with old standby methods such as shaving, plucking with tweezers, depilatories and waxing. However, these options can cause bumps, rashes and ingrown hairs.

Laser hair removal is one of the newest but most expensive methods. Electrolysis is another option that has been practiced for years. Threading has gained much popularity recently and is relatively inexpensive compared to the other two techniques.

These methods may limit some reactions of the skin where hair is removed.

Which option you should use depends on your pocketbook, how much hair you need removed and from where on your body you want that hair banished.

- Laser hair removal involves the use of intense heat that damages the hair follicle to prevent regrowth. It is a good method for hair removal in larger areas such as legs, armpits and bikini line, as well as on the face.

Laser hair removal works best on women with dark hair and light skin because it targets the melanin in the hair. There is one laser called Nd:YAG that is safe for black skin.

Laser hair removal does not work well on those who are blond or have white hair.

There are risks in the use of laser hair removal. Temporary redness or swelling may occur but usually disappears within hours.

Due to the heat used, there is a risk of burning or scarring. Hyperpigmentation areas may possibly develop, leaving dark spots on the skin.

Laser treatments are also a bit painful. The sensation has been described as having a rubber band snapped against the skin.

The cost of laser hair removal is pricey. Each session costs about $150 to $500 and five to seven sessions will be needed.

Touch ups are required about once or twice a year. Unfortunately, laser hair removal may only reduce the hair growth by 80 percent according to About.com.

- Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that can use the term “permanent”.

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