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Facial Hair Removal: Ancient Art to Modern-Day Technology
Women have been battling unwanted facial hair for centuries. Luckily, women today have more options than ever for hair removal, ranging from the ancient arts to modern-day technology.
Originated in the Middle East, threading is a looped cotton thread rolled over the skin, plucking the finest and shortest hairs from the follicle. Unlike tweezing, it removes entire rows of hair, creating a more uniform and appealing line. At some salons, clients can look forward to an Indian inspired experience that is not only very personalized, but also comes with a complimentary temple and brow massage at the end of the threading treatment. Unlike waxing, threading does not lift, tear or over-exfoliate the skin.
Regrowth: Six to ten weeks
Cost: $5 to $45 (full face)
Waxing removes hair from the follicle while it exfoliates the skin. Wax is spread in the direction of hair growth, then removed in the opposite direction. Many of today’s salons use a wide variety of premium hard and soft waxes. Do your research and find a salon that uses a wax that enhances the process. A consultation can help determine which type of waxing is best suited for your needs, depending on skin type, hair texture and gender. A good quality wax will minimize pain and skin irritation. Waxing needs at least ¼ of regrowth in order to be effective.
Regrowth: Two to six weeks
Cost: $10 to $65 (full face)
Once an Egyptian luxury, sugaring is a gentle alternative to waxing with its natural formula of water, lemon and sugar. Since hair is removed in the direction of the growth (unlike waxing), more hairs are removed without breaking at the skin level. Additionally, sugaring is applied lukewarm, eliminating the possibility of burning the skin, and it only removes dead skin versus waxing which can strip live skin cells. The end result is a process that results in less hair breakage and less pain. Other things to note are that sugaring is natural, more sanitary and uses better technique. Sugar paste is water-soluble and easily rinsed off skin or clothes. It also controls and diminishes hair growth cycles for a long-term effect.
Regrowth: Four to six weeks.
Cost: $10 to $30 (full face)
Using a fine needle, minor electric currents are directed at the base of the hair follicle to target the hair growth-tissues located at the root. These currents destroy the growth-tissues with chemical or heat energy, significantly impeding the hair follicle’s ability to regenerate. Afterwards, the dead strands of hair are removed with tweezers to leave you with smooth, hair-free skin. Electrolysis also is the only current method of permanent hair removal recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Regrowth: Several weekly sessions of electrolysis are needed to permanently remove hair. The number of visits varies depending on which area of the body is undergoing the treatment as well as from person to person. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes and 1 hour.
Cost: Cost varies depending on length of treatment. A 15 minute session typically ranges from $45 to $70, a 30 minute session is between $70 and $100, a 45 minute session is between $100 and $130, and an hour long session is between $130 and $150.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal works by emitting a highly concentrated beam of light through the skin to the hair follicle, where the heat is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, destroying it from within. Because of this, laser treatments tend to work better when you have darker hair on lighter skin. This focused energy (rather than diffused) offers more powerful, accurate results. Laser hair removal is not as painful as treatments like electrolysis or waxing. The overall effectiveness of laser hair removal is dependent on a combination of hair and skin type.
Regrowth: Hair in treated areas falls out within 2 or 3 weeks, but it won’t permanently reduce all unwanted hair. While most patients will see 75%-90% reduction in hair after completing a series of treatments, yearly touch-ups may be required to maintain results.
Cost: $95 to $250 per treatment, with an average of six treatments.
Popular hair removal questions
Will a licensed esthetician perform a Brazilian bikini wax at a spa?View answer
Best answer by Jessica V.
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I know that being a woman with facial hair can be draining and depressing. There is help out there. There are a couple of options that can help. I get laser hair treatments from a medi spa. The hairs were growing in thick in patches on my chin. In...
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Best answer by Kristin M.
It truly depends on each individual and their needs. If you're looking to be bare and just have a strip of hair in the front and not the back, then a Brazilian wax is definitely for you. It can be painful, especially the first time. If you're cons...