Top Rated Facial Hair Removal Methods

Top Rated Facial Hair Removal Methods

Electrolysis Hair Removal

How Does it Work?

Electrolysis uses a very fine needle, or a metal probe, to apply electric current into each hair follicle. Numerous sessions must be taken in order to get best results. There are three types of electrolysis hair removal systems:

Thermolysis: Also known as ‘short-wave radio frequency diathermy’. The hair follicle is treated by an AC current passing through the needle. It is generally fast, but not very reliable method.

Galvanic: The hair follicle is treated by a DC current, passing through the needle. It produces a chemical reaction to destroy the follicles. It is more reliable method, but relatively slow.

Blend: A combination of both thermolysis and galvanic methods. AC and DC currents are passed through the needle at the same time.

How Much Does it Cost?

Costs may vary from $30-$100 per hour. Usually, a 30-minute session is about $45.

Advantages

  • – Highest probability of permanent hair removal for certain areas.
  • – Suitable for each hair and skin types.

Disadvantages

  • – Electrolysis treatment requires multiple sessions taken.You will need anywhere from 15-3o treatments.
  • – It will most probably take considerable amount of money. Electrolysis services are pricey.
  • – Treatments are painful and most people experience a sensation equivalent to hairs being plucked out.
  • – If not carried out by professional, electrolysis procedures may cause significant skin damage.

Side effects

Most side effects are associated with temporary discomfort of the skin and possible swelling, redness or minor scabbing. Allergic reactions to the metal probes, problematic skin or bent follicles may also impede treatments and cause additional problems.

Facts

Home electrolysis kits are not recommended and should definitely be avoided. Most kits do not work well, or do not work at all. This may result in permanent scarring and much worse side effects.

Laser Hair Removal

How Does it Work?

A laser device is used to produce beam of light. The hair absorbs the light and transforms it into heat to impair the hair follicles. Laser hair removal is an approved method for permanent hair reduction. For best results multiple treatments are required.

How Much Does it Cost?

Laser hair removal prices can vary greatly. Depending on the size of the area being treated, a treatment session averages $300-$700, and at least 3-4 sessions are necessary. It may take more treatments for people with darker or sun tanned skin.

Advantages

  • – Lasers can reduce hair counts 40%-65%.
  • – Treatments are not as time consuming as electrolysis sessions.
  • – Hair may grow back lighter and finer.
  • – Safe if done right.

Disadvantages

  • – Not all consumers respond to treatments. Laser hair removal works best for light-skinned people with dark hair.
  • – Not as effective on blond, red or gray hair.
  • – Repeated sessions are necessary and yet, results can not be guaranteed.
  • – Treatments are expensive.
  • – Can be painful. People with darker and thicker hair often feel more pain as their hair absorbs more light.
  • – Improper treatment may lead to major, long term side effects.
  • – Effectiveness, regrowth and response rates have not been established precisely.

Side effects

Treatments can cause burns, scarring, lesions, and skin discoloration if not done properly.

Facts

Many products claim to be painless, and guarantee permanent hair removal or no hair regrowth at all. Never fall into that sort of over promise.

Depilatories

How Does it Work?

Depilatories are chemical products that remove hair on the skin’s surface. The strong, alkaline base of depilatories dissolves hair into jelly-like mass which is easily wiped out. For best results, and your personal safety, follow the timing instructions strictly and do not use depilatories for extended periods of time.

How Much Does it Cost?

Depilatory hair removal products have an average price range of $4-$10.

Advantages

  • – Can be easily done at home.
  • – Relatively inexpensive.
  • – Easy and fast to apply.
  • Disadvantages
  • – Results are not guaranteed.
  • – Unpleasant odor.
  • – Strong chemical ingredients.
  • – Effect does not last long. You will see hair growing back in couple of days.

Side effects

  • – Allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.
  • – Burns, skin peeling, stinging, and blisters.

Facts

Depilatories have best results on wide areas, and non-sensitive types of skin. Always test different products on a small area of your skin prior to use. Follow all instructions and recommendations closely.

Sugaring

How Does it Work?

Sugaring is an old method using a mixture of natural components (paste) to remove the hair follicle from the root. The procedure is very similar to waxing. The paste is applied to the skin, and a strip made of cloth/cotton/paper is pressed over it. The strip then is sharply pulled away, removing all the hairs.

How Much Does it Cost?

Home kits usually cost anywhere from $10 – $35. If done professionally in a salon, procedures on the face would cost around $15 – $40, and body areas – anywhere from $40 – $100.

Advantages

  • – Relatively cheap.
  • – Can be easily done at home. You can prepare your own paste as well.
  • – It is safe. The natural ingredients are not dangerous for your skin.

Disadvantages

  • – Incorrect consistency. Mixing the right ingredients can be risky, especially if made at home.
  • – Can be painful. Removing the hair from the root is truly annoying.
  • – If performed inappropriately, skin may become scabby, red, and also get an infection. Certain sanitary procedures need to be followed closely.
  • – For best results, hair must be about 6mm long.

Facts

The discomfort of sugaring is less compared to waxing. The hair is removed in the direction of its growth, while in waxing it is removed against its growth.

Waxing

How Does it Work?

This method uses wax to remove the hair follicle from the root. With waxing, strip is not needed to remove the hair as the wax turns into strip itself when cools solid enough. It should be applied on the skin while warm, and removed when it cools down and is clutched enough to the hair. The cold wax strip should be removed opposite the direction of the hair growth.

How Much Does it Cost?

Waxing procedures cost anywhere from $20-$70 for home kits, and $30-$200 for professional waxing.

Advantages

  • – Not expensive.
  • – Fairly fast and effective if done correctly.
  • – Regular waxing may disrupt hair follicles and reduce hair growth.
  • – Accessible kits and supplies. Can be easily done at home.

Disadvantages

  • – Too painful for sensitive areas.
  • – Not practical for women with sensible and problematic skin.
  • – Not recommended for people with diabetes, dilated blood vessels, etc.
  • – Results last for 2 – 3 weeks.
  • – You need to let your hair grow before you can wax it.

Facts

Waxing procedures should not be repeated in short periods of time as they can cause irritation and even bleeding of the skin. Treat waxed areas carefully – do not expose to sun, use exfoliators , and do not wear tight clothing. Make sure the area to be waxed is completely dry prior to waxing.

Threading

How Does it Work?

Threading is a very old method that originates from the Middle East countries. It is mostly used for facial hair removal for women as it removes hair from the root. Results may last up to 3-4 weeks. In general, threading uses the principle of tweezers. A cotton threat is twisted around the hairs and then pulled out. Opposed to plucking however, threading leaves the skin smooth as it pulls out rows of hair.

How Much Does it Cost?

Threading hair removal prices may vary from $5 to $50 depending on the areas treated.

Advantages

  • – Good for unwanted facial hair removal.
  • – Cheap and fast.
  • – Safe and sanitary.
  • – Last longing results.

Disadvantages

  • – Can be painful. The skin may get red and sore.
  • – Difficult to find a trained practitioner. Most cosmetologists in the United States are not qualified in the procedure.
  • – If not carried out by professional, hair may break and start re-growing faster.

Shaving

How Does it Work?

Shaving is the most common method of hair removal. The hair is cut off at the skin’s surface with a razor. With wet shaving, a slipping component is used, such as gel, foam, or cream, to help the razor glide over the skin easier. After shaving, a lotion must be used to disinfect the skin and reduce the risk of irritation or inflammation. Shave lotions are also recommended for electric shavers.

How Much Does it Cost?

Razors cost anywhere around $1 – $5 for disposable ones, and $10 – $15 for regular razors. Depending on the features and quality, the price of electric razors is in the range of $30 – $300. Additional shaving supplies would approximately cost anywhere from $1 – $25.

Advantages

  • – Convenient and very accessible. Can be easily done at home, or anywhere else.
  • – Fairly cheap.
  • – Usually painless.

Disadvantages

  • – Short time effect. Hair reappears really fast, usually after several hours or a few days.
  • – Razors and blades must be maintained and replaced frequently.
  • – Sometimes it causes ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
  • – Risk of nicks and cuts.

Facts

Shaving opposite the hair growth direction gives better temporary results and smoother skin look, but will make hair start growing in different directions. Always use sharp blades and replace them repeatedly to avoid ingrown hair and skin irritation.

After shaving, hair does not grow back thicker. The hair structures is intact so it just feels and looks thicker.

Tweezing

How Does it Work?

Tweezing, also know as plucking hair removal, uses tweezers (metal forceps) to remove the entire hair follicle one by one.

How Much Does it Cost?

There are many different types of tweezers. The quality models that you can use at home would cost $10 – $20.

Advantages

  • – Suitable for eyebrows and lone hairs on the face.
  • – Long lasting results. Plucking may last up to 5 – 6 weeks.

Disadvantages

  • – Painful and tedious. Plucking hairs one by one takes considerable amount of time, and is also an assiduous process.
  • – Not applicable for large areas.
  • – May cause ingrown hair and scarring.

Facts

To avoid any infections, always use antibacterial agent after plucking. Use quality tweezers that have good grip on the hairs, and always tweeze in the direction of the hair growth.

AVOID using electric tweezers. Although they have been aggressively promoted under various false claims, they do have lots of side effects, there is no clinically proven data that they work, they are not painless, and not permanent by any means.

Epilators

How Do They Work?

Epilators are devices that use rotating rows of tweezers to pluck the hair from the root.

How Much Do They Cost?

Depending on the model and brand, they cost anywhere around $40 – $120.

Advantages

  • – Good for large areas like legs and arms.
  • – Long lasting results.
  • – Quickly remove hairs from the root.
  • Disadvantages
  • – May irritate skin and cause ingrown hairs.
  • – Painful, especially if used on sensitive areas.
  • – Not recommended for facial hair removal.
  • – Not good results on short and fine hair.

Facts

In order to avoid pinching, always pull skin tight. Use disinfecting agent to reduce swollen hair follicles and red bumps.

Hair Inhibitors

How Do They Work?

Hair inhibitors are plant enzymes based products intended to restrain hair growth. It has been clinically observed that some prescription medications slow down hair growth. Inhibitors disrupt normal process in hair growth, causing it to appear back thinner and finer. They are usually used in combination after using another hair removal methods like waxing, shaving, sugaring, or threading. Their main purpose is to reduce the frequency of using any other methods of hair removal.

How Much Do They Cost?

Depending on the type of the product, prices may vary significantly: $10 – $200.

Advantages

  • – Easy to use.
  • – May reduce hair growth.
  • – Organic ingredients. Natural remedies are not likely to cause any side effects.

Disadvantages

  • – Will not work for everyone.
  • – Takes considerable amount of time before you can see any results.
  • – Should only use after a consultation with a doctor.
  • – Hard to recognize original and authentic products.
  • – Not recommended for facial hair removal.

Facts

Only use drugs to reduce facial hair growth after approval from your physician or doctor. Be aware before using any herbal hair inhibitors. There is no clinical data that they stop or slow down hair growth.

In conclusion, there is absolutely no guarantee that a certain method will work for you. Unwanted facial hair in women is a sore subject, and each one of us wants to find the easiest and most effective solution. Unfortunately, too many dubious companies and products have been involved in hair removal nowadays, and we all need to be aware of that.

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