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Unread 09-12-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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Default Permanent Hair Removal at home

Most of the people think "permanent" means lasting forever. Unfortunately, that's not always the case as it's used in advertising. For instance, a permanent wave in your hair is not really permanent, and a permanent marker is not necessarily permanent.

It's difficult to assess a new hair removal method that claims to be permanent. Most people figure that after a certain amount of time, it's unlikely that a hair will ever return. That is why several people, me included, have suggested a specific definition of "permanent hair removal." Some of these definitions seem inadequate to me. One manufacturer claims their device is permanent based on results after 9 weeks. That's ridiculous. Waxing can last that long, and it's been clinically proven temporary.

For the purposes of hair removal, the hair facts definition of "permanent" is being able to go a year after your final hair removal treatment without having to use another method of hair removal. Keep in mind that a year might not be long enough to determine true permanence, but most consumers would be happy to have one treatment a year.
The only method of clinically proven permanent hair removal is electrolysis. Some lasers and flash lamps have been able to achieve permanent hair reduction, as discussed below.

Another undefined term is "long-term" hair removal. Again, it depends on what your definition of "long" is. The hair facts definition of "long-term" is being able to go 6 months after your final treatment without having to use another method of hair removal. Your definition may vary, but I don't consider 9 weeks to be long-term. I arbitrarily decided on 6 months as a working definition, because most hair growth cycles will have completed in 6 months.

Hair growing back at some point is still possible, whether it's a reduced amount, finer version, or combination of both. According to The Mayo Clinic, lasers can reduce hair counts 40% to 80%.

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal solution, but it can be extremely painful and expensive. A needle is inserted into each hair follicle where the root is given an electrical shock. The process requires several treatments to be effective and can cost several thousand dollars by the time you're through.

Other facial hair removal options include applications such as shaving, waxing and depilatory creams. Shaving removes the hair at skin level and doesn't last more than twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Creams are messy and can irritate the skin while waxing just rips the hair out by the root. Does that really sound like an option?

A newer term used by some hair removal marketers is "semi-permanent hair removal." This is a marketing term used in the salon industry that some salons have started using to describe laser results. In the salon industry, it means "lasting a few weeks."
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