Flashlamps, otherwise known as Intense Pulsed Light therapy:
Introduced in the 1960s, this hair removal technology works by filtering light at unwanted hair and the thermal and mechanical reactions produced by the heat of the light damages the hair follicles, causing
them to fall out. With repeated sessions flashlamps can destroy the re-growth cycle. IPL is a safe method of removing body hair without any customary side effects, providing it is performed by a qualified
therapist. Although similar to electrolysis, if the person doing the treatment has insufficient knowledge about the procedure and technique, lesions and burns can occur. An advantage of this type of technology
is that when re-growth has been reported it has been described as being considerably finer and lighter. It is also a painless method of removing surplus hair, which is effective on all parts of the body
regardless of the shape and size. However, similar to laser treatments, flashlamps only attack hair containing dark pigment and are therefore ineffective on light or red hair.
Patented Radio Frequency Technology:
A relatively new and less well known method of hair removal, patented radio frequency technology works by aiming a cool, dry wave through each individual hair, killing it at the root and blighting any chances
of re-growth. Because the method is comparatively new, there is a considerable lot less literature written about it. Most reviews thus far are complimentary, with some manufacturers claiming that patented radio
frequency technology has been ‘clinically proven to be as effective as electrolysis without the pain, redness and scarring.’ Whilst other methods are quite limiting on the area of hair they can remove, patented
radio frequency technology works effectively on all areas of the body.
Prescription Oral Medications for Hair Removal:
As the pressure to bare hairless, beautiful bodies intensifies with each passing year, alternative methods to accomplish such demands are being constantly produced. Several prescribed oral medications have
latterly been tested and have been found to significantly reduce and in some cases stop body hair from growing. Spironolactone is one of the best known drugs in the US, which can reduce hair growth. As oral
medication like spironolactone, which is designed to curb hair growth is a relatively new phenomenon; there are several undesirable side effects, which have not yet been medically surmounted. It is therefore
of paramount importance to discuss the potential side effects with a doctor.
Like other methods of hair removal, threading has been used since ancient times where it was particularly prevalent in Eastern cultures. In recent years, the technique has gained in prominence in the Western
world. As the name suggests, a thread of cotton is pulled along the area of unwanted hair where the strands of hair become trapped inside a mini lasso, which then pulls the hair out of the follicle. If threading
is performed frequently it can cause damage to the follicle and stop the hair from growing back. This method of removing surplus body hair is very safe and effective providing it is performed by a professional.
One downside of threading is that it is only effective on smaller areas such as the eyebrows and the chin and is not commonly used on larger body parts. Another disadvantage is that threading is quite a painful
procedure and has been compared to causing similar pain as tweezing. A numbing spray is therefore offered for the less ‘braver’ of clients. The cost of threading is similar to waxing, although it can vary from salon to salon.