Helping clients get rid of unwanted hair is a daily practice for most aestheticians and certain methods work better than others. Waxing is arguably the most common but there are several other great options you should be taking advantage of as well. Understanding the pros and cons to each will help you decide what method of hair removal to recommend for your client and their needs. Below are 4 common methods of hair removal.
Full disclosure - I am not a huge fan of waxing. I have seen too many patients have pigmentation issues (mostly on the upper lip and above the eyebrows) that are a result of the wax removing layers of skin that were subsequently exposed to the sun causing the pigmentation. In my opinion, waxing on the face causes more damage than good, especially when there are alternative methods to removing the hair. With proper pre/post care waxing on the body can be another story; particularly in the bikini area. This is a wonderful alternative for those who may not be interested in or are not candidates for laser hair removal. Waxing should be done every 4 weeks to maintain results.
This method of hair removal is widely used in Central Asia, India, and the Middle East and has been gaining popularity in the West. Threading is done when a cotton or polyester thread is doubled and rolled across the skin removing multiple hairs at once from the follicle. This method is commonly used for the eyebrows and often on the face. It leaves the skin very smooth and soft and is less irritating than waxing for many. Threading should be done every 2-4 weeks to maintain results.
Laser Hair Removal
This is the only permanent method of hair removal on this list, however it is important to note that this method does not remove vellus hair (peach fuzz). Laser hair removal works best on darker, coarser hair and can be ineffective on white, blonde, gray, or red hair. The laser targets the pigment in the root of the hair during the active stage of growth so a series of treatments are needed to achieve a 75%-95% clearance of the hair.
Dermaplaning is a phenomenal option for those who are concerned with vellus hair. This mechanical exfoliation technique not only exfoliates the outermost layer of the epidermis, it also removes all of the vellus hair leaving your skin looking and feeling so soft and smooth. Your skincare products will also penetrate deeper. Dermaplaning can be done as frequently as every two weeks but generally maintenance treatments are received in 2-4 week intervals.
What methods do you like to use? Let me know if I missed any!
(Laser Hair Removal and Dermaplaning are my favorites!)
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