Electrolysis V IPL?

Removing facial hair is one of the most challenging beauty duties. But as Trudi Brewer discovers there is more than one option for a permanent result.

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If you are guilty of secretly plucking stray hairs from your chin, please stop. You could be doing more harm than good. Jackie Hendy laser and IPL training manager at About Face in Auckland believes facial hair is one of the biggest problems women face. "Hair growth is caused by hormones and hereditary factors as well as topical stimulation such as tweezing, waxing threading or shaving. These methods stimulate hair growth, and that growth can continue to increase, and hair will become stronger," says Hendy. Who adds, "One hair takes approximately four to six weeks to return so when you are tweezing weekly or daily over time that is quite a lot of hair growth to deal with."  
What is the best way to remove unwanted hair?
The best form of hair reduction management is either IPL, electrolysis, or a combination of both, which work perfectly together. For IPL to be effective there needs to be enough pigment (colour) in the hair shaft, so the light will create a heat energy to be able to destroy the hair in the follicle. If there is not enough pigment, then it will not be as effective. IPL is effective for treating large areas, quickly. 
What about electrolysis?
This treatment uses a two currents, high frequency and a direct electric current applied via a very fine needle into each hair follicle to destroy the root. It can be used on every hair and is not restricted to treating dark hair only. Electrolysis works very well beside IPL where there is both dark hair and fair or grey hair. However, electrolysis is very operator dependant and to ensure a good result, you have to have a well-trained electrologist.
How can you ensure a permanent result?
If your hair growth problem is caused by hormones these treatments combined are an effective way of managing the problem. Often when hair growth is removed temporarily with tweezing or shaving, the skin becomes fragile and can appear spotty and patchy. However the skins condition and irritation will improve when the hair growth is treated with IPL or electrolysis.