Different Types Of Permanent Hair Removal

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If you are one of those for whom going to the parlour once a month can be a real hassle, then you need to look for a more permanent form of hair removal treatment. Among the popular hair removal treatments that are permanent in nature, most women prefer to opt for electrolysis or laser hair removal. You can choose to go for either of the treatments based on your hair growth and other factors like the cost of treatment.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal technology is a breakthrough in the field of grooming as you can get rid of all your unwanted hair within a few sittings. The procedure is very simple – a concentrated beam of light is focused over the follicle of hair in a particular region. The melanin present in the hair will absorb this light and get burnt out. Without the follicles, the hair cannot regrow in that area. The skin however is continuously reproducing hair follicles, so it will take about 7 to 8 sittings of this treatment to get rid of all the hair follicles on your skin. There are various types of lasers that are available based on the type and colour of your skin.

Laser hair removal therapy works best on those who have dark hair and light skin. Due to the contrast between the two the laser is absorbed by the melanin present in the hair leaving the skin in that area untouched. If you have darker skin or very light hair on light skin, different types of lasers would be used when you undergo the treatment. It is best to consult your doctor as to which treatment is best suited for you.

Types of lasers used for laser therapy

Ruby laser:

This technique is mainly recommended for people with very pale or light skin that is not as susceptible to discolouration as darker skin. It is a highly developed type of laser that causes comparatively less pain. With this type of laser, it is possible to precisely target only the hair causing little harm to your surrounding skin.

Alexandrite laser:

The wavelength of this laser is slightly longer than that of the Ruby laser, which allows high melanin absorption for various types of skin tones and different hair colours. However, there is a high risk of burns and discolouration on most skin types except very light-skinned individuals, when using this form of laser for hair removal.

Nd:YAG laser:

The Nd:YAG laser releases infra-red light which is usually used along with a lotion of carbon to uproot the hair from the follicle. The Nd:YAG Laser is used majorly on those with darker skin. Since, it uses longer wavelengths than the previous two, it has the maximum potential of destroying hair at the papilla itself.


Electrolysis is an invasive process. The unwanted hair on your body is removed by inserting a probe, or needle, into the skin that destroys the hair follicle. Electrolysis can be conducted in multiple ways. The galvanic method – in this method, the hair follicle is destroyed with the use of a chemical. The thermolytic method uses heat that destroys the hair follicle. The results may vary form person to person.