The perfect solution to undesired hair growth!
Everybody having hair in unwanted places is familiar with the problem of shaving, waxing or depilating time and again. It requires a great deal of time and money, and spontaneous outings are preceded by a hair inspection. For excessive hair growth on the face the method of electric depilation performed by the beautician (Blend Method) has existed for 40 years.
An effective but a time-consuming and expensive job especially in areas with more hair. With excessive hair on the body electric depilation is usually not even considered.
Meanwhile science has advanced so far that new, very well-tried methods have been launched on the market. If you read on, you will become acquainted with a very effective form of permanent depilation.
This is how it works.
Having determinded the area to be depilated, the cooled head of the depilatory device is led across the area to be treated. The pulse giving off its energy only a split second targets on the pigment at the bottom of the hair. By the released heat it destroys the follicle from which the hair grows. By giving off the heat for such a short time and using the cooling the skin surrounding the hair will be well protected.
What may you expect?
The treatment does not take long varying from a couple of minutes to an hour or so depending on the size of the area to be treated. Because the laser targets on the pigment at the bottom of the hair and only hair in the growth phase have this pigment, more treatments will be necessary.
The treatment itself is not painful, a little irritant at most. Most clients take the treatment very well.
After the treatment the skin may look a little red as after sunburn, and show some swelling. Yet this depends on the skin type. These reactions usually disappear quickly so you can continue your normal activities almost straightaway. To take away the warm feeling as quickly as possible a calming gel will be applied.
Who is fit for the treatment?
The depilating treatment is especially fit for both women and men who experience their excessive hair as disturbing. Face, legs, chest, back, armpits, bikini line, thinning the beard, basically everything is possible. It is important for the skin not to be too dark or suntanned and the hairs not be too thin (down) or too white. The fact is that the released energy will search for the pigment button at the bottom of the hair which is not present with down and with a pigmented or suntanned skin the skin will absorb too much energy.
Frequently raised questions
How does hair grow?
Hair follicles develop through a complex series of activities in the skin. Interesting is that not all hairs grow simultaneously. In fact growth passes several phases: the growth phase (anagenic phase), the transitional phase (catagenic phase) and the resting phase (telogenic phase). The time each phase takes is dependent on various factors including body area. For example, on the scalp 90% of the hairs are in the growth phase compared to 70% of the hairs on our arms. During the transitional phase the surrounding skin will begin to absorb the hair root. Finally the hair will come in the resting phase and fall out after which the growth will start again.
What determines the appearance of body hair?
Age, origin, place on the body, medication and hormone level determine the length, thickness and colour of body hair. How many hairs can be seen depends on the amount of hairs being in the growth phase at that moment and how long that phase takes.
Alternatives for hair removal:
* Shaving – A simple method. It does not influence the coarseness, thickness and growth cycle of the hair but it is a provisional solution requiring repeat actions to make the skin look hairless;
* Depilating (plucking) - Is a time-consuming, painful and impracticable solution for larger areas;
* Waxing – This treatment can be done in larger areas of the body. The skin will remain free from hair for 3 to 6 weeks. However, this method is also painful and for most people it is a problem that they will always walk around with visible hairs before the next waxing can take place;
* Electric depilating (Blend method) – With this method a needle is inserted into the follicle beside the hair after which through heating the culture medium of the hair is destroyed. Done by a beautician with the specialization of electric depilating, this method is successful and makes the skin permanently free from hair. However, because you can only treat one hair at a time, it is a very time-consuming job.
Does it hurt?
For most people it is not painful; it gives a tingling, slightly prickling sensation but for most people this will only be irritant at most. However, some parts of the body are more sensitive than other parts.
How many treatments do I need?
The depilating treatment disturbs the growth pattern of the hairs in the active phase. Because other hairs will reach this growth phase not until later, several treatments may be necessary to destroy all the hairs in a specific area. Take into account about at least 8 to 10 treatments. Our assistants would like to help you choose the best treatment for your hair problem so you will be released from your hairs as fast as possible. The first three treatments take place at short intervals of 6 to 8 weeks. Any subsequent treatments can take a longer interval.
Are the results permanent?
Clients may expect a permanent reduction in hair growth within 5 to 6 treatments. In some cases however more treatments may be necessary. However, it is impossible for us to guarantee that hair will never grow again in the treated place. Under the influence of changes in the body (just think of hormone changes) it is always possible for down to turn into thicker hair.
What happens after the treatment?
Within a couple of minutes the treated area may turn a little red and show some minor swellings. This is a reaction to the strong heat brought into the skin but it will quickly disappear again. To keep the reaction time as short as possible, a cooling gel will be applied to calm the skin again. Most people will therefore be able to continue their normal activities straightaway. Yet we advise our clients not to plan anything important right after a treatment because we do not know in advance how strongly the skin will react.
One to two weeks after the treatment you will see the hairs that have been treated grow very slowly out of the skin. If they bother you, you may shave them but you may also leave them for they will come out automatically.
With skin types that are very sensitive for disruption of pigment, minor hyper or hypo-pigmentations may appear after the treatment which will always recover.
Who can be treated?
In fact almost all skin types and hair types of both women and men.
However, there are some exceptions. Down and hard white hair react less to the impulse because they have no/hardly any pigment. Dark skin types can be treated as long as there is no colour contrast between skin and hair. Yet we test dark skin types before treatment. Should you doubt if your skin is fit for a treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us. Of course we assess skin and hair type previous to the treatment and consult with you about what to expect from us.
Special instructions after the treatment:
* do not use any products on the treated area save the recommended cooling gel or a suntan cream with a high protection factor (sunblock) when you walk in the sun; you may wash the area with a soft cleansing cream but not scrub it;
* you may not go into the sun or in a solarium with the treated area; do not use any self- tanning products 6 weeks before and after your treatment;
* 1 to 2 weeks after the treatment the hairs will grow out; you may shave but this is not necessary for they will come out automatically;
* do not wax or pluck hairs with tweezers in between the treatments, only shaving is allowed;
* leave the skin alone after the treatment, do not start picking.
If you have any further questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact us.