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Which methods work best on which parts of the body?

Choosing a method of Permanent Hair Removal depends on how much hair you want to remove and where on the body the hair is growing. Laser and Electrolysis are frequently chosen for areas of very sensitive skin and for areas that are frequently visible to others. Understandably, faces, legs and backs are the most popular areas chosen for permanent hair removal. These two methods work well when targeting areas of sparse hair, like out-of-bounds pubic hair that is growing toward or near the belly button, or patches of back or shoulder hair that spring up in discreet areas. This is because both techniques target individual hair follicles, requiring the technician to locate and focus the mechanism on each hair, one at a time, actually counting the hairs they remove. Counting hairs also helps track how well and how quickly the hair follicles are actually dying.

For men with large areas of back hair who want to become hairless, or close to hairless, and women who don't want to shave their legs every other day for the rest of their lives, electrolysis and laser hair removal are very expensive options. More frequently, this is where a less permanent option, like waxing, is chosen. They don't achieve the permanent hair loss of laser and electrolysis, but they also don't have to endure the unpleasant sting of hundreds or thousands of individual hair follicles being killed. It's a toss-up: fast, really uncomfortable tearing out of hundreds of hairs at a time every 6 weeks or so forever, or the sting of every individual hair being “zapped” with longer breaks in between, and the eventual lack of hair forever? Waxing is popular for its affordability and its (relatively) gentle treatment of sensitive skin.

Choosing the best method for you requires considering your budget, your skin type (sensitive or not), the amount of hair you want to remove, and where on your body the to-be-removed hair is growing.