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Asepsis. This word rings a bell to you? It is a preventive method to avoid the contamination of an area or surface by foreign micro-organisms. It gained in importance in the last few years in electrolysis and aesthetics salons to fight against bacteria, microbes and viruses of all kinds. The new reality where physical distancing and sanitary rules are part of daily precautions makes hygiene a priority during hair removal treatments.
It’s a fact, we don’t know very much about our body hair. Probably in part because its growth occurs slowly, and that it falls without us noticing, except, that is, when we take a peek at our shower drain! Such ignorance makes for a certain amount of misconceptions about hair that we should dispel, if only to help us choose what type of epilation procedure is right for us. Let us first get rid of the notion that hair grows… and “re-grows”, once cut or shaven. Hair will only resume its natural growth, and will fall eventually, before being replaced by a brand new hair. But then, how does that happen, exactly?
Hair Removal au masculin: A Quick Guide
To some, putting “men” and “hair removal” in the same sentence might seem slightly odd. Yet it is hard to argue against the fact that masculine epilation has now gone mainstream. Indeed, more and more men are deciding nowadays to have their body and/or facial hair partially or completely removed, be it for aesthetic reasons, or say, to provide a performance advantage in sports. Whatever the motivations behind such a decision, there are many options available on the market, yet only a select few really are suitable for men’s specific needs. Let’s go through them, then, shall we?
Right out of the gate, one would be hard pressed to recommend any type of temporary solution, other than one’s usual shaving regimen. Waxing, for one, should be taken out of the equation. First, the elephant in the room: the discomfort such a procedure entails. This issue is especially acute for men, as pain increases in proportion to the density of hair growth. Then factor in the fact that such quasi-torture will have to be repeated indefinitely in the future, and at fairly frequent intervals, at that, and you’ll quickly understand why this is a no-go. But what about hair remover lotions, I hear you ask? Those too, arguably, are best treated with caution. Notwithstanding their patchy record of effectiveness, such products are by nature irritant – hence the high risk of causing undesirable skin reactions, especially if used on a regular basis.
But If You’re Serious About Hair Removal
Gentlemen, let’s be honest. Long term solutions where it’s at if you’re serious about getting rid of those unwanted hairs. And in any case, wouldn’t you want to take care of the issue once and for all?
The real choice, then, will be between photoepilation (IPL or laser), or electroepilation (AKA electrolysis). At first, photoepilation might seem to be the obvious path. For both IPL (which stands for “Intense Pulsed Light”) and laser can be used to treat large zones efficiently and quickly, which pays off when dealing with wider surfaces that exhibit a high density of hair growth (back, torso, legs). However, such techniques are not appropriate in certain other situations, such as when dealing with pale (or white) hairs, or darker skins. Specific areas of the body like eyebrows or… rather more intimate locations, shall we say, demand a more considered approach.
Electrolysis to the rescue
For those situations, electrolysis comes to the rescue. Indeed, this technique allows for a more targeted approach (as each hair is destroyed individually), which obviously comes at the price of speed (though a good operator will mitigate that difference significantly). In fact, Dectro’s Apilus xCell electrolysis device also boasts specific programs for men, whose hairs are bigger and hardier, which makes for an even more efficient (and attractive) treatment. Add the fact that electrolysis is the only treatment that will lead to total elimination of hair; laser or IPL will only lead to a reduction of pilosity (roughly 80%). Obviously, a trained specialist will be able to guide you and orient you towards the treatment that is more suited to your particular condition. For when it comes to hair removal, whether you are male or female, there simply is no room for improvisation; one is always better off getting help from professionals.
Once the actual hair removal is complete, after-care should be performed to ensure the best possible healing to the skin. It is extremely important to apply good post-depilatory products on the treated area to soothe redness, reduce edema, prevent infection and dark spots, as well as protect against aggressions. Here are the 3 must-have products for electrolysis and photoepilation!
Keen to demonstrate the scientific basis of its technological applications, Dectro International went, in 2013, to the LOEX Center of the Université Laval. Combining the expertise of the LOEX doctors with Dectro International’s technologies, two studies were conducted to prove the efficiency of the 27 MHz radiofrequency in electroepilation and the IPL in photoepilation.
There are many influence factors that can affect the hair cycle such as age, heredity, hormones, medication, nutrition and even stress. Nevertheless, we all share the same hair cycle, broken down into four phases: anagen, catagen, telogen and exogen.
Before leaving on a trip, you’ll have many things to think about: luggages, bathing suits, not to mention your passport… Don’t forget to keep some time for hair removal! There are many efficient methods to get rid of unwanted hair: wax, electrolysis, photoepilation, etc. The choice of the method that suits you best depends, amongst others, on your budget and time that you want to spend on each session.
Transsexualism is a situation in which a person feels that he/she is a member of the gender opposite to the one assigned to them at birth. To reach full acceptation of her gender, a transsexual woman may feel the need to wear feminine clothes, to undergo surgery (gender reassignment, etc.) and permanent hair removal. Continue Reading…
In fact, for several years now, laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments have been used to achieve permanent hair reduction, and reduce signs of ageing and skin imperfections. However, there are still a lot of people who confuse these two types of treatment. Even though laser and IPL treatments both use light energy, there are several important differences: Continue Reading…