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Depilation or epilation - what are the differences

Depilation or epilation - what's the difference and what to choose?

The term depilation and epilation is familiar to everyone, we suggest you figure out what the difference is.

Perfect skin is every girl's dream. And what sacrifices they are not ready to make in pursuit of perfectly even, silky and smooth skin. And this is not surprising, in society there have long been standards that dictate fashion and rules about how an ideal girl should look. And clean, smooth skin with no extra hair is at the top of this long list.

The world of cosmetology offers us a fairly large selection of tools and methods for removing unwanted hair on the face and body. There are both temporary and radical ways to get results. Let's start with temporary methods - depilation.

Temporary Hair Removal Techniques

Depilation is a mechanical hair removal using razors, creams, wax, sugar paste and anything else that can remove hair without damaging or destroying the hair follicle. The most popular of these are waxing and sugaring. The reason is the price, and the availability in salons, and a kind of advantage over other types of depilation such as shaving hair and removing with creams.

Wax depilation. During waxing or sugaring, the hair is removed up to the bulb, so the effect of smooth skin lasts longer than shaving.

Disadvantages of depilation

But besides the pluses, there are also significant minuses. Depilation with wax or sugar paste is only a temporary effect that requires regular and constant repetition, as well as preparation for the procedure. Do not forget that before waxing or sugaring, you need to grow your hair to a certain length. When depilation with wax, the length should be at least five millimeters, with sugaring at least three millimeters. Also, the procedure is accompanied by a rather strong pain, and here you already have to rely on your own patience and the individuality of the pain threshold. After the procedure, redness, burning and irritation of the skin are also possible, this is due to the peculiarities of hair removal. And from this point of view, the sugaring procedure is more comfortable, since the hair during the procedure is pulled out according to hair growth, and not against the growth, as during wax depilation (which leads to greater injury). And as you can see, there are a lot of cons.

Permanent Hair Removal Techniques: Epilation

Epilation - hair removal for a long period, exceeding the period of hair renewal, that is, the hair is removed forever. It is a permanent method for removing unwanted hair.


Electrolysis - hair removal using electric current. A thin needle-electrode is inserted along the hair. Under the action of an electric current, ions are released, which destroy the bulb and hair growth stops forever. This technique removes all types of hair, including blonde and gray hair. The disadvantage of this technique is the complexity of implementation, since every hair must be treated, high risk of scarring.

Electrolysis. During electrolysis, a thin, sterile needle is inserted as the hair grows up to the bulb. Electric current destroys the bulb and hair growth stops. Ideal for light and gray hair.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser epilation destroys of the hair follicle using laser energy. During laser hair removal treatment the laser beam is absorbed by the hair pigment and causes heating of the hair and the hair follicle, which leads to the destruction of the bulb, after a few days the bulb falls out naturally. It is worth noting that the laser does not have any effect on the surrounding tissues or organs, since the beam reaches only the level where the hair follicle is located, which is its target. Also, after the procedure, there is no discomfort and irritation. There is no risk of burns or scars (which is possible with electrolysis), peeling (inherent in depilatory creams), irritation and allergies. During the procedure, only those hairs that are in the growth stage (anagen) are affected, and it is with this that the number of procedures for complete hair removal is connected. On average, to achieve maximum results, it is required to undergo a course of 6-8 procedures, with intervals of 6-8 weeks between them. The disadvantage of laser hair removal is that light and gray hair cannot be removed with this technique, since it does not contain the pigment that the laser affects.

Leaseir laser hair removal
Laser hair removal destroys the hair follicle by selectively heating it with a laser beam.

What to choose?

To summarize, we can say that at the moment laser hair removal is the most effective and safest way to remove unwanted hair on the face and body. This is a radical method, the fastest and safest enough in comparison with other permanent methods of hair removal. If the hair is gray or light, then the only permanent way is electrolysis.

Regardless of which method of hair removal you have chosen, do not forget to follow all the doctor's recommendations in the period between procedures.

Read in detail - laser hair removal.

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