Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Factors that Could Influence Hair Removal Results

Successful hair removal treatment requires more than just a skilled technician overseeing your treatment. There are many factors that can influence the results of your hair removal treatment -- sometimes negatively.

Here are just a few factors that you should consider when planning your hair removal treatment and determining the best course of action for you:

Hair Color

Surprisingly, darker hair is often easier to treat for hair removal. It has more pigment, making laser treatment more successful, and it is typically coarser, making forms of treatment that grab the hair -- like waxing -- more successful.
Light hair tends to be the hardest to treat. There aren't pigments that can absorb the light from laser treatment, and the hair tends to be very fine. White or grey hair would be the most difficult hair to treat.


Complexion can play a role in some types of hair removal. For example, lighter complexions are better suited for laser hair removal as the procedure can damage or scar darker skin tones. Those with darker complexions are advised to find a practitioner with years of experience, particularly with patients who have a similar skin tone.
Of course, everyday procedures like waxing can be performed on any complexion with no complications. However, if you are looking for more permanent treatment, complexion will play a role in the outcome.

Scar Tissue

If you have scar tissue in or around the area that will be treated for hair removal, this can affect the outcome of your treatment. Laser hair removal and other treatments can aggravate the tissue and cause additional scarring, leaving a more unsightly problem than the hair itself.

If you have scarring around the area to be treated, you may need to discuss alternative treatments or may need to select less invasive treatments such as temporary waxing or tweezing.


Herpes is a common infection that can cause problems for laser hair removal and other treatments. Many forms of the virus are common and can lie dormant in parts of the body that would be treated for hair removal, such as the upper lip. Laser hair removal and other treatments can aggravate the area and cause the virus to become active.
Understanding all the factors that could influence your hair removal treatment is important to help you choose the procedure that is right for you. Be sure to discuss these and any other factors you feel might influence treatment with your practitioner to ensure that you have a successful outcome.

Lisa Shoreland is currently a resident blogger at Go college, where recently she’s been researching minority scholarship grants and native american scholarship grants. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing and hogging her boyfriend’s PlayStation 3. To keep her sanity she enjoys practicing martial arts and bringing home abandon animals.

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