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Dare to Be Bare: Hair Removal and What Works Best


Long-term Hair Removal
If you have the patience and the money, there are ways to stay smooth for a longer period of time.
If you have the patience and the money, there are ways to stay smooth for a longer period of time.
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If you're willing to spend more money and time on hair removal, there are a couple of options that will leave you hairless for extended periods of time. The most popular option is laser or pulsed light therapy hair removal. Microscopic lasers are aimed into the hair follicle and destroy the root. Newer model lasers add a bit of suction to remove the hair.

Unfortunately, laser hair removal doesn't work on white hair and it isn't much better with blond strands. The ideal laser candidates are ladies with dark hair and light skin. In fact, only one laser (the ND YAG laser) is safe for dark skin. All others put you at risk of walking away from the procedure with dark spots, scarring and burns. Plan on five to seven initial sessions, with a touch-up approximately once a year.

For women who suffer from hormone-related hair growth, there are effective prescription medications on the market to keep unwanted hair at bay. They're not available over-the-counter, however, so you'll have to pay a visit to your general practitioner or dermatologist to get a prescription.


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