When deciding to undergo permanent hair removal, it is very important to understand the differences between laser hair removal and electrolysis. Many people are unaware of how laser and electrolysis methods work. I will first discuss how laser works and then its differences compared to electrolysis. Then I will explain which hair and skin types work best for laser and electrolysis.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal works by beaming highly concentrated light into the hair follicles. Pigment, color, in the follicles adsorbs the light. This adsorption destroys the hair follicle. Most laser hair removal technologies today only allows for dark hair colors like black or brown to be adsorbed. Also, this technology works best on individuals where there is a contrast of skin tone and hair color. The best candidates for laser hair removal are those with light skin tone and dark color hair. Laser is not effective on blonde, red, or grey hair. Nor is it effective for those with similar skin and hair color. It should be noted that it can also cause hyper-pigmentation, darkening of the skin, which can be permanent. Most importantly, laser hair removal can only claim “Hair Reduction” by the FDA. It is not labeled as “Permanent” like electrolysis and will never clear 100% of the hair targeted.
Electrolysis Hair Removal
Electrolysis works by using an electric current to target the source of the hair follicle from which it grows, the dermal papilla. Each time the dermal papilla is targeted, it is destroying the growth of the hair. Electrolysis works by targeting the source of hair growth and not the pigment of the hair, therefore, it can permanently remove all hair colors and work on every single skin type. It is the only method of hair removal that is FDA allows to be called “Permanent”.