When it comes to your skin, you want the best hair removal option. This means no ingrown hairs and no hair left behind. This is especially true for the bikini area. This is perhaps the most sensitive part of your skin, so it needs the best care possible.
There are many options available for removing hair, but not all of them offer permanent solutions. Shaving and waxing can be good temporary solutions. However, if you are looking to remove hair forever, you should look into laser hair removal, electrolysis, or IPL.
So if you were deciding between electrolysis and waxing, which one is better for your pubic area?
What Is Electrolysis?
Electrolysis is a method for removing hair that involves destroying the growth center of your hair. This is possible through heat energy. A probe is inserted into the hair follicle, and then using tweezers, the hair is removed.
This process involves using a direct current or shortwave radio to stop new hair from growing out of the follicles.
Similar to laser hair removal, electrolysis requires multiple sessions to get the full results. The treatments usually take about 15 minutes up to an hour, depending on the area of hair that is being removed.
The benefit of this hair removal method is that it works on anyone. This means that your hormonal or hereditary conditions will not have any effect on electrolysis. Laser hair removal targets the melanin of the hair, which means that it works best on people with dark hair and light skin. So if you are not a good candidate for laser, you can turn to electrolysis as an alternative.
Electrolysis comes in three different types. There is thermolysis, galvanic, and blend. The difference between these is the kind of process used to prevent new hair growth. Galvanic dissolves the follicle chemically, whereas thermolysis uses localized heat to damage the hair follicle.
Is Electrolysis Painful?
Most people report feeling a pinching feeling or a temporary heat sensation in the area where electrolysis is being done. The pain that you feel is going to depend on your pain tolerance. Everyone is different, so it is hard to say how it will feel for everyone. Since this process involves removing the hair individually with tweezers, it can cause discomfort and pain.
The discomfort is not unbearable, although different parts of your body have different sensitivities. So if you are going to get electrolysis on your bikini area, you should keep this in mind. The pain level may not be the same as getting the treatment on your legs.
When seeking to get electrolysis on your bikini area, you should research the best electrologist in your area. An electrologist is specially trained to perform this type of treatment. You should make sure you find someone who is certified for electrolysis.
What To Expect From Electrolysis
Before receiving the actual treatment, you should get a consultation. This will help you get comfortable with the electrologist. You can use this time to ask them all the questions that you have. You should also discuss with them your expectations for the treatment and go over your specific skin needs.
The next thing to expect is a quick examination of your skin. This is to make sure that the treatment will work well for you.
The next step is the actual treatment. You can expect the electrologist to use a probe to get to the hair follicle. Next, there will be a small electric current, and then the hair can be removed with tweezers. After the process is done on the entire area, the electrologist will most likely apply a lotion to soothe the skin.
After your treatment is complete, you should talk to the electrologist about when to come in for your next session.
Different Ways To Wax
Another way to remove bikini area hair is with waxing. This is a method that can be done at home or by a professional. However, it is not permanent, so you will have to continue waxing every time the hair grows back. Waxing usually does last longer than shaving does. You will probably be hair-free for up to two weeks with waxing.
There are three main ways to wax your hair. You can use sugaring, strips, or hard wax.
Wax strips are easy to use yourself but are typically better for larger areas than your bikini. You can do this using a wooden stick and a strip of cloth or another type of strip. If you buy a wax kit, it will come with single-use strips you can use.
Hard wax can be used on smaller portions of the body. This would be the ideal kind of waxing method to use in the bikini area. Hard wax can be applied directly to the skin and then let it sit there while it hardens. You can then pull the actual wax off to remove the hair.
Sugaring is another waxing method. The “sugar” mixture is usually made of hot water, lemon, and sugar. This can be a good way to wax if you have sensitive skin. You should make sure your hair is at least ¼ inch long for the best waxing results.
Preparing For Waxing
You should never dive headfirst into something like waxing without preparing yourself first. This could lead to an uncomfortable experience. To get the best results possible, you should do the following.
The first thing you should do before getting your bikini area or any area waxed is to examine your skin. If you have any open wounds, you should allow them to heal before waxing.
As mentioned above, let the hair grow to about ¼ inch. The hair should not be any longer than this, or it could be more painful to remove.
A day before waxing, you should gently exfoliate your skin. You want to remove any dead skin cells without irritating the area.
Don’t moisturize the area you are going to wax on the day of. You can do this on the days leading up to waxing.
Make sure your bikini area is clean before waxing it. This will help prevent an infection from occurring.
Aftercare For Waxing
If you’ve decided to wax your bikini area, there are a few things you should know for afterward.
You should avoid taking a bath for the first 24 hours. Showers should be fine, but you should try not to soak the area at all.
Do not go tanning for at least two days after waxing. This could irritate your bikini area.
Try not to touch the area that has been waxed. Your hands have all kinds of germs and bacteria on them, so transferring that to your bikini area could lead to infections.
After it’s been two days, use a gentle exfoliator on the area. This can help prevent you from getting ingrown hairs as they start to grow back slowly.
Invest in a lotion or some type of solution that you can apply to the waxed area to help with any redness or bumps.
Other Options – IPL
If you don’t want to use electrolysis or waxing for removing hair from your bikini area, there are other ways. One of the more affordable and easy methods is IPL.
This method involves multiple wavelengths of light that target the pigment around the hair follicle. This damages it enough to cause your hair to fall out and stops it from growing back.
Benefits Of IPL
IPL offers permanent results like electrolysis does, except you can do it yourself. IPL is safe to do at home and can be done using the KENZZI IPL Removal Handset. You won’t risk getting any ingrown hairs with this method like waxing.
Another benefit that waxing does not offer is how long your hair must be. There is no minimum length required for IPL to be effective. This means there won’t be an awkward phase where you have hair and can’t do anything with it.
The hair removal method that is right for you is out there. There are so many to pick from, so it is important to think about the pros and cons of each one. If you want a more permanent solution to your hair removal routine, you should consider IPL.
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