5. How Much Time And Effort Are You Able To Invest Into Hair Removal?
Sadly, there is no magic, quick fix permanent solution to hair removal. Whether it be shaving, waxing, laser or Electrolysis treatment, all hair remover systems and products require a certain level of commitment to see results.
In most case, the amount of time and effort you have to put in is linked to how long the results last. For example, shaving is quick process but the hair also grows back quickly. Electrolysis is a long process but the reward is permanent hair removal.
None of the products we recommend are off limits to busy people as long as you take things step by step and only treat 1 or 2 areas at any one time. Some products are better suited to those with a little more time and there are long term hair remover products like NO NO which cater for people with only 1/2 hour free in the evenings. You can read more about this over at NO NO Hair Removal Reviews.
It’s useful to keep in mind two factors when deciding on a hair removal method or product:
1. The length of a treatment session – how long you have to spend treating a single area.
2. The length of a treatment cycle – how long you have to spend overall before you can stop the treatment.
To give you some idea of what to expect, here is a summary of how long it takes to complete a full treatment cycle with each hair removal method. If you’re looking for a more detailed breakdown of how long you need to spend with each hair removal method on a single area, then you can have a look at our hair remover treatment session times chart.
Why are does it take so long? Because hair grows in cycles of 3 – 4 months and every individual hair can be in one of three phases at any particular time:
- Anagen – the active growth phase
- Catagen – the transitional stage as the hair shaft starts to detach from it root and hair growth begins to stop
- Telogen – the resting phase where no hair growth occurs
Since your hair does not all follow the same pattern, different hairs can be in different stages at the same time. For a hair to be completely destroyed so it will never grow back, you have to catch it in its anagen phase when the hair shaft is connected to the root. This is why long term and permanent hair removal takes so long – because you have to wait for each hair to be at the start of the growth cycle.
Hair removal treatment is the same as anything else where the rewards are big – you have to put the time and effort into match.
If you can commit to this, then the hardest part is done. What’s important though is that once you’ve set a treatment schedule you stick to it. It would be a big shame to work hard for a few of weeks only to see your hair grow back because you missed a couple of treatments. Decide upon a schedule and keep to it. Believe me, it’s worth it in the end.
Do you want to know which hair remover systems are best for which parts of the body? Find out in Question 6…