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Treating Excess Hair

Author : Callum Asterman

Hair removal is as old as culture itself, the practice being certainly as old as the Ancient Egyptians. Maybe it was because of Nefertiti, renowned through history for her looks, that we still associate the removal of hair with beauty, as she (in common with other nobles and religious leaders) would frequently get rid of hair â€" although theirs were thought to be to hygienic reasons rather than cosmetic ones. The habit of excess hair removal has been widely adopted by many religious groups, from the complete baldness of Buddhist monks and Hare Krishna followers to the distinguishing removal of scalp hair by Christian monks.

Looking back in history, the removal of hair from particular regions of the body has shifted in the fashion stakes, both in males and females, but certainly at the moment the preference seems to be leading in favour of hair removal, especially in women. When celebrity filmstar Julia Roberts showed up at the premiere of Notting Hill in the Nineties and brazenly showed the world her underarm hair growth, it shocked the nation and made all the papers. If that alone isn't a bit weird, the fact that over a decade later people still talk about it demonstrates pretty conclusively that the "look" (we can be sure it was a deliberate display on Roberts' part) was barely fashionable then and shows no sign of returning in the near future â€" despite the efforts of such esteemed cheerleaders.

We can be sure of one thing, however. Nefertiti was not able to take advantage of modern methods such as laser hair removal. She and her peers would have been restricted to using creams, waxes, shaving and plucking to retain that smooth look. Laser hair removal is relatively new as a hair removal procedure, even though it seems to have been around for much longer. It was first cleared as safe for commercial use in the mid-1990s and quickly appeared as an option in the cosmetic clinics of London, Milan and San Franciso by the end of the decade (Hollywood clearly caught on a bit later ...).

Interestingly, the "laser" commonly used in laser hair removal is not a laser at all â€" it's a pulsating xenon flash lamp that emits an intense full-spectrum beam, but to all intents and purposes it has laser-like qualities, and pure lasers have in fact been used for the purpose and certain types are still used on some skin types.

A full treatment usually requires several visits to the clinic to prevent regrowth and to catch the hairs that are continually in the process of forming under the skin. It can be used on most of the body on which hair grows, but is especially popular for use on parts of the face, normally for women, where exact targeting is needed. Waxing, shaving and the application of products remain popular choices for the bikini line, armpits, arms and legs, but these are not lasting treatments. Laser hair removal offers a permanent solution and since it can only be carried out by trained practitioners, it will always be done professionally and safely, with the expert able to answer any questions beforehand, identify any risks or unusual conditions and treat patients safely.

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Callum is a skin care journalist and has found that laser hair removal treatments are much improved and procedures for excess hair treatment are widely recognised.

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