Pubic hair removal is probably the most annoying, inconvenient and painful hair removal treatment of all. Especially if you decide to wax your intimate parts. We all know how painful waxing can be. And the dread we may feel upon booking our next bikini wax. Fortunately, there are other options that are much more suitable when it comes to removing unwanted pubic hair. The best one remains of course laser hair removal.
How to remove unwanted pubic hair
Pubic hair removal is like removing unwanted body hair on any other area of the body. The difference is that it is probably more painful. Indeed, the bikini and mankini area are very sensitive. There are also a wide range of options. Now some work better than others. Below are essential pubic hair removal tips to keep in mind to safeguard your skin, learn the details of each hair removal method including its pros and cons, which ones you may be able to do at home, the pain factor and more.
Shaving is perceived as the fastest and most convenient way to remove unwanted body hair. However, it is a bit more complicated when it comes to the bikini. First of all, the area is not all flat and catching all the hair is going to be difficult. Second, the results will not last more than a few days. Regrowth is going to be fast and unpleasant, probably itchy as well. Not ideal then.
Some girls say that shaving pubic hair is “high maintenance” because the hair usually grows back in just a couple of days. In the meantime, your genital area can feel itchy and prickly because the skin in this area is very sensitive. Shaving doesn't make the hair grow back thicker; this is a myth.
Waxing is another option. Results last longer. However, the treatment is much more painful, especially around the bikini. The hair will eventually grow back after a couple of weeks. You may also experience ingrown hair. Indeed, waxing removes the hair in the opposite direction to growth and it may curl under the skin. Waxing is quite aggressive to the skin, but really, the pain is the biggest con.
Depilatory creams are packed with chemicals that will dissolve the hair. However, results will be similar to the ones of shaving. Because the bikini and mankini are such sensitive areas, using depilatory creams there is not advised at all. Thus, depilatory creams are not really an option here. Cosmetic products, including shaving cream and products to remove hair, can cause allergic reactions, and these can be severe.
Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method that targets each hair individually. The process works by inserting a fine probe into the skin. It uses shortwave radio or direct current in hair follicles to stop new hair from growing. It is a very long and expensive process. It is also quite painful and maybe not the best option either.
Laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is a long-term hair growth reduction method. It will reduce hair growth by up to 90%. It is however very common that patients experience permanent hair removal. The sensation felt during the procedure is akin to pinching and even though unpleasant, it is not painful.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal relies on a concept called selective photothermolysis. It is a precise microsurgery technique used to target tissue in a specific area. It matches the specific wavelength of light and heats the tissue and destroys it with a laser without affecting or damaging surrounding tissue.
During a laser hair removal session, the laser emits light energy that targets the pigments in the hair. Once the melanin has absorbed the energy, the latter travels down to the follicle. There it turns into thermal energy. The heat will damage the hair follicle, preventing any further growth.
Laser hair removal only works on hair that is in the anagen phase of growth. Indeed, it is the only time the hair and the follicle connect, letting the energy travel from the former to the latter. Only 20% of all hair will be in the anagen phase at any point in time.
This explains why patients need multiple sessions six weeks apart. During that time, 20% of hair can move into the right phase of growth. Laser hair removal works on all skin tones and hair color.
Why is laser hair removal the best solution
Laser hair removal is the best solution for many reasons.
Contrary to the common misconception, laser hair removal is not that expensive. The upfront cost is significant. However, the long-term cost is lower than shaving or waxing. Simply because while you’d have to shave twice a week and buy the necessary equipment for years and years, laser hair removal is a one year treatment. You may have to go for touch-up sessions but the cost will still remain very low compared to other methods.
Laser hair removal is not painful. The sensation is not pleasant. However, it does not hurt. It will feel like heat and pinching.The bikini area is quite a sensitive one. Thus, removing pubic hair with laser hair removal may be more painful than treating the full legs. Furthermore, pain remains a subjective notion that changes from one person to another.
When one undergoes pubic hair removal, one wants to see long-lasting results. It does make sense. Removing pubic hair is never pleasant and the less frequently you must do it, the better. The thing with laser hair removal is that once your treatment is over, you will not have to worry about pubic hair ever again! Nor ingrown hair for that matter! Because the bikini is very hormonal, it may require more sessions but the results will still be long-lasting.
Laser hair removal is very convenient and sessions are never that long. While a session of underarms laser hair removal will not last more than 10 minutes, a session of full Brazilian laser hair removal will last around 15 minutes. You may book your appointment and come in on your lunch break!
Pubic hair removal for women
There are plenty of options for women who want to remove pubic hair. The most common treatment is bikini front laser hair removal that will remove the hair on the bikini triangle. Bikini line laser hair removal will remove the hair one inch out of the bikini triangle. Should you wish to remove more pubic hair at the top of the thighs, you can undergo extended bikini laser hair removal.
The full Brazilian treatment removes pubic hair on the bikini triangle, labia, bikini line, extended bikini line as well as thong line (or inner buttocks). It is the most comprehensive laser hair removal treatment for the intimate area. The treatment will work on all skin tones and hair color, especially as pubic hair tends to be darker. Thus, it is easier for the laser to detect the hair.
The intimate area is hormonal. Since hormones trigger hair growth, the treatment may take longer. It may also be more painful if the patient is on their period. However, as long as they wear a tampon, they can still be treated. If you suffer from ingrown hair outbreak, laser hair removal will help with that too.
Pubic hair removal for men
Pubic hair removal for men is actually called mankini or Brozilian. The treatment will remove hair on the intimate area, front of the pubic region and inner butts. Men can also undergo laser hair removal for the full butts.
Amongst reasons why men may undergo mankini laser hair removal are personal preferences, athletics, aesthetics, hygiene or convenience. Because the area is hormonal, it may be more painful and may need more sessions. However, it is way more tolerable than waxing.
While some men may decide to remove all pubic hair on their intimate area, some others may decide to undergo a few sessions just to reduce hair growth. Each mankini treatment will vary with each patient as well as their personal goals when it comes to laser hair removal.