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In our society a person’s outward appearance has a decisive influence on how others relate to them socially and in the work place.
For instance, any slight difference in amount of hair a person has, in comparison with what is considered ‘normal’, can cause serious psychological problems for that person.
Remember at the Oscars when Julia Roberts lifted up her arm to wave to her fans? What was seen was an armpit full of hair. So for the days following, everyone talking about the Oscars only talked about Julia Roberts’ hairy armpits and why an actress would want that hair.
People didn’t discuss the gown or her sheik hair style! So, if she should have got rid of that hair, the question is – and it’s the same question these days for men and women – what system should she have used?
What affects hair removal?
There have been many different methods used in the past. Each has something to recommend it as well as drawbacks. A lot of it is sheerly personal too. Hair removal is dependent upon the type of growth cycle and the hair type of each individual. Hair growth is cyclic, highly unpredictable and is affected by many things, including stress, hormones, hereditary factors, medications and so on.
Did you know there are as many as 1000 hair follicles on a square inch of skin? Of these, fewer than 100 will be showing at any one time, as their appearance is dependent upon their phase in the growth cycle.
Phases within the cycle:
- Telogen. This is the dormant phase. The hair is below the skin so you cannot see it or treat it. Hair can remain in this phase for a few days or up to weeks or months!
- Anagen. This is the growth phase and the only phase in which the hair can be atrophied. The amount of time it takes to get to this stage depends on the individual. Hair follicles tend to remain in this phase for just six to eight days.
- Catagen. This is the degenerative phase. During this stage the hair follicle sheds itself naturally and cannot be treated. This phase is extremely variable and can be as short as two days.
Hair type –whether your hair is coarse or fine, stubborn or easily removed – is dependent on genetic makeup and also plays a role in the hair removal process. Given all these variables, it’s not surprising that individual hair removal patterns are vastly different.
One removal system
This one has been around for 10 years and was designed by Dr Cruz Domingo. It is the Natur-Epil depilation method. It has been designed to make hair disappear gradually from the treated areas, until the hair has been completely weakened. It can be used on any part of the body and it can do the whole of the body without pain and in one treatment session (although more than one session is required).
The aim is to achieve the gradual degeneration and atrophy (death) of the root cells and hence the gradual elimination of hair. It is based on a combination of three factors:
- A mechanical hair elimination system which pulls out hair using a special wax.
- An active product formulated mainly with essential oils and natural plant extracts.
- An appliance which employs blankets capable of maintaining a constant, uniform, preset temperature.
Over a course of sessions Natur-Epil will, in the majority of cases, gradually reduce unsightly and unwanted hair.
How does it work?
It uses a combination of infra-red thermotherapy, a specifically formulated gel and wax. Infra-red heat is used extensively within the beauty therapy and medical fields because it is gently and penetrates the body more thoroughly and evenly than other forms of heat.
During the Natur-Epil process the gel is administered to the selected area. Infra-red heat is then applied via insulated hands which carefully heat the body temperature in that area. The gel works in synergy with heat to facilitate hair removal. As the treatment progresses hair papillae generally become weaker and then die.
Is the process gentle?
Yes, it has been developed by a firm that is expert in electro-medicine, and it is not caustic or aggressive. There are no needles, burning or pain.
What are the benefits?
- It gradually kills unwanted hair
- It promotes smooth, soft skin
- It eliminates the risk of electrologist error
- It is painless – no needles
- It allows for the treatment of large areas in one session
- It treats hair above and below the skin
Once a person does begin a course of progressive hair removal, it is important to stay committed until you get the effect you want. A team effort can be truly effective.