What causes excessive hair growth? Unwanted hair growth can be caused by a variety of reasons including: *hormonal changes *heredity *reactions to certain medications *psychological issues *glandular or hormonal imbalances *pregnancy *normal hormonal changes at different stages of life *excessive waxing, tweezing, and other temporary methods of hair removal
What is the normal growth cycle of the hair? All hairs have differing cycles of growth and are not visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally grows for its usual cycle and then naturally sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair usually appears within 3 to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant hair follicles should not be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.
What are the stages of hair growth? There are three phases of hair growth: *Anagen (active) *Catagen (regression) *Telogen (Resting) Electrolysis is designed to treat the hair during the Anagen phase of growth. Laser treatment is designed to treat hair in the Anagen phase as well.
What happens when you shave? You are just cutting off the end of the hair, much like cutting the grass. The follicle is still alive and will regenerate more hair over and over again.
What influences the length of hair removal treatments? Length of treatment can be effected by age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication, metabolism and previous methods of hair removal such as waxing or tweezing. Those that wax and tweeze can take longer for the process to achieve permanency than those who shave or trim the hair with scissors. This is because there are 3000 hair follicles per square inch on your body and not all of them are active. When you wax and tweeze, you stimulate new hair growth in some of the inactive follicles causing them to possibly become active resulting in thickening of the area and stiffer, stronger hairs that take longer to achieve permanency. Those who shave and trim the hairs don't stimulate much new hair growth and tend to see quicker results in their process of permanency. To determine how long an individual treatment will take, we recomend visiting an electrologist or laser technichian so that they can determine a lenth of time based on the size and the quantity of the area. We offer FREE CONSUTATIONS so that you may ask any remaining questions that have not been answered.
How do I determine if I am hirsuit?
The Ferriman-Gallway Score can help identify hirsuitism in women through ratings of 0-4 in nine different locations of the body. Click here for a chart that will help determine if you are hirsuit