Epilation or hair removal refers to intentional removal of unwanted hair from various parts of human body. Studying and removing hairs forms an interesting and important subject for professional beauticians as most people like getting rid of unwanted hair for reasons of personal hygiene or for having a smooth beautiful skin.
We know that except for some areas hair generally grows almost all over our body, though they tend to be thicker and more visible in case of men. Body hair in case of women is considered to be repulsive and unseemly. Since generation, women have been employing various techniques for eliminating hair from different parts of their body. However, techniques for doing the same have been changing and significantly modified over years.
Removing part of hair from the skin’s upper surface is known as depilation, the most common forms being trimming and shaving, which can be done manually or with electric razors. Hair removal in this case is temporary, and reappears in a matter of hours to a couple of days. Hair removing powders which eliminate hair through chemical reaction also deliver similar results.
However, when complete hair, including its part beneath the skin is removed, we call it as epilation. Different methods of epilation include waxing, sugaring and use of electrical and mechanical devices like lasers and epilators. Plucking of hair with tweezers falls in this category. Threading, waxing and sugaring have traditionally been used for eliminating unwanted hair. Epilation” or elimination of the complete hair from its root lasts much longer, varying from many days to weeks. As a result of epilation there is a continuous reduction in the growth of hair till it stops altogether.
The process of hair removal by use of waxes is very cumbersome, quite painful and time consuming and won’t suit lifestyle of most modern women and men. This has encouraged the popularity of electrical epilators which are operated by electric current. Mainly, there are two kinds of electrical epilators. Here’s a brief description of the two:
This process involves insertion of a needle or probe into the hair follicle, followed by application of low intensity electric current, which passes through the metallic probe to produce an electric shock that destroys the root of each follicle. Since the arrangement targets individual hair follicle at a time, it usually needs a long time and a number of sessions. Additionally, the person undergoing electrolysis also experiences a pricking sensation on their skin.
Laser Hair Removal
This process comprises of application of laser beams to hair follicles. The laser beam is attracted by the melanin pigment present in hair and skin. It produces heat sufficient to burn down the hair follicle. Since the laser beam is attracted by the color or pigment, it may fail to produce the desired effect on people with white, gray or blond hair.
Laser hair removal provides a permanent or long-lasting solution to many people. It mostly destroys the active hair follicles but not the dormant ones, which do not produce adequate amount of melanin to attract laser beams. Compared to conventional methods of removing hair like threading and waxing, it causes very little discomfort.
Laser hair removal is convenient, effective and can aim a large are at the same time. That is why it is less time consuming, compared to electrolysis. The only limitation of this technique is that its effectiveness varies with the color of hair of an individual, which is not so in case of electrolysis.
So, if you want to enhance your professional qualifications as a beautician or wish to join this profession that offers a lot of potential, you should surely consider joining a reputable institute offering a formal course in laser hair removal or electrolysis. It should be added here that for working as a hair removal technician you need to ensure that the institute providing training is certified by sate health authorities. It is mandatory for such institutes to employ Senior Laser Hair Removal Technicians or Certified Laser Hair Removal Professionals (CLHRP) for providing the needed training. It may call for some research on your part to locate some such institutes. You can compare the course content of different institutes, how long have they been in operation, duration and fees of the course and their location. Usually, you can find all the needed information from the website of respective institution and you can always contact them to get any additional information that you may require.