Hair removal is the removal of body hair and describes the methods used to achieve that result. We take a look at some of the most popular methods used for permanent hair removal.

The process of hair removal varies on a wide scale and ranges from temporary and short-term methods to permanent long-term methods. Depilation refers to hair removal above the surface of the skin and this includes shaving or trimming.

Chemical depilatories is another option which works by breaking the disulphide bonds that connect the protein chains from which the hair gains its strength and by breaking those chains, the hair disintegrates.


Epilation is the removal of the entire hair, even below the skin surface. This includes waxing, sugaring, epilation devices, lasers, threading, intense pulsed light or electrology.

Amongst the long list above, lasers and electrology are the most popular and are commonly known as permanent hair removal methods.

In use for more than 130 years, electrology is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and works by permanently destroying germ cells that are responsible for hair growth. This happens by inserting a fine probe in the hair follicle and the application of a current adjusted to each hair type and treatment area. This method is recognised by the FDA as the only permanent hair removal method.

Another method known as Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology aimed at producing light of high intensity during a very short period of time. It involves specific lamps together with capacitors whose rapid discharge provides the high energy required. It is a method mostly practiced by medical experts and aestheticians and normally involves the use of a specially constructed xenon flash lamp and focusing optics. This type of treatment is thought to be cheaper and faster than laser hair removal technology.

Laser hair removal treatment became widespread worldwide in the 1990s and onwards. With this particular method, the light is directed at the hair and is absorbed by dark pigment which results in the destruction of the hair follicle. The hair removal becomes permanent after one or more sessions take place. The number of sessions for laser hair needed depends on the amount of hair upon the user and the type of hair being removed. In recent years, it has become common to purchase and use equipment to perform laser hair removal at home.

According to the TRIA laser reviews, the perfect hair reduction is the TRIA laser hair removal system. This is a home based laser hair reduction program and is safe, efficient and is thought to have given the expected result. While waxing and shaving are painful and time consuming, the laser hair reduction program gives the user a hair free skin over a treatment of months and it is claimed that the hairs do not grow back so quickly and easily.

It is important to sit in a well-lit place to carry out the treatment since the skin tone should be properly assessed otherwise the user can risk burning their skin.