How to Prevent Hair From Growing Back

Overview

There are very few methods of hair removal that can prevent hair from growing back. Most hair removal options only provide temporary solutions. Waxing, shaving and depilatories are all affordable and effective options, but only provide short-term results. This is largely because they do nothing to affect the hair follicle, which is the source of the hair growth. To truly stop your hair from growing back, you need to damage or destroy the follicle.

Step 1

Try at-home laser hair removal. These kits contain a device that emits low-level laser light energy that is absorbed by the melanin found in the hair shaft and hair follicle. As the melanin absorbs the energy, it increases the internal temperature, helping to disintegrate the hair shaft and damage the follicle.

Step 2

Invest in professional laser hair removal treatments. Much like the at-home kits, laser light energy is used to remove the hair and damage the follicle. But instead of low-level energy, more intense pulses are used to stop hair growth, says the Mayo Clinic. This form of hair removal is considered far more effective than at-home kits.

Step 3

Use home electrolysis kits with caution. Home electrolysis doesn’t necessarily work like professional procedures and won’t typically provide permanent results, advises Hairfacts.com.

Though most of these kits have a probe similar to professional devices, they don’t penetrate the follicle in the same way, producing the necessary shock to destroy the follicle. This means the hair continues to grow. Improper use may also lead to infections and scarring.

Step 4

Save up for professional electrolysis. In this procedure, a fine probe is guided into the follicle of the hair to be removed. A pulse of electricity is then administered to destroy the follicle, says the American Academy of Dermatology. This stops hair from growing back.