Breaking the Beauty Myths Part 3



I remember my wonderful Nan saying to me in the soft tones of her Geordie accent, ”You will rue the day you start shaving your legs, they will grow back thicker”.

As it happened (and much to my horror) they did appear to be growing back thicker BUT the real reason is this:

The natural shape of a hair is tapered to a point at the top and the shaft is thicker the closer it is to the skin, the thickest part being under the skin in the follicle. When we shave we cut the hair of at it’s thickest point above the skin and create a blunt end, therefore as it grows in length it appears thicker.

A TRUE fact about shaving is that it can cause grow back rashes and in-growing hairs.

Thank fully I have discovered more effective ways of removing hair such as MPL Permanent Hair Reduction and waxing.  Both methods are very effective and have their own benefits and merits as discovered from my own personal experience and from performing these treatments on clients.  MPL will eventually permanently prevent hairs form re-growing and in between treatment the hair growth slows down leaving smooth skin and no in-growing hairs. Waxing can leave the skin hair free for up to 6 weeks and when the hairs do grow back through they are finer as they have grown in their natural tapered shape.

 Now for a little bit of biology

In total, there are three main phases in a hair’s life cycle.

  1. Anagen Phase (the active growth phase)???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

During this phase, the hair grows rapidly and contains an abundance of melanin which absorbs light. The hair growth in this phase lasts for a period of 1 to 6 weeks. The laser treats the Anagen hair.


For waxing it gives a hair free period of 4-6 weeks

For MPL( a form of laser) it means the hit rate for permanently affecting the hair follicle much higher. This is why it is recommended that you have repeat treatments every 4 weeks

Catagen Phase (transitional period)

This phase lasts for a period of 2 weeks. This is the end of the growth phase and is marked by changes in the hair follicle. The hair stops growing and the hair follicle separates from the base, forming club hair.

  1. Telogen Phase (shedding phase)

    In this phase all activity stops. Telogen club hair remains in a resting state for 3 to 5 months before being released. The old hair is pushed out by the new hair, and thus the cycle begins.

    On average at any given time, 85-90% of hair is in the Anagen phase, 1% in the Catagen phase and 10 to 15% in the Telogen phase.

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