Neck hair removal is essential for shaping haircuts and beards, as well as for a well-groomed look of any man. However, it isn’t just a typical male thing, as women also remove neck hair – mostly on the back of the neck if they want to look perfect with a short haircut or when wearing their hair up. It is not uncommon for many women to have more than just light fuzz on the back of the neck. Some darker and thicker hair, often curling sideways further down on the nape of the neck is a norm. Today, the beauty industry may consider this kind of hair excessive and embarrassing, while your friends will most likely tell you to stop worrying about it. But if removing neck hair makes you feel more confident, a permanent solution such as laser hair removal is definitely worth trying.
For men, permanent neck hair removal can have amazing benefits, significantly reducing the time and stress of their morning routines, and eliminating the need to shave the area frequently. Permanent hair removal may have been regarded as a female thing for many years, but today, more and more men are wondering how to get rid of neck hair permanently. It is a convenient option made affordable by the compact IPL hair removal handsets anyone can use as an alternative to overpriced salon treatments.
At-Home IPL Hair Removal Devices
Both IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser are light-based hair removal methods known for their lasting results and are preferred by men and women who are looking for the real deal: hair that’s gone for good. Not just temporarily removed or reduced, not just slowed down on its way to causing aesthetic and physical discomfort, but hair that’s eliminated together with the concerns of how to get rid of hair bumps on neck or other body parts. When the hair stem cells are destroyed by light pulses, they can’t produce any hair again. Unlike the methods that work by simply pulling hairs out, light-based hair removal methods are very effective for minimizing regrowth and avoiding the problems caused by ingrown hairs.
While laser neck hair removal treatments require visits to the laser clinics and may be painful, time-restricted, or highly priced, IPL hair removal handsets bring all of this to a comfortable level. You can use such devices on any area without having to leave the house; they are gentler on the skin than the professional lasers, and let you start the procedure or take a break at any time. The best thing about the latest IPL hair removal handsets is the opportunity to get full hair removal – from face to toes – for the cost of just one or two salon laser sessions. Unlike the earlier versions of home-use IPL hair removal devices, the innovative ones such as SkinMyDreams don’t require cartridge replacements. With up to 600,000 laser pulses, SkinMyDreams is ideal for years of use. No tough decision-making as to which body areas will have the privilege to be hair-free – you can afford defuzzing everything now. Moreover, at the special discounted price of only $99, SkinMyDreams is an incredible chance to have smooth skin even if you are on a tight budget.
Laser Hair Removal
As compared to salon laser treatment and its home-use equivalent in the form of IPL hair removal devices, other methods have more disadvantages and side effects. Laser hair removal is probably the best answer to queries like ‘how to get rid of hair part in back of head’ (or any other part of the body). It is a method that does guarantee steady reduction of hair counts in an average of six treatments. Laser hair removal minimizes the risk of ingrown hairs and post-procedure skin infections, and it is not as painful as electrolysis, waxing, or sugaring. Still, this method is not as awesome as it seems, mainly because it requires too much commitment – financially and time-wise.
The cost of professional treatments is certainly the most discouraging factor, but finding the time to schedule the appointments for ensuring the consistency of your treatment plan may also be difficult. Then, there’s the discomfort and the stinging sensations caused by laser heating up the hairs, as reported by many customers of the laser clinics. The professional lasers mostly work in a glide mode, zapping many hairs simultaneously and continuously, thus making a relatively mild discomfort build up exponentially. At-home IPL devices use gentler lights and settings though, and you can proceed as slowly as you want depending on your preferences, not on the technician’s schedule.
As compared to electrolysis, any pain you may feel during salon laser hair removal sessions is much more bearable. This is an invasive and a very time-consuming procedure, with a tiny needle being inserted into the hair shaft to destroy the hair follicle by an electric shock. That’s why you won’t see many devices to buy for at-home use of this method — inserting that needle into the hair follicle without damaging the skin is extremely difficult for an unprepared person. Electrolysis treatments should be done by experienced professionals only, while any devices available for home use come with a high risk of permanent skin damage instead of permanent hair removal.
Electrolysis has its benefits though – it is ideal for male and female neck hair removal when the area has light blonde, grey or red hair that can’t be removed by light-based methods such as laser because they only target dark pigment in the hair. Electrolysis is a procedure that works for any hair, regardless of its color, but it is expensive, and as hair is treated one at a time, electrolysis is suitable for smaller areas or those with just a few stray hairs rather than thick ones. There is also a risk of infection or scarring if the procedure is not performed correctly. Plus, transdermal (or non-invasive) electrolysis is nothing but a gimmick, just as any home-use device or salon procedures involving this ‘breakthrough’ technology that is marketed as equivalent to needle electrolysis. The electrical current applied to the skin doesn’t even reach the hair follicles with this method, and it isn’t effective.
Gels or creams containing depilatory agents that chemically ruin the protein structure of the hair are specially formulated to get rid of hair without shaving it, but they certainly aren’t gentler on the skin than razors. Depilatory creams are convenient to use because they can be applied to a large area of skin quickly, while removing the hair together with the cream is also faster than shaving. The significant downsides to this process are the unpleasant smell and the risk of severe allergic reactions, as the main ingredients used in depilatory creams are very harsh on the skin. This is why some parts of the body should never be exposed to this kind of treatment. Depilatory creams can’t be applied to genital skin, and a patch test on a small area should always be performed before their use.
As the old adage goes, you can’t expect different results while doing the same thing over and over again. Waxing seems to defy that fundamental rule, promising that its results get better over time. However, they actually do not.
Waxing is expected to weaken the hair follicle, slowing down regrowth, making the hairs thinner and the subsequent treatments of the same area less painful. But if you stop waxing for a few months, your next session is going to hurt just as much as the very first one. Waxing is one of the most painful hair removal methods, as if ripping out the hair follicles in large numbers wasn’t enough of a shock for someone undergoing this kind of treatment. The reason for this is wax being removed in the opposite direction of the hair growth, causing lots of hair breakage and ingrown hairs. Waxing can also lead to skin infections, so an antibacterial skin lotion should be used as post-treatment, preferably for a few days.
This method is considered by many to have a less painful effect than waxing, as the paste is pulled off in the same direction as the hair growth. For the same reason, sugaring results in less hair breakage and fewer ingrown hairs, as compared to waxing. Any remains of the sugaring paste after the procedure are also easier to remove from the skin than any leftover wax.
Both sugaring and waxing may damage your skin, stripping off its surface layer, while still leaving some hair behind, so the results are never perfect. But the sugaring paste can be 100% organic, and it is easy to make at home. This kind of paste is hypoallergenic, and softer on the skin than waxes. It can even be applied to the same area more than once if some hair is still there after the sugaring process.
While the advantages and side effects of many hair removal methods are highly individual, those of shaving are easy to generalize – and relate to. Everybody gets plenty of cuts, ingrown hairs, and razor burns resulting from shaving. This method is fast, easy and affordable, but shaving is hardly a smooth experience for anyone, regardless of what the advertisements of different shaving products promise.
There’s a ton of advice out there on how to get rid of razor bumps, ingrown hairs and rash, as well as on how to prevent those. However, no matter how much you exfoliate or moisturize the skin, there is no guarantee of avoiding such side effects. The anti-inflammatory creams may provide some relief but aren’t the ultimate solution. If you are suffering from swelling and itching of the follicles, from ingrown hairs or infections caused by these, the only way to put an end to that is changing the hair removal method to the one that is less traumatizing to the follicles and the skin.
Trimming is one of gentler options that works for many people because it is fast, easy, painless and inexpensive. Trimmers can be used for back of neck hair removal, for shaping facial hair or taming pubic hair without the hassle of frequent shaving, the pain of waxing or the high cost of professional laser hair removal.
As compared to shaving, trimmers cut the hair above the surface of the skin, without the risk of inflammation of the follicles or causing ingrown hairs. Trimming does not result in such a close shave as you can get with electric or regular razors, but it is not aggressive on the skin, and as the hair doesn’t have to break back through the skin after you use a trimmer, you won’t get razor bumps or that extremely unpleasant poking sensation of the ‘next-day’ stubble.
When mechanical epilators hit the market, they were all the rage because the advertisements promised silky smooth skin for weeks – without mentioning any downsides to using such devices. But it’s easy to see why most epilator-armed enthusiasts have never even gotten close to perfectly hair-free skin.
A typical epilator has a rotating head with a set of mechanical tweezers, working at a high speed to pull out many hairs at the same time. This cumulative effect intensifies the painful sensations, and is probably the biggest turnoff, but the method has other flaws as well. Similar to waxing, it results in big percentages of hair breaking, leftover stubble and ingrown hairs. Some epilators are noisy and not convenient enough to maneuver around the contours of the body, working well only on the relatively flat areas. The most expensive ones are likely to have a flexible head, and may be waterproof to use in the shower, but why invest in a device that offers only temporary results if you can get a permanent hair removal handset for the same price?
Natural remedies for combatting unwanted hair are mixtures combining a few natural ingredients. There are two popular types of them: those that are supposed to slow down hair growth but not help remove any hair, and those that are sticky substances meant to work similarly to sugaring. The latter are mostly sugar-based, but some have eggs, cornstarch or gelatin as main ingredients. There are also DIY hair removal mixtures that are supposed to have the effect of a depilatory cream, making the hair fragile so it breaks and falls out. However, they include more aggressive chemicals, while combining these at home in random proportions is definitely riskier than just grabbing a tube of depilatory cream at the drugstore.
The problem with commonly recommended natural recipes for inhibiting hair growth is that they are either based on stuff that’s too mild to have any effect on body hair (oatmeal, banana, spearmint or chamomile tea), or on the ingredients that may cause allergic reactions (papaya, ammonia, alum). The effectiveness of homemade mixtures is highly questionable. Actually, the stove-heated or microwaveable sticky substances used for sugaring at home may work just fine, but the ones based on cornstarch or gelatin are supposed to be peeled off harshly, not stripped off with a brisk move. This can probably be an exquisite masochistic delight if you’ve got the time and the courage to experiment. But even though such peel-off masks are believed to have some additional benefits, such as exfoliating the skin and removing blackheads, they aren’t what you will enjoy trying or will want to use again.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for the best ways of hair removal, you are probably not into experiments, but, rather, eager to put an end to experiments that don’t yield great results. As most hair removal methods are time-consuming, but their effects are only temporary and far from perfect, it is high time to switch to the more advanced permanent hair removal techniques.