Facial hair removal is one of the most common requests of people looking to permanently get rid of hair, especially women. And while bushy eyebrows or prominent lip hair might be a real concern, there is another area just below the face that causes concern: The neck. And not just the throat area, but the nape, too. In fact, many people suffer from excessive hair growth on the back of their neck, and constantly trimming it or going to the barber to have it cut can be time consuming and costly. So more and more people are turning to hair removal treatments to reduce the amount of hair growing on the back of their necks.
Traditionally, neck hair was removed through temporary methods, such as cutting, shaving, waxing and tweezing. However, these techniques yielded short term, and often unflattering, results, making neck hair a constant problem. Shaving over the back of the neck can lead to course hair growth, as well as redness, bumps and sores that are brought on by follicles breaking. Since the back of the neck is a common area of perspiration and is exposed to germs and bacteria on clothes, snapped follicles can lead to irritation and infection.
Waxing and tweezing hair on the back of the neck is difficult to do alone, and usually requires assistance from another person. While these methods may reduce hair growth for a longer period of time, hair will still return after a week or two, and the process will need to be done all over again.
There are two methods of hair removal that can effectively treat hair at the back of the neck: Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal. Electrolysis is a treatment that inserts a needle into the hair follicle and zaps it with an electrical current, killing the hair at the root. Electrolysis is versatile in the sense that it is one of the only hair removal methods that provides permanent results, and it can be used on any skin type. However, electrolysis can be a tedious and painful process, and it is best used for smaller areas. Luckily, the back of the neck is relatively small, so electrolysis may be a good option.
The other hair removal method that can be used to treat neck hair is laser hair removal. This procedure removes hair from the body by using a long pulse laser, which disables hairs in their active growth cycle. Since hairs grow in different stages, multiple treatments are necessary in order to deactivate all the hair in a given area. Laser hair removal is successful at getting rid of hair from all areas of the body. However, it is most effective on patients with pale skin and dark hair. While it has been used to treat other skin tones and hair colors, longer and more intensive sessions may be required for these patients.
Laser hair removal and electrolysis are both effective at removing neck hair, and which one you choose will depend on the extent of hair growth, skin tone, hair color and your personal preferences. No matter which permanent solution you choose, it’s a good idea to find a certified hair removal specialist to perform the procedure. Using an experienced physician will leave you with better results and less chance of side effects occurring.
If neck hair is a constant concern for you, and you want more information on how to remove it, contact us today. We can set you up with a personal consultation with one of our certified hair removal specialists, and get you on your way to a hair-free neck.