How our body hair grows?
Body hair grows through the following stages:
Anagen: the active growing stage which may last from a few months up to several years. Hair germ cells reproduce at the matrix and pass upwards to form the hair bulb. They then split and change to form different layers. Hairs grow at an average rate of about 1.5 cm per month.
Catagen: The transition stage from active to resting, which lasts between two and four weeks. The hair stops growing but there is still some activity at the papilla. The hair bulb separates from the papilla and moves slowly up the follicle.
Telogen: This is the resting stage. It does not last long. The blood supply ceases, the hair bulb closes and the hair prepares to be shed. Meanwhile, a new replacement hair starts to grow at the base of the follicle.
The only way of stopping this cycle permanently is to destroy the structures involved with reproducing hair cells. Treatment with electrical epilation or laser treatments can do this.
An electrical current is passed down a fine needle to the base of the hair follicle. Depending on the type of current used, destruction takes place either by heat or chemically.
Some people cannot tolerate the feeling of the current used in electrical epilation and prefer to use other methods of dealing with superfluous hair. For others, the long-term effects of the treatment compensate for the patience required and the expense involved.
Some people’s skin cannot tolerate the laser treatments. Laser has great results but it might not be for everybody.
There are many people for whom the appearance of facial or body hair is either a nuisance or extremely embarrassing. Wax depilation provides a quick and efficient way of clearing small and large areas of unwanted hair.
Most women have unwanted hair in their bodies and faces. It is normal and we have to remember that we are human beings so we experience hormonal changes because we are alive. If we see that these hairs are not normal or they look very masculine we have to make sure we are not suffering form a hormonal problem. Tell your GP about this, your doctor might be able to make a hormonal test to find more information about how your hormones are performing.
In my case I suffered of unwanted hair on my face and that was related to PCOS (Polycistic Ovaric Syndrome). I have tried laser in certain parts of my face and that has worked great but on my chin I still get some stubborn hairs that grow every here and then.
I have learned however that the most important thing is that I managed to be happy with myself!
Getting the treatment helped me to deal with this problem but I have also learned by observing pictures and faces of other women that facial hair is common and more than that I have learned that I don’t have to be perfect.
The image in the picture is Christina McHale celebreating a point at the Tennis US Open published at the NYPost.