Mythbusters: Hair Removal vs. Hair Reduction

Whether you’re already well on your journey to smoothville or still waiting to board the hairless express, there’s one thing that we want to make very clear about the hair reduction process – and that’s your expectations.

However, IPL was so yesterday. We are now talking about the Powerpac AFT technology, the improved version of IPL that Strip is using.

The IPL technology uses a broader wavelength of light to disperse spikes of energy into the skin while AFT, aka Advanced Fluorescence Technology, uses a narrower wavelength. Because of this, the energy delivered is more even and consistent. That also means that AFT is a more targeted and precise procedure as compared to the traditional IPL.

If you have a low pain threshold, you don’t have to worry much! The AFT system has a built-in cooling system that ensures you a comfortable and painless hair reduction experience!

More often than not, when people ask us about the AFT technology, they want to know if it really removes all hair on a completely permanent basis. The honest answer – and the answer that any reputable clinic should give you – is both yes and no.

To put this simply, AFT guarantees permanent hair reduction rather than removal. This is an important distinction, and we believe that it’s only fair for our clients to understand that factors beyond our (and sometimes their) control can sometimes cause limited hair regrowth, even after a successful AFT session.

So what causes previously zapped hair to spring back from the dead like a zombie? Well, as we examined in this Mythbusters article, AFT heats the hair bulb, damaging it and causing the hair to fall out. What it doesn’t do it totally remove the follicle, and so from time to time, you may experience some regrowth.

In addition, pregnancy, certain medications and hormonal imbalances like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may stimulate hair growth, including in areas previously treated with AFT.

The good news is that any regrowth will be much finer and lighter than your original hair and is unlikely to appear for many months, if not years after your successful course of AFT treatments. In many cases, the hair never reappears at all, meaning that you continue to enjoy super-smooth results for years to come.

If you experience regrowth, a quick follow-up AFT session is usually enough to tame any stragglers, having you silky again in no time at all.

It’s time to check in on beauty blogger Rachel Read of Through The Looking Glass, who’s now on her third session of AFT session with STRIP. Here’s how she’s getting on…

So here’s where my testimonials start to get a bit boring… because frankly it’s yet more of the same awesomeness with each session!

Following my third round of AFT treatments, the amount of hair left on my lower legs is so minimal that I’ve already thrown away my disposable razors. However, it is worth mentioning that as I have fair skin with dark hair, I’m one of the most responsive types of candidate for AFT (as explained in this Mythbusters article) – so I’m definitely one of the lucky ones!

There are still a few last stragglers around my right knee; it’s worth remembering that with AFT, the hair on your legs doesn’t grow back evenly, so don’t be worried if you are also left with a few random patches. I’m already looking forward to the rest of my sessions and saying hello to totally hairless legs soon!