Relatively permanent options for hair removal include laser hair removal, intense pulsed light and electrolysis. Laser or intense pulsed light hair removal does not work on white hair and does not work well on blonde hair. In this case, electrolysis may be used.
Laser hair removal destroys the roots of hair using strong beams of light. It takes several sessions to see results, but this therapy is one of the most effective ways to reduce hair in the long term. During electrolysis, a technician places a tiny needle within the hair follicle to destroy the root with an electric current. This takes a relatively long time and requires treatment every week or two until the hair is mostly gone. Either method of treatment can lead to redness, swelling or scarring. Laser hair removal often results in burns.