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"Hair" is not what it used to be

By Dr. Susan Van Dyke
January 8, 2011
"Hair" 2009 revival cast-Photo by Joan Marcus

"Hair" 2009 revival cast-Photo by Joan Marcus

I sat in row three, dead center at the ASU Gammage Auditorium to see a Broadway touring company’s production to the icon 60’s musical “HAIR”. Right before the intermission it happened: the famous scene of nakedness, the 20 seconds of full frontal nudity that shocked my

father.  Granted, he never saw the show but he was shocked none the less by the thought.  Anyway, as I stared at 30 or so completely naked men

and women just standing there, all I could think was:   “wow…there is a lot less pubic hair now than there was in 1967”.

Hair is definitely not thought of in the same way that it was decades ago. In fact it seems to me that the general feeling is that less is more. Men shave their heads (like my hubby), bald is beautiful.   And the head is not the only bald beautiful thing that women, and men too.

“Here, there, everywhere”…both men and women want the hair gone. Just look around!  A patient in her 60’s asked me the other day if I knew what a “Brazilian” was, and she was not referring to a person from a large country in South America.  In case you haven’t heard, she was referring to the practice of removing ALL of the hair from “down there”.

High tech razors are big business.  Waxing is making a comeback, in fact a new spa just opened near my office dedicated exclusively to waxing hair away.  And not far away is a store front with the bold placard that boasts “Lasers for Less”, they promise the cheapest hair removal in town.  Groupon regularly has some screaming deal to make you smooth as a baby.

So what is the best way to get rid of the hair you don’t want?  Hands down laser hair removal (officially known as permanent laser hair reduction) is the number one way to go.  Bear in mind that laser is a high powered and sophisticated thing. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) predicts that as consumers continue to seek bargains, there will be a rise in …cosmetic procedures being done by poorly trained-or untrained- practitioners, according to Cosmetic Surgery Times.  I must agree that I see the same trend, more complications from med spas and discounters than ever.

But there are plenty of great places to go hairless, check out the credentials first.  Is the place directly supervised by a board certified physician, preferably a dermatologist, who will be there to answer questions and handle concerns? How long has the facility been in business?  I am not too enthusiastic about any business that just opened their doors, never mind a medical facility.

Once you make your choice just remember hair removal is a commitment. It takes many treatments (typically 6) to permanently reduce that unwanted patch. Hormones play a role in some types of hair growth so annual maintenance treatments might be needed.  And it just doesn’t work on white or grey hair so hurry up, get it done!

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