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Americans Trending Towards A Hairless Society

Sep 10, 2008
In just about any entertainment or celebrity magazine that you see in stores, you can hear about which celebrities forgot to shave and who was caught with their arms up. Or, in one unflattering instance, everyone was able to see the video of the celebrity who was caught waxing her upper lip before a television interview.

The media and fashion industries have been sending a clear message about trends around the country and the latest is that hair in any other place except the top of your head is not in fashion.

Laser hair removal has become so popular that the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that almost a million and a half procedures were performed in 2007 alone. According to the society's report, the number of laser hair removal treatments in the U.S. has increased 100 percent from 2002 to 2006. As laser hair removal remains one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments, clearly more and more people are permanently ridding themselves of body hair.

As the technology to remove hair permanently becomes more commonplace, an increasing number of people are taking the step to rid themselves of unwanted hair permanently, eliminating the need for shaving, waxing or covering up areas while at the same time boosting self-confidence.

America is a shaving society. From the time our forefathers banished their wigs to the continued jokes of European women, the United States has been trying to remove hair one way or another. Now more than ever, the current generation of millennials is bringing the hairless society to the forefront.

The younger generation is starting to define themselves by the hair that's missing. Metrosexuals are shaving more than just facial hairs and male chests are becoming smooth and sleek. Don't even talk about back or arm hair, which are quickly becoming taboo in today's society. What began as the tweezing of a random stray nose hair has spread to all parts of the male anatomy below the neck.

The trend extends beyond metrosexuals. Athletes such as swimmers and runners have been known for the sleek look to increase performance during competition. Models of either gender in today's fashion magazines rarely display any visible hair on their bodies. Readers of those magazines in turn see the sleek and stylish bodies and clamor for the look of the fashion elite.

Laser hair removal centers, salons and spas are catering to this latest fashion trend with an increasing number of services. As more people seek to permanently remove hair instead of keeping up with the ongoing maintenance required for smooth hairless skin, a growing number of companies are offering lotions and treatments to remove hair.

However, the only way to permanently reduce the amount of unwanted hair is to damage the hair follicle to a point where is unable to produce hairs. The hairs that are destroyed with each treatment are destroyed permanently. While patient protocol is determined on a case-by-case basis, on average most laser hair removal centers recommend a minimum of six treatments, spread about two months apart per treatment.

Modern laser hair removal is really a marvel of technology and has effectively removed the discomfort that was once associated with laser hair removal and are still associated with some of the older equipment that is out there in non-specialty clinics.

The most effective laser hair removal process combines pulsed, high-intensity light with precisely controlled radiofrequency waves to damage follicles. The result of permanent hair reduction can often mean: no more shaving, waxing or bleaching of the treated areas.

With this method of easily and permanently removing hair, America continues its move toward a hairless society. Reflective of the latest trends in fashion, removing hair also benefits those who are bothered by the hair they have in unwanted places by boosting their self esteem. With an improved body image, people will become more confident and the trend of removing hair will continue to increase.
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AmericanLaser.com is the largest and most successful laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and cellulite reduction therapy company, with more than 220 locations in the United States. For more information, please visit AmericanLaser.com.
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