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Home Remedies For Grey Hair: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

What is the remedy about?

Inthe beginning, every hair on your head actually grows as white hair and is thereafter colored by melanin, a pigment, which gives its natural shade. Melanocyte produces this melanin, which effortlessly colors each strand of hair black. Melanocyte activity slows down as we age and eventually stops, leading to less pigment in the hair causing grey hairs. Many times it is seen that there occurs even premature graying of hair. Instead of covering those grey strands with chemical-laden and commercial hair colours, relying on some effective natural home remedies can render great benefits. Here are some very effective home remedies for grey hair. One very easy remedy is coffee/ Coffee has got its own nature tint of brown and colours grey hair. Soak coffee seed overnight, grind them and then make a paste out of it. Now apply this paste and leave it on for 1 to 2 hrs. This will give your hair a brown tint after wash and grey hairs will be gone. Indian Gooseberry or commonly known as Amla, can be mixed with almond oil or natural coconut oil and massaged into the scalp to get rid of gray hair. Amla juice can also be enjoyed as a medicinal drink that will help improve overall health and slow or stop the growth of stubborn gray hair completely. Juice of beet, carrot, and lemon can work wonders in providing vibrant hues to your dull grey hair more like highlighters. Beet and carrots have strong colouring tinted properties that colour the hair strands from root to tips. This remedy too requires an hour or two to be left on the hair for best results. Using tea is another method for covering grey hair and restoring your natural hair color. For darker hues, black teas work best. Once a week, dip 4 to 5 teabags in two cups of boiling water. Apply it on your wet hair after it is cooled down. You can also mix it with conditioner. When your gray hair has soaked the tea color, the mixture can be washed off. Henna, as we all know, is another immensely effective natural hair colorant. Soak it in water overnight before application.

Are there any side effects?

Using tea coffee or Flowers and herbs make wonderful natural dyes. These ingredients primarily fall under herbal measures and hence do not have as such any side effects. More so, because these ingredients are very gentle. In fact, you will likely need to use them almost on a regular basis to maintain the color. Herbs like Rosemary sage, nettle, cloves, black walnut hulls, and cinnamon give the hair a darker hue but rare occasions like allergy and scalp rashes can be seen due to the use rosemary. Some people have an allergic reaction to rosemary in which case it should be omitted from the list. For blonde hair, many use Chamomile, lemon peel, calendula, saffron, marigold, or sunflower petals in their home remedies but one thing should be kept in mind that sunflower can as well cause an irritation for few as it might cause pollen allergy as a side effect. Many people want to get rid of their grey hair and want a reddish hue instead. Hibiscus flowers, rosehips, red clover or red rose petals can add up to your help list. These don’t have any such side effect just that the ingredients should be mixed in proper amounts and not excess. Else the hair will have an intense red tint which will not look good. Washing hair with lemon water although can rinse off the excess pigmentation by time.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

Smoking is injurious to health in many aspects. In fact, smoking is the key causes for oxidative stress, which accelerates the aging process and hence is more likely to turn hair grey even before the age of 40. Our bodies are very resilient and by cutting down on cigarettes or quitting entirely one might be able to reverse the damage that it casts. So as a principle guideline if one is in habit of smoking it is better they think twice.

How long does it take to recover?

In most cases, these home remedies are effective from the very first application. But then actual graying can be recovered with prolonged use. It might take 2 to 3 months or even a year to recover depending on the age. This is because after a certain age the scalp cells loses its renewal and absorbing abilities and also melanin production stops. So if a person falls under the age group of 20 to 30 he or she is more likely to recover fast than a person falling under the age group of 30 to 50.

Are the results of the remedy permanent?

The home remedies make the hair follicle healthier and are far more effective to get rid of grey hair. The results are mostly permanent if the person is healthy and falls under a young to middle age group. The benefits will be long term if one practices the measures on a regular basis. Although among some people it is seen that in spite of using several home remedies there is no such result. This can be a hereditary problem. Such cases take a long time to be cured and sometimes it doesn't work at all. Even if they dye their hair with chemicals after a time the hair either grows a pale grey or gets brittle. This is mainly due to pigmentation disorder. It is better to consult a physician or a beauty expert if graying persists even after repeated efforts.

Is there any training or experts required?

These home remedies mostly require the ingredients to be soaked or boiled to be used and can be included in the daily or weekly diet easily. Some might need direct application both of which need no such training or expert abilities. Anybody can do it with ease of ‘at home comfort’. In fact, home remedies are the best solution one can have for getting rid of grey hair as it does not involve any harmful chemicals as in the store-bought products.

Effectiveness: Low Side Effects: Very Low Time for Recovery: Very High Price Range : Approx INR 100 - 300 Training Requirement: No

Popular Health Tips

Premature Graying - Understanding the Causes Behind it?

MBBS, MD (Skin & V.D. MAMC) - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
Premature Graying - Understanding the Causes Behind it?

Premature gray hairs haven’t spared even celebrities. An American reality television personality, Kylie Kristen Jenner at the age of 18 has discovered her first gray hair. Her belief is that it may be hereditary as her elder sister also experienced gray hair at the age of 20. The premature graying of hair has become quite common now and is increasing at an alarming rate.

Insight on Premature Graying        

Colour producing cells produce pigments. If it stops, your hair becomes gray. Ideally, it’s a natural process with age, where the pigment production declines.

Ideal Age of Graying Hairs

Usually, Asians develop gray hair during the late 30s, while whites develop it in mid 30s. So, by the time you reach 50, you have enough of gray hairs. If anyone experiences graying prior to this age, it can be declared as premature.

Causes

Although reasons are not clearly known, common causes could be genetics, smoking habits, your diet and vitamins.

  • Hormonal imbalance, be it hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, may lead to ageing.

  • Another reason could be your level of bone density as well as it is related to your activity level, weight, height as well as ethnicity.

  • Deficiency of vitamin B-12 leads to pernicious anemia, where production of red blood cells decreases. This leads to thinning and graying of hairs.

  • Deficiency of vitamin C and E reduce antioxidants in the body, thereby, increasing free radical activity. Hence, ageing process accelerates.

  • Deficiency of vitamins B5 and B9 also accelerates the ageing process as these help in the utilisation of protein in the body. Lack of vitamin B9 leads to decrease in the number of red blood cells and deoxyribonucleic acid.

  • Lack of zinc and copper could also lead to graying of hair.

  • Pituitary or thyroid gland problems can cause premature graying, which can be corrected with measures.

  • Smoking is one of the sources of free development of radicals in your body, which cause oxidative stress. This may lead to decline in the pigmenting capacity and melanin, which result in graying of hairs.

  • Consumption of junk food and processed food may increase oxidative stress and deposition of Advanced Glycation End products. This accelerates aging.

Lifestyle plays an important role in one’s life. It’s all about your appearance. Graying of hair symbolises ageing irrespective of your actual age. Of course, if it’s due to genetic factors, one cannot help it other than experience it. However, other factors are avoidable and treatable. All you need to do it eat right, have beauty sleep and avoid unwanted habits. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist and ask a free question.

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Naturopathic Treatment For Tension And Stress

MD
Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Delhi
Naturopathic Treatment For Tension And Stress

In this fast-moving world, there is no room for self. Growth of IT firms and other long-hour demanding work has led to compromises in your lifestyle - long hours in front of computer, sleeplessness, late-night sleeping, quick bites, leaving us with emotions of anger, anxiety, stress and so on. This is a major reason why people today are hypertensive.

Diseases due to HypertensionTension and stress are the building blocks of numerous serious ailments like cardiovascular diseases, asthma, spondylitis (back pain) and grey hair. You may also suffer from gastritis leading to ulcer.

Natural ways to treat Hypertension : Ideally, tension and stress are not diseases. If you can control these, you can control the conditions that take root because of them. Naturopathic (or alternative medicine) treatments for tension and stress are most ideal.

Here are some natural ways to treat hypertension.

  • Sleep well: An adult should sleep for a minimum of 7-8 hours daily. Your body cells rejuvenate while you are in a relaxed state. Many jobs demand late-night work or night shift work. However, your body is meant to sleep early at night. Instead of working late night, you can start your work early.
  • Eat right: Stress leads to elevated levels of sugar in your body. Try to avoid sugary content food. Your body needs balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates, less of fats, and more of vitamins and minerals. For proteins, eat fish, eggs or white meat. For vegetarians, you can have soy, cereals and protein drinks. Diet must include milk products like yoghurt, milk, vegetables rich in minerals and vitamins and roughage (salads).
  • Destressing exercises: Nowadays, most of the jobs demand sitting for long hours. Physical activity is one of the ways to de-stress your body. A 45-minute walk would also help. Alternatively, yoga or tai-chi type marital art helps to de-stress. Breathing techniques involved in meditation also play a vital role.
  • Anger management: Develop patience. That would automatically lead to anger management at your workplace as well as at home. Be a good listener. Laughter therapy also helps as it releases many happy hormones in the body.
  • Supplement for stress: This has to be the last tip when you do not perform the first four. Multivitamins containing vitamin B and minerals such as magnesium are recommended. You can count on certain herbs such as Ashwaganda, Ginseng, Rhodiola and St. John's Wort.

Despite following these tips, you may still face problems because every human is different and reaction to every remedy could be different. In such cases, approach for expert advice.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am now 32. But my hair started turned gray from the age of 27. Now I found it's spreading rapidly. Also my beard has the same condition as well. So, please suggest me how to solve this issue naturally, other than coloring.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Most people have white hairs by 35 years of age. But in some it can start very early as in your case. Certain medical conditions like thyroid problems, stress, vitamin B12 deficiency etc can cause graying of hair. So get yourself checked if you suffer from any of these conditions. Also do not take too much stress, have a good 8 hour sleep, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so that vitamin deficiencies can get corrected.You may start consuming gooseberries which will prevent further graying.
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Hello my age is 22 years old .I have a problem of premature hair whitening. My hairs started being white. From the sides of my head how to stop them. Nd regain my natural colour.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Greying of hair is a normal aging process which starts around 30 years of age. If happening before this age, it is called premature greying. The hairs which have already turned white cannot be turned back to black. But you can delay the process of greying of hair by some lifestyle modifications. Take adequate sleep and drink lots of water, eat lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables. Few multivitamin tablets can also be prescribed for the same. There is also one lotion which is supposed to work. You can contact me with photos for detailed​ prescription.,

What is the better way of learning I learned topic but I not remember them for 10 days I think to achieve new so I not revise them in 3 4 days. I very tensed about carrier is it true last 2 years I saw my all hair grey falling a lot I used many natural products but not cured completely I feel so tension please suggest for my carrier.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear Lybrate user. I can understand. Memory and mind power depends on three aspects. Understanding, retention and recollection. Recollection is easy if your retention is proper and flawless. Retention is possible when you are able understand what you read or learn. To understand you should have concentration. Concentration comes from effective learning techniques based on creative and active learning. Physical exercise, outdoor games, entertainment, socializing coupled with systematic learning improves your memory and mind power. Vegetables, fruits and nuts are perfect for memory. Brain games like sudoku and jigsaw puzzles helps too. I suggest online education counseling. Take care.
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I have white hair problem so send me home remedies which can be applied to my hair to change it to black hair I am still 19.

MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
White Hair or greying hair mainly occurs when your hair follicles stop producing melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. Though, ageing is the primary reason of grey hair but premature greying of hair in early 20’s or 30’s is now common. Genetic factors, stress, lack of nutrition, chemicals, smoking or any underlying disease like thyroid or anemia can also lead to premature greying of hair. All these factors lead to underproduction or zero production of melanin that leads to grey or white hair. Lack of minerals like zinc, copper is one of the most underestimated yet one of the most analysed reason of grey hair. Turning already grey hair into black is not possible, but you can always control further greying of hair. A balanced diet is the most effective solution to control greying of hair. Include lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, protein rich sources of food in your diet. Load up on food items containing antioxidant and vitamin C like gooseberry, oranges, lemon etc. Try to stay stress free, limit your on-screen time, do exercises and yoga that will increase oxygen in your body and hair. Some cost effective hair care tips at home can also give you wonderful hair and prevent further greying - Give warm oil massage to your hair with different oils like sesame, olive oil, castor oil. Put protein rich hair packs made of egg. If you want to stay chemical free than you can try some natural conditioners like thyme, rosemary tea, chamomile tea or sage tea to rinse your hair post hair wash. Start a good hair regimen by selecting right shampoo and conditioners. A professional hair and scalp analysis to get right hair care products for you is worth than spending time and energy on wrong products. Make a visit to your nearest dermatologist soon to get head turning hair.

Table of Content

What is the remedy about?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-remedy guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
Are the results of the remedy permanent?
Is there any training or experts required?
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Top Home Remedies to get rid of Dandruff
Looking over your shoulder while driving is a healthy habit. But looking over your shoulder to check for dandruff could be quite embarrassing, especially for women.

Dandruff is a common scalp condition that is usually chronic but not contagious (unless caused by infection). Formation of dry, white flakes of dead skin on hair and scalp is dandruff. It may also be accompanied by itching and burning sensation.

Those with oily skin are more prone to this problem because it is often a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis.

Dandruff is caused by:

- cold, dry weather
- infrequent shampooing
- overgrowth of yeast-like fungus (malassezia)
- sensitivity to hair products
- conditions like eczema and psoriasis
- hormonal changes
- stress
- a diet lacking in zinc and b vitamins

Try these home remedies to get rid of dandruff:

Home remedy 1
- take a handful of neem leaves.
- boil them in 4 cups of water.
- cool and strain this solution.
- rinse your hair with this decoction 2-3 times a week.

Home remedy 2
- take some coconut oil.
- add half the amount of lemon juice in it.
- mix them thoroughly.
- apply this mixture to the roots of your hair and massage for a few minutes.
- leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off.

Home remedy 3
- take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- add an equal amount of water.
- add 15-20 drops of tea tree oil.
- mix the ingredients well.
- massage your scalp with the mixture.
- rinse after a few minutes.
- follow this remedy 2-3 times a week.

Now you can confidently say" look, no dandruff anymore"

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Prevention Of Premature Hair Greying
Hello! I m Dr. Siddheshwar. I m a dermatologist.

In this video, I will speak about the prevention of premature hair greying. Hair greying is defined as a whitening of the hairs due to damage or destruction of the colour producing cells called as a melanin. If this greying happens before 25 years of age it is called as a premature and if it happens after 25 years it is called as mature hair greying. Usually in premature hair greying the treatment works and there is reversible of grey hairs to the black hairs. In mature hair greying treatment are usually not successful.

So why this premature hair greying happens? The first and the foremost cause is the genetic factors. If parents have some genes which are actually not functioning well to produce the pigmenting in individual it may lead to the premature hair greying. The second common cause is the stress. Stress, regular stress, long-term stress will lead to production of the hormone called as the androgen and these slowly destroys the melanin which leads to the premature hair greying.

Other than these most of our individuals, most of the individuals in these age group they like junk food and there is always a deficiency of some vitamins, minerals and proteins which actually contributes in major way to the greying of the hairs. Other than these some systemic disorders like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism they also contribute to the premature hair greying. Use of chemicals on the hairs like coloring agents or hair styling gels these also contribute to the hair greying.

If a particular individual has an allergy to hair care products and he keeps using those this also contribute to the hair greying. Now how to prevent the hair greying? As you know we know the causes we need to target these. First stress, to avoid stress you need to practice meditation and yoga. You need to drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water daily to prevent the toxic metabolic production at the hair root level. Good healthy diet which includes vitamin A, vitamin C and lot of proteins and minerals helps to prevent and it helps to reverse the premature hair greying.

One should eat more of these foods. One should keep good scalp hygiene. Hair should be washed 2 to 3 times in a week with a good shampoo. Avoid using chemical based hair care products like coloring agents, straightening, ironing, these in term long term they will lead to the premature hair greying. So these should be avoided repeatedly for long term. There is a home remedy which most of the people follow and it works some way to prevent the premature hair greying or to reverse the premature hair greying.

Amla, the Indian gooseberry it helps to prevent, you can eat it or you can be meshed it make it a powder mix it in a coconut oil and you can apply it as a mask 2 to 3 times in a week which helps to prevent and reverse the premature hair greying. Even after doing these methods if your hair greying is not responding then please contact nearby dermatologist for more advanced specialized treatment because these are not the common causes, there are some other common causes which dermatologist will evaluate and treat you accordingly.

This home remedy is not helping not responding in your cases please contact nearby dermatologist he will evaluate your case and treat with advanced treatments. If you want more information about the premature hair greying or you want to book an appointment to me please contact me through lybrate.com.
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Cold in Children - Home Remedies For Treatment
Hello, everybody, I am Dr Rahul Yadav, a paediatrician. Today we'll be discussing a very important topic with our home remedies related to children regarding cold.

So now, as you all know cold and chest congestion is very common among children and it might occur as many times as six to seven times every year. This is a pretty much normal for each and every kid. If you have a child you would have definitely experienced the agony of the child having cold and chest condition during any time during his childhood.

So, first of all, I would like to give you one piece of warning. A child with cold and chest congestion having sneezing, which might be increased intensity of sounds when the child is breathing in or out, signs of respiratory distress which might be increased, work of breathing increase rate or breathing or difficulty in even uttering normal words. In that scenario, you have to rush the child immediately go to the nearest doctor or to an emergency or hospital near your home. Another scenario would be if your child is suffering from asthma. In that scenario, I would advise you to take proper precautions and follow the instructions of your doctor regarding inhalers or nebulizers before trying any of the following home remedies.

So what actually can become very indiscreet. Home remedies can treat a child suffering from cold with no signs of respiratory distress with a few gurgling sounds while breathing.

Is it actually useful? Actually yes home remedies might even be better than medicines. Any common day-to-day cold and chest congestion. So what are the home remedies can do. One is the easiest would be to start honey. Honey has natural immune boosters which you can easily stage.

Can it be given to each and every child?

Yes, it can be given to each and every child but do not use it for any child less than one year of age. The reason behind it would be because of the incidence of bottling improxim in the honey which can be very deadly towards the less than one year of age.

You can even mix the honey with a little bit of lemon juice or ginger paste to make the child accept those Honey well. With honey you have to just pick up the caution in a case of a diabetic child and that you should not be over given the honey but in an otherwise, you can give the honey as many as times as you want. Maybe 1 psf every three to four hour. Another thing another home remedy that you can try out is humidification. Humidification can be done by either a cold humidification or humidification. Cold humidification is safer. Warm humidification is by the steam. Steam is very dangerous in a child as it can lead to burns also. So the better way is to close all the doors and windows of the house and thus put the steamer in one corner of the room and let the whole room be humid, that will help the child a lot. Another thing that you can do is to use normal sign nasal drops to keep the nostrils of the child clean. As the child's nose remains clean, the child will be able to breathe easier and would be much more comfortable and would even respond better to other measures. As you have to remember that cold in a child is ninety-nine percent because of viruses and that it generally takes seven to ten days for the treatment to average space and it's a natural course of the disease. So have to wait for that time you have to be patient. These are the common remedies that you can do which will elevate most of the symptoms that your child would be suffering from.

If you have any other queries regarding this or any other issues regarding to pediatrics you can contact me at lybrate.com.
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Sore Throat - Causes And Remedies
Hello everyone,

I am Dr Madhulika Sharma. I have been practicing daily for 15 years and I would be telling you precisely on the topic of sore throat. People are not that aware of the topic sore throat because what they feel is the common complaints that I have irritation in the throat, I have been feeling of dryness, I have a little bit of pain in my throat that really pains and when I swallow these are the common complaints so many a times reason not only associated with sore throat some of the patients have others some have actual infections from other things associated with that show not only the treatment is the same every time.

So we need to consult a specialist to treat it the most common cause of sore throat as you call it pain in the throat is viral infection which in most of the case they do not need to treatment at all they can be mild infection in case of mild infection simple gargle simple home remedies will also help but yeah if you do not feel comfortable even after 2 days. You should go to the specialist then. The second most common cause is bacterial infections in those cases the patients will have fever and have small swellings Indian roads there are other associated symptoms like fever which is not responding to medication at all.

All these symptoms can be associated with most commonly with bacterial infection. then apart from that sometimes these infections lead to abscess formation that is all the more grave because many times we do take medication from outside and they just keep continuing that and then the abscess builds up and then that leads to severe complications so whatever we take simple medicines we should try only for 2-3 days not more than that because after that it becomes difficult for patients as well as doctor.

Now I apart from this many a times very few patients come with pain in throat they have been taking treatment and actually the causes something else sometimes there are other inside the throat that only we can see only ENT specialist can examine then we can come to know that you have this problem and just treating the answer itself reads the problem right then sometimes there are foreign bodies that are stuck in the throat people think that it is sore throat and start taking medication for that so all these things have to be treated only after proper examination and but of course it is not a Grave problem most of the times so initial one or two days you can of course take medication rest simple warm saline gargle is a wonder drug that can help each and every patient and you can always contact me online rate on other sites and I would be really happy to help you.

Thank you so much!
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Laser Hair Reduction
Laser Hair Reduction Process

Hi this is Sandesh Gupta the owner of Skin and Laser Centre. Today we will discuss about Laser hair reduction. Laser hair reduction is a process by which the problem of unwanted hair on the face and other body parts can be resolved. It requires two sessions of Laser hair procedures and we can get the reduction or removal of these hairs almost permanently. Now how does the diode system works. How this machine does works? The laser machine it produces a beam of highly concentrated light. This emitted light is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. These lasers vaporize these pigments and by this we disable the hair follicles and significantly impede the hair root.

At our center we use the highest technology by The Luminous USA Gold standard light sheer diode laser with the best treatment efficacies in the haring world. Now the question comes is it painful usually laser hair removal is not painful because every Laser hair has a cooling tips where temperature goes to the zero degree centigrade which allows significant cooling on the skin before any shot of the laser come and this makes the procedure almost painless but during the treatment there might be slight tingling or stinging Sensation which can be easily tolerated then in few cases if pain tendency is more we can apply topical anesthesia procedure. Another question comes How many sessions are required show the number of session varies Depending on the patient's hair thickness or density And area to be treated and in few cases if PCOS or any hormonal changes are there, hormonal disturbances are there The number of sitting varies. Usually 8 to 10 sessions are generally recommended. But few cases it can go up to 15 cases and in few cases the PCS comes thyroid problems come or any other hormonal abnormalities are there so we have to give more and more number of sessions even after 15 sections.

In few cases what happens patchy growth or fine hairs they come after the 15 goes so they may require further maintenance sitting after interval of 3 to 4 months now another question comes does it work on grey hair? The answer is no because laser energies attract the melanin in the hair the greater the amount of melanin the better are results. White or gray hair doesn't contain any melanin therefore it does not respond to any laser treatment whether it is ND YAG or whether it is a diode laser or it s a pill. Some patients ask do I need to grow hair for the treatment. No In fact we ask you we shave the area where you want to be treated. Lasers actually targets the anatomical structures below the skin. And this surface here actually interferes with the process.

Another question comes in how many sittings will I see the results? So we say that from the very first session there will be no growth for several weeks. Therefore you will be receiving immediate relief while you are moving towards the long term solution. As the number of sessions are increasing you will get more and more time of the non-hairy skin.

In case if you need any further assistance any inquiry about the laser hair reduction you can directly contact to me or you can contact our center.
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