What more frequently happens is that you have one hair above the surface, and another hair below the surface when the hair is being treated. The one above the surface is in some state of shedding, or perhaps you have multiple hairs growing from one follicle at the same time. If one of those hairs is below the skin’s surface and doesn’t come out with the treated hair, the follicle is treated, but that other hair will remain in the shaft, and will have to be shed, or grown out if it is still attatched enough to continue growth. Most likey, you can pull on it and see it fall out.
Without getting boreingly technical, lets just say that there is no way to have a hair grow from an empty follicle in the space of 7 days no matter how you removed the hair, as long as the entire hair structure was removed at the time. As for your thought of not damaging the follicle, that is like saying that you can remove a window frame from your house without damaging the wall around it. Typically, there will be some things that need attention before the house is considered whole again. Your hair follicle (growing hair included)is more a continuous thickening of skin that is more one unit than it is one thing sitting inside of another thing. You can’t totally remove the hair without causing some damage to the thinner walls around the thick hair shaft. When you pull a plant out of the ground, if you get the whole root, you have displaced lots of soil, and it takes time for all that to settle in, and flatten out again. If some root is left in, the plant still needs a long time to grow enough to put anything above grown again. This is true even of dandelions.
[ July 21, 2003, 01:08 PM: Message edited by: James W. Walker VII, CPE ]