Well this is my first posting on the site. I find it very comforting to know that I’m not alone in this problem and just reading some of the emotional posts on this site makes me so saddened that science can’t come up with a more efficient and permanent solution for unwanted hair, as it is clearly seriously damaging people’s self confidence, social life and general well-being.
However Laser and electrolysis seem to be out of reach financially for a lot of people, take many months or years to see results, are painful to endure, and can be embarassing not being able to deal with the problem in the privacy of your own home.
I have done my research and understand that destroying the root without harming the surrounding tissues is no easy task. However I also know that this is the year 2006, we put a man on the moon nearly 40 years ago, and split the atom even earlier that that, so what is the hold up exactly!?
There are millions and millions of ppl around the world who would love to not have to bother shaving their legs or face every few days (not to mention other areas!) and would opt for the easy permanent solution if it were available.
So why isn’t it available? My business sense seems to suggest that there really aren’t many products that deliver a “permanent solution.” Corporations want to make money after all and the best way to do this is to create products that offer a temporary solution, are easily disposable and can be bought up again for futher temporary solving of life’s problems. Nearly all products have this type of lifecycle, which is why manufacturer’s specifically design car engines to wear out after so many miles, lightbulbs to burn out, toothbrushes to lose their bristles, etc, etc.
Why? Because a permanent solution just isn’t nearly as profitable. After all where would Ford be if ppl where still driving their Model T’s around?
Just ask Gillette (a.k.a. Procter and Gamble, one of the world’s largest companies, valued over $150 billion) if a permanent hair removal cream would be in their best interests. Honestly we all know how much Mach3 blades cost don’t we!
You know I once saw a Saturday Night Live (comedy show on TV) skit back in the early 90’s where they were mockingly advertizing a razor with 4 blades, the punchline being: “4 blades, because you’ll believe anything!” - and now look, the Shick Quattro is upon us some 15 years later! Hilarious I thought in retrospect.
Point being that Gillette (P&G) and others are making ludicrious profits off the sale of shaving creams, razors, blades, etc all hyped up in sensational packaging and advertizing…“4 blades, because we will believe anything” indeed!
These big boys will fight, dirty if they have to ($150 billion can do a lot of lobbying and buying out of companies) to keep other permanent methods out of reach. Lazer and electolysis don’t really hurt them because your average person can’t afford it and doesn’t have the patentience for the slow and questionable results.
Side note: I don’t really understand if Rogaine can be used as a cream to promote hair growth i.e. stimulate the follice then why cannot a similar cream be created to destroy the hair follicle? Maybe its just me.
I just feel that if this miracle cream were on the verge of being released one of the big boys (like P&G) would buy out that company and stop the release, maybe they already have?I’m sure we might have heard about it, although studying law and confidentiality agreements, perhaps not!?
Okay I admit this all sounds a little conspiracy theoryish but businesses know that a permanent solution is never the most profitable one to market, because the customer uses it once and then walks away, never to buy again. Granted in the world of hair removal there will be new adolecents desiring the product everyday, but you must ask yourself this is surely not as profitable as selling overpriced razors, shaving cream, and blades to nearly everyone in the developed world between the ages of 14 and 100+ now is it?
Big business and big pharmacuticals know there is not much money in a cure, but boatloads in “treatments” which the patient or “customer” must continue taking for the rest of their lives or that are so expensive that the general population cannot acheive the permanent solution they desire.
I feel we are somewhere in the middle of all this when it comes to permanent hair removal, there is a lot at stake for the big boys to keep things the way they are. However I am confident that science and technology will prevail eventually, just how long it will take I’m not so sure.
Sorry for ranting on so long, but like many who suffer with the problem it becomes a passion to solve it. I doubt many will bother to read all this now, but hopefully a few can add some comments.
Thanks and cheers for the opportunity to vent!