Question about hair cycle

I was reading some old posts about tweezing and waxing and how they cause more hair growth that’s darker because of increased capillary blood flow. I was wondering though, how come if you just stop waxing or plucking for a long time, why won’t your hairs go back to the way they were? Why don’t they fall out in telogen and then start the cycle back like your original vellous hairs? Maybe that sounds silly, but I would think that if you removed the outside manipulation, eventually they would go back to normal? It seems though that the hairs grow a lot longer than before waxing.

Also, i was told you can get multiple hairs out of one hair follicle from trauma and that usually resolves? DOes anyone know anything about that?

I am just so fed up with waxing because I feel like it makes my hair growth worse every time and laser/electrolysis are not good solutions for me. I am desperate enough to even wait it out.


Hi dancers,

You continue to write that electrolysis is no good for you because your skin is dark. It doesn’t seem to matter to you what everyone here says about electrolysis being highly effective, even for darker skinned people. You choose to continue proliferating this misinformation about electrolysis contraindicated for dark skin. I even offered to speak to those physicians of yours who you claimed told you that electrolysis is bad for your skin. You never responded.

Dancers, your unwanted hair struggle will probably continue forever as you refuse to understand how electrolysis works. Your focus on tweezing and waxing is not going to solve your problems.

I’ve been told by my doctor that i would not be a good candidate for electrolysis or laser since i am darker and scar easily.

That was the statement I used previously. Sorry, let me dissect my statement. This is what I meant.

I am a bad candidate for electrolysis because I scar easily. I am a bad candidate for laser because I am darker. I combined my sentences. Because scarring is a potential side effect of electrolysis, it makes good sense to me that people who are predisposed to scarring make bad candidates for electrolysis. I scar from simple burns, from waxing, shaving, folliculitis, simple cuts–anything you name it.

I didn’t mean that I was a bad candidate for electrolysis because I am dark.

My doctor is a dermatologist.

Chill out.

Hi dancers,

Clients who want to minimize the appearance of hair via waxing, who are committed to it, do so every 6 weeks.

This will alter the hair growth cycle making it appear that growth is diminishing however, once one stops waxing, the hair growth cycle returns to normal.

We prefer not to wax facial hair because we would rather leave the fine hairs alone as waxing is not a selective process like electrolysis. We can not determine how those fine hairs will appear after repeated waxing. From my experience and observation, waxing is MORE traumatic to the skin than electrolysis. In both cases, you are removing hair from the reticular layer within the dermis. Your dermatologist is telling you that waxing is okay for you?

Too bad that your dermatologist doesn’t have an electrologist on staff. He/she would see that it is highly unusual for one to scar from electrolysis when it is administered by a skilled professional. When you indicate that you scar easily, are you referring to keloiding?

I can’t help but wonder if your dermatologist has had practical experience with electrolysis or if he/she is basing decisions on theory. I know a dermatologist who administer electrolysis. Perhaps your dermatologist might consider doing so too. He cares, right?

It is a shame to rob someone of the hope of ending the distress that comes from unwanted hair and it appears that you are being robbed.

Suggesting that we chill out is odd. Those of us who are professionals who do contribute, do not ask for your money, we are just very committed to the work.

Hi everyone!

I was just curious myself about the initial question dancers raised about what would happen if one just let formerly waxed hair grow and eventually fall out once it passes the telogen phase? would regrowth then be somewhat like the vellus before that got tampered with or is that just wishful thinking? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> I’ve been waxing an area on my lower back for several years as I was shamed of it. Same problem with my belly. Now I believe it maybe wasn’t all that bad. You just get overly conscious about everything when in puberty… oh well… Now it’s still blond but very long and of course the areas don’t feel as smooooooth as the rest …wonder how long I would have to wait till it looked anywhere near normal again if I stopped waxing…

Wishful thinking.

Since our office also provides waxing services, we do not observe thicker hairs becoming finer however with age, hair on the legs and arms will lessen. So far, we have not noted this for the back, as is your concern.

Dear Arlene,

I apologize for my “chill out” comment. You are right- you are very committed professionsals who provide information for free. That was a very immature response on my part. I took your prior response as abrupt and felt offended perhaps because I am too overly sensitive.

My doctor is a very good one. He is a dermatologist at an academic center with very good qualifications. He does care. He did not recommend waxing but there are no alternative hair removal forms for me. Electrolysis is very expensive and takes a very long time for only a small area. Also, it is not 100% effective every time. Perhaps it may be for your patients because you are a highly skilled professional, but it is hard to find such highly skilled people. By scarring, I mean hyperpigmentation, not keloids. Hyperpigmentation is also a possible side effect of electrolysis. For someone who experiences hyperpigmentation easily from waxing and shaving, it is likely that I may experience hyperpigmentation from electrolysis as well. I haven’t touched my face. My complaints of waxing center around my arms and legs.

The combination of significant expense and time committment especially with the large area of treatment I would require (arms and legs), possibility of hyperpigmentation, no guarantee that it will be effective, the difficulty in finding and knowing who’s a skilled electrologist, along with the personal experience shared by people on this website, make me very wary of trying electrolysis.

I can understand that someone of your experience would think very silly of me for feeling this way.

Hi dancers,

Ok, its the fear of hyperpigmentation that is preventing you from getting electrolysis…

If you become very frustrated from all of the alternatives to electrolysis and see that nothing is helping you, ask your dermatologist what he thinks about melanocyte suppressants prior to electrolysis, ask him what he thinks of 3 or 4 % hydroquinone for you for after treatment. There are other topicals that I prefer but physicians often have a limited scope and that is the one he would probably suggest. Please keep us posted and don’t feel hopeless! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

what area are you looking to treat? If it’s bikini or another area with very coarse hair, then laser IS also an option if they’re using a Yag laser and they know what they’re doing. Also, electrolysis doesn’t cause scarring with proper treatment. I usually scar easily, but have had electrolysis on many areas with no problems. I think having multiple degrees etc in dermatology doesn’t really say anything about one’s knowledge of hair removal and methods. They don’t teach it in med school, so unless he does thorough research, attends conferences etc on hair removal in particular, his opinion is pretty much just that.

To answer the question before about the hair on the back. First, I shaved 3, 4 times my lower back and then, I did waxing in this area during 2 years. Obviously he had become more dense and black …

But good news! I stopped doing anything and yes it took 1 year and a half but my back hair is mostly gone and the rest is a fine layer blond down so not visible! Yes then the hair cycles work but it takes time … And it must depend on the region of the body and genetics of each person ! Good luck to all and patience!
Sorry for my English, I’m french