Thursday, August 14, 2008

Electric Tweezers

Electric tweezers and treatments with them should be avoided by all consumers. They are often promoted as permanent, though data has proven otherwise. In this process, an electric current is applied to a hair through an electrified tweezer. The tweezer grasps the hair above the skin's surface and holds it anywhere from 15 seconds to several minutes. Promoters claim (without adequate proof) that the electricity travels down the hair and permanently damages the hair root.


* Some find treatment has less associated pain and side effects compared to ordinary tweezing
* Safe if performed properly


* No published clinical proof of claims that they can achieve permanent hair removal
* No published clinical proof that electricity can travel through a hair and cause permanent damage to the root
* Up to 100 times slower than ordinary tweezing
* Can be expensive despite no published proof of permanence

Costs: Between $100.00 to $5,000.00+

Accessories Required: Some brands sell items like conductive gels, humidifiers, or pre and post-treatment products to "increase effectiveness".

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