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Blading – a form of facial hair removal
How is this treatment performed?
Blading or Dermaplaning is safely performed by using a #10 blade (yes, a sterile surgical blade). The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving. However, the practitioner is doing the stroking while holding the area of skin taut and cutting the hair off bluntly so it will grow back flat instead of sharp like shaving.
If you are ‘blading” the skin on the face, won’t the hairs on the face grow back thicker?
No. It is physiologically impossible for your vellous hairs to grow back thicker. True, once the hair is cut, it has a blunt edge. But this blunt edge does not mean that the hair structure itself has been physiologically altered.
There are two types of hair that grow on our bodies. Vellous (tiny translucent blonde hair) and Terminal (thicker hair that grows under the arms, pubic area, eye brows, mustache and beard for men and legs)
Vellous hair when cut or removed will grow back the same. The structure of the hair does not become damaged, therefore it is impossible to alter. Terminal hair is physiologically coarse. When Terminal hair is cut, it grows back the same way…coarse.
Sometimes, waxing can make the hair appear to be “thinner” but it is really not thinner at all. Because waxing pulls the hair from it’s roots, the new hair grows in with a smooth tip, making it feel softer. But it is actually the same type of hair it was before. It’s only when we cut hair (any type of hair) that the hair grows back with a blunt cut at the tip.
Can blading cause the skin to bleed?
In all honesty, of course it can. You are performing this procedure with a sharp instrument. But the incidence of cutting into the skin is slim. Imagine when you shave your legs. You can draw blood because you are using a blade. But how often does that occur? For some, more often than they’d like, but for most, it doesn’t happen that often, if ever, because we have practiced and trained for several years to perfect the art of shaving. It becomes second nature to us.
Blading the skin is identical. It is only performed by someone who has had the proper training and practice.
What areas of the skin can be treated?
Blading the skin is performed on the face only. We do not blade the nose, eye lids, or chest. Sometimes, practitioners who are learning perform the procedure on their arms or legs. But for clients, it is recommended to do the face only.
How often is this procedure performed?
Blading can be performed every 3 – 4 weeks. Blading the skin actually removes about 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells. We want the skin to complete it’s normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days. I would not recommend treating the skin more often than that.
A normal hair growth cycle is 5-6 weeks so most clients find booking appointments every 6 weeks just like a hair cut is a good way to stay on top of the hair growth. However some clients find they may need to come more regularly due to fast hair growth and that is fine also.
If we decide some of the hair on the face needs to be waxed e.g lip or chin we will suggest this to the client.
Can blading or derma planing be performed with a chemical peel?
Absolutely. I recommend using our Non-Traumantic Chirally-Correct peels. They are made without harsh chemicals that might induce a burn effect on the skin. They are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients as well as chirally-correct acids, such as L-lactic, L-malic and L-tartaric. Pure Skin Solutions’ has also created some peels with nano technology that are coated in liposomes so there is absolutely NO trauma…just extra exfoliation for clients who have extra photodamage and need the extra peeling effect.
Is this Treatment Safe?
This treatment, when professionally trained, is extremely safe. There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face. As long as the practitioner has adequate training, the treatment should be very easy and quick. If you decide you don’t like the treatment you have nothing to lose you hair growth will be back to square one in 6 weeks after the treatment.
What skin types/conditions can be treated?
All skin types can benefit from derma planing or blading, however, I would not recommend this treatment for those suffering from acne and an over production of the sebaceous gland. The oils from the sebaceous gland need to travel up and connect with the vellous hair. (Vellous hair does not have oil/sebaceous glands) If the hair is removed, then the oils tend to stay below where they are prone to mix with bacterial colonies, ultimately stimulating more acne.
“This is truly one of my favourite types of hair removal. I think that the hair removal and exfoliation process is fool-proof. Overall, I think that blading the skin is a great way to treat two skin conditions; dull skin and a fuzzy face! Don’t be afraid that the hair will grow in thicker. It won’t”. – Alisha Senior therapist The Sanctuary Beauty and Hair.
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