by Ken Winston Caine
Soy milk, applied daily to patches of unwanted body hair, stunts its growth, strips its pigment and reduces the diameter of the follicle and hair shaft, according to this fascinating patent application.
The effect is substantial and noticeable within five weeks, according to the mouse and human studies (with photos) presented in the application.
Interestingly, soy milk fortified with a small amount of a soy isoflavone solution, enhanced and speeded the effect.
The initial application was made in a freshly shaved area. Then after that, the area was treated once daily with the soy milk solution and microscopic measurements and photos were taken weekly.
The human test involved leg hair. Hair on one leg was treated daily. Hair on the treated leg was about 1/4 less thick in four weeks, held less pigment, was substantially shorter and and fell out sooner than the untreated hair in the same area on the opposite leg. In addition, the “resting phase” — the period between when a hair falls out and a new hair sprouts from the same follicle– took longer on the treated legs.
People in the study commented that the treated hair was much softer, besides being thinner.
It is believed that with continued, extended treatment, the diameter and follicles of hair in the treatment area would continue to shrink, the hair growth rate would continue to slow and the hair would lose more and more pigment until the follicle became so small that the hair ceased to grow at all.
Now….if I can just figure out how to spray and rub soy milk onto my back…
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