10 Facts You Need To Know Before Doing Laser Hair Removal
To remove unwanted hair from body laser hair removal is the best and safe way. Here is our guide to 10 facts you need to know before doing laser hair removal.
1. No More Waxing!
You need to be patient with laser hair removal, between treatments you will find that your hair growth may continue to come through. In order for laser to work effectively, your hairs need to be connected to the root at the time of your treatment.
You are recommended not to do any sort of hair removal method other than shaving or trimming. This is because other methods either disconnect the hairs from the root with force or they may stimulate more growth in the area.
2. Does not Work on Blonde, White or Red Hairs
Laser hair removal machines are attracted to the pigment in your hair. Hairs which are blonde, white or red lack pigment. Finer hairs and hairs which are a very light brown are also more difficult to treat because of this. It is always best that you ask the therapist to check your hair growth before purchasing a course.
3. Cannot be Done On or Over a Tattoo
If you have a tattoo in the area where you want to get laser it cannot be treated. Laser hair removal may either burn the area or cause the tattoo to fade. If you are looking to have a tattoo removed then this is not the correct procedure for you to go for. You would need to look for a salon who offers this treatment.
4. Takes More Than One Session. It's Not a One Off and It Works
Laser works when hairs are in an Anagen phase. This is a scientific word for hairs that are growing. If the hair when treated is not in this stage then you would require another visit. At present there is no scientific way of measuring which phase your hairs are in. On average 20% of your growth will be in the anagen phase at any given time. Therefore you are recommended to take up a course of between 6 – 12 sessions.
5. It's a Long Term Reduction
You could potentially be hair-free for years after your treatment has finished. You will require maintenance sessions in order to prolong the results. Many people are under the impression that laser offers a 100% permanent removal of hair. This is not the case as no laser that is currently available is able to promise to remove each and every individual hair. Some people do see outstanding results.
6. It's Amazing
After even one session people begin to see their hair growth slow down and take longer to reappear. The areas which respond the best are underarms, private areas and the lower legs. Not only does laser reduce hair-growth it has a few more added benefits. There is a reduction in bad odours and it can also help with ingrown hairs.
7. No Side Effects
Make sure you inform your therapist of any medications you may be taking. Once they have given you the go ahead there are no long term side effects with laser. It's completely safe. Immediately after treatment the skin can sometimes become red or slightly itchy, but this dies down within 2 – 48 hours.
8. Not Too Pricey
Laser has been out long enough now that there is plenty of competition for laser clinics. Therefore the prices have reduced significantly. Keep an eye out for special offers and promotions. So not only are you saving so much money in the long run! It's affordable in the short term too.
9. Get the Right One For Your Skin
With so many lasers available you need to match the right one to your skin. Try to opt for an actual laser not IPL as this does not tend to give people the desired results. If you are a lighter skin type opt for Alexandrite. If you have Asian or Afro-Caribbean skin then try out the ND YAG laser. It's phenomenal.
10. You Can Do it ALL Over the Body
That's right, head to toe. The scalp as well if you really want the skinhead look. You can even treat both male and female private areas. Do not be afraid of infertility - there is no such risk.
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