Laser hair removal is a great way to have a permanent hair reduction. Yes, I said reduction because you will have a few hairs left after the treatments. Many people think that laser will remove ALL your hair. That’s not true. It will give you a permanent reduction, but you will have a few light hairs left afterwards. There’s a few important things a client should know before getting into laser. Because I like to keep it real and give all our clients the 411, here are 4 very important things you should be aware of:
1.Shaving: BEFORE the treatment and in between sessions: You mostly have to shave in before and in between sessions. The main reason for this is because if you wax or tweeze the area, the laser won’t be able to target the root of your hair. When you wax or pull it out, the root will slowly grow back crooked. For the laser to work, the root needs to be straight, which is exactly what shaving does.
2.Sun exposure: You need to be aware of sun exposure. If you have an active tan, the laser might burn your skin instead of burning the root of the hair. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to wear a garbage bag around your body the whole time you’re doing your laser treatments. You just have to make sure that 10 days before and after the session, you don’t expose the area and you wear sun protection. Otherwise, by exposing the freshly lasered area, you might create either hypopigmentation (loss of skin color) or hyperpigmentation (brown spots).
3.Between sessions, it will grow back: Your hair will grow back in between treatments. That’s totally normal. If you think just one session will get rid of all your hair, think again. You need in between 5 to 10 treatments, depending on the hair that you have (if it’s strong and dark or light and fair) and the area. Your hair will grow back, but as you get through your sessions, less and less. And at the end, most of it won’t. The few hairs that will be left will be fair and light.
4.After the treatment: Many people keep shaving after their treatments. DON’T SHAVE AFTER. You want to either continue with electrolysis, wax or tweeze the few hairs that are left. If you start shaving again, you will stimulate the little invisible hairs that you can’t see and with time, they will grow darker and coarser. When you shave, it’s like “attacking” the hair and cutting it repeatedly, so it will defend itself by growing stronger and darker. If you don’t want to waste all that money you spent, don’t shave 😉
Laser hair removal is a GREAT investment if you have areas that really bother you. Yes, it seems like a lot of money, but think about all the dollars and time that you spend on shaving creams, razors, wax, etc. The treatments are 6 to 8 weeks apart for the body and 4 weeks apart for the face so it is a long process, but so short compared to a lifetime of shaving! 🙂
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