So you’re contemplating laser removal to zap away them pesky hairs. Been there, done that everywhere and we mean EV-RI-WHEREEEE. And we have to say it’s rather fabulous. Read our FAQs below to determine if laser hair removal is really for you.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal leads to permanent reduction in the number of hair follicles that grow. It disables the hair follicle stem cells so the hair cannot grow back. So whereas waxing simply yanks the hair out of the follicle, which then grows back. The results of laser are long lasting.
How Long Does it Take?
Usually a recommended 6-8 sessions is required at 4-6 weeks apart. The session time depends on what area you’re getting done. Fort example full body laser takes one hour. On completion of your course of treatment, you should notice a reduction of between 80-90% of hair growth. Any remaining hairs will become significantly softer and thinner.
Do You Have to Shave In-Between Sessions?
Yes shaving is required between session. When you start laser it’s bye bye wax strips and hello Mr razor. In-between your sessions you can only use a razor to remove any hair, unless you want to bleach. So if you’re getting laser hair removal on your face you need to be fully comfortable with taking a razor there.What we did? Freaked. Out. The thought of a razor even coming near the face area was like nawwwww. So we did what any millennial does and watched endless YouTube videos on how to shave your face… Realised we’re not alone in this game and went off to the bathroom armed with a razor and shaving foam (which was later ditched for face wash.)
Does it Hurt?
The pulsed light in laser hair removal feels like a hot rubber band flicking against your skin. Although please bear in mind some machines perform differently. Also not every zap will hurt the same way. The truth is some areas it’s absolutely fine, like your arms but your bikini area H-U-R-T-S. After your third session you will feel less pain and gradually you become used to it. Promise.
Other Points to Remember:
- Ensure you book your sessions with a registered, qualified and reputable clinic. Don’t book in haste, research the clinic and even pop in for a chat before you book
- Ensure you get a patch test done on each area you intend to treat. The skin and hair reacts differently in various areas of your body
- The results are long lasting not permanent. You will still need to go back for a top-up once a year
- Laser hair removal works best on people with light skin and coarse, dark hair
- In terms of after-care ensure you avoid heat treatments including hot baths, saunas, and steam rooms for 24-48 hours.
- Avoid sun beds for 30 days before and after treatments
Good luck and we hope you’re all silky smooth and hair-free in no time!