Shaving, plucking, waxing etc. are honestly such a hassle. And in hindsight, when you really think about it, in a lifetime it’s a crap ton of money that accumulates in the long run. I mean common ladies, you know shaving those underarms (and your vagina) is such a b***h. Ingrown hairs, cuts, discoloration due to shaving, expensive trips to get waxed and let’s not even talk about the pain girl! This is where laser hair removal comes into the topic. Laser hair removal is the process of removing unwanted hair by means of exposure to pulses of laser light that destroy the hair follicle. Below are a few FAQs that will 100% convince you to take the laser hair removal lifestyle.
How does laser hair removal work? Why does it take so long to get the results you want? Why does it matter what type of laser you use?
These are all very common questions for people considering laser hair removal. In this article, we hope that you can make an informed decision before investing in laser hair removal.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal permanently removes hair by destroying the root of the hair follicles. We destroy the follicles by using pulses of light designed to heat the hair follicle to the point that it dies. We use specific wavelengths of light that target pigment, so the skin remains undamaged, but the follicle is destroyed. Therefore, laser is most effective on dark hair.
Why does it take so long to get results?
It takes the average client 18 months to two years to reach their clinical end. Each area has a treatment interval that falls somewhere between 4-10 weeks depending on the area.
This is because laser treatments are only effective on hair follicles that are in their active growth cycle. At any given time, roughly 10% of your hair is actually in the growth phase. During the other times, the hair is migrating through the skin before finally shedding completely. It takes a few weeks for each of these phases to pass, and that is why we only treat on specific intervals. You could get treated once a day for two months, but you would probably only see results from 1-2 of those treatments.
Why does it matter what type of laser you use?
There are lots of different ‘lasers’ on the market. Many of these ‘lasers’ are not actually lasers at all, but rather IPL machines (Intense Pulsed Light). The issue with using an IPL versus a real laser is that the IPL doesn’t destroy the follicle but rather damages the hair and can cause temporary shedding and removal, but it can’t give you permanent results. An ND-YAG is a type of laser with a wavelength safe for darker skin types; whereas an Alexandrite is a type of laser with a wavelength safe for lighter skin types.
With all this useful insight and information you can forget about painful trips to get waxed and razor bumps from shaving. It’s kind of hard for you not to go out and try laser hair removal. It’ll save you a whole ton of money and hassle at the end of it all!