Now that we’re going into the Spring/Summer season we all have one thing in common: we have to eradicate that stubbles on our legs that we lazily got away with not removing so regularly over the winter season because our legs were wrapped in thick wooly tights. Now our legs have to come out and for that they need to be smooth and beautiful. Shaving is a pain in the bum, waxing is an ACTUAL pain — so what else is there? Laser hair removal! Here’s a quick guide to laser hair removal.
What is laser hair removal?
The process of shaving, waxing and epilating can be tiresome and many grow weary of the on-going task. Laser hair removal is an effective and efficient alternative to tried, tested, time consuming and often painful methods. Laser hair removal came about as an in-clinic method of treating hair in 1993. It is now widely accepted in the dermatological society and many clinics both beauty and medical, offer the treatment to those who want to remove unwanted hair.
How does it work?
The way that laser hair removal works is simple. By targeting dark pigment in the hair, the laser can disable the hair follicle.. The melanin in the hair is targeted, not the skin itself. As a result of the fact that lasers target dark hairs, this means the treatment is ineffective on light hairs. Lasers will work best on dark, coarse hair, but that doesn’t mean that they may not have any effect on lighter hair, too. The dark pigments absorb the energy of the laser and the hair follicles are disabled. As the laser targets dark pigments, those with darker skin cannot use laser treatment for removing hair as it could seriously damage the skin. It is defined as permanent hair removal. What this means is that the hairs that are treated are disabled permanently. However it should be noted that you will need to treat areas several times to reach all hairs, as the hairs are in different growth phases.
How many treatments are needed?
Typically three to eight sessions will be required for the treatment to take effect. Sometimes people will need a touch up especially on larger areas. The number of sessions depends on several different facts and how receptive the person is to the lasers as well as the skin tone and hair thickness. Hair grows in cycles and it can take several laser treatments to treat all the hairs in an area and remove it for good. Treatments should be continued periodically over a few months to treat all hairs.
Is it safe?
Laser hair removal is a safe method of getting rid of unwanted hair. It has been used for many years as numerous TRIA Beauty reviews online testify.
Will it save money?
Over the course of a lifetime women will spend over £2,000 on removing hair across the body. Laser hair removal costs can be much lower overall compared to the lifetime cost of razors and waxing accessories.
How painful is the treatment?
Laser hair removal is not a painful product and is often compared to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. Some have described the feeling like a flash of heat or a prickling sensation.
Have any of you used laser hair removal? Or found alternative ways of keeping the pricky fluffy at bay?
I’d love to hear tips – I hate having to shave my legs every other day (especially since I always miss hairs!) and I can’t cope with the pain of waxing :’(