Usually when it comes to hair removal women fall into two categories, the shavers and the waxers. But there’s a growing number of women who would like something that lasts a bit longer, and that’s where laser hair removal comes in handy. Whether you want to go to a place where they perform laser hair removal or buy one of those handy at home machines, there are a few things you should know before you do it.
First let’s talk a little bit about this procedure. The basics of the procedure use pulses of light that will, eventually, destroy the hair follicle. Sounds amazing, right?
Here are five things you should know first.
If you’re one of those people who cleans before the housekeeper shows up, laser hair removal is nothing like that. Once you have an appointment for the first session you should put a stop to all other forms of hair removal. Don’t shave or wax because your hair needs to be at a proper growth rate for the process to work.
I know many of you will be tempted to ignore this advice and keep your parts smooth and clean. I get it, I do. But the flaw with that is there won’t be enough hair for the lasers to zap and you won’t get the best results, which means you will need more sessions. That means more money out of your pocket.
If you have light hair--red, grey or blonde—you probably won’t get the best possible results. Why? This is the tricky part of laser hair removal and why it isn’t as popular as it should be. The laser pulses actually seek out the pigment in your hair rather than simply the hair follicle. When the hair doesn’t have enough pigment then the laser has trouble locating it.
This also causes a problem with dark skin people with dark hair because the machine may not be able to distinguish between the skin pigment and the hair pigment.
This is a common misconception with laser hair removal. We think because it’s costs so much that we go in once and we’ll be good as new. Again if that were true we’d all save up the dough and go in to get it done.
The best results will require eight to ten visits scheduled every four to six weeks. Laser treatment on the body will require a few more sessions than the face in order to achieve ideal results.
The cost of this kind of hair removal treatment varies but you should be prepared to spend about $300 per session. You can do the math on your own but the eighteen sessions you will likely need will run just over $5,000 to get as close to hair-free as possible.
That is just a rough estimate of the cost but some people will require fewer sessions than other, depending on where you want treatment. Just make sure you have a clear idea what the treatment will run you before you start your first session.
Remember earlier when we spoke about hair pigmentation? Well that is a factor here because you need to understand that at the end of your final session there might still be fine light hairs on the treatment area. There’s nothing that can be done about those by laser so if they truly are bothering you then you’ll have to get them waxed regularly…or come to terms with those fine hairs.
You may need to add more skin toner to your beauty regimen until you have the even tone you want.
These are just a few things you need to know before you decide whether or not this is how you want to get rid of unwanted hairs. Sit down and talk with a professional, asking any questions you have before booking your first appointment.
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