How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal is an awesome technology to rid us of unwanted hair!  The laser (which is essentially a very strong, powerful light) heats up the pigment in the hair which then travels through and damages the follicle from which that hair is growing so that it can no longer grow a hair.  Pretty cool, huh?!  Having pigment in the treated hair is essential to laser hair removal which is why it won’t work on blonde, red, grey or white hairs-just not enough pigment!  The laser, during the treatment will only permanently affect the hairs that are in the Anagen growth phase (also known as the active growth phase) which is typically about 30% of your hairs at any given time.  hair-growth-cycle2This is the reason it will take more than one treatment to get rid of all the hair in an area.  But what about the other hairs that aren’t treated permanently at that session? Those hairs will fall out!  After the treatment, because ALL of the hair has been “stunted” by the laser they will all fall out (usually over the course of 2-3 weeks after treatment).  This period of time usually last 3-10 weeks depending upon the area that was treated and is your “time off” from having to shave!

In timing your treatments it is ESSENTIAL to make sure all of your hair has returned before your next treatment. You must have the hair back in the follicles because they need to be heated by the laser to once again damage the follicle.  BE WARY of any place that has you come back for a treatment sooner than 6 weeks!  Typically facial hair can be treated about 6 weeks apart but underarms and bikini can require 8 weeks and areas like the legs and men’s backs can take anywhere from 10-12 weeks for full regrowth to ensure you are ready for your next treatment.

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Is Laser Hair Removal for me?

Laser hair removal is a great way to avoid the daunting task of shaving.   An average woman spends about FOUR hours a year just shaving!    For people with unsightly hair that could spend years plucking or waxing, laser hair removal can permanently remove that hair so it’s no longer a burden.  Many people love  laser hair removal  because of their  sensitive skin and the razor burn or rash they get shortly after shaving.  Laser hair removal helps eliminate that and can even deal with the stubborn ingrown hairs many women experience in their bikini area.  Many women also find that as they age or after they have kids (and the crazy raging hormones) they will notice dark hairs on their chin or upper lip popping up.  For them, laser hair removal alleviates that anxiety you get when sitting in a meeting or going on a date and wondering if any of those hairs are visible to the person sitting across from you.  So whether you’d choose to do laser just for the convenience (imagine NOT having to shave in a hurried morning in the shower!) or out of necessity you will be really happy you did.