The truth behind laser hair removal

We’ve tried every hair removal tack tick under the sun… from shaving, plucking, threading to waxing. But, what about laser hair removal?

We ask our Beauty Therapist the secrets tips and secrets behind laser hair removal:

“How does Laser hair removal work?

A gentle burst of laser light penetrates into the skin and the root of the hair. This targets the brown pigment (melanin) in the hair shaft.

The hair absorbs the light energy and turns it into heat. The heating up of the follicle disables the hair growth. The hair then needs to be treated in the growing stage of the hair cycle which means several sessions are needed to catch each hair.

What are the benefits of Laser hair removals compared to waxing, shaving etc.?

The benefits of laser compared to alternatives such as waxing or shaving are that the results are longer lasting. During the course of laser sessions any hairs that come back are much finer and sparse. After the course of treatments you may only need 1 session as a follow up.

Can anyone have laser hair removal

Laser works best on people with light skin and dark hairs. Although darker skin types will still get good effects. Unfortunately laser doesn’t work on blonde, red or white hair as there isn’t enough melanin for the laser to target. There are some medical conditions but we always go through a consultation beforehand to ensure that the laser is suitable.

How many treatments does it usually take to get the desired effect?

Generally it is recommended that a course of  6-8 treatments will achieve the desired effects but sometimes more may be needed. People usually see a reduction in hair growth after just 2 sessions.

How much does it cost per session?

Laser costs as little as £20 per session but the price varies depending on the area being treated.

What does it feel like, is it painful?

The best way to describe the feeling is like being flicked with an elastic band. It can feel a little uncomfortable and hot but we use a cooling system alongside the laser to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

How can I prepare for my session?

It is important to avoid sun exposure for 6 weeks prior to your first treatment but also to ensure that your skin is free of self tan for 2 weeks beforehand. We recommend shaving the area that is to be treated in order to avoid waxing, plucking or threading for 6 weeks. Avoid using any lotions or creams on the day of the treatment.

What can I expect after a session and how can I care for my skin?

Expect to feel a little sore for up to 24 hours. The area may be red and have a goose bump effect but this is normal and means the treatment has been effective. Avoid heat treatments, perfumed products and exercise for 48 hours. SPF30 or above should be used at all times between sessions or alternatively it is best to keep the area covered up from sun exposure. Aloe vera gel can be applied at home to help soothe the skin but generally it is not required.”

– Jamie-Lee, Beauty Therapist at the Proto-col Clinic

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