23 Mar What you need to know before laser hair removal
Laser hair removal used to only work on fair skin and dark hair. This is because the laser works by targeting pigment which is easily done with dark hair, however, if the client has dark skin the laser could aim for the skin causing burns. Thanks to brand new technology this is no longer the case. Laser hair removal works on all types of skin tones with the right laser/settings.
You will be required to have a patch test before your first treatment. The patch test will assess the amount of melanin in the hair which will then decide the correct settings to use for a successful and pain-free treatment. You will be asked to shave the area the morning of the treatment for the best results.
The treatment itself can take from a few minutes to over an hour, it’s all dependent on the part of your body you are having the treatment. During the treatment, the laser will run smoothly over your skin. A cooling gel will be used to protect your skin and lessen side effects. The movement of the laser gradually heats up the hair follicles in the lower layer of the skin. Pulses of energy are absorbed into the melanin in the hair which will then damage the blood supply to the hair, meaning it can no longer be produced. You may feel a warm sensation while the treatment is working.
Patience is key when it comes to laser hair removal. Your hairs will start to fall out between one to four weeks after treatment while the skin is renewing itself. A few more sessions will be needed for any targeted area to catch each follicle at the correct growing stage. The intervals between treatments can vary between 4 – 8 weeks, depending on the area.
Now that you have had your treatment, you need to look after yourself. Always wear sunscreen when appropriate. The skin will be very sensitive and you don’t want to apply more heat to the area. The same thing applies to hot showers and exercise. We recommend waiting 24 to 48 hours before completing any activity which will increase your body temperature.
After treatment, you might see a few hairs. These hairs will start to grow as though you have just shaved. Make sure you leave these hairs alone! Pulling out the hair follicles can delay the process. Allow the hairs to fall out on their own to see the best results.