For many of us, tackling hair removal in any form is a formidable task and, whether you choose waxing, threading, shaving, tweezing or a depilatory cream, the process can often be pretty uncomfortable.
Laser treatments beckon enticingly with promises of a smoother life, but before you leap in, it’s advisable to do some thorough research… and familiarise yourself with important dos and don’ts.
Unpacking the myths
Firstly, although many clinics claim that your hair is guaranteed to disappear forever, this is not entirely true. Changes in one’s hormone levels induced by events such as pregnancy or menopause can often lead to a sudden regrowth… something that not all salons allude to. On average, you could probably bank on the procedure lasting for around five years… any longer than that should be considered a bonus.
Also, the intensity of hair growth differs in various parts of the body, so you may need several treatments before you see the desired results.
You should also know that it is unlikely that 100% of all the hair in a specific area will be removed, so you may experience some intermittent growth… although the hairs themselves are likely to be soft and blonde rather than coarse and dark.
Lastly, there is a misconception that laser hair removal could lead to infertility or cancer. Rest assured, this is simply not true. So, if you’re ready to take the plunge, we encourage you to visit a reputable salon for a tête-à-tête with an experienced technician and get some expert advice before making your first booking.
The golden rules of laser hair removal treatments
Eight rules that will optimise your laser hair removal treatments:
- Avoid sun tanning and fake tans for at least 10 days before and after treatments.
- Do not take antibiotics during laser treatments.
- Avoid wearing makeup & deodorants during and for a minimum of 24 hours after treatments.
- Postpone your treatments if you have acne or cold sores.
- Do not exercise for at least two days before and after treatments.
- Do not tweeze, wax or bleach your hair for at least 6 weeks prior to treatment.
- It is important to shave the area the day before your appointment.
- Speak to your therapist about icing the area during treatments to help alleviate any pain that may be experienced. If you are very sensitive, the use of a local anesthetic may be an option.
What to expect after treatments
You may experience redness and some swelling around the hair follicles after your session, which may be reduced by applying ice or some aloe vera ointment. Take care not to rub or scratch the lasered area as this could lead to scarring. Up to 20% of the treated hairs can be expected to fall out around 2 to 3 weeks after the first session. Should you experience any infection or fever, consult your salon immediately.
Cosmetology offers a range of specialist laser hair removal packages to suit all of your needs, and our professional therapists are always on hand to discuss any questions you may have.