How would you like to Have smooth hair free skin?
I suffered for so long with ingrown hairs and rashes, my skin was so sensitive but my hair so thick, my hair would grow back the next day after shaving 😳, it was soo itchy and I couldn’t shave again until one week had passed as I would end up with a horrible rash 😔!! That all changed when I had laser! 👏🏻🎉 Now my skin is smooth and no more rashes 90% of my hair has gone and the growth has slowed right down 👍🏻🙌 Here are 12 things you might not yet know about laser hair removal... 1. The process sounds painful but isn’t too bad laser hair removal works by sending the light of a laser through the pigment in the hair. “This (light) converts to heat, which damages the hair follicle and hair bulb.” I found it to be a quick, sharp pain which I found more painful on the area where there are thicker hairs. Thankfully the lasers used on me had a cooling, which really helped. I also found it more painful if my body temp was raised due to running across town to make it on time for my appointment. Heat + heat = ouchies. More on this later. 2. Patience pays off It takes two or three weeks after your first treatment to see a difference, and 8 -12 treatments to get the full result. I started seeing real results after my first treatment or 6 weeks. You also have to be really regular with your appointments because your hair follicles are all at different stages of their growth, so you want to make sure each one has a chance to get zapped. 3. You’ve got to use a hair trimmer/shave the area before you laser The laser can react with hair on the skin’s surface which will cause some irritation and maybe dreaded burnt hair smell which I learned first hand, yay. Thankfully for me, I knew that whole ‘shaving = thicker darker hair’ was a really common beauty myth. 4. It’s actually a pretty fast process I go in for a full bikini appointment and they only take 30 minutes, including a quick chat and aftercare products applied. 5. You can’t go to the gym afterwards The heat from the laser stays in your skin for 24 hours so no gym, saunas, hot showers, you get it. If you do, you run the risk of creating a lovely warm environment for bacteria to multiply and give you spots or/and rash. 6. Get ready to think seriously about the sun Your aesthetician will advise what is best for you, but you might need to avoid sunbathing and sun exposure as much as possible before and after treatment. Also if you have a tan you’ll need to wait till it fades before you can start your treatment. Again, your aesthetician will check in with you about upcoming holidays to make sure you don’t have a holiday coming up which might affect the timing of your next appointment. Stay safe peeps. 7. Laser treatment can trigger more growth in some cases It’s true, particular types of hair can be stimulated into growing longer and thicker. But don’t worry, if hair isn’t suitable, your aesthetician will let you know. This is why we never treat fine hairs, electrolysis is much better for this. 8. You might need to switch up your beauty regime and products Scrubs, glycolic acid and retinol creams should be avoided 2 days before and after treatment. I also started using tea tree cream and added aloe jel to my regime as it helps with cooling the skin after. It’s recommended that for a 2 week period before and after laser, you avoid chemical peels and similarly you should wait 1-2 weeks before using fake tan. 9. Laser hair removal has more than one benefit I surprised to learn laser can actually help with irritating AF ingrown hairs. Aside from clearer, smoother skin and permanent hair reduction, laser hair removal also boasts benefits including helping to reduce ingrowing hairs and less irritation of the skin. This is because the treatment encourages hair to grow straight. 10. You can’t pluck, dye or wax the hair Plucking, waxing and bleaching impede the process. If you want to be hairless throughout the process, go the shaving route instead. 11. It works on all skin tones The hair just needs to be dark enough to draw the laser. We use the triple wave laser which has long pulse NDYAG – which are safer for treating pigmented or darker skin tones, diode and alexandrite laser. 12. You might need to go back for top-up treatments Most people report 90 per cent permanent reduction in hair growth but fluctuating hormones can make hair grow back.
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