Laser Hair Removal – The Essential Guide
Laser hair removal is a phrase familiar to most clients and people working in the Beauty Salon industry but a lot of myths and scare stories exist about this procedure so here is an essential guide to help you chose the best hair removal system for you.
Hair removal falls into two categories;
1) Temporary hair removal “Depilation”, or taking the hair level with the skin, lasts from a few hours to several days and can be achieved by shaving, depilitories (creams) or friction to buff away the hair.
2) Permanent hair removal or “Epilation”, removes the entire hair from the root, lasts more than a few days, up to several weeks and in some cases may be permanent. Can be achieved by laser hair removal, tweezing, waxing, sugaring (similar to waxing), threading full bikini 脫毛 (also called fatlah or khite), burning off with hot wax, turmeric along with other ingredients like besan powder and milk, epilators, Prescription oral medications and other drugs.
Modern permanent eradication of problem hair has a number of methods some use chemicals, energy of varying types, or a combination of both approaches to target the problem areas of unsightly hair. Eventually hair growth will slow and the become less and less and finally it will stop. Laser Hair removal should be done in steps and over a period of time, and it is best practice to do it in several stages to best target the problem, give skin time to heal and to prevent damage to surrounding areas of skin or wanted hair.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
The laser is used in a sterile environment by a trained technician to quickly, efficiently and gently remove unwanted hairs from problem areas. The laser focuses a beam of light at a wavelength that hones in on dark colors on your skin. This picks up on the pigment of the hair, even if you’re blonde hair appears as dark spots to the laser. The laser is contained within a hand held device which the technician then uses to target these areas of unwanted hair moving it over the affected area that is being treated and this process removes the unwanted hair. The laser hair removal procedure works best for individuals with fair colored skin and dark colored hair. With darker skin, or skin that is heavily tanned, marked or tattooed it is harder for the technician to target the follicles of the problem hair in these areas. Results can be unsatisfactory for those with darker skin and more sessions are generally required as the process is a lot slower. Also be sure to use a technician with a lot of experience as it requires great skill and patience to treat darker skin.
Avoid salons that offer a one sized fits all laser hair treatment, this may not work and at worst could harm your skin. Each person’s skin type is different and a full history and diagnosis must be taken before laser hair treatment begins. As a rough guide coarser darker hair seems responds best to laser hair removal treatment and as previously stated light hair requires a greater level of skill to treat. Blonde or red hair laser removal can sometimes be very, very difficult depending how fine the hair is and how skilled the technician and you will probably have to undergo multiple laser hair removal sessions. If you have red or fine blonde hair be sure to seek out an extremely experienced and competent treatment specialist and ask them for refferals so you can check on their work before agreeing to undergo the treatment as it can damage your skin if not done with extreme caution and care.