The Ultimate Guide to Laser Hair RemovalBy YWAX | August 16, 2017
Fun fact – LASER is in fact an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Quite the mouthful right? Don’t worry, how it works is actually much simpler. Read on to find out all the essential things you need to know about laser hair removal.
How does it work?
Laser uses a light beam to absorb melanin (the pigment in our bodies which gives us our colour), which damages the hair follicle and stops it from growing. The treatment uses the difference in colour between the skin and the hair to work, meaning the skin is left unharmed. This is also why laser works well with dark hair. The laser can target multiple hairs at once, meaning it’s a quick way to remove large sections of hair.
Does it hurt?
The gain definitely outweighs the pain! The laser creates a flicking sensation as it works along the hairs which can be a little painful, but it’s worth remembering that the results are long-term.
What areas can be treated?
You can get laser removal on your face, legs, arms, underarms and bikini line.
How many times does it take to be effective?
The recommended amount is 6-8 sessions, depending on the individual.
Does it work on everyone the same?
Laser doesn’t work the same on everybody and depends on your skin and hair type. This treatment works best on those with lighter skin tones, with dark, rough hairs.
What’s the prep?
- Research! Besides reading this awesome and insightful blog, do some research on local deals and clinics near you. What a lot of people don’t know, is that you can find accredited laser technicians that have been certified in the field. At Ywax, our technicians all hold minimum 5 years experience, as well as holding industry accreditations and certifications.
- Shave. It’s easier to focus the laser beneath the skin without having to worry about the hairs on the surface.
- Avoid waxing and plucking for 6 weeks prior to laser
- Avoid direct sun exposure for 6 weeks prior and 6 weeks after your treatment
Ok, now I’m ready. How much is it going to cost?
Depending on the area you want to get treatment on, it can cost anywhere between $15 – $100 for a session.