IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORTH IT?
The question being are you tired of waxing or shaving to get rid of body hair?
Well if you answer yes, maybe this article will help you to decide if laser hair removal is what is missing from your life? I know, I am sure the thought of voluntarily allowing a hot laser to penetrate your delicate skin – may sound like high tech torture, yet an increasing number of women and men might I add are opting for laser hair removal as their means of achieving silky smooth skin and to free themselves of the torture of the constant hair removal battle!!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It is always good to have an understanding of how things work, so you can relate to it and understand the science behind it. Laser is pulsed on the area of skin being treated for milliseconds at a time, emitting a beam of light that converts into heat as it passes harmlessly through the skin. The heat that is generated is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and the shaft, which inhibits the growth. At Beauty Haven they offer IPL hair removal which stands for Intense Pulse Light, and is a form of light therapy used for various dermatological procedures including hair removal. The difference between laser and IPL is unlike the laser which have just one specific wavelength emitted from the diode depending on what you are targeting, IPL has multiple wavelengths ( all between 500 and 1,200 nanometers) that scatter within the skin.
IPL works by releasing a wave length into the skin which in the case of hair removal targets the pigment (color). It works the same way black clothing absorbs heat on a hot day, versus white clothing which reflects it. This light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair and quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair, however the hair has to be living for it to be effective. What I mean by that is the hair has to be attached to the bulb of growing cells – so when you pull out the hair it has that little jelly bulb around it, its one of those 20 to 40 % of living hairs on your body, if it doesn’t have the bulb its a dead hair which is waiting to shed out naturally and another hair is growing under the skin’s surface waiting to take its place. That is really why you need anything between 6-12 treatments as its to catch the hairs in their LIVING CYCLE.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Well it feels hot, women have described the sensation as similar to having a rubber band snapped against their skin – but remember hair being removed from the root as in the form of waxing is not without the element of some or in my case a lot of discomfort, and at least with the laser you don’t need to endure the process every few weeks for the rest of your days.
SO, IS IT WORTH IT?
If you are asking me, my answer without a doubt is a straight up YES! I am certainly taken in by the illusion that the media has created in showing us women as desirable with our hair free silky limbs and I personally have to agree that I do prefer my legs, bikini line, my under arms and upper lip (the list goes on and on) that way. but here lies the problem, I really hate having to endure the waxing process every 4 weeks. For those wax virgins __when I say 4 weeks I am not implying that I am graced without hair for 4 weeks, no, no, no I am hair free for 2 weeks tops, and then have to leave the hairs to grow again for the not so delightful process to be done all over again. So we know with the laser its important to get the hairs at the living stage, and there is no way of really knowing what stage each hair is at in the beginning of the treatment, which leaves us with an outcome of needing anything from 6-12 treatments with each treatment giving us a sensation of rubber bands being snapped…….. only to be left hair free and in my eyes free from the torture of temporary solutions, yep my answer is, it is certainly worth it.
However laser hair removal is a costly procedure, but some women swear by the procedure saying that convenience and longevity trump the cost and discomfort.
WHO IS IT BEST FOR?
The best candidates for laser hair removal have dark, coarse hair and light skin, white and grey hair does not respond to laser as well as the laser can not pick up the pigment in the hair to travel to the root. Also clients with hair lighter than their skin color – for instance, tanned clients with blond hair could not be treated. The industry are hoping that there may be some radio frequency or ultra sound treatments soon to be able to treat clients with white, red or blonde hair, but they are not perfect yet. Remember too, if you have a tan, stay away from any kind of laser or IPL for four weeks as it can target the pigment in the skin and can cause scarring, the same goes for self tanning as the laser can not tell the difference and will still be attracted to the pigment that is present on the skins surface.
Any questions /queries please do not hesitate to contact
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The professional team at Beauty Haven will be only to happy to answer any questions. Ensure before under going any type of laser treatment you should fill out a consultation form and a patch test