THE LOW DOWN ON LASER EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
We all have unwanted hair that we remove every few weeks …… well look we ALL can be lazy and most of the times it can be a struggle going out of your way when you are busy, just to remove some hair.
Whether its on your face, arms legs or anywhere for that matter HAIR REMOVAL is part of our weekly routines, some thing we are so used to that we have forgotten what it feels like going au naturel!
So if you are looking for a more permanent solution for your unwanted hair woes, IPL hair removal could be the best treatment for you.
WHAT IS LASER/IPL
Laser – Is a beam of light that is aimed at certain sections of the skin, destroying the hair bulb itself meaning the area which the hair begins to grow from fails to do so. So no new hair!
IPL – Stands for intense pulse light and unlike laser, the light generated from IPL uses a broad spectrum or waveband of light, normally up to 1200nm wavelength. The difference between IPL and Laser is the wavelength energy times and the time you are exposed can be set to suit you, your skin type, hair colour and hair texture, to get the best possible treatment outcome to meet the clients needs.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The technology uses a treatment called Intense Pulse Light (IPL) which is a broadband of light, the light on entering the skin will only have an effect when it is absorbed and converted into heat.
The light is absorbed by the melanin, which is the pigment found in the hair which gives the hair its colour.
When the light is attracted to the melanin the energy is converted into heat, travels down the hair follicle where it will heat the follicle to 70 c and ultimately destroys or damages the cells to achieve hair reduction.
Therefore, the hair MUST have colour for the IPL hair reduction to be successful. Yes there are a variety of different IPL systems which work on different skin and hair colour with SIRIUS by ELLIPSE being one of them.
Yet best results are found on clients with light coloured skin with dark thick hair as EUMELANIN is present in hair that is brown, brownish-black or black and actively absorbs the light produced by an Ellipse applicator.
Whereas PHEOMELANIN which is present in blonde and red hair doesn’t absorb the light and therefore is not recommended for hair reduction.
HAIR COLOUR MATTERS
Before deciding to undergo IPL hair removal you must determine whether you are a suitable client.
Clients with black hair will find the treatment most effective due to the large concentration of melanin found in the hair, which will give an optimal absorption of light energy to be converted into heat. Explaining why clients with blonde, white, red or grey hair can not be treated as effectively due to the lack of melanin found in the hair.
Now darker skinned and naturally tanned clients can be treated although the therapist will determine this and lower the settings on the energy being used to avoid the heat solely generating on the skin and not into the hair follicle, resulting on a unsatisfying result and possibility a burn.
Ideal client to treat is fair skinned with dark hair.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED?
All areas of the body and face can be treated, initially preferred by women IPL is now used by both sexes. The 5 most common areas for women and men are as follows.
1 – Upper lip
2 – Underarms
3 – Stomach
4 – Bikini line
5 – Legs
1 – Side burns
2 – Back
3 – Stomach
4 – Arms
5 – Buttocks
On average clients will require at least 6-8 treatments with 4-6 week intervals in-between, with possible maintenance sessions once or twice a year.
The reason for this is the hair grows in 3 different stages, with IPL it can only target the hair that is in the ANAGEN STAGE (active stage). At any one time 90% of follicles will be in this stage, so a course of treatments is needed to make sure that all follicles are destroyed so that they will produce no more hair.
HOW LONG IS EACH TREATMENT?
It all depends on the area you are having treated, underarms and bikini lines tend to be quick say 20minutes, but other areas like the legs (1hour) or back can take a little longer.
On consultation your therapist will take you through what to expect and how long you would require per treatment.
For further details call Beauty Haven 02890 666628 and our therapists will be happy to discuss any further questions you may have,