Most women have unwanted hair somewhere on their body. Removing that hair on a regular basis can be painful, time-consuming, and expensive. If you're ready to simplify your grooming routine, you can invest in long-term hair removal options. Laser hair removal is one such option. By targeting the hair follicle itself, technicians can use laser energy to stop hair growth at the source. Your hair will fall out and will not grow back after laser hair removal. Here are steps you should take to ensure you get the most out of your laser hair removal experience:
1. Take pictures.
You may want to take a photo at the start of your laser hair removal treatment. After your first laser hair removal treatment, your hair will fall out gradually. You may need subsequent treatments to achieve the complete hair removal that you desire. Since the results can be so gradual, you may want photos to chart your progress. Take pictures before your first treatment, then continue to take photos periodically.
2. Ensure your hair is as short as possible.
In order to accurately target your hair follicle, the laser needs to be able to access it. The laser finds hair follicles by targeting the melanin in your hair. If your hair is too long, the laser may target an area that is too large, which could cause pain or burns. Ensure your hair is as short as possible for your laser hair removal treatment. Shave directly before your appointment. This will ensure your hair is short, while still leaving the hair's root visible below the skin. Do not pluck or wax your hair beforehand, since this removes the root and will leave the laser with nothing to target.
3. Avoid tanning.
Laser hair removal works best when there is a significant degree of contrast between the color of your hair and skin. You can increase this contrast by avoiding tanning for several weeks before your treatment. Try to stay out of the sun as much as possible, and wear sunscreen when you do go outside. You should also avoid tanning beds and artificial tans. While self-tanner does not stimulate your skin's natural melanin, it does still darken your skin, which can interfere with the laser targeting process.
Laser hair removal services can help you get rid of unwanted hair on your face, arms, legs, or bikini area. Visit a spa or clinic that offers this service if you'd like additional information. During a consultation, a technician can let you know if you're a good candidate for this treatment.