Hair removal is a time-consuming yet necessary part of our daily routine. This can be more complicated when dealing with certain problems such as razor cuts, ingrown hairs, and other potential issues. Dealing with unwanted hair requires ongoing maintenance.
Some of this maintenance can be simplified with laser hair removal. This involves removing hair permanently. There are many options including professional care and hair removal devices. These types of treatments have advantages and disadvantages. Learning more about each option can make the decision easier.
Professional Hair Removal
Just the word “laser” seems to imply that a professional should be involved in the process. Many consider professional hair removal services more effective and trustworthy than do-it-yourself solutions. Salons provide safe and effective laser hair removal from professionals who are trained and have experienced with this procedure. Additionally, salons have advanced equipment that can make the procedure relatively easy and can keep the hair from growing back.
However, there are some drawbacks to salon hair removal. Many people are under the mistaken impression that the “permanent” hair removal advertised in salons means that the lasers damage the hair follicles and keep hair from growing back with one treatment. However, only part of the follicle and the hair is impaired by the first treatment.
Since the laser damage occurs during the active cycle of growth, the other parts of the follicles need to be destroyed during subsequent treatments, usually one month apart. This requires returning to the salon several times. In some cases, the hair loss is not permanent and the client has to return to the salon every few months.
Another disadvantage is the cost of professional hair removal. Although the price may seem justified, given the use of expensive equipment and that the treatment is done by professionals, those who are looking for more economical ways to remove excess hair may be eager to find a cheaper, easier solution that does not require travel.
At-Home Hair Removal
Because of the expense and travel involved in visiting a salon every few months for extended treatment or touch-ups, at home laser hair removal may seem like a more attractive option.
The ability to remove your hair using laser treatment is one of the best solutions. It is convenient, and you don’t have to spend vast amounts of money at a professional salon.
At-home hair removal requires a special device. There are two types of models–one using a laser, although a weaker version than those used in a salon and intense pulsed light. Although both are less powerful than salon machines, that also means they are safer.
Intense pulsed light or IPL is a safe way of removing hair. This technology works by directing light and heat on certain areas of the skin in a way that encourages the follicles to release the hair. It should be noted that neither technology is a quick fix and it takes regular and consistent treatments to fully remove the hair. Then again, there is no need for repeat visits to a salon or the bills.
Tips for At-Home Hair Removal
Be Consistent. Using an IPL device as a regular part of your routine will coax your follicles to go into a resting phase and stop growing hair. This can take some time. People who need the hair removed right away may decide to go to a salon, but using an IPL device is safe, easy, and takes only a few minutes. Although this is easy, consistency is important.
Autumn/Winter Is the Ideal Time to Start For Lighter Skin Tones. IPL technology works by detecting the light and dark areas of the skin. For those with lighter skin tones, these variations are more pronounced when there is less sun exposure in the autumn and the winter. This also means that, if you are used to using tanning beds, it may be a good idea to cut down during the hair removal process.
You Can Shave Between Sessions. Using IPL or shaving is not an either-or situation. While doing the IPL process, you can shave in between sessions. This is particularly important because IPL is gradual. Eventually, you won’t need to shave, but until then, keep those razors.
Getting Rid of Unwanted Hair Permanently and Easily
Regardless of how safe your IPL laser hair removal machine may be, it is still an electronic device and requires careful use. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, it is best to refrain from IPL treatment. If you notice anything unusual with your skin, contact a doctor or dermatologist.
IPL devices put hair removal into your hands with safe and efficient devices using light technology. They are cheaper than salon treatments and do not require travel. Getting into a consistent routine will help you remove hair permanently with no side effects for smoother, more attractive skin.