Wouldn’t it be great if we could just bid adiós to routine body hair maintenance?
Shaving every inch of your skin can sometimes feel like a chore, and more extreme techniques like waxing are no fun.
The fact that you have to perform it repeatedly at least once a month sometimes just makes you want to throw your hands up in the air and pray for divine intervention.
But what if there were a way to make it permanent?
Certain beauty establishments claim to promise the holy grail of permanent hair removal through laser treatments, where getting a balanced number of visits will result in baby smooth skin with no stray fragments. However, these visits are typically expensive, sometimes setting you back by thousands of dollars for a full body treatment.
Thankfully, there exist home-ready laser treatment solutions.
These are infinitely less pricey, and while you won’t benefit from the nimble hands of a professional masseur or a million bucks worth of technology, they share the same hair removal properties.
What to look out for:
Before you start, there are a few things to keep in mind when buying these home laser hair removal kits.
Consumer reviews aren’t particularly helpful to a newcomer, as they range wildly from ardent loyalists to frustrated unbelievers. So it’s important to understand why it works for some and not for others. By following the science behind the procedure, you can determine whether laser removal will work as a permanent measure for you.
Firstly, check out the colour of your hair.
Laser hair removal works by absorbing the heat of the laser to zap those pesky hair follicles, and darker colours work exceptionally well to encourage this process. So check out the colour of the hair you’re planning to zap.
If it’s black or brown, it’s a safe bet that laser treatment will work excellently. If it’s light brown, blonde or red, it’ll work but you may or may not get the results you desire. If it’s grey or white, then chances are exceedingly low that laser removal will work.
Next, consider your skin tone.
While laser treatment is best used on dark hair as it targets dark pigmentation, that also makes it unsuitable for dark skin as the darker tones absorb the most laser energy.
This can result in damage to your skin, or de-pigmentation. Most home hair removal laser kits have a sensor which can tell you whether laser treatment is safe for your skin or not.
Laser treatment works by getting the hair stump to absorb the laser energy and blast the hair follicles at their root. If the hair itself is not present, there is no medium present to transmit the laser energy to the follicles.
Shaving, however, is absolutely permissible.
If you’re interested in trying this out yourself, make sure to get a laser kit which is FDA-approved. Keep in mind that FDA-approved laser kits aren’t certified for permanent hair removal, but permanent hair reduction. While both may look the same to the naked eye, they each have a different legal definition. That’s one of the things the ladies at the professional laser spas will inform you of at your first visit.
Stay wary of companies which promise “permanent hair removal” on the box, as that simply doesn’t happen.
So what are my options?
If you’re new to the scene, I cannot recommend the Silk’n Flash & Go Hair Removal Device enough. It’s a pretty small device with a tiny treatment window (4 cm2), which makes it perfect for zapping hairs off the upper lip while also remaining usable on your legs and arms.
However, its small size means that you’ll have to be patient when treating larger areas. The best thing about it is that it’s very straightforward to use – just point it at the desired area and start zapping away.
Expect to see up to 80% slower hair growth in as little as 3 months. The Silk’n Flash & Go Hair Removal Device retails for around $200.
What if I want the best possible results that last the longest?
If this isn’t your first rodeo, you’re probably looking for something which is more time-effective and cost-efficient than a tiny zapper.
Introducing the Remington iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz Hair Removal System, a larger device which is ideal for treating broader areas like your legs or back. It uses a quartz cartridge which is good for up to between a year or two, but replenishing it is relatively inexpensive at $80 per cartridge.
The device itself is about $400, which is pretty standard pricing for a home laser hair removal kit.
Hair removal treatment works, but you need to understand why it works and how to choose the most suitable solution for you. We hope that by reading these points, you are better equipped to make an informed decision when choosing a kit and performing the procedure. Go zap those hairs, girl!