Common Laser Hair Removal Myths
For a medical treatment like laser hair removal, you would expect the facts to be pretty well known. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there. We’d like to set the record straight an eliminate laser hair removal myths. Think it doesn’t work on blondes? Heard you should hunt down the cheapest deal? The Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal experts expose the truth.
Myth #1: After Six Laser Hair Removal Treatments & You’ll Be Hair-Free for Life
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is one of the most common laser hair removal myths and wrong in three important ways:
- People often require more than six treatments to achieve their desired results. This is true regardless of the laser technology. Hair grows in cycles and must be treated in it’s growth (anagen) phase. At any given time your head has approximately 85% of hair in this phase. If it is in another phase, the hair cannot be targeted.
- As hormones change over the course of your life, new hair can sprout up from new hair follicles. Once the hair follicle is killed, that one won’t ever grow again – but that’s not to say a new pesky follicle won’t appear next door. For this reason, many people need touch-up treatments over time.
- 100% hair removal simply doesn’t happen. An 80-90% reduction is more common. At this level of hair growth, many people are relieved to only need shaving, waxing, or plucking a fraction of the time they did prior to laser hair removal.
Myth #2: Hair Falls Out Immediately After Treatment
A diode laser is specifically designed to target hair follicles and momentarily heats them to a point that kills the root (follicle). Similar to a tree that dies, it doesn’t necessarily fall over right away. It will take some time for the roots to lose their grasp and allow the hair to fall free.
Myth #3: Laser Hair Removal Works for All Hair Colors
Another of the most common laser hair removal myths is that it can work on all hair colors. In fact, treatment works best on black hair and is effective on brown hair. Blondes, redheads, and “folks” with gray hair are not good candidates. The laser light simply cannot target those hair colors.
Myth #4: Don’t Shave Prior to Laser Hair Removal
This is actually just the opposite: you want to shave the day prior or morning of your laser hair removal treatment. Don’t wax, however, as laser needs the follicle in tact so that it can adequately target the hair.
Myth #5: Cheap Deals Will Get You Amazing Results for a Fraction of The Regular Cost
While there are good deals to be had, cost shouldn’t be your only factor in determining the right clinic to go with. You’ll want to make sure to choose a clinic with a diode laser designed specifically for laser hair removal. Also be sure your clinic has an experienced technician who will use the proper settings for a safe yet effective treatment. Some clinics will use an IPL laser for hair removal. IPL lasers are designed more for other skin procedures and will be less effective and higher risk than diode lasers. Don’t take our word for it though, check out what doctors say on RealSelf. Going with the cheapest option may end up costing you more in the long-run due to additional treatment sessions.
At Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal, we offer very competitive pricing but stress that cheaper is rarely better.