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Do you intend to remove unwanted hair using laser technology? If that’s the case, there are steps you may take to optimise the effectiveness of your therapy. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of five tips to help you get the most out of your laser hair removal sessions:

You should not wax or pluck right before your therapy.

If hair is plucked out by its roots, there won’t be any melanin or pigment for the laser to focus on. The area to be treated should be shaved in the weeks preceding up to the first treatment. When shaving is out of the question (as on the top lip and chin), a pair of small scissors and a regular maintenance routine will do the trick.

On the day of your procedure, please shave or cut your hair.

The laser’s power will be most effectively focused on the smallest hairs if you shave or trim before your treatment. If your hair is very long, the energy will travel the length of the hair shaft, reducing its effectiveness and increasing the likelihood that you may get burned.

In order for laser hair removal to be effective, it must target dark hair.

Since the laser has problems tracking melanin, it will have a hard time following lighter hair colours like white, grey, blonde, and red. Experts do not advise laser treatments for those with such hair colours because of the diminished efficacy of the procedure regardless of any visible improvement. To remove unwanted hair without the use of lasers, electrolysis is a viable alternative.

Tanning prevents laser hair removal from being performed.

Melanin, which is what causes sun damage to your skin and hair, is what the laser is aiming for. Because getting a tan before treatment might produce uneven skin tone, this is something to keep in mind. Laser hair removal increases your skin’s vulnerability to the sun, which can cause blisters and burns. That means no tanning for 6 weeks before or after your treatment.

Don’t miss any scheduled appointments.

Hair removal should be performed on the face every 4–6 weeks and on the body every 6–8 weeks for best results. Skipping treatments or waiting too long in between them won’t lead to the best results.