Laser Hair Removal- What Even Is It?

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Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Today I’ve got something a little different to talk about: hair. More specifically, too much hair. We all hate the chore of shaving, but as a woman, it doesn’t always feel like we have a lot of other options. But we actually do!

Have you been struggling with body hair in places you don’t want it, but avoiding having laser hair removal because you don’t know enough about it? Do you have concerns about how the process works, how successful it is, and what the risks are? I was in the same boat as you until a lovely individual reached out to me about talking about laser hair removal. I thought this was something we can all relate to! Here’s what I learned.

How Dangerous Are the Laser Machines?

Any cosmetic skin treatment has some side effect risks, but the risks during laser treatment are minimal. At least, they are minimal as long as the procedure is being performed by a fully certified, experienced technician, and also as long as it is an appropriate procedure for your skin type. You see, laser devices have varying intensity levels and skin penetrating capabilities. Some of them are safer and more effective to use on certain types of hair or skin. For example, if a dark-skinned person is treated by a machine that is better suited for lighter skin tones, they could experience blisters and other problems. However, your trained technician should be able to easily tell you which skin treatments are good for your skin and which you would be better off to avoid.

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Do Skin and Hair Colors Really Make a Difference?

Yes, skin and hair colors can make a huge difference when it comes to laser treatments. There are several reasons for that. First of all, those with darker skin tones are more prone to having oily skin, which can blister easily if the wrong treatment is performed. Also, certain lasers can change skin pigmentation, leaving patches of different colored skin in the treated area, which is generally more noticeable on people who have dark skin tones. More to the point, certain machines simply don’t work well on people with dark skin because the machines can’t “see” the hair. Many of them are designed to automatically target dark hairs against a lighter background, which is the surface of the skin itself.

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Should I Completely Avoid Laser Therapy if My Skin or Hair is Dark?

No, you don’t need to avoid these treatments. In fact, there are plenty of medical lasers that can be calibrated to work on those with dark hair or skin. You will just have to consult experts to make sure that your treatment plan is going to work with your skin and hair combination.

Do I Need a Lot of Sessions to Cure the Problem?

Finally, there’s the question of how many treatments you are going to need. Multiple sessions will definitely be required, no matter what type of machine you are being treated by. Contrary to what some people think, you cannot completely cure the problem with any laser treatment, no matter how many sessions you undergo. Since the treatments go right down to the roots, unlike shaving, the hair will take longer to grow back. But at least some of it will eventually return, although some roots (follicles) will become dormant. So, after the initial round of therapy appointments, it will be up to you to decide when you need to come back for more.

What do you think? Have you ever tried laser hair removal? Is this kind of informative post something you like reading? Let me know in the comments, I’d love some feedback on what you like to see! Thanks for stopping by!

Love Kiki

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This post is sponsored, but all opinions are honest and my own.

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70 thoughts on “Laser Hair Removal- What Even Is It?

  1. I think when you talk about skin, color of skin, it makes sense. Fair colored people tend to have less hair on body and I think this is my case. I seldom have to shave, underarms and legs, and when I do, so few hair comes, that I ask myself if I even needed to shave. So I don’t have laser hair treatments, purely because I don’t have enough hair to that 🙂
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  2. Laser hair removal is actually one of the best ones, most of the hair might be removed which is great. I had friend getting it done on her body and after a year she said around 90% of hair was gone which is pretty good. It is good however it is a little bit expensive and for instance if you want to get it done in summer then you can’t go for sun bathing and so on… however it is worth it 🙂

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

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  3. Wow interesting read Kiki! Thanks for sharing this information and your thoughts about laser hair removal. I think I’m still a bit old fashioned (even though I’m not that old haha) and not sure if I’d do it. But then again after reading your post maybe! Look forward to seeing more posts from you 🙂

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

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  4. Bash Harry

    I’m not a hairy person and I never really cared about my body hair, but this is such an interesting read! There’s something about the word ‘laser’ and ‘removal’ that don’t sit well with me, hahaha ❤

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

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