Removing facial and body hair can be frustrating and tedious, especially if you have a hormonal disorder. You have probably heard of laser hair removal. It sounds like a great option. For many women it is. It offers the promise of permanent hair reduction. This means that the hair will most likely grow back but will take months to do so. Most people will need maintenance treatments 2-3 years per year. It will definitely save you a lot of time. It usually performed in an office by professionals, It costs between $200-$500 dollars per treatment. Several treatments will be needed. This can add up to thousands of dollars quickly. If you can’t afford professional treatment, you may want to consider doing it yourself at home. In this article I am going to help you decide if home hair removal lasers are right choice for you.
Are they safe to use?
The short answer to this is yes. There are now several hair removal devices that have been approved by the FDA for home use.FDA hair removal devices are not as strong as professional grade lasers. They have built in safety measures intended to help prevent injury. Laser hair removal works by aiming pulses of light at the area with unwanted hair. The light is the absorbed by the hair pigment and damages the hair follicle. This delays or prevents the hair from growing back.
This works best on light skin with dark hair since the laser is targeting the pigment of the hair follicle. The laser has a more difficult time separating dark hair from dark skin. This can result in burns, scarring and discoloration. One of the safety features of the best home laser systems is that they are designed to detect and evaluate skin color. It will not fire a light flash if your skin pigment /hair color combination does not qualify for safe use. There a few professional and home devices that have been approved for darker skin. Most of the reviews for the dark skin lasers are disappointing. If you have dark skin, my opinion is that it probably won’t be worth spending the money on this. Hopefully technology will continue to improve so dark skinned people have laser options that are effective. Some home lasers are safe to use on your face and some are not.
Always read and follow the instructions that come with your device. It is amazing how many people use things for the first time without reading the instructions.
How much will it cost?
A DIY hair laser will set you back approximately $200-$500. This may still sound like a lot. To put it in perspective, professional laser hair removal will cost $200-$400 for each individual session. Initially 6-8 treatments are needed to be effective. The cost of a home laser will be the same as one professional treatment but you will be able to use it multiple times and for multiple body parts. Higher priced lasers usually deliver more flashes. Some home lasers come with replacement cartridges so you don’t have to buy a whole new laser device when the flashes are gone. Even the cheaper models deliver thousands of flashes before they run out.
Does hair have to be a certain length for this to work?
Hair removal methods that remove hair from the root( waxing, plucking, shaving, epilators) should not be performed prior to receiving laser hair therapy. The laser will not detect and destroy the follicle if the root has been removed, The hair can be shaved prior to and in between treatments. Shaving removes hair above the root.
Is it effective?
There are a few people that have reported that this did not work for them after several treatments but for most people. With the optimal coloring, the answer is yes.
These are the most common results reported after using lasers at home
- Hair regrowth is lighter and finer in texture
- Less skin irritation and ingrown hairs
- Less frequent need to shave. Women that shaved daily report not having to shave for months after several treatments
- Patchy areas where hair has stopped growing
- Less frequent maintenance treatments the longer you use the device.
Home hair laser removal devices can be a great option for those that can’t afford professional treatment. Home lasers are long-lasting and can save you lots of time in your daily beauty routine. It can be a confidence booster for women that are experiencing hormonal issues. Its effective for men as well. DIY lasers are more successful in individuals with dark skin and light hair. I would advise everyone to do research on individual home lasers before purchasing one. There are several approved ones available. Make an informed choice about which is right for you.
Have you ever purchased a home laser or plan to buy one?
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