Look, the internet can be an amazing place. Where else can you find approximately one billion picture of kittens, right at your fingertips. But the internet is also full of confusion when it comes to all sorts of things. Remember that whole blue-black, white-gold dress disaster? And when it comes to beauty treatments, there are a whole heap of fallacies floating out there.
So today we’re busting some of the top laser hair removal myths around and setting them straight.
1. Laser Hair Removal Is Expensive
Look when compared to shaving, laser hair removal is expensive. Particularly because you’re often comparing the bulk price of a packet of razors versus a series of laser hair removal treatments. But you’re also saving a bunch in terms of time and hassle when you opt for laser hair removal. Just imagine no longer having to do the weekly shower wiggle as you attempt to shave all your important bits. Most people see significant (like 70%-90%) hair reduction in as little as four sessions, and then they don’t have to worry about hair removal at all.
Plus as laser hair removal gets more popular, the cost has been reducing. A single session now costs about the same as a wax, but with laser you don’t have to keep making those payments year after year.
2. Laser Hair Removal Is Painful
While the idea of having lasers directed onto your skin sounds painful, in reality it’s not so bad. Sure, you’ll feel something (that’s how you know it’s working). But most people liken it to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin. MySkin Clinics use the Candela GentleLase system, which directs a small puff of cool air onto the skin at the same time and drastically reduces the amount of pain you’ll feel. However, some of our past clients suggest avoiding laser hair removal around your period as your skin is just a bit more sensitive at that point, which is something to keep in mind when you make your appointments.
3. It’s Just For Women
While laser hair removal is popular among women, we’re seeing more men come into our salons every year. Sure they might not be telling their mates down the pub about it, but they are raving to us about the benefits of laser hair removal for men. Laser hair removal can be used to treat unwanted hair on men’s back, arms and chest. We’ve also used laser hair removal to treat hair along the neck and jawline to create a smooth, polished look.
4. Your Hair Grows Back
Okay so this one is sort of true. In between sessions you will notice your hair growing back. This is because your hair grows at different times and the laser only targets hair in the active growth stage. So you’ll need to come in for a few sessions at regularly spaced times in order to target all your hair. After that you may notice a few stray hairs coming back every now and then. But most of our clients report a 70% to 90% reduction in hairs that never grow back. However some people do experience regrowth during hormonal changes (like pregnancy) and some hair types are more prone to regrowth than others. Your consultant will chat with you about how effective you can expect laser hair removal to be for skin and hair type.
5. It Only Works For Certain Skin Types
You’ve probably heard that you need to have light to medium skin tone and dark hair for laser hair removal to be effective. When experts first discovered that lasers could be used to remove unwanted hair, it’s true that only certain skin and hair combinations could be treated. But as the treatment has advanced, new lasers have been developed to treat a range of hair and skin types. So laser hair removal can now be used to treat all sorts of skin types. Well, as long as your clinic has the right kinds of lasers for your skin. Which we do. MySkin Clinics have invested in a range of medical grade lasers to treat darker skin types. If you’ve been put off laser hair removal in the past because you didn’t think you were eligible, arrange for a free consultation today to assess your options.