Most people have heard about laser hair removal – after all, it’s been available to the public for over 20 years, and was studied, researched, and perfected for 20 years before that. While permanent hair removal with lasers may sound intense, the practice has been FDA-approved since 1995, and the technology just keeps getting better and more effective.
European Tanning Club offers a number of services at our Dearborn Heights location, including waxing and laser hair removal. Today, we want to get in-depth with laser hair removal, an excellent option for permanent hair removal for men and women alike. Keep reading to learn more about laser, or schedule an appointment!
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Lasers are simply concentrated beams of light. During a laser hair treatment, the light from the laser targets dark pigments, in this case, the dark melanin in the hair follicle. When the laser makes contact with the hair follicle, it creates heat. This heat kills the cells that are responsible for hair growth without damaging the surrounding skin. Once those cells die they won’t regenerate in almost all cases.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
This is one of the biggest concerns people have when coming into our Dearborn Heights salon. Some people recount hardly feeling any discomfort, while others compare the lasers to a rubber band snapping on your skin. Some parts of the body may hurt worse than others, but most people tolerate it very well. No pain, no gain, after all! While the most pain-free way to remove hair is probably by shaving, the general consensus is that if you can survive a wax, you can certainly survive a laser hair removal session!
Some Skin Types Work Better Than Others
Because the lasers target the dark pigment of the hair follicle, men and women with light skin and dark hair are the “ideal” candidates for laser treatment as this combination allows for the most contrast between skin and hair. However, that doesn’t mean everyone else is left out. As technology advances, the range of people who can receive effective laser hair removal grows. People with olive or dark skin and dark hair can also benefit from laser hair removal, though, blonde and grey hair are harder to target.
If you are unsure if laser hair removal will work for you, just give our Dearborn Heights salon a call and speak with one of our experts.
Preparing For Permanent Hair Removal
If you’ve ever removed body hair before, you know you have to let your hair grow out before it can be removed. Shaving razors need something to cut, and wax needs something to grab on to. Laser, though, actually requires you to come in clean-shaven – not waxed. When you wax, the hair follicles are ripped out and laser hair treatment will be ineffective if there are no follicles for it to target.
Additionally, tanned skin can become discolored with laser hair removal, so be sure to keep the areas where you want the service performed out of the sun for a couple of weeks. Remember, permanent hair removal is an investment in a wax and shave-free future, so it’s worth it to make sure you prep correctly.
Expect Permanent Results
There’s a reason laser is referred to as a “permanent hair removal” and not an “immediate hair removal.” While most of the hair follicles can be targeted in the first session, most people need 3-5 sessions to see complete, permanent, forever hair removal. However, this is a small time investment now that will pay off big in the future.
Because it takes a few sessions to get permanent results, we recommend starting as soon as possible so you can be hair-free when summer rolls around.
Benefits Of Permanent Hair Removal
Most people have unwanted body hair somewhere, whether it is on their legs, armpits, bikini area, chest, back, or face. However, women are especially prone to not only experiencing typical unwanted body hair but also having excessive hair growth due to a number of medical conditions. Some of those conditions include:
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which affects close to 15 percent of women, and causes excessive hair growth in a male-pattern
- Overactive thyroid
- Hormone imbalance
- Adrenal gland disorders
- Steroids, some immunosuppressant drugs, and other medications
Lasers have been shown to permanently reduce hair growth even when it is due to medical conditions, making it a great option for anyone who may have an unusually high amount of unwanted hair. Here are some of the other benefits of getting laser:
- Can be done anywhere on the body
- Perfect for both men and women
- Permanent hair removal – never shave or wax again once sessions are complete
- No maintenance, no upkeep
- Relatively pain-free compared to a lifetime of waxing
- Quick – each session is usually less than an hour for large areas and only a couple of minutes for small areas
- Higher up-front cost than shaving or waxing, but can save thousands of dollars on hair removal in the future.
European Tanning Club Offers Women’s and Men’s Hair Removal Services
While “tanning club” is in our name, we offer a full range of salon services at our Dearborn Heights beauty salon. Whether you are getting rid of unwanted body hair that is due to a medical condition or you simply want to live a hair-free life, we’ve got your back (and chest, legs, underarms, and face while we’re at it!). For the best laser hair removal services in Detroit, call European Tanning Club!