FAQ (Frequently asked questions about laser hair removal)
Don’t fret if you have some questions -- that’s natural! After all, when it comes to how technology that has previously only been seen in sci-fi films works to safely remove unwanted hair, a modicum of curiosity at the very least, is healthy.
Is the treatment suitable for me?
In general, laser hair surgery is suitable for most people. If you dark hair of medium or thick density you will see better results than those with fairer hair. This is because…yeah, you guessed it, the laser uses colour. We said that didn’t we?
Other factors will determine your suitability for the procedure, such as the usage of some medication and your skin type. Before booking in for laser hair removal, we can offer a consultation over the phone to learn more about you and advise on your suitability.
Do I need to prepare for the treatment?
You do need to prepare, yeah, but when we say prepare it’s not like how you had to prepare for your GCSE science test, staying up until the small hours of the night before frantically cramming as many confusing acronyms into your head as possible. No way. Just need to have a shave to be honest -- super easy!
You’re going to need to do this at least 24 hours before the treatment and we’d say go for the old school blade and plastic options rather than the ones that buzz and use that newfangled “electricity”. Why? Because the manual ones cut the hair closer to the skin.
We know we said, “you’ll never have to shave again”, but that comes after the treatment. This will be your last shave ever so make it count and feel free to document the historic moment in whatever way feels right to you - polaroid snap to go on the fridge, Instagram post, maybe just a quiet moment of solitary reflection (tears are optional but they can act as a salve for any accidental cuts)
It is a strict “shave only” policy. Please do not wax, pluck or tweeze the area beforehand - I mean, we can’t get rid of a follicle that’s already gone!
The surface of the skin must also be free from makeup, fake tanning products, lotion, suncream and deodorant. This is because the laser is a heat source and targets pigment; we don’t want you getting burnt.
We’d also strongly suggest not letting the target area be exposed to heavy sun four weeks prior to treatment.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
In short, no. All you will feel is your problem hairs evaporating with your worries and your strife. That’s why some people call IPL treatment one of the hair necessities of life.
How does it feel after the treatment?
Fine babes, like, literally feels no different to be fair. Will want to stay away from the gym, saunas and very hot showers immediately after though 100%!. This is because the heat stays in your skin for 24 hours, and anything that will raise your temperature further can promote an environment for bacteria and spots to form -- that gets a big “NO” from me.
Does the hair need to be long before I can have laser hair removal?
It needs to be shaved but not long.
How long? If you can plait it -- too long. If, when you gently brush your hand over the surface and close your eyes, it feels as though you could be caressing a baby hedgehog -- you’ve nailed it.
Where can laser hair removal be done?
Laser hair removal can be done anywhere on the body -- even the sensitive parts.
Common areas for treatment are:
- Bikini line
- Chin & jawline
What sort of results can I expect from laser hair removal?
One session can give a hair reduction of up to 20%, but due to the hairs in the area being in different stages of the hair growth cycle, we would recommend at least 6-8 to get that coveted 90% reduction rate.
Can men get laser hair removal?
Absolutely! If you have hair, we can remove it.