Who is Laser Hair Removal for?
Laser Hair Removal is used by both men and women to permanently remove excess or unwanted hair. Experience up to 90% reduction of your body hair. Popular areas treated every day in our 8 London clinics include:
Legs | Back | Chest | Bikini | Brazilian | Hollywood | Underarms | Face | Arms | Full Body
Our clients tell us their excess hair is unsightly, unattractive, uncomfortable and requires constant maintenance which is time-consuming and costly. If you have darker toned skin, see our laser hair removal for dark skin treatment with Nd:YAG lasers.
Say goodbye to shaving & waxing
Traditional hair removal methods, such as shaving or waxing, are temporary before hair grows back thicker and stronger. This can be especially troubling with facial hair. Shaving and plucking also encourages painful ingrown hairs and annoying skin irritations. That is why more people are choosing laser for hair removal. It is fast, effective, safe and a great investment in yourself.
Laser Hair Removal Packages
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Women's Laser Hair Removal Packages
|Session / Bespoke Packages||Pay as you go||Course of 6||Course of 8|
|(Women's Package) All 4 areas: Any Bikini + Underarms + Peri Anal + Naval Line||£225.00|
|(Women's Package) Full Legs + Full Arms + Underarms + Nipples + Navel Line + Any Bikini + Peri Anal + Buttocks||£450.00|
|(Women's Package) Half Arms and Half Legs OR Full Legs + Any Bikini + Peri Anal + Underarms + Naval Line||£329.00|
|(Women's Package) Lower Legs + Any Bikini + Underarms||£265.00|
|(Women's Package) Lower Legs + Hollywood + Peri Anal + Underarms + Naval Line||£278.00|
|(Women's Package) Total 2 areas to choose from: Any Bikini / Underarms / Peri Anal / Naval Line||£145.00|
|(Women's Package) Total 3 areas to choose from: Any Bikini / Underarms / Peri Anal / Naval Line||£185.00|
|(Women's Package) Womens Full Body Top to Toe||£535.00|
Men's Laser Hair Removal Packages
|Session / Bespoke Packages||Pay as you go||Course of 6||Course of 8|
|(Men’s Package) Abdomen + Chest||£155.00|
|(Men’s Package) Back + Shoulders||£230.00|
|(Men’s Package) Back + Shoulders + Chest + Abdomen + Half Arms||£452.00|
|(Men’s Package) Back + Shoulders + Full Arms||£326.00|
|(Men’s Package) Back + Shoulders + Half Arms||£278.00|
|(Men’s Package) Men's Top to Toe||£625.00|
Laser Hair Removal Packages
|Session / Laser Hair Removal Area||1 Session||Course of 6||Course of 8|
|Navel Pubis Line||£70.00|
|Upper Lip & Chin||£100.00|
|Brazilian or Hollowood exc PA||£100.00|
|(Individuals) Full Face||£158.00|
|(Individuals) Full Legs||£250.00|
Laser Hair Removal Packages of 3
|Session / Bespoke Packages||Top Up Package of 3|
|(individual area) Abdomen / Half Arm / Shoulders / Chest / Half Back|
|(Individuals) Brazilian or Hollywood inc PA / Buttocks|
|(Individuals) Earlobes / Eyebrows / Nose|
|(Individuals) Full Arms / Full Back|
|(Individuals) Full Face|
|(Individuals) Full Legs|
|(Individuals) Half Face/Beard|
|(Individuals) Lower Leg / Thighs|
|(Individuals) Nipples / Hands / Fingers / Navel Line / Underarms|
|(Individuals) Peri Anal / Feet / Toes / Bikini Line|
|(Individuals) Upper Lip & Chin / Jawline|
|(Men’s Package) Back + Shoulders|
|(Men’s Package) Back + Shoulders + Chest + Abdomen + Half Arms|
|(Men’s Package) Back + Shoulders + Full Arms|
|(Men’s Package) Back + Shoulders + Half Arms|
|(Women's Package) All 4 areas: Any Bikini + Underarms + Peri Anal + Naval Line|
|(Women's Package) Full Legs + Full Arms + Underarms + Nipples + Navel Line + Any Bikini + Peri Anal + Buttocks|
|(Women's Package) Half Arms and Half Legs OR Full Legs + Any Bikini + Peri Anal + Underarms + Naval Line|
|(Women's Package) Lower Legs + Any Bikini + Underarms|
|(Women's Package) Lower Legs + Hollywood + Peri Anal + Underarms + Naval Line|
|(Women's Package) Total 2 areas to choose from: Any Bikini / Underarms / Peri Anal / Naval Line|
|(Women's Package) Total 3 areas to choose from: Any Bikini / Underarms / Peri Anal / Naval Line|
|(Women's Package) Womens Full Body Top to Toe|
How much is Laser Hair Removal?
Prices shown have already been discounted. Discount reflects savings made on single session price when you purchase this package. *finance packages require a 20% upfront deposit and are subject to a credit check. Monthly prices shown are based on a package of 8 and are to be paid over 12 months. Prices are valid at the time of publishing and subject to change without prior notice. Discounts applied on courses of 8 & 6 only.
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What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal is a treatment for excess and unwanted hair using highly advanced laser technology. Treatment usually lasts between 6-8 sessions and can lead to the removal of hair without the need for waxing, shaving or plucking.
Before we undertake Laser Hair Removal treatment, we always invite you to an initial consultation free of charge. The purpose of the consultation is to ask you a few questions about your health and lifestyle so that we can make sure that Laser Hair Removal is suitable. We then undertake a patch test on a small area of skin in order to make sure that your skin doesn’t have any adverse effects to our laser technology. If the patch test is successful we can then book you in for your laser hair removal treatment at a date and time of your suiting.
After an initial consultation and a patch test 24 hours prior to your treatment, your personal laser practitioner will prepare the area you have selected for the treatment. Once the laser machine has been prepared, the treatment head is moved over the area of skin and activated.
Laser hair removal for the full-body takes between two to three hours per session. Although an experienced practitioner can get this down to around 90 minutes.
This also varies based on your gender, size and the amount of hair you wish to remove.
In a few cases, the skin may appear slightly sore or red immediately after the treatment. The laser practitioner will apply a cooling aloe vera gel any redness will soon go down.
Many clients experience up to 90% permanent hair loss after completing a course of laser hair removal treatment. This is a dramatic and huge impact on grooming habits and routines.
Occasional top-up sessions may be required once a year or once every two years depending on the individual. Compare that with continuing to shave every few weeks or waxing.
DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL HURT?
At your first treatment we cleanse the area and make sure you are relaxed before starting. Some clients report a tingling sensation on the surface of the skin during treatment often described like having an elastic band flicked against your skin.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD, BIKINI & BRAZILIAN?
Not sure of the difference? We’ve explained the differences below for you.
- Hollywood – this is everything off, everywhere, both front and back including perianal but not buttocks.
- Bikini – this removes hair up to your bikini line, so upper and inner thighs included.
- Brazilian – this extends the bikini line leaving a small strip of hair.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW PERMANENT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Laser Hair Removal is the most effective, long-term hair reduction method. Typically you may need 6 to 8 sessions to see maximum result. Results vary from person to person. Top-up sessions may be required after some years.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
After your first laser hair removal treatment, you will begin to notice shedding of hair. Regrowth in the area is reduced and any new hairs come out finer and thinner to be treated at the next session.
HOW EXPENSIVE IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Laser Hair Removal will be a cheaper alternative in the long term than other hair removal methods such as waxing and shaving. A simple underarm and bikini wax on average is estimated to cost around £600 per year, with laser hair removal you make a one-off payment of a similar price but the results will last you years, saving time and money.
HOW MANY SESSIONS OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL WILL YOU NEED?
6-8 Sessions are recommended. This can vary depending on your skin type, hair type , hormone levels and response to laser hair treatment. You will see results after your first session. It will take several sessions to permanently remove hair spaced four to six weeks apart depending on the area treated. You should see up to 90 percent reduction in hair growth. For best results, maintenance treatments are recommended once a year for at least a couple years.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL SIDE EFFECTS
The most common side effects of laser hair removal are:
Pigment changes. (Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily)
If you are concerned about any of these potential side effects please speak to your medical practitioner. That is why we always perform a patch test at least 24 hours before starting any treatment.
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
Laser treatment affects hair in the active growth phase (anagen stage). The laser beam is made up of precisely controlled pulses of energy which are absorbed by the melanin or pigment in the hair and reaches into the active hair follicles that lie beneath the skin.
The energy heats the hair, right down to the bottom of the root, safely destroying it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin.
Most people will need a course of between 6 and 8 sessions after which time the hair will be visibly reduced or permanently removed and the skin will be smooth and even.
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CAN YOU WEAR FAKE TAN WHEN HAVING LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
As you know there are different types of fake tan available. We are referring to tans which are:
- not instant
- that wash off
- are body foundations
- bronzing powders
This means formulas with slow tanning agents such as moisturisers including gradual tan formulas. Fake tan must be removed from the area you are having laser hair removal treatment before your session.
All traces must be removed. If you are having laser on your legs and your fake tan is on your face then you don’t have to worry.
Can you wear fake tan between laser hair removal sessions?
In between your treatments fake tan can be worn as long as you remove all traces before, if it is on the area you are having treated. The best advice is to stop applying your fake tan 7-10 days your scheduled laser sessions.
All residue must be removed as it can be dangerous to have laser with traces of fake tan present on your skin.
You will run the risk of your laser session being cancelled if the fake tan is still present when you attend your clinic.
Can you wear fake tan between my laser hair removal sessions?
Yes although if you have very dry skin and your tan takes longer to fade, leave a longer period 14+ days so all residue is completely removed.
Can you use instant or wash off tan before laser hair removal?
Yes. If using instant wash off tan you can use it no more then 2-3 days before your session but it is not recommended the day before as all residue must be completely removed.
Can you use fake tan on the same day of my laser session?
No. Your skin must be as natural as possible. So free from tanning products as well as oils, creams, moisturisers and lotions. This is to avoid any complications.
Advice on best way to remove fake tan before your session:
- Exfoliating mitts & scrub
- Tan eraser mitt
- Moisturiser after exfoliating to avoid dry skin
- Have a hot bath before exfoliating.
- Pay special attention to dry, wrinkly hard to clean areas like elbows, knees, shins etc
HOW LONG DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL LAST?
It is a fair question to ask before spending hundreds or thousands of pounds of your hard earned money on laser hair removal. It is also one of the most popular questions we are asked in our London clinics and call centre every day.
Unfortunately the answer you don’t want to hear is “it depends”. Sadly, that is the only answer any laser clinic can give you. This is because your results will depend on:
- your skin type and tone
- your hair
- your response to treatment
- hormone levels
All of these combine to determine how effective your results will be. If your friend is ecstatic or disappointed with their long term results it doesn’t mean you will have the same good or bad results.
HOW CAN I PROLONG LAST HAIR REMOVAL RESULTS?
Yes, there are a few things you can do to give yourself the best chances for long lasting success and not waste your money. You should try and do the following:
- Firstly you will need more then one session (usually 6-8).
- Set realistic expectations. No clinic can remove 100% of hair – forever.
- Use top of the range medical grade lasers.
- Find an experienced practitioner you trust and feel comfortable with and give feedback every session.
- Be consistent and committed to your appointments.
HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU NEED LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Most people require 6-8 sessions spread around 6 weeks apart. A couple of laser sessions will destroy some of your hair permanently but the rest of your hair will remain unaffected by the laser. This is because the laser can only kill hair actively in the growth phase of the hair cycle.
HOW MUCH HAIR DO YOU LOSE AFTER YOUR FIRST LASER SESSION?
When you attend a hair removal session for say your underarm. Only around 15% of your underarm hairs will be in the growth phase. This means only 15% of the total underarm hairs can be destroyed at that session.
The laser or practitioner cannot tell which of the hairs are in the growth phase. That is why the laser will go over the whole area.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR BIKINI AREA FOR A HOLLYWOOD LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT?
For the best results and most comfortable treatment, follow your practitioners advice.
- Avoid any tanning. Suntan and sunbeds are equally dangerous if you allow your skin to tan before your laser treatment. As if your skin is tanned, the laser can burn the surface. Leave at least 4 weeks before getting you laser treatment if your skin is tanned.
- Avoid waxing or plucking before laser hair removal. As these options change the hair growth cycle, the laser will not be able to catch the hair follicles on the right stage and it will not be able to reduce the hair.
- Do not bleach your hair. The darker the hair follicles, it is easier for the laser to see them.
- Clean the treatment area before your session. Don’t use any cosmetic creams before your session. You can ask for sanitary towels from your practitioner at the beginning of your session to clean the area as well.
- Make sure that you have between 4-6 weeks full hair growth before your first session.
- Shave 24 hours before your laser appointment and NOT on the treatment day. To read more about how to shave correctly, you can visit our blog
- Gently exfoliate your bikini area 3-4 days before your session. Don’t leave it to the last day or after you shaved. Otherwise, it might irritate your skin.
- Ensure all the excess hair from the labia and perianal area has been removed.
- Wear loose clothes for your treatment. Make sure your underwear is not too tight. Cotton underwear is perfect.
- Avoid caffeine before your treatment. It can increase your sensitivity.
- If you have a low pain threshold, you can take a mild pain reliever before your session (not Ibuprofen)
- Some of our clients find chewing gum during the treatment helpful or listening to music, or even just having a chat with you practitioner.
- Try to schedule the treatment the week before of the week after your period. Most importantly, relax, you’re in safe hands.
WHY IS MY HAIR GROWING BACK AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
At your next laser session six weeks later the laser will destroy another 15% of your hair (hair in the growth phase). This is how and why multiple sessions are needed.
It is also why you will experience hair growth in between sessions. Fewer and fewer hairs will grow back as you have more sessions. After 6-8 session all the hairs should have been destroyed. Using the underarm example, by session 6 or 8 all your underarm hair would have been in the growth phase at some point during your previous sessions, so would have been destroyed.
IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL FOR THE FACE SAFE?
Laser hair removal on the face is just a safe as having laser hair removal on any other part of the body. With any laser treatment goggles are worn by the client and practitioner for safety.
Lasers used in reputable clinics are the same lasers used in hospitals and medical practices worldwide. So are extremely safe.
The Candela Gentlemax Pro is considered the best laser hair removal machine in the industry. It i s medical grade and has an FDA approval. This means it has passed rigorous scientific testing and research and is safe for use for laser hair removal.
Make sure your clinic uses top of the range lasers. Your facial laser hair removal will be safer. Clinics using unbranded cheap lasers purchased of the internet can be dangerous. To guarantee the safest laser hair removal for your face always choose a reputable clinic.
Also find an experienced practitioner. Todays lasers are extremely powerful, in the wrong, inexperienced hands, they may pose a risk to you. Find a reputable clinic which specialise in laser for the safest laser experience.
CAN I HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL ON MY UPPER LIP?
Laser hair removal on the upper lip is one of the most popular areas for laser. No one wants to see the beginnings of a moustache on their upper lip. Laser is effective at removing hair above your lip.
Laser sessions are really quick as the area is small so can take less then a few minutes to perform. As the skin on the upper lip is thinner then other areas of the face, the upper lip tends to be one of the more painful areas to have laser hair removal.
HOW TO SOOTHE YOUR SKIN AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL
If you find the redness after your laser hair removal treatments to be uncomfortable and sore, there are things you can do to help ease the redness.
- First you should get some cold compresses and apply these to the area of skin that’s red, to help any swelling go down. You might consider using ice if you don’t have any cold compresses , or a cold bath. This should soon have your redness going down.
- Making sure the area of skin is kept clean is also an important point, to avoid infections.
- You should also moisturise the area. Moisturising creams aid in the recovery of the skin in the areas that were treated with the laser. The clinic you go to will probably recommend some creams for you to use.
- Consider using a daily moisturiser in the days leading up to your next treatment, if you have purchased a package are having a course of treatments. This will also keep your skin generally healthy and supple and give you optimum results when having your laser hair removal procedure.
In general, many people feel fit and ready to go back to work immediately after treatment. Others may feel they need a little rest, but this shouldn’t be more than a day or too. Depending on the length of treatment, area of skin being treated and skin type, all after care guidelines can vary and you should speak to your clinic.
AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL, WHEN DOES HAIR FALL OUT?
After your laser hair removal session you should notice your hair will gradually begin to fall out over the following days. Many people believe that all their hair should fall out on the same day or by the next morning!. This is not the case. Here is what happens.
Immediately after your laser hair session your skin may feel a bit sensitive. A bit like you have sunburn. Cooling Aloe vera gel should be applied by the clinic as aftercare. It is a good idea to have your own handy to cool down your skin and stop any irritation in the days following your laser session.
Lasers can only kill hair in the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. When you have your laser session only around 15% of your hairs will be in this phase. So 15% of your hair will be destroyed. Only these hairs will fall out 5-14 days after your laser session. They will slowly work there way free from your skin and shed automatically. It is not necessary for you to help them by plucking or rubbing. This can happen for weeks afterwards.
At your next laser session you will then destroy another 15% of your hairs in the anagen phase of the hair growth phase. And 15% in the one after, and so on, until all the hairs are destroyed. This is why multiple sessions are required. They are spread out about 6 weeks apart so they can synchronise with your hair growth cycle as it takes around 6 weeks for a hair to grow.
WHAT IS HOLLYWOOD LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Hollywood laser hair removal is the complete removal of pubic hair from the whole female genital area. Other popular styles of laser hair removal on the female pubic area include the bikini and Brazilian. The basic bikini laser includes the bikini line and upper thigh. The Brazilian laser extends the bikini line leaving a strip of hair down the middle.
The areas covered include the following all hair in the genital area including.
- lower abdomen.
For some women the benefits are:
- More self-confident
- Happier with their appearance
- Better sexual experience
- Match their active lifestyle of yoga, sports, swimming without worry
- No ingrown hairs again
- Personal hygiene
- No more shaving and waxing
- Saves time
- No irritations
Hollywood laser has more permanent results than any other hair removal method like :
- Depilatory creams
After 6-8 sessions of Hollywood laser, you’re hair free and don’t have to worry about it again. Saving a great amount of time! It also lacks the irritation that can occur from shaving, provides smooth skin. So no more pain, discomfort, irritation or bad hair days down below.
HOW LONG DOES A HOLLYWOOD LASER HAIR REMOVAL LAST?
Laser hair removal provides up to 90% hair reduction after 6-8 sessions.
The results will last much longer than any other hair removal options.
Regrowth depends on several factors. Such as;
- The number of sessions completed
- Hormonal factors
- Skin colour
- Underlying medical conditions
Normally we would recommend 6-8 sessions to achieve the best results of permanent hair reduction. However, results may vary from person to person. Some people might need top-up sessions after some years.
Most people are happy with the dramatic results and the life changing impact it has on personal beauty regimes. You may require the occasional top up session every year to maintain results.
WILL LASER HAIR REMOVAL FEEL THE SAME EVERY TIME?
Some clients describe the sensation as a rubber band plucking against your skin which will be reduced with each session as there is less hair.
WHAT IF MY SKIN IS NOT ITS NATURAL COLOUR?
If you skin is tanned from sun exposure, sun bed or tanning lotion we advise you to wait at least 4-6 weeks before having a treatment session.
WHERE ON MY BODY CAN I HAVE TREATMENT?
Laser Hair Removal is suitable for all areas on the face and body. Clients can pick full body laser hair removal or tailor-make packages for any areas they would like. Some popular single areas include face, underarm, and Hollywood laser hair removal.
CAN MEN HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
At London Premier Laser, hair removal for men is a very popular treatment. We can treat all male skin areas and all skin types from very light to very dark.
WILL TREATMENT MAKE MY SKIN SORE?
After you laser hair removal treatment you may experience some redness and soreness due to the heat transmitting and permanently damaging the hair follicle but this reduces after a few hours. Our lasers are equipped with a cooling system for maximum comfort.
DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL HURT?
For some people there is a sensation of mild prickling but for others the experience is completely pain-free. (90% of our customers reported a pain free experience).
CAN I SUNBATHE BEFORE OR AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Sunbathing before Laser Hair Removal treatment
Traditionally, advice was not to sunbathe before laser hair removal. However, with the advancement in laser technologies, treatments can be made which penetrate deeper into the skin – avoiding the top layers, so sitting out in the sun in the height of summer should not be a problem before your treatment as long as you take the necessary precautions of wearing a good SPF even if you have dark skin.
Sunburn and laser hair removal
If you come into your session with sunburned skin, however, your clinician may turn you away. And you may have wasted the cost of the session. When booking your treatments you should inform your laser hair removal clinic if you intend on tanning and they can give you the best advice.
Sunburn and laser do not mix.
Laser causes intense energy to be transferred into the hair follicle. Sunburn is also a transfer of light energy into the skin which your skin has to heal and recover from. Laser cannot be performed on sunburned skin. Your skin is trying to recover and heal from the sunburn which dermatologists classify as damage.
Sunbathing during laser hair removal treatment
Lasers make your skin more sensitive to the sun and UV light. This increases your risk of burning. It can also cause hyperpigmentation which is an increase in the production of melanin, leading to dark spots or patches on your skin.
Laser works by being attracted to dark pigmentation in hair. When you tan this darkens the skin and makes it harder for the laser tell the difference between the skin pigment and hair pigment.
CAN I USE A SUNBED AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Avoid using sunbeds in the run up to your first laser hair removal session. Have your last sunbed 7-10 days before your first laser session, depending on how long you are on the sunbed for. A deeper tan should see you stop 14+ days before.
Sunbeds use the same UV light as the sun so can cause the same damage. Laser will not be able to be performed on suntanned skin, even if it from a sunbed.
Your skin may not able to recover as easily from the treatment as you are causing extra trauma to the skin which has to heal.
If using sunbeds is a regular part of your life you may find it hard being told that you should avoid them for a while.
How long you sit on the side-lines is different for everyone. It depends where you have been treated and your skin type, tone and hair. Make sure you look after your skin post-laser. It will heal quicker. Also use a good quality SPF. Have a good skin routine to keep your skin healthy and supple. This will help you get back on the sunbeds faster.
DOES HAIR GROW BACK THICKER AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Some people only want a slight reduction in hair loss. They are happy to continue shaving. They will only have 3-4 laser sessions to get their hair under control.
Slightly less hair grows back and the hair that does, usually is not as thick and is much finer then before. This makes managing the hair much easier.
The bikini area is where this option is usually chosen.
HOW LONG DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL LAST FOR DARK SKIN?
Until recently, people with darker skin posed problems for laser technology and hair removal. Todays lasers are more advanced then the earlier models.
They use a much deeper wavelength called Nd:YAG which gets around any issues previously experienced. The same results can now be experienced regardless of skin tones.
HOW CAN I SPEED UP SHEDDING AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
During the course of your laser hair treatment you will find that it usually takes about 5-14 days for hairs to shed. Exfoliating, tweezing and plucking can be done but are not necessary as the hair will fall out naturally.
After the shedding period a re-growth phase of around four weeks happens. This is the reason treatments are set approximately six weeks apart to allow for shedding and regrowth.
After 6 to 8 sessions further sessions are often unnecessary for a few months for most. However, this depends on how successful the procedure has been in removing hairs over the months.
DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK ON RED OR GINGER HAIR?
What are your options when in comes to managing your hair? Does laser hair removal work on red and ginger hair? Having red or ginger hair means you stand out in the crowd a lot, which is a great thing if you have beautiful strawberry blonde hair or flowing copper locks. All redhead shades are now very popular for people when they want to dye their hair.
However, what about the people who have natural red hair and have to deal with the day to day management?
Laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin in the hair,. (This is the dark pigment that makes skin and hair a deeper colour). Some people have more of this pigment than others, hence why some people have darker skin than others.
During the treatment, once the laser has locked onto the pigment, the laser beam permanently destroys the hair follicle which means hair growth is unlikely in the future.
The problem with red and ginger hair is the fact that lasers have difficulty determining between pigments, red being one of the most difficult to see. The same goes for grey hair which is another difficult colour for the laser to spot.
Tips & consultation advice
Here are some tips for red hair laser hair removal:
- Laser hair removal for red hair is more difficult then treating someone with darker hair as described above.
- Good results with improving laser hair removal technology are possible.
- Make sure to book a consultation and receive a FREE patch test in order to find out if laser hair removal would be effective for you as everyone is unique.
- Before your laser hair removal treatment, try not to wax, pluck or tweeze hair for at least four weeks – shaving is allowed.
- The hair must be present in the follicle for the treatment to work.
- Remember, after hair removal, you may feel as if you can see hair growing. This isn’t the case, this only happens because your hair is shedding in that particular area after the treatment.
- Whatever you do, don’t forget about sun cream. Yes, even during winter weather but with red heads having very pale skin, you are more likely to experience skin irritation. Make sure you use SPF 30 and higher on your skin daily if you are showing your arms and legs. This is especially important for your face.
CAN YOU DO LASER HAIR REMOVAL ON EARS?
The answer is a resounding yes!. Ear hair removal can be done with a number of hair removal methods including waxing and hair removal creams but nothing is effective as getting rid of your ear hair then laser.
With other methods you will have to perform them regularly too. With laser, permanent hair removal is possible. Laser light destroys the hair follicle of individual hairs so your ear hair will not grow back.
Laser also works on body hair, facial hair including nose hairs and is effective on all hair types and skin tone.
Mens ear hair removal
Across our London clinics we mainly see men who have laser hair removal treatments on their ears. Men ranging from their early twenties to older. Unfortunately for men they can lose hair on their heads but hair growth everywhere keeps on flourishing and seems to grow faster the older you get.
Outer ear hair can grow around the front and back of the ear and even in the ear canal. From the earlobe or lobule and tragus , around the outer helix and antihelix and the scapha and antihelical fold. For those of you who are not ear experts it is basically all the parts of your outer ear where hair can sprout from.
IS HOLLYWOOD LASER HAIR REMOVAL PAINFUL?
Some people find laser hair removal slightly uncomfortable while some don’t mind it at all. It depends how well you tolerate pain.
As the laser works with the hair follicles under the skin, you might feel a slight tingling. And if you have really sensitive skin and low pain threshold, you might feel a little discomfort. Clinics will have a solution for that!
While you are getting your laser treatment, lasers blow a constant cold air which soothes your skin and decreases the amount of pain you might feel. Also, at the beginning of your laser session, clinicians apply numbing cream or cooling gel to the area which significantly decreases the discomfort. By your 2nd or 3rd session, the number of hair follicles will be decreased significantly, which means less discomfort. And with each time you will get more used to it. So do not worry if your first session was a little uncomfortable. It will only get better!
CAN YOU HAVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL ON THE FACE?
Having your face lasered is the same as having the rest of your body lasered. No extra measures are required. The area treated is marked with a white pen. Protective glasses are then worn by you and the practitioner. There is nothing to worry about, as they are also worn with other parts of the body to protect the eyes from the laser.
The laser then passes over the area being treated. Lasers are quite noisy. They also beep every time the laser is activated. You will continue to hear it beeping during the rest of your treatment.
Facial laser hair removal uses light energy to permanently damage or destroy individual hair follicles. The process is called photothermolysis. The treatment targets the roots beneath the surface of the skin. Powerful medical grade lasers, the same ones used in hospitals, prevent regrowth.
Some lasers have a built-in cooling system. It blows cold air over the treated area. The skin gets cooled as the laser is passes over it and it reduces the pain levels. It will add to the noise in the treatment room.
Facial hair reacts to laser the same way as the rest of the body hair. The laser beam is attracted to the melanin or pigment in the hair. It travels to the root, avoiding the surrounding tissue, and reaches the hair follicle before destroying it. Once destroyed the hair will not grow back.
Lasered hair usually takes 5-14 days to shed, or fall out. It will fall out naturally. You don’t have to do anything to speed this up.
Only facial hair in the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle is affected by laser. At any onetime only 15% of your facial hair will be in the anagen growth phase. So at every laser session only 15% of hairs will be destroyed or affected by the laser.
This is why multiple sessions are needed over several months.
The hair growth cycle also explains why you cannot have laser hair removal on the same area every week for 4 weeks in a row.
When you have laser hair removal your skin absorbs a a tremendous amount of light energy and needs to recover. Compare it to being sunburned.
If you had sunburn from a sunbed or sunbathing you would not go back every week. This would badly damage the skin if you did. You would wait for the skin to fully recover before going back. It is the same with laser. Skin needs to heal.
In addition to the healing, appointments are spread about every 6-8 weeks so your laser treatments can be timed and synchronised with your hair growth cycle. This ensures all the hair would have been in the growth phase of the hair cycle at some point during your treatment and been destroyed.
Can facial hair be permanently removed?
Facial hair can be permanently removed by laser hair removal. Results of up to 90% hair reduction can be achieved with laser. For most this has a tremendous impact on their lives. After all, your face is the first thing people notice about you!.
If you forget to shave your legs for a few weeks a bit of stubble may grow. It probably will not bother you too much and your legs can be covered up. If your sideburns or moustache starts becoming noticeable or your eyebrows are slowly becoming joined this can be start to cause concern for you. With laser you won’t be continuously worrying or self conscious about unwanted hair growth.
HOW MANY SESSIONS OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL IS NEEDED FOR THE FACE?
With any laser hair removal area 6-8 sessions are recommended. Top up session may be need for some taking total sessions to 11+.
Because the facial area is smaller then other areas it tends to react well to laser hair removal.
Good results can be experienced in 6 sessions by most. Your clinic will recommended how many sessions you need depending on a range of factors described above.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL AFTERCARE
24 – 48 hours
- Avoid intense exercising such as gym and fitness classes
- Avoid heat treatments such as hot baths, saunas, steam rooms and hot showers bikram yoga.
- Avoid intense exercising such as gym and fitness classes
- Swimming in chlorinated water is not advised.
- Do not use creams containing bleach or steroids.
- Avoid scented or perfumed products such as soaps, creams or colognes and perfumes.
- Do not touch, scratch or pick at your skin to avoid further irritation.
- Do not exfoliate or use a peel
- Wear a high factor SPF
- No shaving – even if you spot a stray hair !
Aftercare 14 days following Laser hair removal
- Limit UV exposure
- No self tanning
- Avoid waxing, plucking, threading as this will disrupt your hair cycle and effect results
- No depilation creams for same reason as above
- Avoid exposing your skin to harsh weather conditions.
For 6 weeks + preparation for next laser session
- Use a high factor sun protection SPF30+
- Limit sun exposure and do not use sunbeds.
- Keep skin moisturised in preparation for your next laser hair removal session
Laser hair removal aftercare does not require any complicated routines to follow for weeks after your appointments. This is because laser hair removal is a relatively simple process with little recovery time.
However, it is important that you take time to care for your skin after the procedure. Caring for your skin means it will remain healthy and moisturised.
ISSUES TO LOOK OUT FOR AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL
There are a number of side effects you should also look out for during the after period following your laser hair treatment. These are mostly minor and temporary in the hours, days and weeks after your laser hair removal session. If you do experience any lasting side effects you should contact your clinic and speak to your practitioner.
Redness, irritation and slight swelling
As mentioned this is the most common side effect that will need your attention and aftercare. They generally do not last long and your skin may look and feel like it has been plucked or waxed. You can request a numbing cream on your next laser session to help you manage the sensation if it was uncomfortable.
Irritation should go down within a few hours of your laser session.
Changes in pigmentation
You may also notice colour changes where you had laser. It may get slightly darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation) following laser hair removal.
These will tend to fade away over time with and the skin returning to normal.
You may experience your skin crusting over in the affected area. Although inconvenient it is a minor issue and you should not worry too much about this. To avoid scarring and scabbing take care of the area with a good quality moisturiser.
Changes in pigmentation
You may also notice colour changes where you had laser. It may get slightly darker (hyperpigmentation) if you have light skin or lighter (hypopigmentation) if you have dark skin following laser hair removal.
These will tend to fade away over time with and the skin returning to normal.
Like other hair removal methods, by damaging hair follicles this carries a risk of infection risk.
Treat the affected area as a wound while healing takes place and contact your GP or clinic who can advise you. Do not apply strong over-the-counter (OTC) antibiotic creams to large areas of your skin if an infection occurs.
Rare side effects
Laser hair removal is a safe, FDA approved treatment. Thousands of men and women undergo laser hair removal every year. With all cosmetic procedures risk are attached. Uncommon side effects after laser hair removal can include:
Burns and blisters
There is a risk of burns and blisters if laser hair removal is not done correctly. So always have your laser performed by an experienced practitioner in a reputable clinic.
With an experienced practitioner burns and blisters are extremely rare. A cooling Aloe Vera gel is applied after treatment and is an effective natural way to cool the skin. You can continue to use Aloe Vera gel as aftercare following your laser sessions.
If you do experience burning then contact your GP or clinic who can advise you further.
Scars may form if the correct aftercare is not followed. It is important to treat your skin like it is sunburnt to avoid damaging it further. Protecting it from sunlight, and checking for signs of infection and keeping it moisturised, are key.
To get the most out of your laser hair removal sessions and to maintain healthy skin it is important you look after you skin following every laser hair session. Following a good aftercare routine and regularly monitoring your skin will help you and your skin to keep looking at its best for longer.
DOES HOLLYWOOD LASER HAIR REMOVAL GET RID OF INGROWN HAIRS?
Having ingrown hair on the genital area is more common than any other parts of the body. Hollywood laser hair removal stops any possible ingrown hair.
This is due to thicker hair in the area, tighter clothing, and because the skin is much softer in this part of your body, it is easier for the hair to grow sideways in the skin after aggressive hair removal like shaving.
Shaving or plucking leaves you with thicker hair than before. And because most of the hair removal options often break the hair just below the skin surface, the hair can turn under the skin and pierce it.
Anyone who suffers from constant ingrown hairs can relate to them being uncomfortable and also sometimes very painful when infected. They are also quite hard to remove
As laser hair removal targets the hair roots and prevents the regrowth of hair under the skin, it quickly and significantly reduces the amount of ingrown hairs in the area. After the first 2-3 sessions of your treatment, you will see a significant difference as your hair will appear thinner and sparser.