The tales and stories surrounding laser hair removal are enough to fill an entire set of encyclopedias. Like virtually every other business vertical, the laser hair removal industry is awash in myths and secondhand stories. To separate the fact from the fiction, we’ve compiled a list of the top four laser hair removal myths debunked.
Myth: Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work On Those With Dark Skin
Fact: It is true that at one point in time, laser hair removal only worked on those with light-coloured skin. This is because the laser energy targets pigmentation which makes it difficult to hone in on hair follicles growing in darker skin. However, laser hair removal technology has advanced to the point where using different laser wavelengths for different colours of skin is possible. If you have darker skin, make sure that your practitioner is well-versed in using the appropriate laser wavelength.
Myth: Laser Hair Removal Hurts
Fact: Again, there was a time early on in the field of laser hair removal when the process was, well, let’s say, less than comfortable. However, with time the technology has vastly improved to the point where laser hair removal SHOULDN’T hurt! If you’re feeling discomfort during a session, make sure to voice your concerns to your practitioner who can make the necessary adjustments to reduce the discomfort.
Myth: Laser Hair Removal Is Only For Women
Fact: It’s a world of equality we live in and many men undergo laser hair removal as well. Men who have unwanted hair on their back, neck, chest and elsewhere have all benefited from laser hair removal. The fact that laser hair removal works better on thick, coarse hair actually makes many men ideal candidates for the procedure.
Myth: You’ll See Instant Results
Fact: As opposed to waxing where hair is pulled from the skin, laser hair removal is a much slower process that acts beneath the skin. Laser hair removal targets the root or follicle of the hair. This means that existing hair doesn’t fall out immediately, but that future growth is inhibited. Over time and multiple sessions, you’ll notice the amount of body hair you have is vastly reduced.