7 Things to know before opting for permanent hair removal

Tired of waxing regularly, more and more women are opting for permanent hair removal. Risks, price: we tell you everything about this technology!

If some women have decided to let their hair grow, others can no longer see it in paint! Tired of depilatory creams, waxes and electric depilators, more and more women are opting for more permanent formulas. If, at first glance, permanent hair removal may seem terrifying, the idea of being rid of hair ad vitam eternam is convincing. Right here are 7 stuff you need to recognize earlier than taking the plunge!

1- HOW DOES IT WORK?
Let’s start by contradicting the biggest cliché about lasers: permanent hair removal does not destroy hair, but it does attack the pigments contained in our hair, melanin. The laser is an invisible beam of light that passes through the skin without damaging it. The target of the laser is not the hair bulb, but the pigment that gives it its brown color. The pigment captures the energy of the laser, which is converted into heat. When the heat is high enough, the hair root is destroyed. Darker hairs will therefore be easily destroyed, unlike unpigmented hairs.

2- IS IT REALLY PERMANENT?
Be careful with the term “permanent”. This type of hair removal works after several sessions and leaves some light hairs behind. Thus, some unpigmented hairs will resist this method; they will gradually become active and give rise to new hairs. The hair removal will last for a few weeks, before the first regrowth appears. A new laser session will then be necessary. This will be followed by a depilation phase, and then a new growth, less important than the previous one. In fact, little by little, the regrowth will be more and more discreet.

3- HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?
To get rid of hair on the legs, bikini line or underarms for good, you will need to wait between 5 and 8 sessions. For the face, the delay will be longer since the hair is finer, so you should expect about ten sessions. Dermatologists advise you to wait between 6 and 8 weeks between two waxings. The first 3 sessions are generally done at 1 month intervals. After that, it is advisable to wait at least 2 months.

4- IS THIS TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE?
The effectiveness of hair elimination relies upon at the type of skin and the coloration of the hair. This technology is more effective on light skin and dark hair. For more sensitive skin, be aware of possible redness and tingling. Ask your dermatologist beforehand.

5- WHEN SHOULD YOU START?
Fall and winter are the best seasons to opt for permanent hair removal because these areas cannot be exposed to the sun either before or after the session.

6- DOES IT HURT?
We are now not going to mislead you, it is no picnic! Some hairs will be painless, for others you will feel the effect of a rubber band snapping on your skin. Fortunately, the session is quite short so you only need to bite on your chew for a few minutes (10 minutes for small areas and 30 minutes for full legs)!

7- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Prices vary depending on the institute and the area to be waxed! You can expect to pay 75-150€/session for the bikini area, 50 to 100€ for the underarms and 125 to 300€/session for the legs. An investment, but one that can change your life!

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