Laser hair removal and its types
The summer season is approaching and like every year, we wonder if the time has come to try permanent hair removal and get rid of the hair that bothers us so much to look perfect all year long.
We tell you about the different types of hair removal that exist today, their pros and cons, so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
What is permanent hair removal?
First of all, you have to know that, today, this is the most effective method to eliminate body hair continuously.
The so-called “Laser hair removal Manhasset”, aims to remove hair from the root, from the hair follicle, making it stop growing or be very weak, in the areas that it is applied.
How many types of laser hair removal are there?
Currently, there are two permanent hair removal methods, Laser (Diode, Alexandrite and Soprano) and IPL or Pulsed Light hair removal.
We will start with the laser method and its three types:
Diode Laser: This type of laser burns hair by hair, in the area that you want to depilate and is more effective. But that also means that it is a bit more painful.
How many sessions will it take? Well, it will depend on how your skin type is, but for example this laser is more effective with dark skin. More or less with about 9 sessions you will have already eliminated 90% of your hair.
Alexandrite laser: Like the diode, it is a laser that consists of a pulsed light that goes hair by hair. It uses the melanin in our hair, which absorbs light and this burns to the root, in turn burning the hair bulb so that it does not grow back. If your skin is fair and your hair is dark, this is undoubtedly your best option. In fact, the less tanned your skin is, the more effective this type of hair removal will be.
Soprano laser: The difference of this type of hair removal, with respect to the other two, is that with the Soprano a pass is made over the area to be waxed and repetitive shots of light are released to burn the hairs. That is, it does not go hair by hair, but covers a specific area. This makes it somewhat less effective than the others, so you will need more sessions. But it has an added advantage, and that is that it is one of the most painless! And you can also use it on brown or tanned skin. So if your pain threshold is too low, this is definitely your laser.
Pulsed Light (IPL): Provides a more permanent result. It is the perfect option for all types of hair: brown, blonde or even white. The only drawback that it may have is that, unlike with other types of laser, it is less intense for each session. That is, you will need more sessions to achieve a more definitive result.
This system emits a spectrum that presents various wavelengths, being more practical to be able to do at home. However, it is very important that you choose the right epilator for your skin and hair type, and even for the area you are going to wax.
You must bear in mind that the use of the pulsed light epilator should be more intense during the months in which there is no sun exposure, since the skin should be as less tanned as possible.
So what is the best hair removal system for me?
To choose the best and most complete laser hair removal for you, you have to take into account a number of factors.
First, the color of your hair: it is not the same if your hair is very dark or if you have it blonde or even white.
Also the area that you are going to wax: there are areas that are usually more sensitive than others. And if you see that it is going to hurt a lot, you can always choose a softer type of laser, such as the Soprano.
And the color of your skin: if you want to do as few sessions as possible and be able to show off smooth skin next summer.
If the session has been effective, the time that will pass between one and the other, without hair, will be longer. Depending on the type of laser, it can be between 5 or 6 weeks.
We explain all this to you below. So you will have no doubts!
Which one is more suitable according to my hair and skin type?
Dark hair and medium to dark skin tone: Medium wavelength, medium pulse laser diode . Your ideal laser would be, Diode Laser.
Dark hair and light skin: Alexandrite or Soprano If the hair is thick, both the diode laser and the long-pulse Alexandrite can be applied. If, on the other hand, it is fine, it is more difficult to remove, even if it is dark, therefore, here it is better to use short-pulse Alexandrite. When dealing with fair skin, they should try not to tan significantly, while the sessions are being carried out. Also here the Soprano laser works, which is also more painless, although, on the contrary, you will need more sessions.
Blond hair and fair skin: This hair has little color. In general, for this type of hair, it is better to use the Alexandrite laser.
Red hair: In this case, we are sorry to tell you that it does not usually respond well to any of the lasers.
Gray hair: This hair loses its color and the concentration of brown melanin, so you have to try to eliminate it as soon as possible. In this case, they will always carry out a test to see if the laser is still capable of capturing the hair.
White hair: Hair has already lost all its pigmentation, therefore, the laser has no way to act, although sometimes IPL hair removal works. In these cases, only other methods of hair removal, either cutting or extraction, fit.
Should I take into account some tips before waxing?
Yes, it is important to follow some guidelines, since we must take care of and protect our skin as much as possible. Here are some of the basic tips that you should keep in mind when you are going to have a session:
You must not have sunbathed before waxing. The skin should not be freshly tanned. If your skin is fair, it will be enough if a month has passed since sun exposure, but if your skin is dark, it is better to let at least two months pass. Keep this in mind before planning your laser session.
Do not wax at the root before the session. The effectiveness of the laser depends, to a large extent, on the hair you have at the time. Let’s say you are the “driver”. So we need it to absorb the laser light.
It is important to shave between sessions. When the hair begins to come out, if the next session has not yet touched us, it is recommended that we shave the area, either with cutting machines or with depilatory cream. Never with root methods. Shaving between sessions is interesting. This makes us stimulate the hair so that it becomes more active when the next session touches us. It is recommended to do it between 7 and 15 days before the session.