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Is stubble OK for laser hair removal?

Is it that time when you are thinking about trying to get laser hair removal, but you are not sure how it works? This article was written specifically for you to help and inform you about the way laser hair removal works, and more specific to answer your question: “Can I come in for my laser hair removal appointment with stubble?

The answer is no. That bit of leftover hair growth is actually a hindrance to a safe laser hair removal treatment and here’s why:

  • Targeting Trouble: Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicle. When there’s visible hair (stubble), the laser beam focuses on destroying that hair instead of reaching the follicle itself. This reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Burning Bright (Not in a Good Way): Stubble acts like a tiny conductor, absorbing the laser’s energy and potentially causing burns or irritation to the surrounding skin. Ouch!
  • Painful Pursuit: Let’s be honest, laser hair removal isn’t a walk in the park (comfort levels vary, of course). Having stubble can make the treatment more uncomfortable, especially on sensitive areas.

So, What Should You Do Instead?

Here’s the golden rule: shave the treatment area within 24 hours of your appointment. This ensures the laser beam reaches the hair follicle directly, maximizing results and minimizing discomfort.

  • Bonus Tip: Avoid waxing or plucking for at least 4-6 weeks before your session. These methods remove the hair from the root, making it invisible to the laser.
  • Think of it this way: You wouldn’t expect the best shave with a dull razor, right? Similarly, a clean slate with no stubble allows the laser to work its magic most effectively.

Are you still thinking about it?

That’s totally ok. During your first consultation, your technician will explain everything you need to know about the pre-treatment prep steps, including shaving. They will answer all your questions you might have about the process. They can also tell you if there’s a better hair removal method like electrolysis hair removal for example. Electrolysis works differently than laser hair removal and it is a permanent hair removal method.

To get good results from laser hair removal, you have to prepare for your appointment. You should follow all the pre-laser hair removal instructions as we as the aftercare instructions from your technician. The guidelines from this article will help you get the results you desire and will help you get a safe and comfortable treatment.

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