Many of us are searching through our closet or drawers for our sundress or bikini, now that summer is here.
However, many women associate summer with more extreme efforts to remove that unwanted hair. It can become incredibly tedious, with expensive and time-consuming trips to the salon, or buy one of those razors that supposedly will do a wonderful job, as many of us know only too well.
If waxing is just too painful and troublesome, you may be interested in one of the at home laser hair removal kits that some companies have introduced. One of the big appeals of these kits is that they guarantee you won’t have to keep doing this every year as the results will be permanent.
It can be difficult to figure out if these at home laser hair treatment products work as promised, and if so which is the best one for your money. It’s too soon to be sure if many of these products do give permanent results as the products are also new and haven’t been tested fully. It sounds too good to be true that if you buy one of these kits, you can permanently remove all your unwanted hair once and for all by sitting in front of the TV. And reading all the reviews and opinions from the beauty bloggers out there makes it all the more confusing.
How Do At-Home Laser Hair Removal Devices Work?
Of course, the lasers in at home laser hair treatment kits aren’t as strong as those used by a professional, but they work in essentially the same way, by targeting and killing hair follicles. Most of these devices work by having you hold it in place for a few seconds until it indicates that a particular area has been treated, usually by flashing, beeping or shutting off. You then have to repeat the procedure on another area of your body after moving the device over a few centimeters.
The size of the area that you want to treat will give you some clue as to how long it may take you to do this at home; laser hair removal on your leg may take a while, as you can imagine. Treatments will need to be carried out weekly, or every other week and 10 to 15 minutes a session seems to be the time you will need to spend, according to the manufacturers.
To ensure you don’t mess up your treatment or hurt your skin, safety features are built into some of the more expensive laser hair removal products. Some devices, if they detect a darker skin tone, won’t put out a laser pulse.
Hyperpigmentation and discoloration of the skin can result from darker skin pigment being treated by a hair removal device. Because the technology in these at home devices isn’t advanced enough, they incorporate these safety features to protect customers. Different levels of intensity for those who are more pain sensitive, and a sensor indicating if the device is being held the right way are other common safety features in at home laser hair treatment devices.
Do They Work?
Whereas a laser clinic can confidently offer a hair removal amount of 100 percent, most of these at home devices will only remove between 60 and 75 percent of your unwanted hair, according to users. Stray hairs will appear occasionally, claim some beauty bloggers, meaning that the occasional touch-up session may be required. However, there isn’t any harm in trying one of these devices yourself, as they haven’t been known to cause injuries or damage the skin.
What’s Different From Having Hair Removal At a Laser Clinic?
A monochromatic beam using light rays of just one wavelength will typically be used as a professional laser clinic, whereas the devices used at home use IPL. This means they use a combination of low-range infrared radiation wavelengths and a polychromatic beam that uses the full spectrum. And of course, you have the help, support, and expertise of a trained medical professional if you go to a laser clinic to have your hair removed; at home, you don’t get that same support.
In addition to the skill and experience of your provider, the factors are the treatment protocol, the wavelength and the type of laser. You have the advantage of being given a treatment plan that has been personalized for you if you go to a professional clinic, while at home the devices assume everyone is the same. People shouldn’t be receiving the same laser treatments, as of course, no two people are exactly alike.
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
It is safe to say that you probably won’t remove 100 percent of your unwanted hair by using an at-home laser hair removal device. Most of us just aren’t trained in how our bodies will react to the laser and don’t know anything about our hair growth cycle. However, now that you have a few more facts at your disposal, you should be in a better position to make an informed decision as to whether at home laser hair treatment is right for you.
To get permanent results, the wavelength has to be adjusted based on the skin type, skin color and type and thickness of the hair. However, these at home devices don’t allow that adjustment to be made or customized. So consider what sort of results you might realistically see, before buying one.
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