Don’t Pluck Another Hair: How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

If you're tired of shaving regularly, and razor burn is downright uncomfortable, it's time to schedule an appointment for laser hair removal. Shaving, tweezing, and waxing will eliminate hair for short periods, but you still need to repeat the procedure week after week. Not only that, but shaving can make the hair grow back even thicker. To get rid of the hair (down to the root), consider laser hair removal. Here are some steps that will help you prepare for your hair removal session. 

Prepare the Follicles for Laser Removal 

If you've been removing hair by either tweezing or waxing, you'll need to stop those methods right away. Tweezing and waxing slow down the hair growth process by removing the follicle. However, you need the follicle to be in place for your laser hair removal appointment. Laser removal works by completely removing the hair—follicle and all. To make sure you have an effective hair removal session, avoid waxing or tweezing for at least a week before your appointment. 

Shave Before Your Appointment

If you've been letting the hair grow since you stopped waxing and tweezing, your follicles will be ready for treatment. However, because the hair is longer, you might experience some increased discomfort during the treatment. Not only that, but the follicle will be difficult to see, which will interfere with proper treatment. To avoid those problems, be sure to shave before your appointment. Shaving will remove the hair, without damaging the follicle. 

Understand How to Reduce Redness and Swelling

If you're scheduled for laser hair removal treatment, you can expect to experience some redness and discomfort following the procedure. To help reduce the discomfort be prepared before your appointment. To do that, you'll want to have a generous supply of aloe vera gel on hand. Once you get home, you can apply the aloe vera gel to the affected area to reduce redness and inflammation. 

Keep Up-to-Date on Your Hair Growth Cycles 

If you're ready to take the laser approach to hair removal, you'll want to stay on top of your appointments. Effective laser hair removal relies on specific hair growth cycles. You might not know this, but your hair grows according to a natural cycle. To prevent regrowth, laser treatment needs to occur during the growth cycle. If you miss an appointment, you might need to wait for the next growth cycle to schedule another session. For maximum effectiveness, try to avoid missed appointments.