It Takes Two to Tango – Preparing for Laser Hair Removal

preparing for laser

It’s no secret that unwanted facial and body hair is a source of distress for both men and women. In some cases, it’s more than just wanting to be silky smooth for the beach and more of a medical issue. Excessive hair growth is classified as either hypertrichosis or hirsutism.

– Hypertrichosis is the excessive growth of body hair in a normal or abnormal pattern. It may be genetic or due to medications, hormones, malnutrition, tumours, or metaboli problems.

– Hirsutism is excessive growth of hair in women, but in a male pattern – such as the beard, moustache or lower abdomen and may be due to hormonal problems, medications, tumours or heredity.

Whether your clients’ suffer from either of these symptoms or not, the daily hair-removal struggle is real…

So your clients have finally exhausted every possible method to achieve the smoothest, hair free skin. But no matter how many razors, wax strips and pairs of tweezers they’ve used, the temporary and varying degrees of success are just not hacking it. Enter, Laser Hair Removal.

Although we will happily sing the praises of Laser Hair Removal and its benefits, there are ways in which the customer can help to improve the end result. Advising your client to make the effort before their treatment will pay dividends afterwards with smoother, less irritated skin.

Make sure you take the client’s skin and hair type into account before creating a personalised treatment plan for them. To help you advise your customers, we’ve come up with a list of dos and don’ts to pass on:

Don’t:
1. Wax or Pluck.
In order for the laser to be successful, the root must be present in the follicle so avoid removing hair by the roots.

2. Burn or Fake Tan.
Your skin should be of its natural colour so avoid sun exposure, tanning, solariums and fake tans. Let your therapist know if you have had recent sunburn, a deep tan or if you have fake tan on your skin as this may affect your treatment.

3. Don’t stop.
Laser hair removal takes around 10 sessions to completely remove the hair. Most people notice a minimum of 15 per cent reduction after one treatment but some hairs will grow back. Stick with it!

Do:
1. Shave
Using a new razor and plenty of sensitive skin shaving foam, shave the area 24 hours before your appointment.

2. Go naked (not literally)
Your skin needs to be as au natural as possible in preparation for the treated area so skip the deodorant and moisturiser.

3. Talk to your therapist
Note down the names of any medication you’re taking as some can cause skin sensitivity or react to the laser. Talk to your therapist about your medical history to check you are safe to proceed with laser treatments.

By following these few simple steps, you can ensure the best results for your customer and from our top of the range, gold standard equipment. For more information on our range of equipment and service, call us today on (02) 9011 5509.

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