Laser hair removal is an efficient method that can permanently reduce hairs but understanding how it works, and knowing what the entire process entails is a must in order to have a good experience and see satisfactory results. Being aware of the do’s and don’ts of laser hair removal is also absolutely essential. While the method is constantly changing for the better, plucking the hair after a laser hair removal session remains a no-no and for good reason.
The reason why hair should not be plucked right after a session is because it will disturb the hair growth cycle. No matter how tempting it might be to pull the hairs out, they must be left intact. The fact that hairs are still there after the treatment doesn’t mean that it didn’t work; this is simply the case with any laser treatment regardless of results. Unlike other removal methods, the laser device does not extract hairs by the root, but damages them to the point where they are no longer viable. Hair that is dead will be pushed out by the skin and shed, while hair that did not get damaged enough will be targeted in the next session.
While leaving hairs untouched after a laser session can be an inconvenience to some, it is important not to remove them in any way. Removing hairs by extracting them will make laser hair removal treatments much less efficient. The main reason why hairs should not be plucked before a session is because if there is no hair in place it can’t be treated. Laser hair removal depends on the hair being in the root so that the hair can absorb the energy, and the heat from the laser device can destroy it. Another reason there should be minimal interaction with the skin is because the skin will most likely be red and sensitive after the treatment. Avoiding activities that can further irritate the skin will help in the healing process.
Many laser removal practitioners will allow shaving as it does not extract hairs but only removes the top part, but this is at their discretion. Some practitioners like to see how the hair grows before they may or may not shave it off themselves. The best way to get a definite answer is to ask the person who will be performing the treatment. It is important to find out what their opinion is. Once all the planned laser hair removal treatment sessions are completed, other hair removal methods that extract the hair by the root, which includes plucking and waxing, can be used if needed. However, if laser hair removal needs to be resumed for any reason, these methods should be avoided again starting two weeks prior to the scheduled session.