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Tuesday’s Tips: A Hair-Free Summer Is Just A Laser Away!

It’s nearly summer and if there is one poolside necessity, it’s smooth, hair-free legs, bikini line and underarm.  Yes, ladies… your winter hiatus from shaving, plucking, waxing is over — or is it?  Laser hair removal is arguably the single best option for ridding yourself from unwanted hair, for as close to forever as you can get, so put away those razors, tweezers and skin-scorching wax/strip combo and let’s take a look at the skinny on zapping away that unwanted hair laser-style.

1.  What is laser hair removal?  Laser hair removal is when a trained aesthetician uses a laser to target the hair follicle bulb underneath the surface of the skin.  The energy of the laser heats up the bulb, destroying it, which in turn prevents the hair to regrow.

2.  What makes a good candidate for laser hair removal?  The best candidates for laser hair removal are ladies with dark, coarse hair and fair skin, although darker skin types can also benefit with the use of different lasers that avoid causing discoloration of the skin.  Sadly, those ladies with very light, fine hair aren’t going to see the hair-free results that the rest of us are raving about.  Sorry.

3.  How do I prepare for my laser hair removal session?  Avoid waxing or plucking your hair for 4 to 6 weeks prior to your laser treatment.  (Shaving is fine.)

4.  What should I expect during the session?  You can expect a little discomfort, the laser feels like you’re being snapped with a rubber band.  But you know what’s even more uncomfortable?  Rocking the your beachy bikini looking… um… less-than-hair-free.  You may also see pink, hive-like bumps around the hair follicles immediately after your treatment.  These will dissipate, usually within the day, and mild steroid creams can also be used to help calm any irritation.
5.  How much does laser hair removal cost?  Cost typically depends on where you live, who you have performing the treatment, and the size of the area being treated. For example your underarm area will probably average between $150 – $300 per treatment, with an average of 5-7 treatments being necessitated to completely be rid of the unwanted hair.  So, no.  Laser hair removal is not cheap.  But it is a more permanent way to prepare for your poolside close-up.  Keep your eyes peeled for Groupon-ish coupons too, as they’re generally offered up this time of year.

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