When you’re having laser hair removal, the most important preparation you can do is to check out who’s doing the job. Is it a nail salon that dabbles in laser hair removal? Is it a spa where the technicians are actually masseuses and not full-time laser technicians? Is the technology old and outdated?
When you do your research, there’s no comparison to Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal. From our 12, count ‘em, 12 lasers specifically for hair removal; to our specialization in only laser hair removal; to our expert staff and comfortable offices — nobody in the city does laser hair removal like we do. That’s why we have such a loyal clientele and such great reviews on the health websites and on this site.
OK, so you have your appointment to get rid of that hair you’ve been shaving and waxing forever! What else do you need to do to get ready?
Here are the things you need to do to make your laser hair removal as successful as possible:
- Stay out of the sun — Lasers target the melanin in your hair shafts. Melanin gives your hair its color. It also gives your skin its color, and it causes the skin to darken when it receive UV radiation. For the lasers to most efficiently target your unwanted hair, the wavelength we set should differ dramatically from your skin color. So, stay out of the sun for six weeks prior to your session, and allow there to be a contrast between the color of your hair and the color of your skin.
- No bronzers — Don’t use any sunless skin bronzers. Remember you want your skin as light as possible.
- Don’t pluck or wax — The hair follicle needs to be happy and unsuspecting it is about to be damaged with laser energy. So, don’t do your normal hair removal stuff: no plucking, waxing, or electrolysis for at least one month prior to your session.
- Don’t take blood thinners — Avoid any medications that can thin your blood. These are anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and certain supplements.
- Shave the day before — Shaving only removes the hair shaft above the skin; it doesn’t bother the hair follicle. Removing the hair above the skin removes the hair that can potentially lightly burn the skin when the laser energy converts to heat energy in the hair shaft. We want the energy down into the hair follicle.
That’s it. The main thing is to allow there to be a contrast between your skin color and your hair color, if possible, so no tanning. If you have darker skin, we have different lasers that other practices do not, so we can still remove your hair. Even if you have darker skin tones, try and limit any sun exposure.