Ever wonder how things work? Maybe you’ve wondered what powers a hair removal laser?
London residents often wonder the same thing, especially if they’re considering laser hair removal services. In order to understand how laser hair removal works, it is important to first understand how hair growth works.
A Closer Look at How Your Hair Grows
There are three different phases of hair growth: anagen, catagen and telogen. While it may seem like your hair simply grows longer, the different stages are important to know if you’re thinking about undergoing laser hair removal as the stage of the hair growth determines the overall success of the procedure.
Anagen is the growing phase where the bulb of the hair is fully intact.
During this phase the hair will grow a variety of directions – up and down.
At this point the bulb is the closest to the skin’s surface, and this is also when the hair has the most pigment in it. For those seeking laser hair removal, it’s the single best time to have it done.
The phase between anagen and telogen is catagen.
This phase is fairly brief.
It occurs when the lowest part of the hair is no longer growing, but doesn’t fall out either. The body actually absorbs the lowest portion of the hair follicle at this point.
The resting phase is called telogen.
During this phase, the bulb of the hair follicle is no longer there, as it has been absorbed by the body, and now the hair will fall out.
Once that happens, the follicle becomes inactive for up to three months, then reenters the anagen phase once more.
Laser treatment is the most effective for clients when the hair is in the growth phase, also known as the anagen phase.
When hair grows after treatment has occurred it is because the hair that was treated was likely not in the anagen phase, but, rather, was likely in the telogen phase.
How It Works
So how, exactly, does laser hair removal work? A concentrated beam of light is fired at the hair that you are trying to remove. The pigment absorbs the light, damaging the hair follicle.
It damages it enough that the growth is then retarded, which means that you won’t have to deal with hair growth for a fairly long amount of time. It can take a number of sessions for the removal to work completely.
Depending on the person, the treated hair follicle may stop growing hair for several months or even for a few years. Then the process may need to be repeated again for the same results.
Making the Choice
Is laser hair removal something you should consider?
It honestly depends on your situation. If you’re sick of shaving and you don’t like the pain associated with waxing, laser hair removal may be the perfect solution for you.
It can mean a permanent solution to fighting with hair removal, and often, it takes just four treatments to reach maximum effectiveness, which means you could be enjoying smooth, beautiful skin by the time you leave for your summer holiday this year.