March 14, 2022

Why Laser Hair Removal Is Worth It

Laser hair removal is a God-send to anyone with unwanted hair. And that’s just about everyone, honestly. I mean, who doesn’t have a patch of hair that drives them nuts? 


Chin hairs that grow faster than you can pluck them, anyone? 


Or how about keeping up with your bikini area? Yep, we’ve been there and done that!


Unwanted hair plagues us all!


That’s why we tell everyone about laser hair removal. 


Yes, you can keep shaving or get a wax, but those options come with a price. 


Shaving, for example, comes with a high risk of getting ingrown hairs, razor burn, itchy skin, and red bumps. And some people even develop a super painful condition called folliculitis from their ingrown hair.


You may be tempted to switch to waxing, hoping that you can avoid some of those side effects. We don’t take pleasure in being the bearers of bad news, but we want you to know the truth (if you haven’t experienced it for yourself already). Unfortunately, you still have the risk of irritation with waxing as you do with shaving. 


And you have to grow out the hair between your waxing sessions! So, you’re back with the problem you’re trying to avoid: visible hair.


We think there’s a better way. Living with pesky hair is not an option (if that is for you, no judgment here. You do you!), so we favor laser hair removal.


We love laser hair removal for many reasons which we’ll get into further. Still, you won’t understand just how amazing it is without knowing how it works.


How Laser Hair Removal Works

When you shave, you’re cutting the hair off at the skin. With waxing, you’re pulling the hair out by the root. 


Both of these options temporarily get rid of the hair, so you’re happy for a moment. 


But don’t get too excited, because as we all know, the hair is back just like your ex boyfriend in your DMs in a matter of days (if you shaved) or weeks (if you waxed). 


Laser hair removal works in an entirely different way. Instead of focusing on immediate but fleeting results the way shaving and waxing do, the goal with laser hair removal is long-term results. This is because laser hair removal destroys the hair follicle by targeting each strand’s pigment (the color within the strand). 


When the laser hair removal device is passed over the treatment area, the laser picks out the hair follicle by its pigment. Then, it emits brief overlapping pulses of light that destroy the hair follicle so it can’t grow back.


How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

When the hair is gone, it is gone for good! Laser hair removal results are permanent because the laser completely destroys the hair follicle. 


And you’ll start enjoying the perks of treatments quickly! First, you’ll notice the hair comes in finer after your first session, so hair will already be less noticeable. Then, you’ll start seeing a visible reduction in hair as soon as after your second session.


Permanent results are a win in our book! 


Laser hair removal means not having to plan your life and activities around your grooming routine. You don’t have to skip the pool because you didn’t get a chance to shave. No more wearing jeans in sweltering temps because your legs are hairy. 


Laser hair removal gives us freedom, and that’s the first point in its favor.


Let’s not forget how much money you’ll have to spend over your lifetime for waxing appointments. 


You might be tempted to think, “it’s not too bad.” But have you done the math? 


After all, you have to get waxed every 4 to 6 weeks for the rest of your life. Typically, a Brazilian wax costs $90. We crunched the numbers, and that comes to $780 a year for that one area alone. 


The price of long-term waxing far outweighs the cost of laser hair removal.


Laser Hair Removal Prevents Ingrown Hairs

It may look like hair starts at the skin, but in fact, the hair’s “root” is below the surface of the skin. 


So when you’re shaving, you’re severing the hair mid-shaft and leaving it with a sharp edge. As the hair grows back, it doesn’t always grow straight; it can bend back towards the skin. And because the tip has been severed into a sharp edge, it can penetrate the skin and begin growing inward—these are ingrown hairs. 


Ingrown hairs hurt, they can be red, they create noticeable bumps, and they can get inflamed.


Basically, they’re the worst. 


If you think you can dodge ingrown hairs with waxing, you should know that you can still get them with this method. When you wax unwanted hair, it grows back finer, which is a plus…


…until it can’t poke through the skin. 


This is when you get ingrown hairs that continue developing below the surface of the skin.


With laser hair removal, you don’t have to worry about hair getting trapped under the skin or growing inward because you won’t have hair growing


Anyone that’s suffered from the itchy, red bumps of ingrown hairs would agree with us that this is another (major) reason to get laser hair removal. 


Laser Hair Removal Treats Folliculitis

Anyone unlucky enough to have ever had folliculitis can attest to how frustrating it can be. Maybe you’ve experienced itchy, red sores in areas you shave and didn’t even know that you had the skin condition.


So, what is folliculitis? 


It’s a common skin condition that can develop after shaving or waxing. In essence, folliculitis develops when ingrown hairs become inflamed. It first appears as small red bumps or white-headed pimples but can turn into crusty sores over time. The bumps can occur in clusters and cause tender skin that feels like it is burning. 


And just because the redness has subsided doesn’t mean folliculitis is through with you; it can leave dark raised scars in its wake.


Not only does the irritation leave you itchy and sore, it’s also embarrassing (it’s hard to enjoy yourself at the beach when your bikini area is red and tender). 


The good news is, laser hair removal means no more folliculitis! The only way to ensure your summer plans don’t get tripped up by folliculitis is to get rid of ingrown hairs, and we already know how effective laser hair removal is for that. 


Can Laser Hair Removal Get Rid of Strawberry Legs?

If the sight of little dark spots across your legs is driving you crazy, you’re not alone. There’s a reason why “cures” and skincare routines for them abound on the internet today—so many people deal with them. 


The little dark spots resembling strawberry seeds can appear in more than just your legs. In fact, they can be found anywhere there are hair follicles. That’s because the hyperpigmentation often develops from ingrown hairs and folliculitis. 


So if we treat ingrown hairs and folliculitis with laser hair removal, you can stop worrying about strawberry legs!


Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?

If you shave or wax regularly, chances are that you suffer from at least one of the unpleasant conditions we’ve dived into above. There’s even a good chance that you deal with all of them. 


We think that laser hair removal is amazing for the “no more hair” reason alone. But being able to say goodbye to ingrown hairs, folliculitis, and strawberry legs as well? That’s just the cherry on top! With so many good benefits, laser hair removal is worth it in our book! 




Keeping up with shaving feels never-ending. 


So put an end to shaving instead. 


Call us at (916) 941-9400 to schedule a laser hair removal consultation. 

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