1. Do not wax or pluck before your treatments. The purpose of the laser is to target pigment, or melanin, so if you remove hairs from the root there will be no pigment to target. In the weeks before your first treatment, you should SHAVE the area that will undergo treatment. If you don’t feel comfortable with shaving (your upper lip and chin for example), you can always invest in small scissors and TRIM the area every couple of days.

2. Laser Hair Removal cannot be performed on skin that has a tan. Remember, the laser targets the brown pigment melanin, and melanin is also responsible for the darkening of your skin when your skin is exposed to UV rays. Targeting the melanin in your tan could lead to blotchy, uneven-looking skin. The sun also makes your skin more sensitive to laser hair removal, leading to a higher chance of burns and blisters. So no tanning prior to and 6 weeks following laser hair removal treatments.

3. On the day of your treatment, it is important to shave or trim as close to the surface of the skin as possible. This will ensure that the energy from the laser is concentrated in the smallest length of hair as possible, making the treatment outcome better. If the hair is long, the energy will be dispersed along the full length of the hair shaft, making it less effective and leading to more chances of burning the skin surface.

4. Laser hair removal does not work on hair that is white, gray or blonde as these types of hair do not contain brown melanin (also called eumelanin). Moreover, laser will not work on red hairs because the pigment associated with redheads is not brown, it’s reddish (also called pheomelanin). Individuals with those hair colors MAY see some results with laser treatments, but it will not be as effective so we usually don’t recommend it. Electrolysis would be a better permanent solution for them.

5. Be consistent with your treatment schedule. Facial hairs should be treated every 4-6 weeks, and body hairs every 6-8 weeks for best results. If you skip a treatment or if the length of time is longer in-between treatments, you will not see optimal results.