Getting your legs out in the middle of winter isn’t exactly what most of us want to do, so you might not be thinking about laser hair removal when you’re spending most of the time indoors, wrapped up under a blanket on the sofa.
This is exactly the time when you should be thinking about when to start laser hair removal.
Yes, we know it sounds a little crazy but hear us out.
When to start Laser Hair Removal
The best time of the year for laser hair removal is – wait for it – the winter. That’s because for laser hair removal to work best you’ll need to have multiple sessions that are staggered six to ten weeks apart.
If you start now when it’s freezing cold outside and your legs haven’t seen a razor in months, by the time the summer’s here and you’re ready to flash some flesh you’ll be gloriously fuzz free. Which gives you more time to focus on the important stuff – like sunbathing, chilling at the bar, and taking a dip in the pool.
When should I get Laser Hair Removal?
Ok. Let's do a little maths.
If, let’s say, you need four laser hair removal treatments and you’ve just booked your dream summer holiday to Ibiza for the second week in August, here’s a breakdown of when you should be getting your treatments scheduled in for (hey, if you start earlier you might be able to squeeze five sessions and see even better results).
- Session 1 – Second week of February
- Session 2 – Last week of March
- Session 3 – Second week of May
- Session 4 – Last week of July
Wondering ‘when can I go into the sun after laser hair removal’? - Don’t worry, we’ve factored that in too in our plan above. You must leave a period of two weeks between laser hair treatment and exposure to the sun.
That’s due to the fact that your skin needs this two-week cooling off period in order to make sure it heals properly and any possible pigmentation issues are kept to a minimum.
Once your two weeks are up you can slather on the SPF and get out there to soak up some of that Vitamin D good stuff.
When should I do Laser Hair Removal?
Our hair goes through three phases – active growth, resting, and shedding. That might sound simple enough, but there’s an annoying bit – while one hair might be in the resting phase, another could be growing or shedding.
Because of this, it’s vital for laser hair removal treatments to be spread out between six to 10 weeks so that the hairs can be targeted at multiple times. If a hair isn’t growing during one hair removal session, the laser won’t be able to target it.
However, zap it a few weeks later when it’s growing and it will take the hit. Once you’ve had your course of treatments, your hair will have been targeted multiple times so it will be ‘bye bye hair’ and hello silky smooth skin.
How to Prep for Laser Hair Removal
Another great reason why winter is the ideal time to start laser hair removal is because most of us haven’t been worrying about keeping up with at-home hair removal during the colder months.
Before you start laser hair removal you need to avoid plucking or waxing the area you want treated for six weeks prior to treatment. You also need to make sure you don’t bleach your hair as the laser needs the hair’s pigment to work.
Successful laser hair removal relies on the root of the hair being intact as without this, the laser won’t be able to penetrate down into the hair follicle and kill it off at its base.
At Este, we’ll make sure you’re aware of all the prep you need to do in order to maximise the results of your laser hair removal treatment.
When should I stop Laser Hair Removal?
Knowing when to stop laser hair removal treatment is personal and specific to you.
There’s no generic, one-size-fits-all answer to this. That’s because hair varies in -
- Growth rate
There’s also an element of personal choice as to when you might want to stop laser hair removal treatments.
While one client may dream of legs that are entirely hair free, someone else may be happy just to stem the growth over a number of months, or at least tackle the hairs that are dark and coarse and not be so concerned about any peach fuzz hairs.
After your initial course of treatments, you may need top-ups to maintain the results you want.
If you want to get yourself ready for the summer, do it now while there’s still time. Just think how smug you’ll feel when you’re whipping on your bikini without having to worry about any stray hairs.
Get in touch with Este today to start your laser hair removal journey.