It's exhausting just thinking of all of the ways women try to get rid of hair. So, when scientists introduced laser hair removal to the beauty industry, Hollywood stars were among the first to adopt the practice. Celebs such as Chrissy Teigen and Khloe Kardashian rallied behind hairlessness, and thus contributed to the rise in demand of laser tools.
Now, thanks to discount sites like Groupon, prices are much more manageable. Even mere mortals like us can book appointments at celeb hot spots like SEV Aesthetics, where stars like Karreuche, Vanessa Hudgens and Kylie Jenner often frequent, for just $10 to $150.
Not quite. Discontinuing hair growth is an intricate science that includes skin tone, hair color and hair texture. Those variables determine the type of laser that is best for a patient's skin. The wrong laser could leave you burned, with darker spots and more hair. Not cute.
Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals—and read this before you make your next hair removal appointment.
Find the Right Laser for You Skin Tone: Generally, lasers detect the contrast between skin and hair, making it most effective for women with lighter skin tones and darker hair (à la the Kardashians). The high-intensity light searches for melanin. Women with lighter complexions, or low levels of melanin, can use the laser without their skin being negatively affected.
"Our laser machine has two lasers: a Nd:YAG and an alexandrite," said SEV Aesthetics owner Sevana Petrosian. "The Nd:YAG doesn't see color [in the skin]; it only burns the root of the hair. It allows us to service clients from all ethnicities." You may want to avoid lasers called diode and IPL. "I'd stay away from those," she added.
You Can't Laser All Hair: You can laser hair anywhere on the body, but its effectiveness is dependent on hair color and texture. The infrared light is attracted to melanin, so it will miss hair that is lighter. Blonde and "peach fuzz" may require more treatments without the promise of eradication. It is better to use the hair removal tool on areas with hair is thicker and darker, such as your underarms or bikini line.