Unwanted hair demands constant vigilance. You shave, pluck, tweeze, wax, and apply napalm-like defoliants in an unending effort to get rid of the pesky stuff. And then, two or three weeks later, it’s right back again. It’s enough to make you think you’re playing Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day!
But you could give that unwanted hair the sci-fi treatment and zap it with our lasers at Spa Vitoria. Then you could leave the wax to your candles, not your underarms!
How do lasers kill hair?
Our aestheticians don’t resort to wielding a blaster when they’re zapping your hair. They simply use our Prowave laser. Once the wavelengths have been set to match the color of your hair, we direct very brief bursts of laser energy onto your unwanted hairs. The melanin (the source of the hair color) in the hair shaft absorbs the laser energy, which travels down the hair shaft into the hair follicle in the skin. When the energy reaches the follicle it damages it, halting or severely impinging hair growth.
The hair cycle matters
You have hundreds of thousands of hairs on your body and each operates independently and can be in one of the three different phases of the hair growth cycle. For the laser to work effectively, the hair should be in the active growth cycle (anagen). But hair can also be in the transitional (catagen) or resting (telogen) phases and the laser doesn’t have much effect on these hairs. That’s why a series of from three to 10 laser treatments is needed to effectively stop 80 percent or so of your hair from coming back. You have to catch the hair in the anagen phase. These repeat sessions are done at anywhere from four to eight-week intervals.
Laser hair removal doesn’t work on gray, light blond, or non-colored hair. This is because there isn’t enough melanin in the hair shafts for the laser to target.
If you’re interested in ditching your razors, give us a call at our Park City or Salt Lake City Spa Vitoria locations and ask us about laser hair removal.