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Beginner's Guide to Laser Hair Removal

11 Dec 2017

Beginner's Guide to Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal: we all have questions about it. How much does it cost? Does it hurt? How does it work? Is it effective? Is it worth it? This blog answers those same questions and introduces you to the world of laser hair removal.


When you hear the phrase “Laser Hair Removal” you don’t think ‘cheap;’ you think ‘expensive.’ This is the case for most laser companies, but not for Simplicity Laser. We offer affordable packages and memberships that won’t suck your wallet dry. This is what makes Simplicity different: we try to save you time and money. We are always offering great deals and giveaways on our website and social media sites like Instagram. Check out your options here and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more insider deals.


The pain and discomfort are what worry most clients. Here at Simplicity Laser we try to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Some compare the pain to a rubber band snapping on the skin. Though everyone’s pain tolerance is different, it is generally manageable and worth losing the painful ingrown hairs or getting cut while shaving.

Pre- and Post-Treatment Care

This is one of the most important steps in getting laser hair removal that most don’t consider. It is very important to keep your skin as healthy and safe as possible during your treatments in order to prevent adverse reactions. 

Before you go in for your treatment, the treatment area must be clean-shaven. A close shave allows the laser to closely target the hair follicle underneath the skin, not above it.

Be sure to use Simplicity’s Restorative Gel before and after treatment. It hydrates, soothes, and repairs the skin post-treatment, allowing you to get the results you’re looking for. (Use on sunburns, blemishes, and minor cuts and scrapes as well to help the healing process!)

Wearing sunscreen is a must when getting laser hair removal. Be sure to wear a mineral sunscreen that contains zinc oxide to protect your skin from sun damage. During laser treatments, your skin is very sensitive to the sun and heat. Even slight sun exposure can knock you off your proper treatment intervals (we want to avoid adverse reactions the best we can, even if that means rescheduling your treatment). By doing all of those things, you will be sure to have a great experience with maximum results.  

Common Myths

Myth: Laser hair removal causes skin damage.

Fact: Laser hair removal does not cause any damage to the skin, just the hair follicle. The laser destroys the follicle, preventing hair from growing back. It may leave the skin a little red and puffy for a few minutes, but that goes away. It is 100% safe when you follow all the pre- and post-treatment care instructions.

Myth: Laser hair removal works on every hair color.

Fact: True, we can treat all hair colors, but it doesn’t mean the treatments will produce effective results, especially on lighter hair colors (blonde, red, gray, white). The laser only targets the dark pigment (melanin) in the hair. The most effective results are seen on dark hair.

Myth: Laser hair removal is a one-treatment process.

Fact: When you sign up to get laser, you should expect multiple treatments to get the maximum results you’re looking for. The average client requires 18 months to reach their clinical end point. Why? The hair growth cycles are different on every part of your body. The laser is only effective on the follicles that are in the active growth cycle. We track your cycles and get you on the correct intervals so each treatment occurs during those active growth phases. There is no set expectation to what results you will see and when since everyone is unique and responds differently to treatments.

Myth: Laser hair removal is time consuming.

Fact: Your time is valuable, and that’s why our goal is to save you time! The average appointment takes only 15-20 minutes (slightly more if you come in to treat your full body). Our laser technicians are highly trained to get you in and out while still doing a thorough job.

Is Laser Hair Removal Effective?

Following the pre- and post-treatment instructions from your laser tech will help you see optimum results. This means going to your appointments on the correct intervals clean-shaven each time, avoiding sun exposure, notifying your technician of any medications you are taking, wearing sunscreen, and using Restorative Gel, among other things. By doing this, you will be sure to have a positive experience with laser hair removal.