8 Tips To Achieve The Best Results From Super Hair Removal (SHR) Treatment
Avoid Sun Exposure
Wearing sun protection is crucial in achieving the best results from SHR treatment. Sun exposure can increase skin sensitivity and cause skin darkening, making the treated areas more noticeable. This can be especially problematic if you undergo laser hair removal on your face or other exposed areas of your skin.
When you are in the sun, you should wear sun protection, such as a hat or broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you are in direct sunlight for an extended period, consider wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.
Shave before treatment
Preparing your skin before the SHR treatment is essential to achieve the best results. This ensures full absorption of the SHR energy by the hair follicles. By shaving, you remove the hair shaft and expose the follicle, which is the target of the SHR energy. The energy will then be absorbed directly into the follicle, effectively disabling its reproductive cycle and leading to permanent hair removal.
It is important to note that proper shaving technique is critical. Make sure to shave carefully and avoid cutting or irritating the skin, as this can lead to ingrown hairs and other skin issues. If you need help shaving the area properly, ask your therapist for guidance, or consider using their shaving services to ensure optimal results.
Stick to a 28-day treatment
The misconception that hair will stop growing after the first hair removal session is not true. Hair growth occurs in different cycles, with 30 to 60 percent of hair in the anagen growth stage at any given time. The laser targets the hairs in the growth stage, while dead hairs will shed after a few weeks. It's recommended to have hair removal appointments every 28 days to align with the hair growth cycle. This is why a strict 28-day treatment schedule is advised for optimal results.
Avoid hair removal methods in between treatments
Avoiding other hair removal methods between SHR treatments is important for achieving the best results. Methods such as waxing, plucking, and threading can disrupt the hair growth cycle, making it more difficult for the SHR energy to target the hair follicles effectively.
When hair is removed from the root, such as in waxing or plucking, the hair follicle is damaged, making it more difficult for the SHR energy to target the hair follicle in subsequent treatments. This can also cause the hair follicle to become irritated, making it more difficult for the SHR energy to penetrate the skin and reach the hair follicle.
In addition, other hair removal methods can also cause skin irritation and redness, which can last several days. This can also increase the risk of side effects from the SHR treatment.
For these reasons, it is important to avoid other hair removal methods between SHR treatments and to let the hair grow naturally. This will allow the SHR energy to target the hair follicles effectively and reduce the risk of side effects.
Update skin color and ethnicity
It is important to update your skin color and ethnicity to ensure the best results. Lasers affect light and dark skin differently. Fair skin is classified as Types 1, 2, and 3 and responds best to a shorter wavelength of 755 nanometers, which is gentle on the skin and effective on light hair. Dark skin, classified as Types 4, 5, and 6 (with Type 4 being Indian and Types 5 and 6 being African American), requires a longer wavelength, such as 1064 nanometers, to bypass the epidermis safely. To avoid any side effects such as hyperpigmentation, inform the consultant of your hair, skin type, and color so that the settings can be adjusted to best suit you.
Typically requires 12 - 18 sessions
Achieving good results with laser hair removal typically requires 12 to 18 sessions. During the procedure, a beam of light is directed at the hair follicle, which disables its reproductive cycle while leaving the skin unharmed. Over time, repeated treatments weaken the hair shaft and eventually kill the follicle, resulting in permanent hair removal. The number of sessions required may vary based on the density of hair follicles in the treatment area, with facial hair and hair in sensitive areas often requiring more treatments. For those with sensitive skin, starting with a lower energy setting is recommended during SHR hair removal. Although it may result in the need for additional treatments, it can help to prevent any negative side effects.
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Communicate with your Therapist
Effective communication with your SHR treatment therapist is crucial to achieving the best results. Before the treatment, it is important to inform your therapist of any skin sensitivities, recent sun exposure, or medications that may affect the treatment. This will allow the therapist to make any necessary adjustments to the energy setting and ensure that the treatment is safe and effective.
For example, if you have sensitive skin, the therapist may recommend starting with a lower energy setting to minimize potential side effects. If you have recently been under prolonged sun exposure, the therapist may advise waiting until your skin has fully recovered before undergoing the treatment. Similarly, if you are taking any medications that increase skin sensitivity, the therapist may advise against the treatment or recommend alternative options.
By providing your therapist with this information, you can ensure that the treatment is tailored to your specific needs and that you achieve the best possible results.