Laser hair removal targets the root of the hair in order to be effective. If the hair has been recently plucked, wax, threaded or had treatment with electrolysis, the hair would have been removed from the follicle. It is for this reason we recommend stopping these methods of hair removal four weeks prior to starting laser hair removal treatments and refrain from using them for the duration of your course of treatment.
However, it is fine to continue shaving throughout your course of treatment instead. This is because when shaving the hair we only cut off the surface hair, leaving the root remaining in the follicle for the laser to target.
In fact, it is recommended that you shave the area to be treated the day before your appointment. This ensures the laser doesn’t burn the surface hair on your skin and only targets the root of the hair, making the treatment more comfortable and minimising skin reaction.
It is important to stress that shaving will not increase the amount of hair growing and most people find it an effective way to manage hair growth between sessions.
This article was written by Jane Keena of Complete LaserCare.
Jane qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth and worked as a senior nurse in the NHS until 2001.
She left to pursue a career in laser hair removal, initially working for Boots the Chemist where she was appointed laser protection supervisor and gained a BTEC award in Laser and Intense Light Hair removal in March 2001.