Beauty: Do Laser Hair Treatments Actually Work?

We’ve all nipped ourselves plucking hair or had a bad shaving experience that has (quite literally) scarred us for life. Even if you are doing it like a pro, it can still feel like a tedious part of your morning or evening routine, especially if it’s an area you want to keep hair-free. Laser hair removal is an awesome alternative. Not everyone can afford expensive trips to the beauty salon every other week for waxing treatments, however much we’d like to. Luckily for us, professional laser therapists make affordable hair removal a possibility, so we can all benefit from silky smooth skin!

I spoke to London Laser Hair Removal experts, Courthouse Clinics, to get a professional opinion on the matter. Before I get started, let’s establish, laser hair removal is no more painful than waxing your legs.

So, how does laser hair removal work?

A laser is pointed at a pigment called melanin that lives in the hair follicles. This heats up, which damages the follicles to prevent immediate hair growth. The purpose of laser hair removal is to eliminate hair growth altogether – but does it work? It’s unlikely that hair will be permanently removed as hormones and medications come into play. What you can expect is a long-term hair reduction that will leave you feeling smooth for longer.

Can everyone have laser hair removal?

In theory, it’s possible. However, the ideal candidate for laser hair removal will have fair skin and dark hair that can be easily detected. A reputable laser hair removal clinic will tell you what to expect based on your hair colour. Don’t go into it without doing your research or speaking to a trained professional.

What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

Although laser hair removal is not permanent, it does reduce hair growth by 80 – 90%. That’s incredible considering how many hours go into hair removal on a daily basis. The struggle is real girls! With laser hair removal, all you need to do is book a treatment and let the experts work their magic. Aside from the apparent benefits, here’s some great reasons to consider laser hair removal:

1) It’s painless. No pain no gain, right? Not when it comes to professional laser hair removal. Of course, some areas of the body are more sensitive to pain than others. Some people liken the feeling to an elastic band snapping across your skin – ouch. It sounds painful, but the feeling can be eliminated thanks to a cooling gel used to remove any discomfort.

2) It’s long-lasting. There’s nothing worse than having to book in multiple salon appointments or, worse still, having to negotiate shaving, waxing and plucking every day. What’s more, it’s bloody expensive. Laser hair removal removes the need to shave for long periods of time. It’s a cost-effective solution in the long run.

3) It’s quick & simple. How long do you reckon laser hair removal takes? Hours, maybe longer? Depending on the desired treatment area, the treatment can take between 20 minutes to 1 hour.

It’s totally safe, right?

Laser hair removal treatments a completely safe when carried out by a trained professional. After over 20 years of trials, the procedure was opened up to the public and is growing in popularity.

Where should I go for the best laser hair treatment in the UK?

As you probably expect, the majority of laser hair removal clinics are located in the capital – or at least the most reputable ones are. But, what would you say if we told you that laser hair removal is not just limited to London? You don’t need to travel across the country to experience the best in the business. Courthouse Clinics are number one in the UK for doctor-led laser hair treatments. They can be found in 11 locations across the UK, so there’s no reason you can’t experience the best results wherever you are located. With treatments ranging from laser hair removal to botox, Courthouse Clinics really do have it all.

Have you ever had laser hair removal? Would you recommend it to a friend? Let me know in the comments.