Unlocking the Secrets of the Hair Cycle: Understanding What to Expect During Laser Hair Removal

As you will probably already know, laser hair removal is one of the leading cosmetic procedures that uses laser energy to target and destroys hair follicles. But, while it may seem like a quick and easy solution to unwanted hair, the process is actually a bit more complex than that. 

The hair cycle, or growth cycle, plays a big role in how laser hair removal works and what to expect after each treatment. So to help you out, we have put together a guide so you know exactly what to expect at each stage:

The cycle is divided into three stages: the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. 

The anagen phase is when the hair is actively growing, the catagen phase is when the hair stops growing and the follicle shrinks and the telogen phase is when the hair falls out. When getting laser hair removal, it's important to understand that not all hair is in the same phase of the cycle at the same time. This is why multiple treatment sessions are typically needed to achieve optimal results.

The 1st Treatment

During the first treatment, the laser energy targets the actively growing hair in the anagen phase. The heat from the laser destroys the hair follicles, causing them to eventually give way and the hair to begin shedding and falling out. This process can take anywhere from 5-19 days post-treatment. Clients can expect to see hair thinning and patchiness, and some areas may even appear completely hair-free.

The 2nd-5th Treatment

During the second treatment, the process repeats and the hair begins to fall from new areas. Again, this can take anywhere from 5-19 days post-treatment. As the treatments continue, the process repeats and the hair continues to fall from new areas. 

It's important to note that it may appear like there is more regrowth after some treatments - this is normal. The hair that is growing back is typically finer and softer, and the overall number of hairs is gradually reduced with each treatment.

After the 6th (and final!) treatment

After the course of treatment is complete, the treated area will feel smooth with a permanent reduction in hair growth. It's important to note that some people may need touch-up treatments in the future to maintain the results. 

Additionally, hair growth may be stimulated by certain hormones or medications, so it's important to discuss any changes in your medical history with your laser hair removal practitioner.

Overall, laser hair removal is an effective way to reduce unwanted hair, but it's important to understand that the process is not instantaneous. The hair cycle plays a big role in how the treatment works and what to expect after each session. 

With multiple treatment sessions, clients can expect to see a gradual reduction in hair growth and a smooth, hair-free area. 

It's important to also note, that laser hair removal may require a different number of treatments for different individuals, as it depends on various factors such as skin tone and hair type. 

Although, this should definitely not discourage you from considering laser hair removal. People with darker skin tones may require more sessions and a different type of laser technology to achieve the best results. Similarly, people with coarse, dark hair tend to see better results than those with fine or light-coloured hair. 

However, this does not mean that laser hair removal is not effective for all skin types and hair types. With advancements in laser technology and the expertise of trained practitioners, laser hair removal can be a safe and effective option for most people. It's important to discuss your specific concerns and expectations with your practitioner before starting any laser hair removal treatments.

Why not book a free consultation with us today to start your laser journey?