Laser hair removal old myths & facts

When you have had enough of shaving, waxing, and tweezing, it’s time to consider your options. One of them is laser hair removal, which can get rid of up to 90% of unwanted hair, is quick, simple and effective, since it kills hair right at the source.

Nevertheless, despite its (well-deserved) popularity, our hair-zapping hero continues to be the subject of a lot of erroneous information. Here’s some advice from, a cosmetic treatment booking website which is home to hundreds of clinics offering laser hair removal, to help you distinguish between fact and fiction.

Myth: It’s too painful

Fact: Painful? No. Uncomfortable? Maybe. Everybody’s pain tolerance is different, and the sensation tends to vary depending on the area being lasered. However, if you know you’re sensitive to pain – or you’re worried about how it might feel – you can always numb the area with anaesthetic cream ahead of time. As a bonus, most lasers today are equipped with a cold airstream that minimises any discomfort.

Myth: It will damage my skin

Fact: No – only if it’s done wrong. The whole idea of laser hair removal is that the melanin in hair pigment acts like a magnet to the laser’s energy. That means it doesn’t resurface the skin in the same way as other laser skin treatments, so your skin should look exactly the same post-treatment as it did before (albeit, temporarily, a little bit red).

Myth: After six sessions, I’ll be hair-free forever

Fact: Sadly, this is a myth. Even if your skin is silky smooth after your ‘final’ session, some hair follicles can – and will – grow back with time. The good news is that they probably won’t be as dark or thick as before, and are easily zapped with a top-up session once or twice a year.

Myth: I can only get laser hair removal if I have dark hair and a light skin tone

Fact: This used to be true, but it’s not anymore. Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in hair. Admittedly, that’s easier if there’s a significant contrast between your skin tone and hair colour. But thankfully lasers have come a long way. Today, there are devices that use different wavelengths specifically designed to dark hair on darker skin tones, and even blonde hairs. Basically, there’s a laser out there for everyone.

Myth: I can’t sunbathe before my session – but I can use fake tan

Fact: tanning of any kind is off the table in the weeks before and after your appointment. Lasers may be pretty clever, but they can’t tell the difference between the pigment in tanning products and the pigment in hair follicles. If you’re wearing fake tan, there’s a chance your skin will absorb more energy than your hair and your treatment will be less effective. So, unless you want to sabotage your own results, you may want to just embrace your natural skin tone for a while.

Myth: It’s the most expensive way to remove hair

Fact: It might seem that way at first, but let’s do the maths. It’s estimated that the average woman spends approximately AED 35,000 on shaving in their lifetime, while those who wax are thought to spend more than AED 80,000. Then there’s the amount of time it takes to maintain shaving, waxing, plucking, or epilating multiple times a week. So, you may be paying more upfront for laser hair removal, but you’ll likely save money in the long-run.

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