How Often Can You Use Laser Hair Removal At-Home?

How Often Can You Use Laser Hair Removal At-Home

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Ask the Expert: How Often Can You Use Laser Hair Removal At-Home?

BY SAMANTHA WELCH, ESTHETICIAN


You can do at-home laser hair removal on a weekly basis.

Doing treatments more than once a week won't expedite results, even with the best-rated IPL hair removal devices.

Your hair will still go through the hair cycle (see below) after your treatments and this takes 1-2 weeks minimum.

Weekly is also as fast as you can go with minimal risk of irritating your skin and without wasting your limited flashes on already dead hair.

However, you should still defer to your device’s user manual for the ideal home IPL treatment schedule.

Whichever you decide, it’s much more important to keep a consistent, strict schedule to be able to see results.

You want to gradually damage your roots until it’s no longer able to grow hair at a normal pace.

You can delay re-growth anywhere from weeks to months and years.

But you have to remember that hair is very resilient.

Front-loading your treatments and then falling behind schedule can allow your follicle to recover and revert back to growing healthy hair.

You need to consistent treatments until you see your hairs get finer and sparser, before moving on to monthly or as-needed maintenance.

What You Should Know:
The Hair Cycle & Permanent Hair Removal

Image: The hair cycle starts from the active growth phase called ANAGEN, followed by the transitional phase called CATAGEN, and is bookended by the resting phase called TELOGEN. This cycle repeats as we replace the hair in our bodies.
Image: The hair cycle starts from the active growth phase called ANAGEN, followed by the transitional phase called CATAGEN, and is bookended by the resting phase called TELOGEN. This cycle repeats as we replace the hair in our bodies.

Key Points:

  • Hair growth comes in cycles and in different durations based on the body part. This cycle takes anywhere between several weeks to months.
  • The goal of every laser hair removal session is to delay this cycle significantly for months to years by slowly damaging your roots.
  • Laser hair removal treatments are only effective on hair that’s in the ANAGEN phase. Once you’ve treated a hair follicle in the ANAGEN phase, it will accelerate the hair cycle until the strand dies and falls off on its own.
  • This process cannot be hurried by doing IPL more than once a week. Weekly sessions are the fastest that you should re-schedule treatments.
  • Doing IPL every day, every other day, and even twice a week runs the risk of damaging your skin or your eyes. You’ll also be wasting your device’s limited flashes.

FAQ:
Frequently Asked Questions


References:

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Samantha Welch

Samantha Welch is an esthetician and professional makeup artist. She co-founded Healthy Beautiful to create a space where she can share her experiences and channel her love for all things beauty. Samantha believes that through education and resources, everyone can make informed choices that can change their lives.