It is a universal ideal the world over: women, and men as well, should only have beautiful hair on their head. The problem, however, is that while a head of thick and luscious hair on a woman or a man, is something to be proud of, we also have hair on our bodies in places we would rather not, and so we embark on painful, and sometimes extreme, lengths to get rid of it.
There is a plethora of temporary hair removal options available to us today – waxing, plucking, shaving, hair removal creams and so on – but most of these options only exasperate the hair growth so you end up hairier than before, creating a losing battle!
It comes as no surprise, therefore, that in the quest to be hairless, more women and men are turning to the permanent option achieved by laser hair removal, which can be used on the face, legs, back, chest, underarms and bikini like. While it may cost a small fortune, the 85 per cent permanent hair reduction guarantee is enough to make it worth every penny. Plus, when you start to add up how much you spend on disposable razors, new blades, or waxing treatments, the expense to live fuzz-free longer may not seem as bad.
If you decide to put laser hair removal to the test at West Spa you can get rid of unwanted hair once and for all by having laser treatments using the state-of-the-art Cutera CoolGlide laser machine. The great thing about this machine is, unlike IPL (another form of pulsed light hair removal), it doesn’t matter what skin colour you are, so you can use it all year round, even when you are tanned. IPL, however, cannot be used on darker skin types as there is a risk skin may be burnt because of too much pigment. Unfortunately, blonde or red hair is still a no-go, however, as there is not enough pigment in the hair follicle for the laser to target.
Another advantage about this machine is it is much faster than many other laser models, which is a huge plus given the minor amount of pain involved, especially in some areas, such as ‘down below’. Also, the headpiece that the machine uses contains a cooling device (hence the name CoolGlide), which lowers the skin temperature before the laser beam strikes it.
When having the treatments done, the pain can be intense at times, depending on the area (it’s best to have the treatment done in the middle of your cycle when your pain threshold is higher); however, the treatment is so quick (underarms for example take less than five minutes for each underarm), it is over before you know it, and the application of an ice pack afterwards cools and calms the skin instantly. Some describe the feeling as a series of bee stings, which isn’t far from the truth. However, it is such a temporary sensation for such an amazing result, it is worth the discomfort. For those who have a low pain threshold, you can take painkillers prior to your appointment and apply a numbing cream that helps considerably.
Most people need a course of treatments, between eight and 12 sessions, four to six weeks apart. Yet, this very much depends on the individual’s hair thickness and hair growth. Usually by the sixth treatment you will absolutely love what you can see – a virtually hair-free, smooth result. The hair is so sparse and grows so rarely, you only have to shave the area once a month. In fact, the thought of ever having hair in the treated area is so foreign, you will not even remember what it was like.
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