Hair removal is a growth market with new solutions to getting rid of unwanted hair cropping up. While there are many ways to de-fuzz at home such as waxing, shaving and creams, laser hair removal claims to zap away hairs more permanently. We shine a light on home laser kits to see how they work:

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The Knowhow

Laser technology:

Laser removal systems work by targeting the hair follicles with an intensive beam of laser light. The heat generated from the laser disables the hair follicle which causes the hair to gradually fall out and reduces more growth.

The process can be carried out in clinics but this can be expensive which is why more people are opting for home kits.

To make laser kits safe for home use, the light energy is weaker than a salon treatment would be - so it won't destroy the follicle completely.

So while home kits are proven to remove hair, they don't claim this is a permanent solution. Depending on your kit you will have to carry out regular treatments at home - probably every four weeks.

For a longer term solution to waxing or shaving, it's a good option although investing in one can be expensive. Prices start at around £100 for a basic kit and go up to £400.

Home kits cannot be used on people with dark skin tones and is not affective on blonde or grey hairs. Electrolysis is a suitable alternative.

Is it painful?

Depending on how sensitive your skin is, it can feel like a slight pin prick. Some people compare it to a rubber band snapping against your skin.

Before you buy:

  • Make sure it has everything you need - some kits only come with the laser hair removal device, and nothing else. A good kit should have gel to protect your skin, a good manual that explains everything in-depth, and any safety equipment you may need
  • Look for a 30 day money back guarantee
  • Check the warranty

Tips for using a home kit:

  • Read and understand the supplied information and watch the DVD if one is supplied
  • For best results use it on hairs that have been trimmed to 1-2mm in length
  • Do a patch test 24 hours before treatment. The patch test will confirm the maximum power level for your skin type. Each area to be treated must be checked as skin colour can vary
  • Avoid sunbathing, sun beds and fake tanning before use
  • Only use on areas recommended in the user manual
  • Try not sun bathe for a week and use a sunscreen if you do. Avoid swimming in chlorinated water or using a hot tub for 48 hours.

After treatment:

  • Experts say there is normally a redness after treatment where the hair follicle has been destroyed but this should fade after 24 hours
  • You shouldn't pluck, wax or epilate the hair between treatments. Bleaching is also not advised as it removes the pigment from the hair. Shaving and creams are suitable between uses.

Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns after using laser hair removal equipment.

Updated On:

May 23, 2012

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