We are often asked why we need several sessions when it comes to laser hair removal procedures. And we decided to write this article to explain in detail how your hair grows and why 6-8 sessions are a must to achieve excellent results.
Hair on the body and head is constantly growing cyclically. Our hair goes through three cycles, and it is important to understand how this affects laser hair removal. The first stage is anagen, the growth phase. The second catagen, the transition phase, and the third – telogen, the resting phase.
At the anagen stage, each of our hairs is inside its own follicles (the follicle is the pocket of the skin in which your hair sits). And each hair is firmly rooted in the skin papilla and rudimentary matrix, forming a hair follicle. Blood vessels enter the skin papilla and allow nutrients to enter the hair and allow it to grow. The anagen stage usually lasts about four to six weeks in our body and several years on our head, so the hair on the head grows much longer than on the body.
When the hair prepares for hair loss, then it goes into the catagen stage. At this stage, the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the skin papilla. This usually lasts about ten days. Finally, we have telogen. The stage can last about 3 months. About 10-15 percent of hair is in this phase. While the old hair is resting, the new hair begins the growth phase and the cycle is constantly repeated.
Because our hair is detached in the catagen and telogen phases, laser hair removal does not affect it. Laser hair removal can effectively remove only hair that is in the anagen or growth phase. Therefore, multiple sessions are vital for effective results. We hold sessions every four to six weeks to match the hair growth cycle. Any intervals of less than four weeks would be ineffective because we do not give the hair enough time to grow and fall out.
The best results from laser hair removal are at least eight sessions, and the intensity of the machine increases slightly higher each time. Some clients, such as men with coarser hair or women who do deep bikini hair removal, or clients with dark skin (about 5 or 6 levels of skin on the Fitzpatrick scale) may need more sessions than the standard eight.
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