Do at home laser hair removal kits really work?

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Arielle De Pas

Shaving, waxing, plucking, bleaching, sugar waxing, threading, and chemicals used are some of the many different methods of hair removal.

It is ideal for a person to be able to permanently remove unwanted hair from parts of their body, and this day and age, the possibilities keep expanding.

As one of the methods of hair removal, laser hair removal gets rid of unwanted hair in a different way. It is also one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S., according to WebMD. The hair is destroyed by beams of highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light, and gradually disable the hair growth.

Laser hair removal can now be performed at home by some, safe FDA approved, laser hair removal kits. While these kits promise permanent hair removal, is this really the case, are these at home laser hair removal kits really worth the effort?

“It depends on the person doing it, if they follow the directions, and what type of hair they have,” says Maribel Mirafuente-Chua, esthetician, cosmetologist and owner of Maribel’s Skin Care Services.

“The at home kits are not fully permanent. If advertised as permanent, the hair may not grow back for six months to a year.”

In the short run, the at home laser hair removal kits may work and diminish hair for short periods of time, but the hair will eventually grow back.

Because hair grows unevenly, a person may be stuck in a constant state of having to use the kits to remove hair from different parts of their body because some spots of skin may be patchy with hair and other parts may not have any hair.

In the long run, at home laser hair removal kits may not work as well as a person may want. There is no way to permanently remove hair, only to temporarily postpone hair on the body for short periods of time.

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