We cannot wait to welcome you back into our clinics as soon as possible – we’re counting down the days! However, since lockdown measures mean we’ll be closed for a little while longer, many of you will have taken up the challenge of hair removal at home.
It’s safe to say there are plenty of beauty bugbears that come hand-in-hand with DIY hair removal: shaving rashes, ingrown hairs, uncomfortable stubble, redness and asking yourself the question “is my hair growing back thicker?!”
No need to panic, we’re here to answer your most pressing hair removal questions. There are many need-to-knows when it comes to getting at-home hair removal right, so you can enjoy silky smooth skin without dryness, redness, or a nick and bump in sight.
Thankfully our Group Clinical Director, Dr Toni Philips, has given us the play-by-play on hair. Going beyond the basics, here’s everything you need to know about how our hair grows, top tips on how to remove unwanted hair effectively and if there’s any truth behind those common myths about hair regrowth.
Does hair grow back quicker and thicker the more you shave?
No, this is down to your genetics. Sometimes the hair can appear thicker after shaving because it is blunt.
The growth rate varies from individual to individual depending on their sex, age, genetic predisposition and environmental factors too. Some people have more hair than others, some people have naturally thicker hair and everyone’s hair grows back at different rates.
With laser hair removal appointments being missed, what do you need to know about hair regrowth?
Laser hair removal (LHR) requires a short-term commitment to get long term results. Results aren’t instantaneous, but once your course of treatments has been completed, you will not have to think about regular hair removal again: no more stubble, ingrown hairs or razor rash!
However, if you experience hair growth during the period between your LHR treatments, especially if you’ve had to pause sessions due to lockdown, here are some handy dos and don’ts…
DON’T: Use at-home waxing kits or epilators. These are not recommended as it can alter the nature of the remaining hair and change the way it responds to the laser in future.
DO: Shave in the meantime. This is an effective quick-fix and won’t impact your ongoing LHR sessions.
DON’T: Get a tan. Even though getting that sun-kissed look is tempting during the recent bouts of warm weather, refrain from tanning (with the use of SPF at all times, of course!). This will ensure your LHR treatment can resume as soon as you are able to see your therapist in clinic again.
Did you know: on average, it takes 6 hours of laser hair removal to keep legs smooth versus 178 days of shaving?
How do I get silky smooth results after shaving?
- Shave in the shower, rather than in the bath as hot water isn’t good for your skin particles. Extra hot water can also dry out your skin, stripping it of necessary natural oils.
- Use shaving gel, foam, or cream: it is vital to getting a close shave and minimising bumps and redness. What’s more, conditioning your skin before shaving will soften the hair and the hair follicle, leading to a smoother shave.
- Go against the hair on your legs for a closer shave – beginning at your ankle, slowly and carefully shave upward for the best results. However, when it comes to your bikini line, shave in the direction of hair growth and hold a cool wet cloth against your skin afterwards to reduce those pesky ingrown hairs and redness.
- Remember to exfoliate: dirt, oils, and dead skin cells can clog your hair follicles – exfoliating before shaving can help treat and prevent ingrown hairs.
- Take the pressure off: it might feel like you’re getting a closer shave if you press down with your razor, however, the harder you press down, the more uneven the skin surface becomes, leading to a less even shave.
- Regular moisturising helps to seal moisture within your skin for that silky-smooth feeling. The best moment to apply is within three to five minutes of showering, while your skin is still damp.
At DestinationSkin, we’re busy preparing for our July re-opening and have been working hard to ensure your safety in our clinics when we re-open.
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