Our range of #Hair-Removal-Waxing-Reigate and grooming beauty treatments ensure a smooth and silky finish. We offer permanent and pain-free hair removal solutions for a hair-free facial, body or intimate beauty treatment.
Ask the Nail and Body Boutique’s beauty therapists about IPL hair removal, waxing for semi-permanent and permanent hair removal at our luxurious Surrey day spa. Hot wax and strip wax hair removal systems are also available, delivering professional results.
Hair removal has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The good news is that we now have a far more effective hair removal – a growing and sophisticated area of the treatment industry, set to be worth 2.19 billion by 2019 according to the International Master Course of Ageing Skin. Below are the most commonly asked questions about hair removal.
What is IPL?
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) hair removal treatment at The Nail & Body Boutique works using an intense pulse of light which is calibrated to target only the melanin in hair follicles. Melanin gives our hair and skin its colour, and by targeting the high concentrations in hair follicles IPL hair removal device only disables the hair cells without damaging any surrounding skin.
The light energy is absorbed by the hair follicle, which heats it up to the point of destroying it and prevents the cell from producing any more hair. After your IPL hair removal treatment, treated hair falls out within one to two weeks, and does not grow back. As our IPL hair removal only affects ‘active’ hair follicles – those which are growing at the time of treatment – multiple sessions are needed for a complete hair removal treatment.
IPL has multiple wavelengths (all between 500 and 1,200 nanometres) that scatter within the skin.
As with all light based treatments, IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which in the case of hair removal targets pigment. For example it works in the same way black clothing absorbs heat on a hot day, versus white clothing which reflects it. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair. Hair has to be living for it to work however, it has to be attached to the bulb of growing cells – when you pull out a hair and it has that little jelly bulb around it, it’s one of the 20 to 40 per cent of living hair on you body. If you pull it out and it doesn’t, it’s a dead hair which can stay on your skin for up to three weeks. That’s why you need to have up to 12 treatments of hair removal laser to catch all hairs in their living cycle.
How does IPL work?
IPL works like a flash-lamp, sending out scattered wavelengths of light, making IPL very targeted.
So who is laser hair removal suitable for?
As long as you have the right hair colour, (dark), and skin colour, (pale), you can have light based hair removal, anywhere on the body. We do not recommend within four weeks of sun exposure any kind of laser or IPLas it can target pigment in the skin and cause scarring. This also applies for self-tanning. Waxing and plucking the area should be strictly avoided between IPL hair removal treatments, but shaving and trimming will not affect the hair follicles and are acceptable if in-between hair removal is needed. IPL hair removal is perfect for sensitive skin as only the hair follicles are targeted, not the skin.
Hair removal is not advised if you’re pregnant or breast feeding. Some medication or supplements (certain anti-biotics, anti-depressants including St John’s Wort) will also cause hypersensitive skin.
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