You don't have to head off to the nearest hair removal clinic every time you need to have your unwanted hair lasered. These days, there are laser hair removal machines that you can use in the comfort of your own home. If you've never used one and you're considering buying one, here are the basics of laser hair removal machine use.
Know the risks. Before you make the investment in your own laser hair removal machine, you need to weigh the risks. Lasers, small or large, are very powerful instruments that can do a lot of damage when in the hands of an inexperienced amateur. For about the same amount of money, you can have a professional do your laser hair removal. If they're licensed and have the proper training, you should have fewer side effects and a faster recovery from your laser hair removal procedure.
If you still insist on trying your own hand at laser hair removal, understand that you're dealing with some very powerful and potentially damaging equipment. That being said, here are the basics on how to use laser hair removal equipment.
Talk to a professional first. Before you pick up a laser, you should at least have some idea of how to operate it. Sure, it probably came with directions. And no doubt you can read them. But book-smarts are no competition for real-life experience. Talk to a professional who has done laser hair removal in the past and who has experience using various laser hair removal machines. See what the techniques are, ask about any special preparation you need to do. And generally, get a crash course in operating a laser machine before you think of using it.
Understand how the Alma lasers work. Alma makes several options for laser hair removal machines. These are generally used in salons and laser hair removal clinics, but because of online auction websites, these have also been made available to consumers for home use. There are two main Alma lasers - the Harmony XL and the Soprano XL.
- Harmony XL: This machine has a hand piece that has a rectangular window. It emits a broad-spectrum light to the area of your skin where you have unwanted hair. Pass it over your skin and allow the energy to penetrate the hair shaft briefly. The heat from the laser shouldn't damage the skin around your unwanted hair. However, you can still use a cooling spray to provide relief if you find this laser hair removal machine painful.
- Soprano XL: This laser hair removal machine allows the laser's energy to reach the hair follicles by going directly through the skin. It pulses 10 times per second, thereby killing hair-producing cells. Pass the hand piece over your skin, wait for the first long pulse (which preheats your skin) and the second pulse (which destroys the hair) and then move on to each subsequent hair you want to remove.
Try photoepilation. Similar to the procedures above, you can also try a photothermolysis machine to remove your unwanted hair. The laser, when passed over the skin, distributes light into the hair follicle. The heat from the light destroys hair regrowth cells, eliminating the possibility of hair returning to that area. Read the instructions that come with this laser hair removal machine for a more detailed explanation of how to use it.
As always, remember to wear proper eye protection. And if you notice adverse side effects on your skin, stop using the laser hair removal machine immediately.