Whilst it may look as if hair grows all at the same pace, actually hair has three growth phases and at anytime, an individual hair can be in one of the following phases.
- Anagen (Growing Phase): The bulb of the hair is developing and growing towards the surface of the skin.
- Catagen (Transitional Phase): The bulb of the hair is pulling away from the hair follicle (papilla).
- Telogen (Resting Phase): The hair has completely detached from the papilla and remains inactive until it sheds.
During Catagen and Telogen phases, the hair is not connected to the papilla and therefore the light does not have a direct path to the papilla and treatment is not successful for these hairs.
During treatments, hair continues to go through its phases. It takes approximately 3-4 weeks for facial hair and 4-6 weeks for body hair to complete its cycle. That is why it’s always important to have a number of sessions to capture all the hairs.
If you leave too long between treatments the hair will slip into Telogen phase and remain inactive until pushed into Anagen phase which can take months. This is when waxing again would be recommend to kick start your cycle again. So, for the best results possible try to schedule regular appointments.
Hair regrowth between treatments, until successfully destroyed, will be thinner and lighter in colour. Significant hair reduction will be seen in just a few treatments.
Pre – Treatment Advice
Do not wax or tweeze for four weeks prior to your appointment.
Shave the area between 12-24hrs before your appointment.
Post Treatment Advice
Avoid sun exposure (including sunbeds) – if unavoidable use a high quality sunscreen.
Soothe the area post treatment with a high quality repair moisturiser.
Don’t tweeze or pull at hairs – they will fall out naturally.
Avoid excessive exercise and sweating after your treatment to avoid irritation.
Avoid swimming in chlorinated water for 24hours after your IPL treatment.