Every good thing doesn’t come without paying our due. And here I am talking about the post-care of laser hair removal. And one of the most common myths is- “Can you wax after laser hair removal?” which I will clear off in this article.
You can’t wax after laser hair removal because waxing pulls the hair from the follicles. The laser targets the follicles to disable hair growth. So, waxing will undo the laser hair removal treatment.
I have much more to talk about post-care laser hair removal treatment in this article, so stay tuned!
Can you wax after laser hair removal?
The waxing salon is our first stop when scrolling out the door for a date or big event. But what if you’ve just had laser hair removal? Is it essential to pass on the razor and go straight for the wax? We talked to Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, a board-certified dermatologist in Beverly Hills, to get the scoop.
“You should not wax at least four before and after your first laser hair removal session. This is because the hair shaft needs to be intact for the laser to target it successfully. And, since newly lasered hair follicles are especially vulnerable, it’s best to give them some time to heal before subjecting them to the trauma of waxing.”
Let’s discuss the point above:
When I listened to what Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse said, I realized I needed to run my research a little deeper. So, I searched the web for more information on the subject. I got some mind-fetching points about waxing and laser hair removal.
- After laser hair removal, the roots of hairs are still intact. This means that wax will pull the hair out from the root if you wax. As a result, the hairs will get a chance to grow back faster and thicker.
- Your skin is not ready to accept any trauma because it is trying to recover from the last session. And if you wax, the skin will react negatively, like rashes, bumps, and burns.
How long should you wait to wax after laser hair removal?
Here comes another question that might confuse people new to laser hair removal. The best wait time to wax after laser hair removal is four to six weeks. Shaving is fine after 3-5 days of laser hair removal. Most of the time, the aesthetician will recommend you shave within a week after laser hair removal.
And then I realized I had left a very worthy question” how do you know if your skin is ready for waxing?”
To know the exact waxing time after laser hair removal, you must be aware of the skin’s healing process. After each laser hair removal session, the skin will go through the following changes:
- Swelling (24-48 hours)
- Redness (24-72 hours)
- Bruising (1-2 weeks)
- Hyperpigmentation (1-2 weeks)
So, these changes will help you to get an idea about the right time for waxing. If you are still confused, you can run a test at home to check if your skin matches the required waxing criteria.
Could you have a look at your skin and pinch it? If it feels like your skin will tear off, it means it is still sensitive, and you shouldn’t wax. But if the skin bounces back immediately, then it is an excellent time to go for waxing. And to check hyperpigmentation closely, examine the skin tone of the treated area. If it looks close to your natural skin color, then you can go for waxing.
Waxing after laser hair removal might sound harsh on the skin, but it isn’t. It is just a matter of giving some time for your skin to heal correctly, and then you can go ahead with your beauty regime.
What happens if you wax during laser hair removal sessions?
The laser needs follicles to have hair to zap them. But when you wax, you entirely remove the hairs from those follicles. And in a result, you won’t reap all the benefits of laser hair removal, and in short, it will be less effective.
Also, when you wax, the top layer will no longer be in its place. And Technicians will find it more challenging to target the follicle. It would be more painful for you as the technician will likely zap your skin.
So, avoiding waxing during your laser hair removal sessions is best! If you have to wax, ensure a gap of at least six weeks between your sessions.
So, everything is open and shut about waxing after laser hair removal. Don’t wax 4-6 weeks before and after laser hair removal. This is not only for your skin’s safety but also for the better and faster results of laser hair removal.
But if you want to know the exact time, you can use the skin’s healing process as a guide. And lastly, avoid waxing during laser hair removal sessions when the laser needs hair follicles to be present for better results.