laser is a great option for those who experience rapid hair regrowth, have stubborn ingrown hairs &/or enjoy the convenience of being hairless with minimal maintenance.

laser is safe if performed by licensed & skilled professionals. please note, laser cannot be performed on those with tanned/sunburned/spray-tanned skin, who are pregnant, trying to conceive &/or are breastfeeding.

it depends on the medication, please consult with your doctor prior to receiving a laser treatment.

tattoos cannot be lasered over, however the area around the tattoo can be.

this varies based on how much pigment is in your hair. we recommend visiting us for a complimentary consultation as everyone's hair is different!

yes! our laser is equipped to provide treatments to clients with a wide range of complexions – safely & effectively. please note, if you have a darker complexion, more sessions may be needed for the best results.

no, we will not provide laser treatments if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive.

no, we will not provide laser treatments if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive.

like the rest of our signature methods, we abide by strict standards to ensure your safety, comfort & the best results possible for each client. all of our laser specialists have gone through extensive training & we use the top-of-the line lasers - which means you'll get the most effective results out of the least amount of visits!

this varies per area of the body. expect your first visit to be 15 minutes longer due to your consultation, regular appointments will range in time from 15 - 60 minutes per body part. for example, the treatment time for smaller areas like underarms is 15 minutes, while full leg is approximately 60 minutes.

we recommend treatments every 5-6 weeks. it is important to allow the natural growth cycle to occur, so please do not wax/sugar/thread.

  • face treatments: 4-5 weeks
  • underarms: 4-5 weeks
  • mid body (bikini, chest, back, arms): 5-6 weeks
  • lower body (legs, feet, toes): 7-10 weeks

humans are hairy! there are approximately 3,000 hair follicles per every inch of the body. fortunately, not all of your hairs are active. with laser, you'll need multiple sessions to get the most effective results as the hairs need to be in the active hair growth phase (anagen phase) to be targeted, which varies hair to hair. since not all of your hairs will be in the anagen phase at the same time (even if you see an actual hair) it is important to receive multiple treatments for the same area.

after your first treatment you will notice the hairs start to fall out over the next 5-30 days. this will happen gradually. after the first 48 hours we recommend exfoliating to help along the process, using a washcloth or Shobha® Exfoliating Cloth on the area when bathing & shaving.

  1. shave the area within the 24 hours before your appointment.
    • the closer the shave the better. if it is your first time, leave a small patch of hair so that your specialist can exam it. (she’ll shave it down before beginning the treatment!)
    • for bikini services, don’t shave the part where you want to keep the hair.
  2. skip the makeup/lotion/deodorant the day of your appointment (in the area where you are receiving a treatment).
  3. stay out of direct sunlight for at least 3 days prior to your appointment (& 3 days after).
  4. do not use self-tanner or spray tan products for at least 2 weeks before your treatment to avoid potential injury.
  5. avoid drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your treatment (be sure to factor that in if you have party plans!).
  6. avoid waxing/sugaring/threading/tweezing in the area for at least 4 weeks. shaving is ok!
  7. upon arrival, complete your laser form as honestly as possible (don't be shy!).
    • we ask that you disclose personal information regarding your medical history & background, which will be reviewed during your consultation.
    • the information you provide is important to customize the laser settings for the safest & most effective results for you!
    • if you are under the care of physician, you may be asked to provide a doctor’s note (so be proactive & ask your doc ahead of time!).

important notes: (1) laser services cannot be performed on ladies who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive. (2) bikini laser services will not be performed on menstruating clients in accordance with our Shobha No PeriodSM Policy.

the prep:

  • your first visit will include a 15 minute consultation to ensure we have all of the details about your skin & personal history to customize the laser settings for the most effective results for your skin & hair type.
  • if the hair is not shaved short, close to the skin, we will take care of that for you.
  • we will wipe down the area to your bare skin, removing any makeup, lotion &/or deodorant.
  • you will be provided with goggles to wear during the treatment for your safety.

since everyone's physical threshold for pain varies, the level of pain will vary as well. also, the denser your hair grows, the more sensation you’ll feel (which luckily will reduce treatment to treatment as there will be fewer hairs!). most folks find it to be minimally painful, describing the pain as quick little zaps, like a tiny rubber band smacking against the skin.

topical numbing creams with lidocaine can be used to help dull the pain. however the pain is minimal & only one zap at a time, it's over before you know it! most folks find they can endure the service without using or taking anything prior.

  1. redness & bumps are normal.
    immediately after your treatment, redness & bumps at the treatment area are common; these may last up to 2 hours or longer. it is normal for the treated area to feel like a sunburn for a few hours. you should use a cold compress if the sensitivity continues. if there is any crusting, apply an antibiotic cream. darker pigmented skin may have more discomfort than lighter skin & may persist longer.
  2. cleanse gently.
    the treated area may be washed gently with a mild soap. skin should be patted dry & not rubbed during the first 48 hours.
  3. skip the makeup & lotion/moisturizer/deordorant for the first 24 hours.
    keep the area clean & dry, if further redness or irritation persists, skip your makeup & moisturizer, & deordorant (for underarms) until the irritation has subsided.
  4. dead hairs will begin to shed 5-30 days after your treatment.
    stubbles, representing dead hair being shed from the hair follicle, will appear within 5-30 days from the treatment date. that is normal & they will fall out quickly.
  5. exfoliate to speed up hair shedding.
    anywhere from 5-30 days after the treatment, shedding of the hair may occur & this may appear as new hair growth. it is not new hair growth, but the dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. you can help the hair come out by washing with a washcloth or a Shobha® Exfoliating Cloth & shaving.
  6. avoid the sun.
    avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of dark or light spots for 2 months. use sunscreen (spf 25 or higher) at all times throughout the treatment period & for 1-2 months following.
  7. do not pick/scratch/wax/sugar/thread/tweeze the area.
    avoid picking or scratching the treated skin. do not use any other hair removal methods or products, other than shaving, on the treated area during the course of your laser treatments, as it will prevent you from achieving the best results.
  8. hair growth varies.
    on average, most folks will experience a level of hairless happiness after 6-9 sessions which will result in not even checking for stubble (yes, it's life changing!).
  9. ask a professional.
    call us here at Shobha with any questions or concerns you may have after the treatment.

your skin may be sensitive for the next 48 hours. apply a cold compress (simply a washcloth with cold water) if you experience any discomfort. occasionally, treatments can result in further irritation of the skin. in this case, we recommend you contact your doctor or local pharmacy if the situation persists. often they will recommend an antihistamine to help calm the reaction, as long as you have no medical reason prohibiting its use.

your hair will begin to fall out a few days after the treatment. results vary person-to-person. typically you will see a noticeable difference after your 3rd treatment. please note, that darker complexions may take more sessions to see results as the melanin (pigment) in the skin absorbs some of the laser's strength.

it is best not to wax/sugar/thread/tweeze the area at least 4 weeks before your treatment. during this time & right before your treatment we recommend that you shave the area. it is important to shave the area that is to be lasered, so that the laser can penetrate the root of the hair at the base of the follicle. the shorter the hair the more effective the treatment will be.

most areas of the body & face can be lasered. please note that the inner butt crack (i.e., rectum) & top/bottom part of the brows cannot be lasered, however the 'unibrow' – the middles section between the brows – can be lasered.

  • peach-fuzz (very fine, tiny hairs)
  • grey
  • white
  • blonde (if you were born a blonde, even if your hair has darkened, the root of your hair may still be blonde causing results to be less effective)
  • light red/strawberry blonde
    for these types of hair we suggest threading or sugaring for the face, waxing or sugaring for the body, as alternatives.

medications, dietary supplements & hormonal changes can play role in the effectiveness of your treatment.

laser is a great option if you experience rapid hair growth in areas you prefer to be hairless. after your initial set of treatments (usually 6-9), there is minimal maintenance needed. if you are prone to ingrown hairs you will find this issue is drastically reduced since the hair literally stops growing back!

we have licensed Shobha® Laser Specialists who have completed extensive laser training of 100+ hours.

our team has over 100+ hours of laser training & continue to participate in our ongoing quality assurance program, to ensure they are performing safe & effective treatments - customizing treatments for all skin/hair types.

nyc is a tough place to find more space & our laser equipment requires a decent amount of it! the hope is that we can bring laser treatments to other locations. in the meantime we didn't want to wait, so we launched at Shobha SoHo (our original location)!

everyone's reaction is different, however there is likely to be some redness for the first 24 – 48 hours. during this time we recommend staying out of the sun & avoiding the application of makeup, creams/lotions/serums to this area while there is redness/irritation.

ladies: we recommend being 18 years old for women. if you are younger, we absolutely need you to be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian for the initial consultation & service, as well as receive written consent. since hormones levels (& hair growth) during puberty can fluctuate, we recommend waiting at least 2 years after your first period to receive laser treatments.

guys: since the hormonal fluctuations from puberty & the hair growth that comes along with this stage of life don’t level out until about 21 years of age, we recommend holding off on laser until you are at least 21 years old to ensure you get the best results (e.g., hormonal changes can cause new hairs to grow & we want to make sure we can target as many of those hairs during your treatments).

  • while you can start any time of year, we recommend starting in the fall/winter months so that you are super smooth for spring/summer! plus, this is usually when you have less exposure to the sun so you don't have to plan around beach days to get lasered (remember: you must wait 3 days after direct sun exposure to receive a laser treatment & spray-tanned/sunburned skin cannot be lasered).
  • invest in your 20s, 30s, & 40s! since laser is not effective on grey or white hair, we recommend investing younger - plus you'll get to enjoy even more years of smooth, hairless skin!

here’s a little more background info:

  • there are 3 phases of hair growth (1) anagen - the phase of active hair growth, the most ideal phase for laser, (2) catagen - the regression phase when the hair starts to weaken, (3) telogen - the phase in which the hair falls out in preparation for new hair to grow.
  • on the body there are literally about 3000 hair follicles per square inch (we know, we are even hairier than we thought!). most of those hairs are dormant & only 10-30% of the hair is in the anagen phase at a given time (including the time of your laser treatment).
  • other factors that may affect hair growth include: medications, hormonal levels/imbalances & dietary supplements/vitamins (e.g., if you take supplement for hair & nails, the supplement stimulates growth all over your body, not just your head!).

yes! since laser treatments destroy the hair from the root, you will have less hair which will reduce the likelihood of ingrowns (no hair, no ingrown hairs).

we recommend shaving between treatments. beware that other methods that remove the hair from the root (e.g., threading, tweezing, sugaring, waxing) will reduce the effectiveness of your sessions.