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interested in laser hair removal? here are some do's and don'ts to be aware of - part 1: before the procedure

when it comes to laser hair removal, many people don't fully understand how to best prepare for the procedure. however, cosmetic industry figures find that laser hair removal is the most popular aesthetic procedure for women under the age of 35 and is second only to botox for women over 35 years old. but before you make your appointment, it's important to know what to expect. here are some do's and don'ts of preparing for laser hair removal services.

do: shave the night before treatment

shaving the night before your procedure helps ensure that the follicle is clearly visible. if your hair is too long, the treatment may not work at all and your specialist may tell you to reschedule for another day when the hair is at a more appropriate length. some specialists will trim the hair if it's too long, but it's better to avoid the hassle and save the time by doing it yourself.

don't: bleach, pluck, or wax before treatment

understanding which hair removal methods are appropriate before your procedure is important. again, the key is to make sure the root is still intact and visible. plucking removes the root completely, so it's really not a viable option, since laser hair removal is targeted at removing the root permanently. this is especially important to know if you're going in for treatment on your brows -- eyebrows are best left unplucked.

do: avoid tanning beds and potential skin irritants

before your procedure, it's critical to stay out of the sun. an spf of 30 or higher is recommended even for small amounts of sun exposure. this also means staying away from tanning beds. you should also try to avoid using any skincare products that may cause irritation or are heavily perfumed.

don't: choose a treatment center without doing research

research is critical when choosing a laser hair removal service. make sure to check your specialist's credentials and ask any questions you may have about the procedure.

ultimately, laser hair removal is a great option for permanent hair removal, but it won't work unless all the preparation procedures are followed. keep an eye out for the next blog post, where we'll discuss some do's and don'ts for after your procedure.