DIY Laser Hair Removal in the Comfort of Your Home


Tired of all the shaving and waxing and want to try a laser treatment to zap your body hair? A laser treatment can help you permanently get rid of body hair by disabling the hair follicles. What’s more, the revolutionary technology has now been made available in DIY kits being offered by popular brands. Using these kits, you can do a laser treatment at home, by yourself and they work as effectively as the professional systems do for permanent hair removal. Let’s take a look at how the DIY Laser Hair removal kits work.


What do the at home hair removal kits comprise of? 

DIY Laser Hair Removal

The laser devices can be battery powered or powered by another main unit to which the handheld device is connected. The main unit is plugged into the power socket and the entire device works on electricity. Some of them come with extra accessories that comprise of a shaver or epilator that can be connected to the main unit for immediate hair removal.

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How does Laser Work on the Hair? 


The device sends out a laser or an intense pulsed light onto the skin. This light is converted into heat when it is absorbed by the hair shaft and the follicle. The melanin in the skin absorbs this heat. The heat destroys the hair follicle and all the hair in the area where the laser was applied fall out within a week or two. Since the heat is absorbed by melanin, the more the melanin, the higher the percentage of heat that enters your skin. Darker skin tones absorb more heat and the chances of getting burnt is high. So most at home treatments are recommended for people with fair to medium skin color.

The treatment works on all the hair follicles that are in the growth phase, which accounts for 90% of your hair. Therefore, most brands recommend that the treatment is done once in a weeks for a few times to ensure that all the active hair on the body are covered. After 6 treatments, you can choose to do it as and when you see new hair growth, which should not be often.

How to use at home Laser Hair Removal Systems? 

DIY Laser Hair Removal

  • The first step is to shave off all the existing hair, which is kind of ironic because your final goal is hair removal. But this is done to have a clean workspace on which you can move the laser and for the intensity of the laser to be optimum when it reaches the follicles.
  • Turn on the device. It will have a start or power button. Most devices come with adjustable intensity levels. Start with the lowest intensity and increase as per your comfort. Do a patch test on a part of the skin. When the device comes in contact with the skin, you will see it emanating a bright light, which turns into heat in the skin. You will have a heavy pinching feeling. Once you are done with the test, ensure there is no burning or irritation for a couple of hours.
  • Now go on and zap the device on the skin and move it like how you would move a razor. You will feel your skin heating up for a few seconds, nothing beyond that.
  • Run the device all over the parts where you want to remove your hair and repeat 2-3 times.
  • Doing this once every week for 6 weeks will make all the hair on the treated parts fall off.
  • It is safe to be used on the face and any other part of the body too. Just be careful to not linger on any part of the skin for longer than a couple of seconds.

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How much does it cost? 

Different brands offer their home laser devices at different prices. The average price of one such kit would be $400.

Is it safe to use? 

If you read the manual thoroughly, follow all the instructions, do the patch test and patiently use it, then it is completely safe to use.

The DIY Laser Hair Removal kits give you complete freedom from tweezing, waxing and shaving. Just bring one home and get started on your journey to be permanently fuzz free.

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.