At Aloha Waxing and Laser, our goal is to give you more time for yourself so you spend less time thinking about your hair.
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Why should I choose Aloha?
At Aloha Waxing and Laser, we are committed to matching you with the treatments that are right for you. Everyone has slightly different needs depending on their skin, hair type, and lifestyle and we want to be a resource for you to make the best decision for you. Our waxers and laser technicians are trained extensively and are always available to answer your questions.
What’s better for me, waxing or laser?
They are both excellent ways to remove unwanted hair. Here are some of the features and drawbacks of each method. To be fair, we’ve added shaving to the list of popular hair removal methods.
- lower short term cost
- hair grows back within 3-6 weeks
- safe to do within 48 hours of tanning or self tanner
- recommended during pregnancy
- great for eyebrow shaping
- not dependent on hair color
- less expensive long term
- greater financial commitment in the short term
- hair reduction is permanent
- excellent for those prone to ingrown hairs
- you do not have to grow your hair out to a certain length, instead you can shave before your treatment.
- does not work on grey hair
- does not work well on very light or red hair
- possible side effects
- no planning required
- removes every hair in the short term
- hair grows back with stubble
- needs to be done daily
- not recommended for individuals prone to ingrown hairs
- not great for hard to reach areas
- it’s hard to keep razors sanitized and clean
how does laser hair removal work?
The laser emits a beam of light that passes through the skin, selectively destroying only the growing hair follicles. After 7-10 days, the hair in the treated area will begin to fall out. You will be ready for your next treatment about 8 weeks after your first visit. Each time, you will have less and less hair.
will the hair be completely gone forever?
There will be a significant, permanent reduction in hair. That means that our lasers are very effective in reducing the amount of hair that grows back. Most people are very happy with the results after 6 treatments. That does not mean that every single hair will be gone, there may be a small amount left. That’s why sessions after 6 treatments are 50% off until you achieve the desired result. Most people are happy with a 80-90% reduction in hair.
Does it hurt?
The treatment feels much like a rubber band snapping against the skin in the areas we are treating. Like waxing, it can be uncomfortable in some spots, but it is quick and our technicians are very sensitive to your needs. Be sure to communicate with your technician so she can minimize any discomfort.
Is the laser safe during pregnancy?
Our laser is very gentle and safe for all skin types, but there have been no studies on the safety of laser hair removal during pregnancy. Therefore we recommend against laser hair removal for pregnant women. If you become pregnant during the time you are being treated for laser hair removal, just let us know. We will resume treatments after the baby is born. Your hair is patient, it will still be there, and so will we.
How effective is the laser?
Just like all technology, laser hair removal has changed a lot in the past 20 years. The Candela GentleMax Pro is one of the newest, and most effective lasers available for hair removal. Most people are happy with the results after 6 treatments. That does not mean that every single hair will be gone, there may be a small amount left. That’s why sessions after 6 treatments are 50% off until you achieve the desired result. Most people are happy with an 80-90% reduction in hair.
If you have had laser treatments elsewhere, and they were not effective, feel free to call us or fill out the free laser consultation form and we will get in touch with you to discuss your best options. We will work with you to get you the results you are looking for.
We want you to be happy and will never try to convince you to buy a package if we think your hair will not respond.
What can I expect during my treatment?
You will need to shave 24-48 hours before your treatment. During your first appointment, your technician or the doctor will explain the laser treatments and answer any additional questions you have. You will be educated about the risks and benefits of laser hair removal. A test spot will be performed on an inconspicuous area such as the hip, as a precaution.
When you are ready for your treatment, you will be given protective eyewear to protect your eyes from any laser exposure. Then the technician will use the laser on the treatment area, treating a circular area of about 18mm in diameter at a time, moving the handpiece along your skin.
The laser emits a focused beam of light that passes through the skin, selectively destroying only the growing hair follicles. Some people feel a mild tenderness after a laser treatment, almost like a sunburn. Most people do not feel any discomfort after their treatment.
You may continue with your daily activities, avoiding heat and irritation for 24 hours after your treatment. That means no working out or hot baths, as your skin will be sensitive from the laser, and we don’t want to irritate the area.
You must also avoid prolonged sun exposure in the area treated for 3 weeks after your treatment. Bikini and underarms are easy to protect from the sun. For facial areas, we apply sunscreen to the area before you leave. We recommend an SPF 30+ sunscreen daily when receiving laser treatments on the face.
After 7-14 days, the hair in the treated area will begin to fall out, and there will be a period of time when the hair does not grow. You will be ready for your next treatment 8 weeks after your first. Each time, you will have less and less hair.
How long does it take?
That varies by the area being treated. Underarms take less than 15 minutes but legs may take 45 minutes. A full body laser treatment can be 90 minutes. It will usually take a little less than a year to complete the entire process.
how long should I go between treatments to get the best results?
6-12 weeks between treatments, depending on the area. Your technician will advise you on the best scheduling for you. You may shave between treatments. If you have been waxing the area, we recommend waiting 6 weeks after waxing.
When will I get results?
After the first treatment, many see a 20-30% reduction in hair, depending on hair and skin type, and the area being treated. Your hair will fall out 7-14 days after your treatment, and will begin growing back 3-6 weeks after your treatment.
Isn’t laser hair removal expensive?
Over time, laser hair removal is less expensive than waxing, and a lot less time consuming than shaving. While it is most cost effective to purchase a package of 6 treatments, you are welcome to purchase individual treatments if you would like to pay over time or just want to try out the process. You can always go back to your previous method of hair removal, but you may find that your results were so effective that you might change your mind!
what are the risks or side effects?
After your treatment your skin may be slightly pink and feel a little bit like you’ve had a sunburn. The treated follicles may give the skin a bumpy appearance for a few hours.This is normal. Many people have no reaction at all. Hypopigmentation (light spots), hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and burns are possible complications. We take possible complications very seriously and always use the minimum effective treatment to get the results you need. To minimize your risk, avoid prolonged sun exposure (tanning) for 3 weeks before your treatment, and three weeks after your treatment. Tanning (even self tanner) can put your skin at risk during your treatment.
Are your lasers safe for black skin?
YES. We have a YAG laser which uses a type of wavelength that is safe for black skin. At Aloha, we know how important it is to make sure our staff is knowledgable about the needs of all skin and hair types.
Here’s how it works. The laser emits a focused beam of light. Melanin absorbs that light, just like a dark cloth would get hot in the sun a lot faster than a light cloth. If you have dark skin, we need to use a laser of a different wavelength so the light bypasses the skin, hitting only the hair root. This also means you may need more treatments to get your desired result. We will work with you to make sure you get the results you need in a way that is safe for your skin.
The truth is that laser hair removal is a fantastic option for our clients of African descent because the hair tends to curl under the skin after shaving, leaving razor bumps. Many African American men get laser hair removal on the front of their neck, to prevent the bumps that happen when they shave. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have.
What parts of the body can I get treated?
The laser we use is approved for all areas we grow hair. We do not shape eyebrows with the laser for accuracy and safety reasons.
Why do I have to stop tanning?
Tanning increases the melanin in the skin, and the heat from the laser heats up the melanin and can cause burning. The same goes for self tanners and spray tans. If you have gone tanning several weeks ago or have olive or darker skin, we will use the appropriate laser for dark skin to be sure you are safe. But it is never safe to laser someone who has been tanning recently; the machine can cause burns and possibly white spots. Never tan and laser.
If you already have a base tan but haven’t been tanning recently, we can use the YAG laser safely on your skin.
You mean I can’t even use self tanner?
What about lotion with bronzer?
What if I tanned a long time ago, like 4 days ago?
I’m just kidding it was like 6 days…
You need to avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning in beds, and spray tanning for three weeks. It’s worth it for your own safety and to get the most out of your treatments. If you must tan, spray tan, or go on a tropical vacation, we reccommend waxing during that time until you can stay out of the sun and resume your laser treatments. There is no rush. This gives you some flexibility to work around your activities until you get the desired result.
I am transgender. Will the technician and staff understand my needs as a patient, and as a person?
Aloha is a very accepting place and we welcome everyone.Trans men and women often have special needs regarding hair and we will do a thorough consultation to set up a plan that works for you. We would be honored to support you through your transition.
I want to do laser treatments for my back but… I can’t shave my back.
No problem, we can do that for you for a small fee. Just ask us to schedule a back shave when you schedule your appointment so we make sure we make enough time.