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Sugaring and Laser Hair Removal: Timing is Everything

Two things are important to note as you read this.


One, we will use the term 'laser hair removal' somewhat loosely. We mean light therapy as a mechanism for permanent hair removal or reduction. At Lift Laser and Beauty in Chilliwack, we use an IPL device for hair removal. If you're not sure the difference and you'd like to know, this post is useful information.


Two, you may read elsewhere on the Lift Laser and Beauty website that you can't sugar or wax during your laser (IPL) hair removal sessions. please note that this is absolutely true. that you can't sugar or wax, willy nilly, through your laser or IPL hair removal. Willy nilly is the operative phrase.


And that's why this post exists, to talk to you about the timing.


Timing plays THE crucial role in maximizing the benefits of combining these two treatments (the antithesis of willy nilly). The focus is on the importance of targeting the hair growth phase.


Understanding the Growth Phases of Hair

Hair growth occurs in different phases: the anagen (growth), catagen (transitional), and telogen (resting) phases. The anagen phase is the prime time for effective hair removal since the hair is actively growing and connected to the hair follicle.


Why Timing Matters

The success of both sugaring and IPL or laser hair removal is ultimately influenced by the phase of hair growth. When hair is in the anagen phase, it contains an abundance of melanin, the pigment that absorbs light energy. Essentially this means that the hair is an easier target for the light to find. as well, during the anagen phase, the hair is firmly rooted in the follicle. When the hair is attached to the follicle that is the only time that either laser hair removal or sugaring are effective.

ipl laser hair removal with sugaring hair removal
combining IPL or laser hair removal with sugaring improves overall results


Sugaring and IPL: How They Work

  1. Sugaring: Sugaring is a natural hair removal method that involves applying a sticky paste made from sugar, lemon juice, and water to the skin. The paste adheres to the hair, allowing for removal from the root. When performed during the anagen phase, sugaring produces longer-lasting results, as the hair is pulled out from the root, damaging and weakening the follicle.

  2. IPL (ntense pulsed light): IPL utilizes broad-spectrum light to target and destroy hair follicles. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin in the hair, heating and disabling the follicle. To achieve the best results, IPL should be administered during the anagen phase when the hair's melanin content is at its peak AND it's attached to the follicle.

How to Make Them Better Together

This method of combining the two modalites simply adds a secondary mechanism of injury to the process. Where one modality falls short, the other adds to the mix and creates a better result.


Timing is everything: at Lift Laser and Beauty we've perfected the ideal time for your sugaring and IPL sessions. We'll discuss these in detail and help you stay on track. Like both laser hair removal (ipl) and sugaring, multiple sessions are always needed to create sufficient damage to render the follicle useless for hair growth. We have a couple of package options for you depending on whether you're starting your hair removal from scratch or you've had some laser/ipl in the past.


Consistency: This ain't no willy nilly process. This is very specific and your results hang in the balance of the schedule. to achieve the best long-term results, you really need to adhere to the treatment schedule.


What Does This All Cost?

The Lift Laser and Beauty website is totally transparent on pricing - no need for a creepy sales call or an awkward consult just to find out what it all costs.


Mastering the art of combining sugaring and IPL is all about understanding the hair growth cycle and synchronizing your treatments accordingly. By targeting the anagen phase and using two modalites, we capture the full power of both methods and get you the best possible results.



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