At one time or another we’ve all walked passed a laser boutique or hair removal clinic or aesthetics centre and considered the benefits of being smoother. We payed Nine Aesthetics in Johannesburg a visit to get all our burning questions answered about laser hair removal.

Nine Aesthetics uses a Diode hair removal system which targets the follicle and is relatively pain free because of its cooling system. It works on the Fitzpatrick scale of 1 – 4 (pale to light brown skin). This scale is a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light.

Any good practitioner will always offer a comprehensive consultation and inform you about the contra-indications, so be aware if you consult anywhere else. It’s recommended to do a patch test. This will identify if your skin reacts to the laser or not. Leaving it for a few weeks will be enough time to see if your skin hyper or hypo-pigments (darkens or lightens in that area). 

Like with any kind of skin/laser treatment, it is better to stay out of the sun while you’re going through the process or wear a really good sunblock. But where can you get your hair removed? Everywhere! It isn’t advisable to have it done inside your nose, but even those sensitive areas are okay, head, bum, back and all.

Depending on your skin type you’d need 6 to 8 sessions, this is also because you have to wait for the follicle to grow back before targeting it again so you can’t do double sessions on a day, but  you can do different areas of the body. Hormonal hair will grow back, so teens, you’re going to have to wait, but everyone else can enjoy the benefits of these quick and effective sessions.laser-hair-removal, hair removal men, the vibe za

Nine Aesthetics offers discounts if you buy your sessions up front. For 4 sessions and top-up sessions you get a 20% discount, for 6 sessions you get 25% off and if you buy 8 sessions there is a 30% discount.