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Why Shaving, Not Waxing, Is Essential Before Laser Hair Removal

Shaving vs Waxing: Is Essential Before Laser Hair Removal


When it comes to laser hair removal, the preparation you do beforehand can significantly impact the effectiveness of the treatment. One common misconception is that waxing is an acceptable method of hair removal prior to a laser session. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In this blog, we’ll delve into why shaving, not waxing, is essential before laser hair removal and how it can make a significant difference in your results.

Why Shaving Is Necessary:

Hair Follicle Exposure: The key to successful laser hair removal lies in targeting the hair follicle itself. Shaving the area before treatment ensures that the hair is cut at skin level, exposing the follicle beneath the skin. This allows the laser to penetrate the follicle and effectively destroy it, preventing future hair growth.
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Why Waxing Is Not Recommended:

Complete Hair Removal: Unlike shaving, waxing removes the entire hair, including the follicle bulb. This means that there is no hair left to target during the laser treatment, rendering it ineffective. Additionally, waxing can cause inflammation and irritation to the skin, making it more sensitive to the laser.

Shaving Before Your Laser Session:

Pre-Treatment Instructions: Before your laser hair removal appointment, it’s essential to follow the pre-treatment instructions provided by your skincare professional. This usually includes shaving the treatment area 24-48 hours before your session to ensure optimal results.
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The Importance of Timing:

Waiting Period After Waxing: If you’ve recently waxed an area you plan to treat with laser hair removal, it’s crucial to wait for the hair to fully grow back before your session. This typically takes 4-6 weeks, as the hair needs to reach a certain length for effective shaving.


In summary, shaving, not waxing, is the only method of hair removal before laser hair removal treatment. By shaving the treatment area, you expose the hair follicles, allowing the laser to target them effectively. Waxing removes the hair follicle entirely, making it unsuitable for laser treatment. Remember to follow the pre-treatment instructions provided by your skincare professional and always shave before your laser session for the best results.

Important Information: 

We prioritise your safety and well-being. All clients will be required to fill out an online consultation form before their appointment to ensure everything is suitable for the treatment. This allows us to perform your treatment efficiently and safely.


I am unable to treat anyone who is:

  • Under 18 years old.
  • Experiencing excessive redness, impetigo, dermatitis, eczema, or any inflammatory skin conditions, including acne and rosacea. (Please contact me before booking)
  • Taking prescribed medication like Roaccutane or antibiotics.
  • Sunburnt, active sores, blisters, or open wounds.
  • Medical conditions like diabetes, epilepsy, or bleeding/clotting disorders.
  • Currently using topical antibiotics or steriod creams.
  • Predisposition to developing keloid scarring.
  • Currently receiving treatment for any cancer.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding (only SKN Deluxe facial available)

Holding back this information could be detrimental to your results and, most importantly, to your health.

For your laser appointment, we will go through a face-to-face consultation where we will check all medical history and any current topical or oral medication you are and have taken in the last 6 months. 

If you have any questions or concerns about anything not listed above, please contact us directly at:

When booking a facial, please consider the following guidelines. Adhering to these recommendations will help you get the very best out of your session.

  • Retinol-based Products: Please refrain from using retinol-based products 7 days before your appointment.
  • Recent Procedures: If you’ve had botox, fillers, micro-needling, chemical peels, or laser treatment, we kindly request a 14 day waiting period.
  • Exfoliating Products: Avoid products containing AHA’s like glycolic acid and BHA’s like salicylic acid for 5 days before your appointment.
  • Facial Waxing: Please avoid facial waxing for at least 5 days prior.