Amanda Malamut
December 31, 2016 9:38 am
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How many television commercials and radio ads have we heard talking about laser hair removal? Enough to make us curious about what the procedure would actually entail. We aren’t the only ones who are curious about what actually happens when you step into the spa, either. A slow-motion video detailing what it’s like to get laser hair removal has over 3 million views on YouTube. The YouTube channel, Veritasium, features science and engineering videos featuring experiments, interviews, demos, and public science discussions. And this crazy semi-gross video of what it means to use lasers to remove your hair.

During laser hair removal, a laser beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair growth. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair.

Although laser hair removal effectively slows hair growth, it doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. It typically takes multiple laser hair removal treatments to provide an extended hair-free period. Periodic maintenance treatments might be needed as well.

This video gets way up close and personal into the actual hair removal process. The video also explains the process in a way that makes sense to and explains the process in simple English, so don’t worry if you’re not up on your laser knowledge.It’s always good to know what is going to happen to your body before you get a procedure, so if you’re thinking about getting hair removed with a laser in the new year, you should definitely check out this video beforehand.

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