The Laser Hair Removal Specialists Cork
For many men and women hair removal is a never ending, time consuming and laborious process, but it needn’t be such a hardship. At Shirley’s we have a state-of-the-art, award winning Candela Laser Machine. The Nordlys with a SWT™ Ultimate system – a Selective Waveband Technology Therapy based treatment that drastically reduces unwanted hair for longer.
The Nordlys is the ultimate hair removal system and is suitable for a complete head to toe treatment, available for both men and women. This treatment offers practically, painless permanent hair reduction delivering touchable, soft, smooth skin.
How does the treatment work?
A thin layer of gel is applied to your skin before treatment, to ensure the maximum amount of light enters the skin. The applicator is pressed against the skin and a carefully controlled pulse of visible light is released. Potentially harmful wavelengths and wavelengths that only heat up water in the skin are removed using patented Dual Mode Filtering. The remaining light is absorbed by pigment (melanin) in your hair. Melanin converts the light into heat, which travels down the hair and heats the hair matrix, reducing future hair growth.
Can all hairs be treated?
Because the treatment relies on absorption of light by melanin, there needs to be melanin in the hair. This means that light blonde, red, grey or white hairs do not respond, and the most efficient treatment is seen with dark hair. We are able to treat all colours of skin and have pre-programmed settings for different hair thicknesses and skin colours to match your exact needs.
How long does the laser hair removal treatment take?
A large number of hairs can be targeted in one flash of light. Treatment of the upper lip takes approximately 1 minute, whereas a back or both legs take 10-20 minutes.
How many treatments do I need?
Every hair has a life cycle; it grows for a period of time, falls out, rests and then starts to grow again. Only hairs that are growing can be treated – so you need to repeat the treatment at intervals until all hair follicles have been treated whilst in growth stage. The length and timing of the growth cycles are affected by numerous factors such as body site, hormone levels and age. Clinical studies have shown that typically 3-6 treatments are needed, and the intervals between treatments are typically 4-6 weeks.
Do I need to take precautions before and after Laser treatment?
It is important not to pluck, tweeze, wax or use hair removal creams during the four weeks before treatment. This ensures that as many hair follicles as possible contain a hair which can be destroyed. It is also important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb the light instead of your hair. It is also recommended to use sunscreen (min. SPF 30) for four weeks following treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
While tolerance of pain is very individual, no anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as practically pain-free, similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin.