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Why Winter Is the Best Time of Year for Laser Hair Removal

Dec 05, 2023
Why Winter Is the Best Time of Year for Laser Hair Removal
New York winters require fortitude, courage, and lots and lots of layers. So, why would you bother with laser hair removal while you’re completely covered? Here’s why.

Laser hair removal is the best way to get rid of unsightly hair for good. It lets you ditch archaic methods, like shaving, waxing, tweezing, and plucking, and it also lasts longer and works more completely.

If you’re waiting for summer to start your treatments, that might be too late. Here’s why our experienced aesthetic specialists at Shira Laser in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, recommend getting a jump start on your laser hair removal this winter. 

How laser technology removes unwanted hair for good

  • Many different types of lasers perform various tasks in the aesthetics field, but for consistent, safe, and long-lasting hair removal, our Shira experts trust Cynosure Elite+™ lasers. These systems use two highly effective wavelengths — 755 nm alexandrite and 1064 nm Nd:YAG — to target and destroy your hair follicles and inhibit future hair growth.
  • The alexandrite laser is particularly effective for treating lighter skin types (I-III on the Fitzpatrick scale), while the Nd:YAG laser is safe for darker skin types (IV-VI). This dual-wavelength feature allows us to tailor your treatments and deliver optimal results.
  • How laser hair removal works

  • The Cynosure Elite lasers emit precise pulses of light energy that penetrate your skin layers, where the melanin (pigment) in the hair follicles absorbs them. The energy heats the follicle to a temperature that causes thermal damage, disrupting the hair growth cycle.

  • Unlike traditional hair removal methods, such as waxing or shaving, laser hair removal targets the root of the problem: the hair follicle itself. With every treatment, your hair becomes finer and less noticeable, leading to long-term hair reduction and smooth, hair-free skin.

Why start laser removal in the winter?

We understand that you won’t be wearing shorts or tank tops for at least six months, but if you want to have hairless skin that’s ready for the sunnier days, now is the time to start. As you’ll probably need 8 to 12 sessions, here are some good reasons to schedule your first session now.

It’s easier to avoid sun exposure

Laser hair removal doesn’t require downtime, but it does require you to protect your skin from the sun for a while. Sunscreen helps, but nothing beats staying indoors and covering up with pants and long sleeves. Since fall weather begins the season of warmer clothing and less sun exposure, it’s a great time to kick off your laser hair removal treatments.

You can go incognito

During the winter months, all New Yorkers don long sleeves and long pants, making it a great time for laser hair removal because no one can see the process of hair growth and removal going on. You can let your hair emerge so the Cynosure Elite laser system can do its job well, and you won’t feel self-conscious about the process.

Your skin is palest in the colder months

Since all laser hair removal systems work best on lighter skin with darker hair, it stands to reason that the ideal time to schedule your sessions is when you’ve lost your tan. Even though the Cynosure Elite excels at treating darker skin, even dark tones fade when you remove the sun from the equation. 

You’ll be all set for next summer

If you start your laser hair removal sessions now, you’ll have plenty of time to complete your treatment by next summer when you want to bare your skin again.

If you want hair-free skin when the weather warms up, request your first appointment using our online scheduler or call Shira Laser and get a jump on summer.