How does laser hair removal work?
The body goes through three different growth phases: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair in the Anagen phase. The Anagen phase is when the hair is growing and has the most blood supply; this is the only time laser hair removal works.
Why does knowing about Active Surge matter?
This allows you to know when you should begin scheduling appointments for the treatment area(s) and how long you have to get you in for an effective treatment. This is the first indication of the anagen phase.
What is the Active Surge?
Active surge is when your hair transitions into the Anagen phase. The reason why we focus on the active surge is that this will help you keep the treatments scheduled efficiently making your appointments more effective.
How to Identify the Active Surge?
An active surge is easily identified by resistance. Resistance is felt from the hair follicles against sheets, clothing, shaving & touch. This can cause razor burn, ingrown hairs, & irritation from hair follicles.
When to Notice Active Surge
Clients should start noticing active surge prior to their next appointment, depending on the body area being treated. When noticing an active surge, you should call and schedule your next appointment as soon as possible.
Active Surge vs. Shedding
For shedding, you will notice a “surge” but if you were to pull on your hairs they will come out with no tension. You need to be exfoliating regularly to assist those hairs in removal. When you are in the active surge there will be tension when you pull on your hairs.