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Can I Shave After Laser Hair Removal?

Updated: May 15, 2023

Many people find waxing quite painful, so they go for laser treatment. It has turned out to be efficient because it has made you eliminate repetitive waxing or shaving and maintain a smooth, hair-free body.

If you haven't gone through with laser hair removal, you might not be aware that a single laser hair removal treatment will not permanently eliminate your need to shave again. The truth is, it will take several treatments to achieve your goals.

But, can you shave while having the laser treatment performed?

In this article, you'll learn whether you can shave after a laser and what your routine will look like while going through the process. So, without further ado, let's jump right into it.

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What Is Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the best option if you're tired of shaving, plucking, and waxing unwanted body hair. We at Blissfusion | Encinitas provide laser hair removal treatments to patients daily to help them break free of time-consuming routines. After a few non-invasive sessions, you'll be beach-ready all the time!

In this treatment, a powerful light beam is directed through the pigment of hair and onto the hair follicles. As a result, the hair follicles and bulbs are destroyed by the heat. Some of the follicles will return weakened and thinner, but these will also diminish throughout treatments.

Should you shave after laser hair removal?

You can shave after getting your laser done, but you'll want to give your skin some time to heal first. Once the skin has recovered from your session, our laser specialist would only suggest you shave several days before your next laser session so that your hair is at a proper length. It targets the hair follicles with the full potential of a laser beam. If the length isn't correct, the process will become ineffectual.

Shaving is unnecessary for several days following the laser treatment because the targeted hair will need a few days to shed. When the remaining hair does begin to regrow, you can resume shaving; hopefully with much less effort.

Everyone's body varies, and so does its sensitivity. So, touch the skin to test its sensitivity before shaving. We recommend waiting another day if the area is still a bit tender. If you shave too soon, you may disrupt the healing process and irritate. So, let your skin rest for 2 to 3 days to support a healthy healing process.

Can you wax before laser hair removal?

Before the laser treatment, you should avoid waxing because laser hair removal works best when intense light beams are focused on hair follicles. When you finish waxing, the hair is removed from its roots beneath the skin. With no follicles to target, the laser will have nowhere to hit, making the process less effective.

So, our team recommends shaving or trimming the hair the night before or the day of your next laser treatment session. Of course, everyone has a different body. If you aren't sure whether you should shave or not, consult Blissfusion | Encinitas for expert advice.

Tips for shaving after treatment

Laser hair removal can cause a burning sensation on the skin. Shaving immediately after treatment may worsen irritation. After four to five days, patients may begin exfoliating the treated area to help shed dead hair follicles. If there is remaining sensitivity, do not exfoliate or shave the treated area. If you're having any issues with your skin or queries, it's best to consult your laser specialist.


Laser hair removal treatment is an efficient way to remove unwanted hair permanently. But, it requires you to complete sessions until your goal is achieved. Our opinion? A few simple sessions are much more manageable than a full-on shaving routine. If you have patience and follow a few instructions, you'll be smooth and hair-free in no time! Check out Laser Hair Removal at Blissfusion or head to our blog for more information.

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