Laser Hair Removal Myths | Pure Vanity Spa, Scottsdale

Ready to ditch the razor, wax and other entrapments of hair-free skin but still have concerns about laser hair removal? Our advanced pain-free laser hair removal is safe, effective and affordable. Read on for the top laser hair removal myths—debunked!


If you’ve had enough of the plucking, nicking and yanking of traditional hair removal methods, it’s time for you to consider laser hair removal. Laser hair removal for unwanted hair is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Yet, the treatment is still rife with misunderstandings and untruths, many of which may have once been true early in the development of the technology but are no longer the case thanks to the ever-evolving laser industry. Today’s lasers, in the right hands of course, can leave your skin smooth and hair-free while freeing you from shaving and monthly visits to the waxer.

Here are the common misconceptions about laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal hurts.

False. Here at Pure Vanity, we use the gold standard laser in the industry, an 810 nanometer diode. Our lasers are unique in that they are lasers in motion, which delivers a virtually painless experience. Our advanced pain-free laser hair removal technology works by gently heating the dermis to a temperature that effectively damages the hair follicle and prevents regrowth, yet does not injure the surrounding skin. Our technicians constantly move the handpiece across the targeted area during the treatment so that the energy is delivered safely and more uniform. The result is a painless hair removal experience that many of our clients tell us feels like a warm massage. Granted, if you end up at a place not using the latest technology, you may experience that rubber band snapping feeling that dated lasers are famous for. And if you’ve had a waxing service on a sensitive area, you know that smarts!

Laser hair removal is expensive.

False. Yes, laser hair removal will cost you more upfront but over the long run, you’ll save money on waxing, razors, shaving creams, depilatory creams and so on. Laser hair removal is cheaper than waxing because waxing is an endless battle against hair regrowth while laser requires only 6 to 8 sessions per area. Think of it this way: If your monthly trip to the waxer costs you an estimated $65 per month ($50 for legs, $15 for underarms based on average prices), that’s $5,915 over the course of 10 years. Even with occasional touch-ups, laser on the other hand, comes in at about $3,240 over 10 years. (If you are a Pure Vanity Member or buy packages, plus have touch ups for full legs and underarms they are all in at under $1,200.) That’s at least $2,675 in savings!

Laser hair removal doesn’t work on dark skin.

False. While this used to be the case with older laser technology, it is no longer true. The laser we use at Pure Vanity has been cleared by the FDA for use on all skin types, including tanned skin.

Laser hair removal doesn’t work on light red and blond hair.

False. This is also a fallacy holding strong from old technology. Our lasers also work on fair-skinned individuals with light hair (although it may take more treatments than those with dark hair and light skin).

Laser hair removal is time consuming.

False. With the advanced laser technology that we use in our spa, we can treat areas as large as the lower legs in half an hour or less. Our lasers in motion are the fastest lasers available today.

Laser hair removal is unregulated.

False. In Arizona, laser hair removal is regulated by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency, which has strict training requirements for laser hair removal practitioners including 40 hours of classroom education in a state-approved facility. State requirements vary state by state and if you do chose to go somewhere other than Pure Vanity, make sure that the place is properly certified.

Laser hair removal is dangerous.

False. Laser hair removal systems approved by the FDA do not emit radiation. While radiation does exist between the light barriers of the laser, it does not exit that space, so it’s not harmful to the patient.

Ready to ditch your razor or cancel your dreadful monthly waxing services? We’re here for you! For additional info on laser hair removal, visit the American Academy of Dermatology or call the experts at Pure Vanity Spa. We stand by our services with a free laser hair removal treatment on one small area for all new clients. 

Do you have other concerns about laser hair removal? Call us today at (480) 419-8267 and we’ll be happy to address them!