A. How To Choose The Best Laser Hair Removal Machines For Your Aesthetics Or Salon Business
One of the most lucrative beauty and aesthetic treatments in the UK is laser hair removal. That is why so many of our Beaulaz students receive the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Laser Hair Removal and IPL. They are opening their own clinics for advanced hair removal or expanding existing salons with this lucrative service. In fact, it has become a necessity to install laser hair removal machines for professionals. When you are ready to offer laser hair removal, you will need to start researching laser equipment and IPL equipment. However, if you are just starting out, you will see that there are many options and it can be confusing which device is best for your clinic.
As you probably know, in addition to Beaulaz, I own several Colaz Advanced Beauty Salons. Before we bought lasers and IPL machines for our salons, we spent a lot of time researching suppliers and manufacturers. We wanted to find affordable devices with good service contracts that would provide the best treatment for our epilation and skin care customers. We would like to give you some valuable tips from our practical experience so that you can make the best decision before buying. Use the questions and answers on this page to help you find the right path before making this important investment.
1. Is it true that laser machines are cheaper today than in previous years?
Yes, since we started buying our lasers in 2005, competition has significantly lowered prices. That said, it is a good time to buy. But it’s still a great buy and it’s not just the cost of the laser hair removal machine that you need to consider. Service, training and easy replacement of parts are just some of the factors to consider.
2. Why is after-sales service important?
After-sales service is so important because you are purchasing sophisticated technology that is not immune to failure. What do you do when your machine breaks down and you have customers with reservations the next day? The last thing you need is dissatisfied customers, whose appointments you need to cancel due to equipment failure. And remember, you often offer your laser hair removal service to your customers in multiple sessions. Your customers may have prepaid a course and may come for the second or third session. In that case, they probably waited 4 to 6 weeks for this appointment.
You want your corporate brand to grow. You want your customers to be happy and feel they can trust you. The last thing you want is dissatisfied customers asking for a refund. It really isn’t worth it. Therefore, make sure that your supplier is an established and reputable company. Take a look at your service contract. Do you have engineers who provide service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Do you have quick access to spare parts? And make sure they know what they are doing when it comes to breakdowns and repairs.
3. Does the manufacturer offer automatic updates?
Your service contract must include free updates as new technologies become available. You want your devices to always be state of the art to always stay one step ahead of the competition and offer your customers the latest technology. Updates are usually available in the service contract. Check this before signing.
4. How can I find out which laser and which IPL machine are best for my salon?
The brand you choose will depend on your customers and the treatments you offer. For example, your customers’ lighter or darker skin type is one of the considerations. And do you offer skin rejuvenation, tattoo removal, acne treatment and skin tightening, in addition to hair removal? Because of these considerations, you need to purchase a laser hair removal machine. After identifying the characteristics of your target market and the services it offers, talk to your supplier about which laser is perfect for your company.
Here is a guide to put you on the right path:
- Alexandrite laser is recommended for lighter skin types 1 to 3. It cannot treat darker skin types 5 to 6.
- ND Yag is good for Asian and Afro skins, but it can also treat lighter skin types.
- Most diode lasers treat many types of skin, including some types of Afro skin.
- IPL devices are multifunctional, so they can perform epilation and skin rejuvenation at the same time. Note that skin rejuvenation is only suitable for skin types 1 to 3 (lighter skin) and an IPL is not suitable for Asian or Afro dark skin types.
5. How much does the average laser hair removal machine cost?
Most people are shocked to find out how much a laser machine actually costs. When we told people that we paid about £ 40,000 to £ 60,000 each for our machines in Colaz, we saw many faces fall.
IPL devices are a little cheaper, but be aware that you have to pay to continue replacing the lamps. The number of lamps you use depends on the number of customers you treat. It is usually a monthly expense, but it can cost more than £ 10,000 a year.
6. Should I finance my new machine?
In our experience, the best way to buy a laser hair removal machine is to finance it. This is because payment over time frees up money for other essential items in the salon, such as sofas, home renovations and other installation expenses. Consider the option of financing the machine in three years. At the end of the third year, you can pay a monthly premium and the machine is yours. Interest paid is tax deductible. You can claim depreciation on your tax return.
7. Are there used machines?
Currently, there is a large stock of used machines on the market. You can find them on sites like eBay and Gumtree. Although you can find the machine you are looking for, there are some problems that you should be aware of with the equipment used. First, it is important that you have maintenance and downtime insurance. Does the original manufacturer offer a service contract? If so, fine, but be sure to include these costs in your calculations to ensure that you’re still getting a bargain on used equipment.
8. Can I buy a good laser or cheaper IPL machine from another country?
We know that there is a temptation to cut the middleman and buy the machine directly from abroad. But if something goes wrong, who will you call? And while you can often buy lasers from the Far East at much cheaper prices, problems with CE marks and the need to maintain extra parts and recover from failures are common. Laser machine manufacturers in other countries always employ resellers abroad. Some have exclusive distribution rights, but these distributors are all configured for customer service.
Therefore, I strongly recommend that you buy from the country you live in. I know we all like to buy directly, but trust me. You will thank your local dealer if your machines fail. The dealer can even guarantee that you have a replacement on hold.
9. Do I need insurance?
As you plan to offer laser hair removal treatments to the public, you will definitely want to take out insurance and have the certificate issued in your locality. Don’t take the risk of ignoring insurance because if you accidentally burn a customer and they decide to sue you without insurance, it can be very expensive for you.
10. How can I get insurance?
There are several reputable insurers in the UK. Do a Google search to find the right one for your business. In our Colaz salons, we manage Zurich Insurance through our association with the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC). The insurer will also request the certificate from the laser machine manufacturer. Note that most insurers also require proof of their qualifications, which leads us to the next question.
11. Do I need any qualifications to use a laser machine?
Yes, most insurers will ask about your qualifications. At the time of this writing, in 2014, BABTAC requires a minimum qualification for Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 3. But don’t worry! Here in Beaulaz you can get your qualifications quickly. If you are a doctor or a nurse, the above qualifications are not required.
12. Do I have to register with a local authority?
Yes, anyone who operates a laser at home or on commercial premises must notify local authorities. However, each municipality has its own rules and minimum requirements. Most authorities require that your laser machine company have some beauty therapy qualifications and a manufacturer’s certificate.
So get in touch with your community’s special treatment licensing department and find out what is needed. For my Colaz salons, for example, the license agreement varies:
- In Westminster, the license fee is £ 1,500 and all laser operators are required to have a minimum qualification for NVQ Level 3 beauty therapy.
- The license fee for Slough is £ 350. She covered me for 3 years and they are relatively relaxed with anyone who operates a laser.
- The license fee for the Ealing Council is £ 800.
- The Hounslow Borough Council is very strict, with a license fee of £ 1,000 and photos of therapists, each with a minimum NVQ Level 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy.
13. What is a Laser Protection Advisor (LPA) and do I need one?
If you operate a laser in a commercial building, it is a legal requirement to use the services of an outside specialist known as a laser security consultant (LPA). The LPA provides laser safety advice and a risk assessment for its laser services.
14. How will I be trained to use my new laser hair removal machine?
The advantage of buying from a UK dealer is that they will not only sell a machine with marketing literature, but will also provide extensive machine training and a manufacturer’s certificate. You need this certificate for insurance and for your community. This is one of the biggest problems when buying your laser machine abroad. It will not be so easy to obtain training or the required manufacturer’s certificate.
15. Who are the most popular suppliers of laser hair removal equipment in the UK?
When looking for machines, you will find that there are a multitude of suppliers. They range from individual companies to established resellers who can offer you a wide range of on-call engineers. Although most laser machines are manufactured abroad, they are sold by exclusive dealers here in the United Kingdom. Some companies claim to have made the machines in the UK, but they only order parts from other countries and assemble them here, although it shouldn’t be a problem.
B. Hair Removal Buying Guide
1. Purchase of hair removal products
There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing an epilator, IPL hair removal devices, epilators and razors:
- If you are struggling to find time to shave regularly, consider long-term hair removal options, such as: B. an epilator.
- Make your choice according to your skin and hair type. For example, IPL treatment is not as effective in patients with dark skin and light hair as in patients with light skin and dark hair.
- Pay attention to the number of attachments that come with the epilation device, as this will add versatility and, in some cases, minimize discomfort.
- Remember the effects that hair removal can have on the skin. For example, regular shaving can cause irritation that other methods can avoid.
2. Types of Hair Removal Products
Epilators extract hair from the root for permanent hair removal. In addition, repeated application can guarantee that future growth will be thinner, so you will spend less time on maintenance.
- Epilators come in wet and dry models, so you can perform your hygiene rituals in the bath or shower and reduce preparation time.
- A wide-head epilator will help you remove hair faster because you have fewer passes to do.
- Keep an eye on epilators with accessories that allow you to use them on your legs, groin, armpits and face.
- Some even come with exfoliating brushes.
b. Laser hair removal / IPL
Fast and painless, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology dulls the hair follicle, causing hair to fall naturally. In addition, IPL suppresses growth so you can enjoy smooth, silky skin for months.
- Look for an IPL device with a large area of light, as it will help you cover the areas of your body from which you want to remove hair more quickly.
- With the adjustable settings, you can adapt the device to your skin and hair. Automatic power models can do this for you, so you’re always using the right settings.
- Consider IPL systems with replacement lamps, as this will extend the life of the device. Most devices, however, are equipped with permanent flashes.
c. Razors and trimmers
Blades and trimmers can produce great results with minimal effort. Although hair grows quickly, it remains a highly effective method for anyone who finds time to shave regularly.
- With a razor with wet and dry features, you can use shaving gel for best results and use it in the shower to reduce preparation time.
- Shavers with integrated finishing functions can save space in your washing bag and cabinet. However, they are unlikely to be as effective as special trimmers.
- When buying a special trimmer, look for models with various accessories designed specifically to remove hair from sensitive areas safely.