Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Laser Hair Removal Coming to Cruise Ships?

October 24, 2011 | By | 6 Comments

At-sea spa barons Steiner Leisure recently signed an agreement to acquire laser hair removal specialists Ideal Image for $175 million. Bearded ladies came to mind first, followed by a more relevant question: Is it only a matter of time before hairy upper lips are zapped from cruise ships?

“We don’t know definitely, but there might be an opportunity on some ships in the future,” says Stephen Lazarus, Steiner’s chief financial officer.
But like permanently removing underarm hair, the prospect is not without pitfalls. “Here’s the challenge with [performing the procedure] on ships: By virtue of nature of the service, it generally takes a long time. You typically have 10 week spacing between treatments, to let the follicle grown back, so naturally, you’re not [at sea] long enough for the full series of treatments,” explains Lazarus. “You’re also not supposed to go out in the sun after laser hair removal, though underarms are okay.”
And the machines aren’t cheap. Each one is a couple hundred thousand dollars.
Still, there may be some sort of accommodation made. Providing some form of onboard education — i.e. an explanation of how one of the only FDA-approved hair removal procedures works — could be an option, says Lazarus. And, if lines want the machines, passengers could get their first treatment onboard, then finish the de-follicle-cation at one of Ideal Image’s 70-odd land-based locations. (There are plans to expand.)
Lazarus says it’s really still too early to speculate — but if the cruise lines will it, Steiner will have the lasers ready.
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    6 Responses to “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Laser Hair Removal Coming to Cruise Ships?”

    1. Robyn
      October 24th, 2011 @ 11:18 am

      This is the dumbest idea I have ever seen. Laser hair removal takes up to 9 treatments to effectively keep hair from growing back and 3 to start seeing any results, you can’t do treatments closer than 3 days apart and you need a licensed medical professional to do this (RN minimum). In a clinical environment they provide a numbing gel, s it should not be painful. I think this is a REALLY bad idea!

    2. ACruiseGuy
      October 24th, 2011 @ 11:55 am

      I can thing of a 1,000…no, make that 2,000….better things to do at sea!

    3. Brian
      October 24th, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

      I would rather see chiropractic treatments offered on board. Or how about this: Offer a program called “Man Spa,” including an old-fashioned shave, skin treatments, massage, and whatever else would be good for guys.

    4. Mary Louk
      October 24th, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

      Unfortunately it will be a waste of money because laser takes a number of treatments to be effective. Also, it is containdicated with sun exposure or tanning.
      I have been providing laser services for 8 years and the best results come with the treatments being at least 3 weeks apart for facial hair, 3-6 weeks apart for body hair. Also the skin should be at it’s lightest for safety reasons (burning)

    5. Jane Whittaker
      December 5th, 2011 @ 10:56 am

      This is a really bad idea. To be effective laser hair removal needs on average around 8 treatments. Also one of the main things people to on cruises is sunbath which is highly recommended you don’t do if you have laser hair removal treatment.

    6. shawna johnson
      August 24th, 2013 @ 9:10 am

      This is not as dumb of an idea as you think. I’ve been doing laser for years. This can be done if the individual does not want to deal with shaving for their entire cruise. What happens if the individual will not be aroung to get their next treatment and they have the option of getting on the cruise. My patients have seen results after the first treatment. Have not had to shave for about 4 weeks, the cruises are usually 6-9 days. Now it’s up to the individual when they return to their port to continue with the treatments or not. I know I saved myself days of shaving when I did my laser removal right before I went on my cruise. So there are always different ways to look at something. No straight tunnel vision here.

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