I’ve discussed my personal hatred for body hair before. It doesn’t bother me on other people, but I would rather not have any at all. I like my hair to just be on my head and on my eyebrows. That’s it. I’ve been shaving and waxing for a loooong time so I’m pretty used to it. But it gets really annoying after a while, and waxing is expensive.
One of my best friends got laser hair removal, and I’ve been considering it for a while. I finally decided to do it after talking to my friend and wax technician. My wax technician recommended me to a place here in the city, and I was able to get a dealfor a few sessions. I went to my consultation back in November and had my first appointment two weeks ago.
Laser hair removal isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly something to think about if you want to get rid of your body hair and want to save money on waxing and shaving in the long run. Here are # things you need to know before you do it.
This is so so important! You need to extensively research the place you're going to. Some dermatologists and doctor's offices provide laser hair removal services. There are also independent laser hair removal spas. I went to a med spa. Research online, read reviews and if possible, get a referral from someone you know. Most places also provide free consultations so make a consultation appointment and go see the place for yourself.
Make Sure You Can Actually Get It Done
Laser hair removal doesn't work on all hair and skin types. It works best on light skin and dark hair. If you have blonde hair, you likely won't be able to get laser hair removal. Discuss this at your consultation and see if laser is right for you.
Think About What Area You Want
When I decided to do this, I wanted to pick the areas that were the biggest pain to me. I decided to do my underarms and my bikini area. I can deal with shaving my legs (and arms), but the thought of never having to shave my armpits or get a Brazilian wax again was too appealing to pass up. You can get laser on large areas like your bikini area or small areas like your upper lip. It's up to you, but I would think about what you find most beneficial to you.
Laser is expensive upfront. However, the cost of the sessions you go to compared to waxing and shaving for the rest of your life is much cheaper. A lot of places offer payment plans and even credit options.
It Takes Several Sessions
For laser hair removal to be "permanent," you need to have between 6-9 sessions. If you do less than six, you're likely not going to see long-lasting results. It's important to discuss during a consultation what is necessary for you.
You cannot be on antibiotics before getting laser. They can cause really bad reactions to your skin. Stop using any antibiotics at least two weeks before your appointment.
No Waxing Or Tweezing Before
Whether you've been waxing or tweezing for years or just every now and then, you need to wait 6-8 weeks before your first laser treatment. Your hair needs to go through a full growth cycle beforehand so hold off the waxing and plucking.
You Have To Shave Before Your Appointment
This one is really important. You need to shave before you have your treatment. I shaved the night before to avoid any extra irritation on the day of. This allows the technician and the laser to see the follicles
It Doesn't Hurt But It Doesn't Feel Great
All lasers are different, and everyone has different levels of pain tolerance. For me, it didn't hurt. It actually was way more comfortable than getting a wax. It was more just hot than anything else. You also might feel a little sore afterward just like after waxing.
Your Hair Doesn't Disappear Overnight
One of the benefits of waxing and shaving is immediate results. However, laser hair removal doesn't work that way. After your treatment, your hair will start to fall out in 10-14 days. It won't all fall out at once. You might be a little patchy, but that's okay. You can shave between treatments. After my first treatment, the hair under my arms is completely gone and isn't growing back in which is a good sign.
Have you ever considered laser hair removal? Have you ever gotten it? Tell us in the comments!