Let’s talk about hair removal, shall we?
The grooming practices of my generation are considered more excessive than ones past. Both men and women are much more body-hair-aware these days, and I think it’s glorious.
It started young with me, you would think I was born a Yedi with my obsession over hair removal.
- I sliced up my shin pretty good when I was 10 and first tried shaving.
- Then at 13, I had minor chemical burns from leaving Nair on too long.
- I spent my 16th birthday walking back and forth from the bathroom to the kitchen with sticky arms and legs to re-warm my wax pot in the microwave.
- There’s also a few scars left behind from an outdated at-home electrolysis machine (luckily it was so horrifically painful I only did it on a couple hairs).
- Not to mention my over-plucked eyebrows, and the over-zealous threading for my face fuzz.
But that was all leading up to my personal Holy Grail: Laser Hair Removal. It had been a complete game changer and I couldn’t be happier with my results!
My first experience with a laser was 6 years ago. And it was terrible. I learned the hard way these treatments require some research to find someone good to perform them, since the success of the appointment has to do with the person operating the machine. I ended up getting a great word of mouth referral to another Medspa and never looked back.
As the years passed, I have done treatments on more and more body parts. Winter time is usually when I embark on these quests since my skin is pasty white, hidden from the sun, and I’ll be finished by the time summer rolls around.
When I talk to my clients about my treatment (they ask, I swear!), here are their top questions:
- What does it feel like? A hot rubber band snapping you- over and over again. But, each time you go, it gets easier and less painful.
- How many treatments does it take? That’s totally personal- if you have light skin and dark hair six consecutive treatments should do the trick. Maybe with one or two more awhile later to clean up any stray strands that just won’t take a hint.
- How much does it cost? It obviously varies by what you’re treating and where you live. But it’s important to stress ‘you get what you pay for‘. This is not the kind of thing you get a Groupon for. It’s a freakin’ laser and it can burn you. You want someone who has a lot of experience and knows what they are doing, which means you will be paying for that knowledge. It’s not cheap, it will set you back anywhere from $150 to $300 per session per body part, depending on where you live.
- Is it really permanent? Yes and no. I can honestly say I’ve seen a 90% reduction, and the 10% left over is light, soft, and so slow growing it’s practically invisible. Every year that passes a little more will come back, so I will keep going back for annual touch ups.
The big thing is to know when you’ve gone too far….