One of the biggest insecurities, since I was a little girl, was my body hair. I had hair where most girls didn’t, and it was something really difficult for me to accept. Laser hair removal was my salvation! So yeah… I have some experience with the treatment. It is, in fact, the best thing I could spend my money on.
I started with the treatment in 2010 on my legs, then continued with my back, arms, armpits, and sideburns. I know, a lot of places. But it makes me happy and more confident. Some people would do surgery on their noses. My thing is laser hair removal.
It’s never easy to make the decision because it’s pricey. And I’m lucky my parents could help me with that. The price will depend on the area of your body you want to remove the hair. Any small area, like armpits and peach fuzz, are cheaper. While Legs and back cost more. You can always check on Groupon for discounts, just make sure is exactly what are you looking for. Also, have in mind, some spas or clinics offer a free session to test the lasers.
Now let’s start with the questions!
Does it Hurt?
Overall. Yes. Laser hair removal does hurt. Some places more than others. It will also depend on how thick your hair is and where. I remember that around the ankles was the worst. You will survive though. And it’s really fast! Both of my legs would take around 30 minutes.
It feels like someone is hitting you with a small whip.
Is it Permanent?
Sort of. But mainly yes. Hair keeps growing in some areas, but in others, the hair doesn’t grow anymore! I have parts in my legs where I don’t have hair anymore! And when it grows again… the hair is thinner, which makes it easier to wax.
How long does it take to remove the hair?
A normal treatment will take 6 sessions. In my case, it took more, especially in my legs. What can I say… my hair is a rebel. A good question to make at the place you are getting the treatment is, What happens with the hair that doesn’t get removed? At my clinic, they guaranteed 80% of less hair. So until I didn’t get to that point they would give me free sessions.
Also, every session was scheduled every 2 months or depending if I had enough hair to remove. The first sessions I had to grow all the hair, shave and wait until the grow a little. Then the last sessions I even had to wait longer than 2 months because there wasn’t enough hair to remove.
What’s the best laser?
There’re a lot of lasers in the market, including devices to do it at home! The person who did my treatment told me that the best was the Alexandrite Laser. It’s the one that hurts the most, but the most effective too. That’s exactly what she told me. At that point I was second guessing my decision.
Does it work for everyone?
What I know is: the more thin and light the hair is. The harder for the laser to burn the hair. So if you have light and thin hair it won’t work as well as a person with darker and ticker hair. Also it will depends on your skin color.
How does the laser work?
You can see the machine in the picture. The person who will do the treatment will put some information about the intensity of the laser among other things. In my case… The laser was high in everything. My skin could resist the highest intensity and power. I didn’t get burns. Yes, that can happen too.
What to expect after the first session?
So after the first session most of the hair was gone… and the rest of them fell in the following days. Also you may prefer not to take a shower the day after. I did it and my legs started to burn and I had to put a towel with cold water on my legs. The second day I didn’t have any problem.
When do you start seeing results?
In my case was in like the fifth session. It wasn’t all gone but I did see the difference. By then the clinic offered me 4 more session. And yes, after 10 sessions I couldn’t be more happy. I reached the goal of 80% less hair. Which is a lot!
Again… it is definitely the best hair removal option. Especially for a girl (or guy) who have a lot of hair.