So do I endorse laser hair removal? to quote Mr. Big "Abso-fuckin'-lutely." I've lasered more than half my body (I hate hair!) and it has been worth every dollar. Let's talk about some positives and negatives and you can decide if it's something for you to invest in or not.
The first positive is obviously hair removal! about 70% of your hair gets permanently removed and you are left with much softer skin and fine/thin hair. If any salon/med spa guarantees 100% removal rate they are lying to you and that should be a red flag for you to try another place. Most ingrown hair gets removed as well which is a major bonus. For people that have ingrown they will understand how amazing this is! I grew up waxing all the time and that led to alot of ingrown hair so, laser took care of that problem very easily. Just a side note, if you are still waxing; stop! honestly you are causing more ingrown hair to appear and shaving is your best friend....ask any aesthetician.
Now for the negatives. Yes, it's uncomfortable. For some people I've heard that it feels like having rubber bands hitting your skin but for me it felt like a scratch. I have a very high tolerance for pain so it wasn't as uncomfortable/painful for me. I think we forget how course our skin is especially places such as your underarm, thigh and other areas. The worst pain I felt was on my shins and that was because the bone is so close to your skin, but once again, it was very bearable. I would recommend popping an Advil/Tylenol before going, just so it works as an inflammatory mechanism (always consult your doctor) and can help relax you a little. I know some people recommend using numbing creams which I've heard isn't a great idea. Although, it numbs the area and you don't feel pain; it hinders your senses which can be very bad. You won't be able to feel pain at all so you are more prone to burning and scarring. Like I've stated before, I didn't experience pain and if I did, it only lasted for a few seconds, but honestly it's worth it.
So, as you know it's expensive. I'm not going to lie to you but it truly costs alot of money. Here's my tip; ask your friends if they have done any laser and if they recommend any place...referrals are best! Most people waste alot of money in trying out laser places that are not using a proper laser so, do your research and ask around! I have wasted so much money trying out spas/salons that didn't use the correct laser or weren't using an effective one so, I wish I had researched more. Doing your research is absolutely necessary and go for as many consultations as you can. You need to find the right place for you and since we are all built differently; a laser place could be amazing for you while it could not work that effectively for your buddy. Side note, always remember to keep in mind if you are a good candidate for laser hair removal. I've been told the best candidate is one with fair skin and dark/course hair so that the light from the laser can detect your hair. Your laser consultant will tell you whether you are a good candidate or not.
Another great tip (I tell this to everyone) is to think of laser hair removal as an investment in yourself. To be able to get rid of 70% of your hair for a lifetime is an amazing investment; so think of the future and the amount of waxing/shaving/hair removal costs you are saving. Also, it can be very daunting to look at the quote they give you and not panic but don't worry! Always remember that they are quoting a number for the body part to be lasered for at least 6-8 sessions which means it would be the amount to last you for about a year or so. Some laser spas/salons let you pay for your fees in instalments and if that will help you then you should ask them for some plan options.
Lastly, if you are saving money then I would recommend completing your laser treatment one body part at a time. So for example perhaps you start with your upper lip and after a year you decide to do your lower legs and so forth. If you try to complete your laser treatments one body at a time (this could span years) it will help you allocate your money better. Also, this way you can decide whether the treatment you are receiving is worthwhile or if you should switch spas/salons; rather than losing all your money at a place that isn't working for you. As mentioned I've done most of my body and although it's taken me a few years to complete this; it was a worthwhile investment.
For my more budget-friendly readers, try Groupon. I happened to stumble upon an amazing laser spa by Groupon. I read some great reviews about a laser salon and I saw that there happened to be a Groupon for that place. This was a great way for me to try out a place without losing a huge sum of money! Once again, please do your research!
I hope this gives you an insight on a little bit of my experience. If you are still on the fence about going forward and scared of the pain; well, there is no bigger scardy-cat than me, so If I can do it you can too!
P.S. I hope our male readers enjoy this post too since I know laser hair removal is becoming quite popular amongst men.
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