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Laser Hair Removal: my experience

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Laser Hair Removal: my experience

This piece is something that I have wanted to write for a very long one now, but it’s also one of the hardest pieces I’ve ever written. This about something that was very personal to me, you may ask ‘if it personal than why write it?’ and usually you would be right. However, when I was debating having this treatment I looked all ver for honest reviews and help and there was very little that wasn’t ‘corporate’. I am going to be very honest and I hope this may be useful to anyone who is considering laser hair removal.

I have always swam a lot, but being fair skinned and dark haired unwanted hair has always been an issue. From a young age I was obsessed with the best way to get rid of that unwanted hair, explicating, shaving, waxing, they either needed too much time to let the hair grow or started to grow back the next day. I remember the first time I heard about laser hair removal in one of my magazines, I new instantly that that was what I wanted. The problem was the price tag, each session was hundreds. So I watched and I waited and I saved.

Finally I found some deals, I could have under arms, legs and bikini, 6 sessions for one lump sum. It was still not cheap (around £2000.00) but it was something I felt would be life changing.
My test session was really exciting, it felt tingly but was overall manageable (I was an experienced wax-ee). I bought the recover kit, aloe Vera gel, water cooler and sun cream.

I must point out that there is one big no no when having laser hair removal and that is any form of tanning, both real and fake. The laser works with the pigment in your hair and so if your skin is dark it can cause pain and scarring. This means that laser hair removal isn’t always suitable for those with dark or naturally tanned skin. This meant that over the eight months of treatment (you have a session every 6months) there was no fake tan, or sun beds (it’s a great way to break a bad habit).

So I arrive to my first session, not tan and shaved (you can only shave or use hair removal cream in between treatments). I’m wearing loose fitting clothes and I’ve driven to the appointment as il leave covered in gel to help with redness.

The reaction to laser treatment depends on how much hair you have and how dark. The darkest sir can spark and sometimes comes out straight away (you can literally see it on the top of your skin). It can be quite painful, like hot needles. I am told that this can be dependent on the machine you use, this reaction is less with an Ipl machine (there are slightly different machines and the work with slightly different lasers). I left the treatment smelling of burnt hair, I left the hell on as long as possible. This does mean careful planning of when you have your treatment as my legs were quite red and blotchy that day and the day after.

I had six sessions, one every six weeks. At the end of this I had lost between 80% and 90% of my hair in different areas. I recon after 3 or 4 more sessions I would be hair-less, yay! I think it’s so important to go somewhere reputable, if this goes wrong you can scar. They should do a test patch for you, but this is not pain free. However, the pain does get less as you have less hair, so it’s defiantly worth working through it 🙂

I hope this has been useful, I’m happy to answer any questions, just leave them below.

About the Author

Ruth Amos
I lead a busy and exciting life, I do many things, but throughout all of these i have a love for Beauty- hair, makeup, clothing, excercise and general health. I am not a professional, im just a normal girl blogging about what I love

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