What It's Like To Get Laser Hair Removal For The First Time
Ouch, but ooh so smooth.
Shaving is a chore. Waxing hurts beyond belief. So what's left? Well, there's always the slightly scary sounding laser hair removal option.
Which is exactly what I decided on earlier this year, so fed up of those pesky red bumps and perma-stubble on my underarms that drastic action needed to be taken. That and the fact that I wanted to be able to go on Splash Mountain and throw my arms in the air like I just don't care.
So, being the Monica that I am, I did more research than I ever did for my dissertation, trying to work out if this was the option for me and whether it would just melt my arms off. And soon assured by the fact that Kendall Jenner had her entire body lasered with no obvious disasters, I booked a consultation appointment at my nearest NHS approved laser hair removal clinic.
Luckily for the ever nervous me I had the nicest lady talking me through the process, as she explained that it won't completely get rid of the hair forever but instead will dramatically reduce its growth and thickness. So after me asking a thousand ridiculous questions (Will it scar my arms forever? No, no it won't) I had a test patch and was then on my way home a few hundred pounds lighter and with my first appointment all booked in.
My first session lasted no longer than 90 seconds per arm, and was slightly uncomfortable but a completely bearble level of pain. I'm then given a cooling spray and some aloe vera gel to use after I wash for the first few days and the next thing I know I'm waltzing to the tube with my arms held at a slightly weird angle.
Now I really wasn't expecting such quick results, seeing as you book in for six sessions altogether, but after just a total of two visits spaced the required six weeks apart to catch different hair during various growth cycles, it's already won me over.
I only have to shave roughly once every 10 days, and even then the hair is so light you barely notice it. So I can't wait to see what it's like in a few months time!
It's important to note that laser hair removal isn't for everyone, and works best on those with dark hair so that the light can pick up the pigment easiest. That and the fact it can be quite a big financial decision depending on what area you want done.
But if, like me, you'd rather not have to see your waxing lady again (however fond you are of her now) then it might just be the best beauty related decision you've ever made.
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