Pros and Cons – Is Laser Hair Removal for you?

The very first proper overseas holiday I went to was Thailand. It was a girls trip with my sisters and I unfortunately spent most of my time in the bathroom.

It wasn’t from being sick or anything, it was because I was so PARTICULAR about having hair free legs. I couldn’t stand the sight of stubble and would shave nearly every day (Indian genes).

And would you believe I’m the same person now, who hasn’t shaved her legs in 3 years?

Sounds gross I know but that’s the beauty of getting laser hair removal done.

It’s not for everyone and there is plenty to consider before getting it done which is why I have come up with a list of pros and cons for you.

PROS

Long term results

Like I said, I haven’t shaved my legs in the past 3 years. I had treatments every few months for my legs for 1 year and a half before completely stopping in 2014 just after I tied the knot.

These days I still get underarm hair treatment maybe every 4 months because hormonal type hair is different to other body hair.

Hair reduces dramatically after the first few treatments

You won’t have to think twice about going to the beach.

It’s true.

I used to be so afraid of summer, or wearing a dress and short. I’d never wear a dress just because I felt like it. It had to be planned so I could squeeze in a shave or a wax appointment.

You can see the results for yourself usually after the first treatment. Hair grows back fine and reduced by about 15% each visit.

Smooth skin

No shaving scars or wax bumps. All I do for my legs is now exfoliate and moisturise.

Affordability

This one is a new addition to this list. When I first started treatment I paid more than $30 for underarm treatment and often $200 plus for legs. These days there are specials on SO often. Plus you can pre-pay for the treatments when they are on special.

At the moment underarms can be treated for $5 while legs are only under $150.

Factor that in to how much money and time you would spend otherwise removing hair.

Cons

Not suitable for everyone

Unfortunately this skin treatment is not suitable for everyone. I was always pre-warned that due to my Indian skin tone, my treatments may not be as effective. Having said that, it has been effective in some areas more than others.

Ouch

There’s no denying this stuff hurts. It hurts when you get it done, and sometimes, in some areas, it can hurt afterwards if you get a …

Burn

Ouch. I have gotten a twice now and I can say it was most likely my fault because I was too timid to speak up.

While you get laser, the initial zap should hurt, and then burn for maybe a few seconds. If you continue to get a burning sensation, you can expect to get VERY itchy in that part and maybe even a burn scar.

To avoid burn scars, make sure you avoid the sun at least 2 weeks before treatment. I stupidly booked in a treatment for my arms in the middle of summer. Rookie mistake. I was keen to go on holidays with hair-free arms. Instead I went on holidays with itchy arms that looked pretty gross with burn marks.

Having said that, the laser technician was hesitant to treat me, and it was my own fault I insisted she go ahead.

And yes, my arm is fine now

Top tips

  • Book your treatments in Winter. This is a better time for your skin as you must avoid sun exposure before and after your treatment
  • Speak to your technician beforehand. Every skin tone gets a different level of laser. Due to my dark skin, I usually get the treatment on a low setting.
  • Pre-pay treatments while they are on special
  • If you are unsure which areas you need to shave beforehand, ask the technician. Not all areas need to be shaved before treatment
  • Apply Aloe-Vera gel for the next few days after treatment
  • Exfoliate one week after treatment to see the hair fall off.

Personally, this is one of the best decisions I have EVER made. It’s money well spent and is long-lasting. You just have to be patient for the results.

Have you undertaken laser hair removal? How was your experience?

Featured image via UnsplashΒ Photographer: Jesse Schoff

6 thoughts on “Pros and Cons – Is Laser Hair Removal for you?

  1. I did my underarms and had to stop about 3/4 the way through the series of treatments because my skin burned! 😦 It was in the winter time and I had not exposed my underarms to the sun so I’m not sure why. I suspect they dialed up the setting too much. I didn’t complete my full treatment so not all my hair is removed. I might revisit it some time in the future… πŸ˜›

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