Confessions of Laser Hair Removal #1Sunday, February 10, 2013
I've been debating back and forth about weather or not I should share this part of my life with the world but inevitably I decided it might be helpful to someone out there so here it is. (Be warned this will be a series of slightly graphic posts) probably stretching over a year or so. If you'd like to follow my journey to hairless-ness check back with the tag marked LASER HAIR REMOVAL and read on my friends.
If you don't know me or you haven't seen pictures of me then I should tell you I have dark hair and very fair skin. Apparently this makes me a great candidate for laser hair removal.
Whenever the subject of body hair comes up in conversation with my family my Mom likes to tell this VERY endearing story about me. She told it to my Hubby when we were dating. It goes like this... When you were born you had the most beautiful abundance of black hair on your head..... and all over you body, you kinda looked like a monkey it was soooo cute. At this point in the story I have slunk off to die in a hole somewhere. Thankfully I grew outta the monkey hair stage, sorta.
It's true I still have thick dark hair on my noggin' but I've also got it in places where thick and dark just plain stink. For reference I started growing arm pit hair in the 2nd grade. I still remember the shirt I was wearing, blue button up baseball-T with multi-colored stripes, short sleeves. Apparently short enough for my Mom to pull me into the bathroom and inform me that it was time to start shaving the pits. Hopefully all of this information has lead you to the same conclusion. I am an excellent, nay PRIME candidate for laser hair removal.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK:
As you might of guessed I've been pondering on LHR for some time now. About a year or so ago I did one of those $99 dollar LHR Groupons. The kind were you pick one of the predetermined areas and you get 5 treatments. I don't think this is the best course for LHR here's why.
Since I could only pick one area I picked the one I LOATH shaving the most, the bikini line. It took me forever to get an appointment since they sold about a thousand or so Groupons. The office and staff were nice enough, the receptionist asked which area, I told her bikini line and they lead me back to the room. THERE WAS NO CONSULTATION (first mistake). The aesthetician (second mistake) gave me some disposable panties and cool sunglasses and assured me it wouldn't be that painful and that it would take just 10 mins. She handed me a nossel that shot cool air and told me that if I felt any discomfort to point it at the area. I shaved before the appointment as I had been instructed. The technician moved along the area but after a while I began to notice that if we continued on this course a vast amount of hair would not meet it's demise, concerned I piped up, "so where does the bikini line extend to?" I have provided an illustration as to her response. (third mistake)
INFO TO KNOW:
It takes more than one appointment to see results. (if you are thinking that I didn't give them a fair shake you are technically correct I chose not to continue because I felt that the "bikini line" was not comprehensive enough for me and I'm not really into erratic baldness)
Here's what I learned.
- Get a consult so you understand the area that the LHR covers. Don't be surprised.
- There are different types of lasers
After the procedure was over the tech asked me on a scale of 1-10 how she had done. I think she's suppose to ask this but I really think this is the wrong moment to be asking for a grade on my experiance with her. I gave her a 9 because i'm a lady but I really wanted to giver her a 0 and call her a plethora of bad words, jump on her "relaxing" upholster exam table and shout at the tops of my lungs your press method blows. But as I stated before I'm a lady.