Every woman hates shaving, but we just have to do it, right? While we all know that body hair is completely natural and there’s nothing wrong with it, many of us find it hard to break through and move past the social stigma of visible body hair on women. We can debate this again another day.
So if you are part of camp little to no body hair, what can you do? Keep shaving every few days (which is annoying), choose regular waxing (which is painful), or opt for a longer term solution like laser hair removal (which is expensive).
I bit the bullet and tried laser hair removal several years ago. I paid approximately $2,500 for a buy one, get two special to have my lower legs, bikini, and underarms done. Expense aside, I was quite pleased with the experience in the office. The employees were nice and laid-back. They didn’t make me feel awkward. I thought that might be a challenge considering I was wearing nothing but a robe in front of a complete stranger.
I went through 5 sessions and did see results quickly. Every 6 weeks, I went back for repeat sessions. There was some hair re-growth before each session.
Now I said waxing was painful, but the laser removal wasn’t a walk in the park either. The procedure itself felt like tiny little needles stabbing your sensitive parts, even with the numbing cream that I paid extra for. Legs were nothing on the pain scale for me and felt more like scratching than pain. The underarms and bikini area were painful, but tolerable. The office I used gave me a little stress reliever type of ball to squeeze when it was hurting.
Did it work? Yes and no. In the end, I saw about 90% hair removal on my lower legs, about 90% on the upper bikini area but only about 50% on the lower bikini area, and about 50% removal on the underarms. For me, this was still amazing.
I spoke with another woman who had used laser hair removal on her legs, and she gave a similar story to mine. She paid approximately $1700 for 5 treatments, and says she only shaves about every 6 months just to remove fine, blonde hairs. She is dark haired and fair skinned, the preferred attributes for successful laser removal. When I asked about the pain, she said for her it felt similar to getting a tattoo.
For me it was worth the cost. I’m glad for the special I found too because it helped stretch my money a bit farther. I would absolutely recommend this treatment for those who can swing it.
The Good: less body hair!
The Bad: it doesn’t get rid of all the hair.
The Ugly: it hurts for certain areas…a lot.
TLDR: Would I recommend it? YES!