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It's Time For Even More Laser Hair Removal

Lemme tell ya, a Bella editor's weekend is one nonstop party. On Saturday, in between reorganizing my closet and brushing the cats' fur, I went in for my third round of laser hair removal. As previously mentioned, I'm getting my bikini line and underarms zapped. This is, I have decided, one of the best grooming decisions I have made. Here's why: After only two sessions, at least 80 percent of my hair was gone, and the stuff that remained was soft and downy. I went three weeks without shaving my underarms, and you'd be able to see hair only if you looked closely. For a lazy girl, this is a big win.

This time around, my laser technician turned the machine up to 11 (figuratively speaking) to better target those very fine hairs. Each treatment hurts less, but there were still a few yeow! moments. Because I've already lost so much hair, we decided to take a few month break before the next session. Truthfully, I wish I'd waited a little while longer before going in for the third treatment; I just didn't have much hair to get rid of this time around, and it would have been nice to be slightly more hirsute before being lasered.

To find out why I wish I'd done this sooner (it's not for the reason you'd imagine), read more.

There's only one thing I hadn't accounted for: aging. Lasers target pigment, and with my dark hair and fair skin, I'm an ideal candidate. But — there's no way to put this gracefully — as a woman gets older, the hair on her head is not the only hair that starts to turn gray. Ahem.

Lasers can't zap light hair, which is why the treatment is ideal for pre-gray days. The rub, of course, is that laser hair removal is not cheap, and the average young woman can't afford such an expense. (I saved for more than a year for mine, and I still cringe when I tell people how much it cost.) While I don't have a lot of gray hair, there'll probably always be a straggler here or there. I've paid for two more sessions, but I won't go in for at least a few months. Updates to come, of course.

Still, despite the cost and gray-hair issue, the results are so good that I'd do it all over again. If you're considering laser hair removal, leave a comment and I'll answer whatever I can in a future post.

Source: Flickr user pasukaru76

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curLRocker curLRocker 5 years
i've never heard anyone say that they were 100% satisfied with any kind of laser hair removal. let us know in a couple of months whether it really worked!
BJC BJC 5 years
i have always wanted to do this!!! i have very coarse and very dark hair. while i dont mind shaving my legs all other areas are such a hassel and inconvenience, my underarms for instance never look clean because even after a shave the hair underneath is so dark that there is still a shadow type effect ... i work in NYC and live in NJ an need to find a good reputable place to go for this. anyone have suggestions or bella how would you recommend starting to look for a place!
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Five for $399? That's an insanely good deal. Let me know how it goes.
Jennyfer1 Jennyfer1 5 years
hey Anonymous from Seattle. I'm from there also and have been wanting to get this done. Can you give me the name of the derm office?
Beauty Beauty 5 years
tntstudent, I paid (gulp) $1,100. That was for a five-treatment package that covered the bikini area and underarms. Like I said, I saved for more than a year. anon14, Groupon is really great for laser deals and deals of all stripes.
Beauty Beauty 5 years
tntstudent, I paid (gulp) $1,100. That was for a five-treatment package that covered the bikini area and underarms. Like I said, I saved for more than a year. anon14, Groupon is really great for laser deals and deals of all stripes.
tntstudent tntstudent 5 years
i know you said its expensive but how much is it?
cocoriss cocoriss 5 years
Best investment I've made...I have got the bikini area done and now I am moving on to my 4th treatment for whole legs, underarms and upper lip. No more nics and razorbumps in the summer!!!!
cocoriss cocoriss 5 years
Best investment I've made... I have got the bikini area done and now I am moving on to my 4th treatment for whole legs, underarms and upper lip. No more nics and razorbumps in the summer!!!!
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Probably not, dit dah dit — your hair is likely too light.
dit-dah-dit dit-dah-dit 5 years
If they target pigment will this work on blonde hairs? I'm pale skinned and all my hair is blonde.
janetmouse janetmouse 5 years
Best decision I ever made and well worth the money...I figure all the money I was spending on waxing will add up over the years and the convenience factor is priceless!!
Beauty Beauty 5 years
MartiniLush — if it's in your budget and you hate shaving as much as I do, it's a good option. Maybe start with underarms since that's less expensive? I will do a post about how to pick a good laser place soon, so I hope that can help. Anon — Honestly, I don't think it's a big deal, so I'll just live with my grays. From what I understand, electrolysis is a lot of work. I think you'd probably have less stress in the long run if you could be OK with having a few hairs here and there. Valova82, yeah, it's expensive. There are some lasers that work only on pale skin types, but others work on all skin colors. If you decide to do it, do a lot of research and go in for a consultation first. Any reputable place will be able to give you examples of working with a variety of skin tones. If they can't, or they sound anything less than very well experienced, I wouldn't go there — you don't need to be a guinea pig.
Beauty Beauty 5 years
MartiniLush — if it's in your budget and you hate shaving as much as I do, it's a good option. Maybe start with underarms since that's less expensive? I will do a post about how to pick a good laser place soon, so I hope that can help.Anon — Honestly, I don't think it's a big deal, so I'll just live with my grays. From what I understand, electrolysis is a lot of work. I think you'd probably have less stress in the long run if you could be OK with having a few hairs here and there. Valova82, yeah, it's expensive. There are some lasers that work only on pale skin types, but others work on all skin colors. If you decide to do it, do a lot of research and go in for a consultation first. Any reputable place will be able to give you examples of working with a variety of skin tones. If they can't, or they sound anything less than very well experienced, I wouldn't go there — you don't need to be a guinea pig.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 5 years
Bella, you may have addressed this in another post, but could you also give us pointers on how to tell if a place is good or not? They all seem to promise so many different things. I am not sure how to choose the best place to have it done. :?
MsWalton MsWalton 5 years
I've been debating doing it, but the cost is insane. In addition, as an African-American woman, I'm concerned about any potential scarring. I can't wait until I can afford this lol.
Merlin713 Merlin713 5 years
Same here. I'll go for it...in the future though. I'm 23 right now, so there's time.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 5 years
I have been going back and forth about doing laser hair removal. I think you have just influenced me to go for it. Thanks for the great information!
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