What to expect at your laser hair removal appointment
If you’ve decided the only way is laser hair removal, well – we don’t blame you. All that shaving, plucking, waxing or even epilating is time-consuming and downright annoying. Let us give you a wee rundown of what to expect from your appointment…
First things first: before you get to the point of being fuzz-free forever, you’ll likely have to be hairy for a while beforehand. Most people recommend avoiding waxing or tweezing for about six weeks before the procedure, but fret not – if you get desperate, shaving is allowed.
We should also warn you that yes, it’s likely going to hurt. Not a lot, but it will. Most people describe the pain as being somewhat like being twanged with a rubber band constantly, or like when you accidentally tweeze multiple hairs at once. If things get a little too much for you, don’t worry; just ask your technician and they’ll sort you out with a nice cooling cream or gel to take the edge off. Your skin may also look a little red afterwards, but the technology is a lot better than even a few years ago so you won’t look like you fell asleep in the sun for an entire afternoon, promise.
If you’re particularly blonde-haired, you may need to have your target hairs artificially darkened – the laser will work better that way.
And don’t forget now; laser hair removal takes multiple sessions before the hair loss becomes permanent, so don’t get into a flap once you see it start to grow back. Help the shedding process along by scrubbing dead hair away in the shower, and after a few treatments you’ll notice the regrowth getting less and less until, finally, the smooth skin you’ve always dreamed of becomes reality.