As a dark brown-haired lady, having thick leg hairs has always been a nightmare. Want to go to the beach? Must shave first. Want to wear a dress? Must shave first.
I remember since an early age I wanted to get rid of my body hair. I hated the summer months because it meant showing skin – skin which was covered by stupid hairs. Once I started shaving, it didn’t seem right. Hairs were growing thicker and faster. Shaving in the shower was like trying to do a hard yoga class. Can I reach the back of my leg? Maybe… We’ll find out in the daylight.
Then I started waxing at home, big mistake. It gets everywhere and it’s not efficient. Next step was to go to the salon. Having a professional waxing me was the best option for many years. It does last longer, and the pain levels become less as you get used to it. You have someone working on you so, hopefully, you won’t go around with a random patchy area. Legs, armpits, hollywood, brazilian, arms, eyebrows, upper lip, backside… All familiar terms to me. Going to the salon always meant leaving a few pounds lighter, literally!
The downside of waxing is that you have to let the hair grow so you can wax again, and sometimes you just want to do life, really. For a temporary solution use the razor, but then the hairs grow thicker. NO!! I won’t wear that dress; no, I won’t wear that top. It had to stop!
I started looking into laser hair removal prices. Ouch! The prices hurt more than waxing. I did my research, I went to a few different places, I looked for promotions and I finally decided to do it. After a first appointment and a patch test, I decided to have my laser hair removal treatment done at Skn Clinic in Milton Keynes.
At the time, the clinic had a special price for three treatment areas: full-legs, hollywood area and underarms. I could certainly save the money and buy myself another car (#dramaqueen) but I took the plunge. I mean, after all these years paying someone to wax me may have turned to be more expensive than this investment.
How it works
There are different types of hair laser removal. Some claim to be painless, others more efficient but it will always differ from person to person. “You are the perfect candidate for hair laser removal”, said the lady at Skn Clinic. “You have fair skin and dark hair. It will work wonders on you.” Well, I guess that’s the only positive thing about having dark hair! YEY!
Before the appointment you must shave your body hair on the areas you will be treating and make sure not to apply any products to the skin. If you do, please let them know so it doesn’t affect your treatment.
At my clinic, they have cold air blowing into your skin while the laser is hitting your follicles. It can feel really hot, so it is a good relieve. Once you are laying on the treatment table, the lady will outline the area of treatment to make the process easier.
We started with the underarms. Small area, it was quick and easy. I felt the laser, but it was bearable. Then, the lady let me choose with area I wanted to do next.
I decided to go for the one I knew it was going to hurt: my lady bits. As a long-time ‘waxer’ I got used to the pain of having my sensitive skin pulled and beauticians ‘getting all up in there’. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not the first vagina they see, and it won’t be the last. We are all different. I won’t be nice about this. Laser hair removal HURTS, specially on your sensitive bits. Yup! I was sweating and holding my breath, but I was so relieved when it was over. I was asked several times if I wanted to stop but I preferred to just get it over with. “Keep going” I said. I felt it was the best way.
Up next we did my legs. After outlining sections with a white eyeliner pencil, the lady started from the bottom up. The smell of burnt hair was intense at this point. Your hair follicles are being burnt which means no more hair will be growing from there. As the laser got closer to the middle part of my leg, where the bone is placed, I had to fight the urge of pulling my leg away from the laser. It really hurt!!! The skin is thinner, and you have bone there. It got so painful, but I kept going. Once it got past the knee I could finally see what was happening. At this point there was no pain. The upper part of the leg felt like a massage. But then she started on the other leg. NOOOO! More pain, but then it was over.
“We are done. I will put some aloe vera gel on your legs and you’re good to go.” YES! Finally. Seven more sessions to go. Ouch!
You have to have a session every six weeks, as it is the growth cycle of the normal hair. I booked my next appointment and left. When I got home I could see some red bumps on my skin, specially on my hollywood area but the lady ensured me it was normal. I could shower but not with extremely hot water. “Don’t exfoliate until a week and half later, so it helps with the hair growth”.
Now is the fun part! You see your hair falling off. Simply going away without you even worrying. I mostly notice it on my lady bits. The hairs are visible on the underwear and you can simply grab them and they come off your skin.
It’s been over two weeks since I had my first treatment and I can see results. I haven’t shaved since. Oh and yes, now I can only shave. I can’t wax anymore otherwise there won’t be hairs to be burnt, therefore no results.
At the time of my treatment I had a bruise on my leg which the lady made sure not to laser and I can compare the hair growth from there. The hair on that part of my leg is non-treat and is growing normally in contrast with small black spots on the rest of the area. These black spots are hairs growing which will either fall off or grow and be treated on the next session.
Despite the investment I believe this is the perfect solution for my hairy-self. If you struggle like me, do some research, save some money and just do it. The pain is temporary but the freedom I feel is the best part. I don’t have to worry about my hairy legs when I sit down, and the jeans ride up. YAAS!
The most important part is that you are doing it for YOURSELF. No one else! You don’t have to please society or partners. It is all about feeling comfortable in your own skin and everyday life. I feel so much freer and in-tune with my body even if I’m not showing any skin. Do what makes YOU happy!