01 May 2017

The truth about laser hair removal

I've been shaving since I was 11 years old. Seriously - that's 14 years of shaving, shaving products, nicks, cuts and ingrown hairs (the worst!). In that time I've tried waxing and hair removal creams - both with varied success. Although my hair is almost black on my head, the hair on the rest of my body is thankfully not as dark or thick! However, like most women, it's something I have felt self conscious about over the years.

My friends at Beyond Skin Clinic, located on College Street (close to City Hall), had spoken to me about hair removal for ages as I popped in and out for skin treatments. I think my perception of laser like many women was really bad. I had read horror stories and the cost always seemed so high. However, Beyond Skin Clinic dispelled all of this for me. Jennie & Gillian who own Beyond Skin told me to get my patch test done & go for it at my next skin appointment. We talked about where to laser & they said my bikini line would only take 15 minutes - again dispelling the myth I had in my head that I'd be there for hours! I had my patch test done and 6 weeks later returned for my first session. 

Is it sore?
If you are used to waxing your bikini, laser probably won't bother you. The laser is sorer where the hair is much more dense meaning there are little patches that pinch more than others. Overall though, it's only 15 minutes! I have had Hollywood waxes that have taken over 3 times that length! I also feel it's much more 'graceful' than waxing - paper pants but no weird bending or knee to chest positions required!

Is it expensive?
No! This is the thing that shocked me the most. The Beyond Skin girls have an amazing laser that works on lots of different hair & skin types which costs a bomb in other laser clinics. Bikini starts at £55 per session (increases depending how much you want off) and you only go once every 6 weeks making it so affordable. I used to pay around £30 a month for a Hollywood wax so this works out as cost effective. Beyond Skin recommend 6 sessions for the hair to be completely gone making laser a worthwhile investment that will last. I'm three sessions into my 6 & I have to say that the hair is already gone! They do a fabulous deal for £1999 for unlimited laser for a year - if you are really serious and want to be head to toe hair free, I think that's a great deal. One of my friends is doing this at the moment & she is so impressed. She had paid the same amount to just get her legs done somewhere else plus, the hair came back! 

Laser vs waxing? 
I am so glad Jennie & Gillian encouraged me to get laser - it was fab going on holiday recently & not having to panic about 'down there' in my bikini! However, the biggest thing for me has been not having ingrown hairs. I seemed to be getting them more & more frequently with shaving & waxing. I haven't had one since I had my laser. I'm definitely a convert & want to do under my arms next!

Fancy being hair free for your summer holidays? Book in with the girls at Beyond Skin. You won't be disappointed!

*My laser treatments were provided for free at Beyond Skin but all opinions are my own.