It's been more than ten years since I first tried laser hair removal, but there's a detail that stands out in my head --
Painfully sharp: The Sting freeze of the ice bag that was numb five minutes under my arm.
I remember lying face.
On the bed in the little treatment room, close my eyes and tighten my legs to block my urge to twist my body, all before the first laser explosion.
Once my underarm gave in to the cold, it was time to get rid of the hair, a bulky machine beat the area up with a burst of high temperature, a silent pause between each pulse, only my heart jumps straight in my ears.
About 20 minutes later, it's time for the ice bag again, this time more popular on my hot skin.
The experience was not pleasant, but I was a college student.
It's totally disposable income and I'm eager to try everything I read in my collection of magazines.
After eight treatments and $800 in spending, my armpit hair was about half less than before --
I didn't throw away the razor, but it was enough that I certainly wouldn't feel the thrill when I was shaving.
I still have higher hopes, though.
When I walked into Watson this winter, expectations fell.
The wax strip has recently expanded its range of services and also includes laser hair removal with the aim of making it fast and low
Waxing pain as their signature.
"Laser hair removal has been 60 years and this technology is improving year by year," said Amy Finnigan Burns, operations director at Waxon . ".
Before launching the service, she tested Cynosure Vectus, a relatively new diode laser device on the market that is known to be safe under dark skin tones, the gap that the old laser cannot solve.
She quickly discovered that the machine also met all her other requirements: validity (
It emits light of a longer wavelength and is expected to reach the hair SAC more efficiently), speed (
Its faster pulse allows shorter appointments)
Low discomfort (
It has a cooling tip and it is said that a faster pulse can also relieve pain).
These advances are enough to convince me to give the laser a second chance.
This time, on my bikini line
So I found myself lying naked under my navel with my hips open like a lifeless frog.
When the laser scientist, as Waxon calls it their technician, took something that looked like a beige remote control to my crotch, my pulse sped up, but, to my relief
It's a Bluetooth-
The enable tool that reads my skin type and hair color can automatically adjust the settings of the machine for me.
Time is up after a quick scan and a layer of gel. A high-
The first blow of the laser was accompanied by a sharp beep, and I realized that I-shockingly —fine.
There were a few more beeps, not even a little flinch.
The laser scientist asked me how I was doing. I responded frantically: "It's great!
"When she moves the device along my pelvis from time to time, one of the beeps feels like a small thorn, but in these cases the cooling tip of the device is enough to quell any tingling.
After making about 30 beeps and less than five minutes, I put on my pants and got instructions not to have hot water at night and started to exfoliate a few days later.
After about 10 days I understood the reason: the hair that started growing after I started to fall offlaser.
For each of my four treatments, six weeks apart, I repeat the process --
Sustained pain relief, and then surprised at the reduction in hair regeneration every time.
At this point, most of my bikini collection is bald and I scraped off some persistent patches.
I will book a few more meetings to make things as smooth as possible and then deal with my armpits again.
After that, I hope to have a second chance.
Not if you're an ice bag.
Are there any more questions about laser hair removal?
Please read on: what is laser hair removal? How does it work?
Laser hair removal is a treatment that permanently reduces unwanted facial and body hair by destroying follicles with laser pulsesLaunch device.
It can be used to treat any area except near the eyes, common spots include legs, underarm, bikini line/Brazilian, chin and upper lip.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Despite changes in hormones, laser hair removal devices have been shown to reduce hair permanently (
Think: pregnancy, menopause)
In some cases new hair may grow.
"Laser hair removal can gradually reduce the thickness of hair and the number of hair," said the doctor.
Marc dupér, cosmetic plastic surgeon at Toronto visage clinic and medical spa.
"Over time, less maintenance is required compared to other depilation options on the market.
Does laser hair removal hurt?
The feeling of laser hair removal is usually compared to a small rubber band stuck on the skin, or a hot sting.
Pain or discomfort is often small, but depending on the area being treated and your own pain tolerance, pain or discomfort may vary.
Newer equipment to get the job done faster helps: "The lower your pain tolerance, the longer and lower you take the service," Amy Finnigan, director of operations, Waxon ·
If you are still worried, some technicians will provide a numb cream first, and many laser devices have a cooling tip to help ease the area.
How many laser hair removal do I need?
Finnegan Burns says the old standard for laser hair removal is 8 to 10 times, but the improved technology reduces the number of times required.
"We don't want customers to come back more than six times.
"The reason for the need for multiple treatments is because your hair growth cycle consists of three stages that occur at different times of a single hair.
"Our hair is not always at the same stage required to destroy, so each visit only affects a certain percentage of follicles," explains dupéré . ".
Depending on the area you are treating, you will need to wait four to eight weeks to align the time with the hair growth cycle.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the size of the treatment area, and the price increases with the size of the area.
Although the price of each intermediary is different
Spa/clinic, these are typical costs of laser hair removal: upper lip or chin: $75 per session underarm: about $100 per session bikini: about $125 per session full leg: about $350 per session. Many medi-
When you purchase a treatment package, the spa and clinic offer a discounted price.
What should I do before my laser hair removal appointment?
It is important to avoid waxing around before laser hair removal, because the laser works by targeting the melanin in the hair follicles, so you will want them to be intact.
Instead, you need to stick to shaving before and after a date. Most medi-
The spa and clinic require clients to make an appointment with a new shave, although some will shave as part of the process. The other no-
Before your date: Tan.
Away from the sun and self --
To get the best results, before you treat.
What should I do after laser hair removal appointment?
A day or two after your appointment, your skin may feel slightly sunburned.
Stay gentle during this period: No hot water, rough exfoliating or sun exposure.
You'll notice new hair growth in a few days, but these will start to loosen and fall off in the next few weeks.
Exfoliating helps with this process, but do not remove or pull out (
You can shave, though).
Is laser hair removal effective for light hair?
Because the laser targets the pigment in the hair, blonde hair is the hardest to treat --
But not impossible.
"In fact, people with blonde eyes are very rare --
"There is no brown on the hair," said Finnegan burns . ".
"We can treat them as long as they have a little color in their hair.
"For hair that is really light gold, white or gray, it is better to have the technician evaluate it in person.
Can people with black skin laser hair removal?
Traditionally, the laser works only for people with shallow skin and deep hair, as this contrast makes it easy for the laser to target hair pigments.
Fortunately, the newer laser hair removal machine can now reach different wavelengths and can be treated on a wider range of skin tones.
Ask your local agent.
If its machine has the ability to treat your skin tone, spa or clinic.
Is laser hair removal safe?
"Yes, it's a safe treatment when treated by experienced laser workers," dupéré said . " He always suggests making an appointment for consultation before booking the first treatment.
Do your research and make sure you are comfortable with both the technician and the process.
During treatment, you will get a pair of goggles to protect your eyes.
You should wait for laser hair removal if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Does your chest make you look bigger than you?
Really: should you shave, wax or laser?
Sandal and pedi combo moodCaitlin Kenny every summer is the digital director of Kit, based in Toronto.
She wrote about beauty and health.
Contact her by email at ck @ thekit.