(Closed) Anyone tried laser hair removal?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I haven’t done it in a salon, but I got the Remington iLight laser for use at home, and it works! I turned it to the highest setting, and the only place it stings is on my shin, I think because it’s right on a bone maybe? I did it three times (I’ve gotten lazy recently) and months later, my hair still only grows about 50% what it used to. I really need to make myself keep doing it until all the hair is gone, because I can see patches on my legs where hair hasn’t grown in months.

Of course, it works best if you have pale skin and dark, coarse hair. I know of some tan blondes that tried it and declare it to be a farce.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Had it on my underarms and LOVE it! I have pale skin and dark hair (certain types of hair/skin combos react better to laser hair removal, google it for more info).

It hurt, but not badly – definitely worth it. I would compare it to a rubber band snapping lightly on your skin.

I had 6 sessions, and if I got a chance to buy another groupon, I would (moved out of Groupon’s area). 6 was enough to definitely see results, but it isn’t gone, I still have to shave. But what it did do is lighten the hair in the area enough that I don’t have dark circles under my arms after I shave. And, I can go several days without shaving vs. it being stubbly after 1 day. Great for camping and such.

The one thing I wasn’t prepared for is how long 6 sessions take to get through – they schedule appointments like 6 weeks apart (or 4? I can’t remember now, it has been a couple of years) because of the hair growth cycle, so it easily takes 6 – 8 months to get through all those appointments. For that reason, I would say make sure the Groupon is somewhere convenient for you to get to. It is a real pain to go to those appointments over the months if it’s a difficult area to get to.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love it. It doesn’t “hurt” just kinda feels like an elastic slap… but sure beats the hell out of a brazilian wax! I’ve had I think 3 treatments so far… and I’ve noticed a pretty big difference already. **highly recommend** but maybe first checkout the reviews for the place?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@dancindavinci:  After 6 years of brazilians, I was all over the groupon in my area lol 6 years was long enough. like I said, just check out the reviews first.  While I find my treatments are effective, I really dislike the owner of the  salon I’m at, she’s kind of rude and a bit of a bitch… but whatever I already bought it and the treatments are working so I’ll suck it up for the next 3 treatments!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I bought a Groupon for it and so far it’s going great. I did my research on the place and I have the ideal skin and hair (pale skin, dark hair), so I was pretty confident. I decided to try it out and even up the hairline on the back of my neck. The aesthetician said that basically every movie star has had her neck done so it looks perfect with an updo. Ballet dancers too.

Honestly, I was suprised at how much it hurt the first time. I’ve been getting Brazilians for years and I barely flinch. However, I think I found the pain of the Brazilian a little easier to handle because it’s like 1 second of pain, 10 seconds off for 5 minutes. The laser is more like constant pain for 2 minutes. Also, the deep breathing that I normally use for pain control was hampered by the smell of burning hair! I would say about 90% of the hair was gone after the first session. I am 5 weeks post 4th session and there’s absolutely nothing there.

The subsequent sessions were much easier. I still get a rash that looks like a sunburn for a few days, but my skin is pretty sensitive in general. I think I will do my underarms and get the Brazilian done eventually- those $55 waxes are adding up.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@dancindavinci:  an hour! My girl is dome in 15-20 minutes flat!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I haven’t had it done, but my friend got her underarms done and she said it wasn’t bad, just feels like a static shock.  I think it only took her 4 sessions, but it hasn’t come back and it’s been a couple of years now.  The only thing she complained about is her underarms broke out while she was healing, but I think that’s because she put deoderant on too soon afterwards.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I went to a medical spa to have it done and not a salon after a lot of research. I have had my legs, underarms, and bikini area treated.

6 treatments on legs, so far 3 on underarm and bikini.

The hair is about half reduced on my underarms and bikini which is great, I’m going to treat them more when my tax refund comes back.

But my legs – ladies – that is a miracle. I have completed the treatment (over 2 years ago) and there are maybe 6 fine hairs remaining on my legs. I shave my legs about once every two months just for fine hair removal and that’s it. I used to get a five o’clock shadow after shaving in the morning (I am super pale with super dark hair) and now my legs are practically hairless. What remains is blonde and super fine.

I would 100% recommend trying it, especially if you are fair with dark hair.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@dancindavinci:  The Remington iLight is $220 right now on amazon. A little pricey at first, but MUCH cheaper than repeated treatments at a spa. If you decide to get it, I suggest you also buy at least one extra lightbulb. The lightbulbs last for about 2-3 full body treatments, and they’re $20 a pop to replace, so you can keep lasering until all the hair is gone. Still a bargain compared to spa treatments! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

I have started laser hair removal for underarms and Brazilian. I can’t wait to be hair free.

Iam also really fair with dark hair which is apparently ideal.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s expensive and time-consuming, but so, so worth it.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I want to do this soooo badly, but it’s so dang expensive.  I wish I could find a groupon or good deal. My dermatologists office does it and I’m going to check in with them about it. I am doing waxing for now, but dh likes the idea, and I think will be all for me doing the laser. I just need to get more info on how many sessions, how much, etc.  My sis lives in south florida and got some groupon type deal for $2500 for her entire body and touch ups for life.  She loves it. I wish I could find a package like that.

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