Laser hair removal

posted 2 weeks ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Busy bee

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@mrssmithabc:  is the hair thick? I have basically white peach fuzz on my legs and they said it wouldn’t work so I only did my bikini and it worked but (TMI) I had brown hair there

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I have medium brown hair, so maybe not the best person to give advice. I did 4-5 treatments on my underarms and bikini line and it was great for the first couple of years, but then started growing back. It’s been 5 years now and the effects are completely gone. So, just make sure you do all of the follow up treatments (i probably should have done at least 6) and you may need to do it again in a few years. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think it’s worth it! I had dark brown hair on my calves and light brown / blonde hair on my thighs. I had it done about 6 years ago (~8 sessions), and >90% of the hair from my calves and >50% of the hair from my thighs is still gone. It’s life-changing!  

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

It only works based on the pigment in the hair, so it won’t work well (or at all?) on blond hair.  I have very dark thick hair (the best candidate) and 6 sessions didn’t work and I had to do 2 extra sessions.  Not cheap but truly life changing.  Also VERY painful.  They say it hurts like a rubber band snapping your skin, and I’d say that’s true if the rubber band has hot needles attached.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

it wasn’t reallly worth it to me since it all came back, but it was pretty great when it WAS gone! I think it’s just important to keep in mind that you often need more treatments than you think, and that you may have to do maintenance appointments over time. It just worked out to be a way bigger investment than I anticipated. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not sure about the color of hair but I feel like it’s a waste of money. I got it done years ago and the results didn’t last super long. Right before covid I started doing electrolysis which is the only FDA certified permanent hair removal available. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I have dark hair and light skin. Got 6 sessions each for pits and pubes. The pits are mainly thinned out, but I still have patches of hair. For the pubes, it seems to work well for the too half but not as well for the bottom half where the skin is darker. Overall, the hair has thinned out considerably and it’s easier to get rid of. 

For me, it was 100% worth it because I had some PAINFUL ingrowns. 

I believe there is a specific laser technology meant for light hair. I’d ask about it

Post # 11
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Busy bee

They type of laser used is important. IPL isn’t even technically a laser and is basically useless for long term hair removal.  I wouldn’t waste my time or money on it.  My understanding is the Ng YAG is the best, top of the line for hair removal and works best on a variety of skin tones and hair types.  I’ve done my pits, legs and bikini with great results, but I’m fair skinned with dark hair (so the “ideal” candidate). I had 6-8 sessions over a decade ago and my reduction was about 85-90%, with the remaining hairs being very fine and light.  I touched up my legs and pits about 3 years ago (3-4 sessions).  My only regret is not doing it sooner.  But definitely do research on the laser being used.  Seems like IPL is really being pushed for hair removal these days and it just isn’t very good.  GL

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@mrssmithabc:  I varies based on city. I’m in Portland OR and was paying $50 per session. They were half hour sessions. She charges $75 for an hour. It varies greatly on how many sessions it will take to completely clear an area. I was doing my bikini line. I think I went 2 times and feel like I got a decent amount of hair removed. To completely get rid of all the hair it probably would have taken between 8-10 sessions (and that’s just for the bikini line-not a full brazilian). I was planning to continue going but she is not seeing clients right now. 

the laser is much quicker in terms of the amount of area thats covered. Electrolysis does one hair at a time so it’s a very slow process. 

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