(Closed) Last minute laser hair removal?!

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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495 posts
Helper bee

That is too soon. It will still be growing back in by your wedding if you get it any time between now and then!

 

If you can bear it, electrolysis is your best option, followed by waxing/threading.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think you’re cutting it too close. As a lover of laser myself (underarms, legs, braz.), I’ve learned through the process! I REALLY don’t think you can have both – tan and hairless via laser. The whole point of laser and it’s effectiveness is based off fairer skin and darker hair. If you start to tan (which I advise against as it’s not good for you!) then you won’t see as good results from the laser.

 

That being said, it can’t hurt to try! Just wouldn’t want you to waste your money expecting better results. But a couple sessions and NO tanning would be ok 🙂

 

If you’re referring to tanning lotions, that’s a whole different ballgame I think. Not sure how that impacts the laser hair removal as it’s just lotion, really.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@jmarvellous:  Electroylsis on her underarms? OUCH! And her whole arms would take forever just to get that done in time! I also know I’ve turned much redder after electro so that too close to the wedding might be bad too. Or even result in a bad reaction if she’s never done it before…

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Sure you can. There’s that period after about a week post-laser where all the hair falls out. IME, it stays gone for about a month. You can still tan, your skin is just more sensitive, so you have to be more aware of burning/over-exposure. 

 

I’ve had laser hair removal and tattoo removal in multiple places.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Wax. 

Laser didn’t work for me at all, although I still believe it can for some people.  That close you’ll just be forced to shave, get ingrowns, not be able to tan…. ick.

Go to a salon and talk to an aestician and ask how long between appointments you need to wax each area you want to have done.  Then set up at least two appointments, planning backwards from the Tuesday or Wednesday before your wedding (if it’s a weekend). 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kristen182:  I’m going to ask a dumb question

But I thought laser removed your hair permanently??

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Laser removes it permanently … AFTER enough treatments; some but not (necessarily) all will fall out after a single treatment, then grow back. You will have some regrowth right after, and you are NEVER supposed to tan while you’re getting laser or right before or after it because it works on the pigment differential between skin and hair (or you’d end up skinless and hairless).

 

I worked at a laser and electrolysis place in college, so I’ve experienced both. Electrolysis is definitely not good for underarms if you’re looking to do it enough to make it permanent, but it will get rid of the hair for a bit if you can stand the pain.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Don’t tan and laser, you will burn your skin.  The laser picks up the darker color of your hair folicle.  Last time I went with a spray tan, and let’s just say I will not be doing that again . . . 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

This close you should just wax. You will need 4 weeks of continued growth, so you may be able to get in two sessions before your wedding. After your very first waxing, the hair will begin to come in faster because you didn’t get the dormant hair and it starts to grow soon after, so either get 2 in or go as late as possible before your wedding (leaving just enough time for any redness to diminish if you have sensitive skin).

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@DarthBetty:  After 6-9 treatements, yes, but not after 1. The laser only kills actively growing hair, which is only a fraction of what’s down there. Going repeatedly and on schedule is really important.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’d wax and do a spray tan.  If you’re like my Future Sister-In-Law (she has fairer skin), she does spray tans sometimes and it looks great.  If you’re like me and you can tan in front of the computer, I’d just go outside for a little. 

I do laser and it takes a good 2 weeks for everything to fall out.  Even then, I have to help it out sometimes because it has a tendency to get stuck or turn to ingrowns right after laser even though I exfoliate, so I’d recommend not trying it out so close to the wedding.  My skin also gets kind of sensitive right after laser, so if your skin’s like mine, I wouldn’t go in the sun for too long.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

my sister in law did laser hair removal and she had to do a series of sessions, every two weeks for 8 sessions I believe. Each time she had a session she was very red and had some irritation on her arms for about 2-3 days. It looks great now and she’s super happy, but that might not be something you want to get involved with so close to your wedding.

I’d go with wax, but still do it like a week beforehand so the redness can go down! Also spray tans are awesome, but make sure you go to someone good. Places like beach bum aren’t really good and I’ve had really blotchy jobs from them before. I’d try a salon

 

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