My Laser Hair Removal Experience

Your either one of the lucky ones or you're not. I fall into the ‘not so lucky’ category.

For as long as I can remember I have been waxing, shaving, plucking, threading. I finally had enough and a few years ago decided to go down the laser hair removal route. Firstly it can be expensive and painful but effective on the ideal candidate; candidates with dark coarse hair. I would recommend you book for a consult if you are interested. If laser is applied to the wrong type of hair it can have the opposite effect and encourage hair growth.

I started with laser hair removal on my face including upper lip, sides, chin. I was always obsessed with being hair free, so had started to wax parts of my face in my teens and I hated having ‘sideburns’ . I wanted to be able to put my hair in a pony tail without being conscious. Over time, my sideburn hairs were not fine and thin and this was really effecting my confidence. I wanted a permanent fix to avoid spending half my life dealing with hair removal. I did my research into laser hair removal and on the whim booked a few sessions with a well known clinic in London to get parts of my face worked on.

I was sold on laser hair removal as being a permanent thing but I soon came to realise that it wasn’t. Initially a minimum of 6-8 sessions are recommended at an interval of 4 weeks. Having only just finished university at the time, laser became a little expensive so I decided to go to a place a little cheaper. However I felt that the beautician would retentlessly advice and laser parts of my face I did not desire, neither consent, to be lasered. When you're trying to minimise hair growth, that's the last thing you want.

Since then I have been with a clinic in Marylebone (for the last 3 years) and I can say that I am much happier with the overall results. About two years ago I has 6 sessions done for full legs, bikini, under arms, and forearms. They offer discounts and have looked after me after every treatment.

With my face hair, I still get treatments every 5-6 weeks. In between, any hair growth is much lighter and less noticeable. With my body, I only ever got 6 treatments, but the whole hair texture, growth has changed and no more ingrowns! Since then I have been much happier and only ever wax. NO MORE SHAVING. What I can say is thats it less of a chore and just easy breezy!

Below are a few things to remember about Laser Hair Removal

  • The laser beams are zapped onto your skin along with very cold air flushing your skin. The laser feels like small zaps/ elastic band smacks on the skin. Its more painful when the treatment is on skin closer to your bones ( cheek bone, jaw, chin, ankle)

  • You can only shave the hairs in-between sessions. NO OTHER Hair removal methods . Laser is directed towards the hair follicle. Shaving is the only method that will keep the follicles that are required for laser.

  • Not to take painkillers before a treatment, without first consulting with your clinic as to which ones are fine to use.

  • You will need to wear SPF, ALWAYS. Since I started my treatments, I have worn SPF everyday. Not wearing SPF can cause hyper pigmentation on the skin.

  • You can get burnt! I have been burnt on my upper lip and I have a small scar. I dont know if its because there was some lip balm there or what, but since then I have always ensured I have nothing greasy on my face.

  • You can't have a laser treatment if you have a tan or are on antibiotics. You need to allow 10-14 days after treatment has finished and the tan has faded.

  • Not advised to have just before a very sunny hot holiday.

  • I have had to allow 10 days before or after a laser session to have a facial.

  • Laser hair removal can make your face go red, blotchy and bumpy (the bumpiness has always been a sign of effectiveness of a treatment) . This does however die down after an hour or so.

  • You will have to be make up free for all sessions.

  • Not to wear heavy makeup straight away, as your pores will be open and you do not want to block them. My skin gets quite red so I just use some tinted moisturiser and go straight home.

  • Not to use any chemical or acid products on your skin prior to treatment. If you're not sure ask your consultant. From other peoples experience and me using Retinol A and AHA Products, I've had to ensure I do not get my skin burnt or swelled up like someone I know ( chip munk faced!)

I am not an expert or beautician so this blog is based on my knowledge and experiences. If you are interested, make sure you do some research and get any queries / questions answered by someone who knows what they are talking about.

I have been having laser done for the last five years and I am lucky enough to have been able to afford the face sessions on a yearly basis (I try and space out the 6 sessions over 1 year). I am overall very happy with the end results. I am not sure how long I will need the treatments for, as it hasn't been permanent but has reduced hair growth dramatically.

If you have any questions, just drop me an email. I know its a sensitive issue and I have been conscious of it for years but I can say I worry less about it now than ever before.