- Beauty & the Blog
- Laser Hair Removal – Teenage Girls
- Reasons for Hair Removal – Models
- Reasons for Hair Removal – Athletes
- Parental Consent
- Other Considerations for Teenagers
- Further Considerations for Teenagers
- Causes of Excess Body Hair
- You Already Have Everything You Need
- Cut to the chase
- Apple TV Plus release date
- Apple TV Plus pricing
- Apple TV Plus: stars, shows and channels
- Apple TV Plus: upcoming TV shows
- What are Apple TV channels?
- So Apple TV Plus is like Netflix?
- HPL and Laser Hair Removal for Private Parts
- Pubic hair vs. going bare
- Should it stay or should it go?
- This is what it’s really like to get laser hair removal on your vagina
- Before we dive right into my laser hair removal vagina treatment, here’s some backstory on why I started doing the treatment in the first place.
- How was I a good laser hair removal candidate at 14?
- So what is it like to get laser hair removal on my vagina?
- So what did it feel like afterward?
- So, what are the results like?
- How to Prepare for Your First Laser Hair Removal Treatment
- How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Appointment
- Areas for Permanent Hair Removal
- Brazilian Laser Hair Removal
- Ingrown Hair Removal
- Beard Bump Laser Removal
- Laser Removal Post-Procedure Tips
- Choose the Best Hair Removal Treatment for You
- Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Survival Guide
- Does Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
- Here are 4 Tips to Make Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Less Painful:
Beauty & the Blog
When a young person seeks advice on how to remove or reduce unwanted hair with Laser Hair Removal, the reasons behind the motivation must be discussed.
If we focus on age alone, a person can be as young as 12 years old, as long as he or she is mature enough to fully understand the process, expectations and the importance of aftercare. Most importantly, they must have parental/legal guardian permission. Also, the young person must truly want this themselves and not as a result of pressure from family or friends.
The benefits of Laser Hair Removal treatments and potential risks are the same in young people as they are for adults according to Dermal Surgeons in the US.
As long as there is the consent of the parents, dermatologists and salons will provide laser hair removal to minors. Still the question remains as to ‘why’ the young client wants Laser Hair Removal treatments.
Generally speaking, young clients consider hair reduction treatments because they are under a lot of distress caused by their hairy problem which occurs during puberty and the process of becoming an adult.
A consultation with a professional before proceeding with Laser Hair Removal to determine whether other hair removal options such as waxing, are a more suitable option at this point in time.
Technically speaking, there is no minimum age to start Laser Hair Removal treatments so long as there is hair growth present.
Please be aware that it is essential to undergo multiple treatments for effective hair removal. Generally, a patient requires between 6-8 treatments to reduce a large area of unwanted hair. Other factors such as skin type and hair colour also have an impact on the number of treatments required for optimal results. Another factor to consider is the cost of laser hair removal whilst young people are still growing and hence the hair may grow back.
A big obstacle for young people is the onset of adolescent hormones that can cause sudden excess hair growth. Even after laser treatments are completed, it may be necessary having further hair removal sessions during the growth phase.
In case of girls, experts recommend treatment after the teenager has gone through puberty in order to achieve optimal results.
Laser Hair Removal – Teenage Girls
Young girls under age 18 require the presence of a parent on the first laser consultation or written consent from a parent. The permanence of Laser Hair Removal means that it should be carefully considered and evaluated in the context of possible future personal needs and expectations. Laser hair Removal is a safer, quicker and more efficient method for achieving a smooth hairless skin than alternatives such as shaving and avoids the risk of “Shaving Bumps” and ingrown hairs.
Other treatments such as Cream Depilatories can cause chemical burns, whilst waxing requires hair growth that really misses the point and purpose of hair removal. Laser hair removal is safe no matter which areas are being treated, because the Laser does not pass beyond the second layer of skin (dermis) where the hair follicles are. Laser treatment for hair removal is generally not effective on naturally Grey, Red, White or Blonde hair.
Reasons for Hair Removal – Models
At City Laser Clinic, we recognise that many successful and aspiring young models and actors, both girls and boys, need to maintain an appearance that meets commercial expectations for models in our society. Laser hair Removal meets their needs for effective, safe Hair Removal without time-consuming treatments that cut in to their work and social schedules as well as family and education time commitments.
Reasons for Hair Removal – Athletes
Many young athletes present at City laser Clinic seeking Laser Hair Removal, this is particularly common for swimmers, cyclists and runners and we receive more inquiries from boys and men for permanent hair removal to increase their performance as athletes. In such competitive endeavours, body hair can make the difference of the hundredths of a second between winner and runner-up.
Other reasons for Hair Removal – Appearance on the Beach
At City Laser Clinic, we also recognise that active young women feel more confident on the beach in their bikini, knowing that stray hairs are not going to “spring forth”, avoiding the embarrassment and need for frequent adjustments. We also realise that many young men are embarrassed by excess hair in usual laces such as chest, abdomen and legs but especially excess and patchy hair on the back and buttocks.
At City Laser Clinic, we require a parent or legal guardian to complete and sign consent for laser Hair Removal on a person under 18 years of age. The permanence of Laser Hair Removal means that it should be carefully considered and evaluated in the context of possible future personal needs and expectations. Laser hair removal is a proper consideration for several purposes and reasons, but should be decided by the teenager in consultation with their parent’s advice.
Other Considerations for Teenagers
Whilst Laser Hair Removal works the same for young people as it does for older people, there are matters relating to commitment to the treatment regime that need to be considered:
- Avoid Sun exposure before the treatments;
- Must not use a solarium, or apply fake tan on the area for 2 weeks before the treatment;
- Your skin must be its natural colour as much as possible;
- Apply a SPF 30+ sun block, especially on the face and arms and
- Keep treated area out of the sun for 2 weeks.
Other considerations, include:
- Your skin can become red and even bumpy for up to 8 hours after the treatment, this is normal. It happens to a small percentage of clients;
- Temporary pigmentation occasionally occurs, it is not permanent but superficial only, and will fade away within 6 weeks. Applying Vitamin E to the effected area will help and speed up the fading process;
- Your hair can take up to 2 weeks to fall out after treatment;
- Do not wax, pluck or force hair in the area, as you will stimulate the hair follicle; and
- Laser Hair Removal is effective on hairs in the growth (Anagen) phase; this represents more than 75% of the hair at any particular time. The follow up sessions are to target the remaining hairs as they enter the growth (Anagen) phase from the resting (Telogen) phase.
Young people considering laser hair removal must appreciate the discipline involved in maintaining the treatment schedule as well as the requirements before and after treatment. Laser hair removal might not be the best option for some teens, and Laser Hair Removal is not effective for persons with Red or Blonde (or Grey) hair.
Laser Hair Removal is a safe and effective method of hair removal for most other people, especially for people with light skin and natural dark hair, and Laser Hair Removal treatment is more effective with thick dark hair than it is with thin light hair. If you have natural dark hair and dark skin you can still be benefit from laser treatment for hair removal, however additional laser treatments are usually required to achieve satisfactory results.
Further Considerations for Teenagers
The ongoing cost of Laser Hair Removal can be expensive for young people because human hair growth process is usually not mature until our mid 20’s, so further and ongoing maintenance treatments are needed so as to remove unwanted hair as the follicles mature and commence to grow hair. Teenagers benefit from laser hair removal when they are committed to achieving the results and recognise the possible minor side effects.
Causes of Excess Body Hair
What is considered to be excess body hair by friends, and sometimes family, may be normal development but there are medical conditions including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) that may cause early onset puberty in girls as well as excess body hair (hirsutism). There are other medical conditions associated with excess body hair in Girls, as well as Boys.
The trained, experienced and qualified laser therapists at City Laser Clinic may advise that you first seek medical advice and investigation to confirm or eliminate medical conditions that may be causing the hirsutism. Following assessment and clearance by your Medical Practitioner City Laser Clinic can commence Laser Hair Removal treatment to remove and manage excess hair growth.
Before starting a series of laser hair removal there are a few things that everybody should know. We’ve listed the top 10 things you need to know before having laser, so that you can be prepared for your treatments and be rewarded with those silky-smooth results!
1. How it works
While we’d love to claim it’s magic, the reality is laser hair removal is science! Simply put, it works like this: With lighter skin types, a cosmetic medical-grade laser transmits a concentrated beam of light directly into the pigment of your hair follicles. With darker skin, the laser is attracted to the blood supply to the hair follicle. The laser then destroys and stunts the hair growth with both modalities. Laser hair removal is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore is governed by strict regulations. Before booking your treatment, always ask if the technicians are qualified and that the equipment is TGA approved.
2. Avoid sun exposure
We cannot treat you if you have had sun exposure within two weeks of your laser hair removal treatment as laser will sizzle any pigment on your skin. This means that if you are sunburned, or even just tanned, you may need to reschedule your appointment. If you’re a bit of a beach babe or surfer guy, you may wish to start your treatments during the winter months to avoid any inconvenience.
3. A fake tan’s a safe tan (unless you’re getting laser!)
The same as with a real tan, we can’t treat you if you have a fake tan either. So it’s time to embrace your inner Emma Stone and rock the pale look on the day of your appointment. Tip: Balense Next Generation +SRC Cleanser is a great product to assist in the removal of any fake tan.
4. Shave, don’t wax!
The root of the hair must be present in the follicle for the laser to identify it, so avoid waxing, epilating, use of depilatory creams or anything that might disturb the hair follicle. Instead, shave the treatment area 12-14 hours before your appointment. A clean shave with a sharp razor is must, we don’t want the laser targeting longer hairs that sit above the skin, as this runs the risk of causing burns.
5. Skip the moisturiser
When it comes to the day of your treatment you need to make sure you are going au natural on your body. Make sure your skin is clean and completely product free, don’t even moisturise or apply deodorant. This goes for 24 hours after your appointment, too (except for recommended products)!
6. Be honest at your consultation
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment and as such you need to feel that you’re in safe hands (FYI, our hands are exceptionally safe). Our qualified laser technicians use only medical-grade equipment, and before you start the treatment you’ll receive a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly technicians to assess your skin and hair type. This is when you’ll need to disclose any previous treatments or medication that you’ve been taking. Things like a recent facial or Roaccutane will have an impact on the suitability of laser hair removal for you.
7. Have realistic expectations
It takes more than one session to see phenomenal results. Once you complete your treatment plan, you should expect long-term hair reduction! It is also important to keep in mind that no laser clinic can claim 100 per cent hair removal, as some hair will always strive to grow back. Re-growth can be affected by hormones and other biological factors which can vary from person to person. Our obligation free consultation will help determine your long term result.
8. Be consistent
For best results, make sure you attend your appointments religiously every four weeks (or at intervals advised by your technician). The timing of your treatments dramatically influences the outcome due to hair growth patterns, thus we suggest you book a course of laser hair removal treatments rather than sporadic appointments.
9. Use the recommended products
Treated areas may appear “sunburnt” after treatment; an active skin care product, such as Balense Recovery Cream and a cold compress will ease discomfort and swelling. Avoid applying makeup to the area and stay out of the sun, using Balense UV Defiance SPF 50+ on the treated area to prevent discoloration or sunburn. Remember your skin will be sensitive to the sun for 48 hours after treatment.
10. Avoid exercise and hot showers
Exercising and hot showers both increase your body temperature, causing your body to sweat and creating a potential breeding ground for bacteria. This could lead to infection or ingrown hairs, so we recommend waiting at least 24 hours after a laser hair removal treatment before attempting any activity that may increase your body temperature and upset the hair follicles.
Now that you have a basic understanding on how laser works, and what to do before and after treatment, you are ready to go forth and book your complimentary consultation at Australian Skin Clinics!
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You Already Have Everything You Need
We all have needs, both physical and emotional. And we all need to consistently fulfill those needs. Just as you never eat enough to last you forever, you never love enough to last you forever, or do something important enough to last you forever. Needs — whether it’s food, love, or meaning — must be replenished regularly.
And most of us live with a constant fear that the object that currently fulfills our needs will one day disappear. The person who loves us will one day cease to love us. The job that gives us security and food will one day stop giving us security and food. The creative spark that once made us happy will one day extinguish. The looks that brought us so much attention and praise will one day fade.
And so we cling to the object that fulfills that need. We try to make the lover love us. We try to make the job need us. We grasp onto the people and things that make us feel important and worthy and don’t let go.
This makes us slaves to those people and those objects. When our only conduit for feeling appreciated is our looks or money, then we will become enslaved to our appearance and money, both of which are cruel masters.
If we feel like our lover is the one and only person on the planet who can make us feel this way, we cling to them and smother them with our demands and affection, shackling ourselves to them, because what is living if it’s without them?
Many of our lives are controlled by a sense of scarcity. We mistake the objects that provide for our needs for the needs themselves.
You don’t need your lover. You need to be loved. You don’t need your job. You need to feel secure. You don’t need to be beautiful, cool, or popular. You need to feel appreciated.
What you need is you.
In an infinite world, these needs can be met in an infinite number of ways.
All that is required is an ability and a confidence in one’s ability to get one’s own needs met. That lover, he or she may leave you, whether by death or by betrayal. But there will, eventually, be another. That job, they may fire you. But there will eventually be another opportunity. Your status or appearance may fade, your popularity may wilt away, but there are always more ways in which you will feel important and appreciated. Assuming one has the will, all needs can be replenished.
Studies show that people who lose their limbs or are paralyzed are not less happy or less mentally healthy than others on average. Conjoined twins almost unanimously refuse surgical operations to separate their bodies from one another because they complain that it would end the special relationship they’ve developed with each other.
Our psyche has a profound way of conspiring to get our needs met with whatever resources it’s given.
That is, assuming you let it.
Someone recently emailed me and asked me what I would do if I woke up tomorrow with no money and no friends.
I don’t have a particular answer to that question. I don’t know what I’d do to get money that first day. I know it would be hard and lonely.
But I also know that I would eventually be fine. I would cry and complain and fret and struggle. But I would eventually be fine. Because on a long enough timeline, everything in our lives is eventually lost. Happiness is not preventing those losses. It’s learning to adapt to them.
It’s not the people and objects that fulfill the needs in my life that make me happy. I make me happy. And if those objects were all taken away, while I would mourn their loss, I would find new people and new objects, new activities and new passions, and build a new identity for myself, and live on.
You Don’t Know What Makes You Happy
Happiness doesn’t work in the way most people think it does. In fact, it operates in kind of a “backwards” way. To find out what I mean, put your email in the form and receive my 24-page ebook on happiness, what it means, and how to achieve it.
UPDATE: You can now check out our full Apple TV Plus review – but for the nitty gritty of pricing, shows, channels, and more, check out our original Apple TV Plus guide below.
You can now access Apple’s TV Plus service on all manner of devices, as the release date of November 1 has finally arrived – but will it, in the words of CEO Tim Cook, be “unlike anything that’s come before”?
The launch of Disney Plus will no doubt be casting something of a shadow over the Apple TV Plus service, with the latter not having the big-name titles or franchises to really compete. But there may be something in it for you, especially as you can get one year’s subscription free when buying a new iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
We know a lot more about the Apple TV Plus pricing, with a $4.99 / £4.99 / $AU7.99 monthly subscription model that undercuts a lot of competing services like Netflix, Hulu and even the Disney Plus price – with the ability to share between six different family members, if you have that many close relatives.
We’ve been keeping close tabs on the programming planned for the service, and you can check out our guide to Apple TV Plus shows for specific titles featuring everyone from Aquaman’s Jason Mamoa to Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds. Apple already dominates as a seller and distributor for content, so it’ll be interesting to see how they take to making that content themselves.
For all the pricing, launch dates, and hype you need to know about Apple TV Plus, though, read on below.
(Image credit: Apple)
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A rival streaming service that Apple will place its own content on, among other titles.
- When will it be released? It’s out now
- How much will it cost? $4.99 per month / £4.99 / AU$7.99, but when you buy an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV you’ll get one year’s subscription free.
Apple TV Plus release date
At Apple’s iPhone 11 launch, Tim Cook confirmed that Apple TV Plus will launch on November 1, and the company has come good on that promise.
Unlike the basic package of Hulu, Apple TV Plus is ad-free from the start, and available in 100-plus countries through a section of the Apple TV app on smart TVs, MacOS and iOS.
Apple TV Plus pricing
You can sign up for a seven-day free trial to test the service out here.
Apple TV Plus: stars, shows and channels
(Image credit: Apple)
The streaming service will offer exclusive shows, movies and documentaries from acclaimed filmmakers, including JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan.
The service will include shows like Amazing Stories and The Morning Show, and stars like Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell and Jason Momoa are signed up to be involved. There’s even a show for youngsters called Helpsters.
Helpsters is aimed at the pre-school crowd, and follows a team of “vibrant monsters who love to solve problems,” according to Apple. It’s headed up by Sesame Street puppet Cody, who (as her name suggests) will help kids to learn the basics of coding – which no doubt will appeal to parents.
It’s also been announced that Oprah and Prince Harry will also be teaming up for a mental health docu-series, which will come to Apple TV Plus in 2020.
In a statement posted to Instagram, Prince Harry said “our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better.”
Most recently, Apple dropped a trailer for a revisionist comedy-biopic on the life of the poet Emily Dickinson, with Hailee Steinfeld taking the starring role, and Apple is so confident it’s already renewed it for a second season. You can get a taste of the anachronistic music and dance moves – in the style of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite – in the trailer below.
Other new shows include a musical take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring Will Ferrell (Anchorman, Step Brothers) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Green Lantern).
WWDC 2019 also saw the unveiling on new alternative history show from Battlestar Galactica’s show lead, Ron Moore – also renewed for a second season before the first has even dropped. For All Mankind will reimagine the space race of the 1960s and 1970s, from a position that sees the Soviet Union putting man on the moon first. Find its first trailer below:
Most recently, we found out that M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant TV series will come to Apple TV Plus on November 28. According to Engadget, it revolves around a couple who bring an “unnervingly life-like doll into their home after losing their baby”. Sounds spooky.
Apple TV Plus: upcoming TV shows
Although Apple TV Plus launched with some good new shows from the get-go, there are plenty more on the way.
Some of the most notable include Little Immigrants, an anthology series about the lives of immigrants in America all based on true stories. It won’t focus on the already well-known or successful, but everyday stories.
According to reports, Little Immigrants will debut on January 17, 2020. The first trailer for the new series is here too, which promises a mixture of emotional and heart-warming stories.
On February 7, 2020, a new comedy series will air on Apple TV Plus from Rob McElhenney and co-star Charlie Day (of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame). We don’t know much about the new show yet other than it’s set in a video game development studio.
A few days after, on Valentine’s Day, a docu-series called Visible: Out on Television will be coming to Apple TV Plus. The show is about how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television. There will be five parts and they’ll feature lots of archival footage and interviews, as well as present-day interviews with celebrities.
There are a few other series in development that haven’t been given official release dates yet. This means they could be months away or may end up getting cancelled depending on the success of the shows already out.
Some of these shows include a refresh of the old Amazing Stories TV series, which covers a different science-fiction or fantastical story each week, a murder mystery series called Home Before Dark and a series about the bombers of World War II, called Masters of the Air.
What are Apple TV channels?
In addition to Apple TV Plus, Apple introduced Apple TV Channels, which combines cable subscription services and streaming services like Amazon Prime Video into the Apple TV app. (Unfortunately, however, Apple TV Channels doesn’t incorporate Netflix.)
Apple TV Channels will be incorporated into the Apple TV app on iOS starting in May, and on MacOS later in the year, but will sit outside Apple TV Plus’ purview.
- Here’s the full list of the first Apple TV Plus shows
- Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Arcade
- And here’s all the info on Apple News Plus
So Apple TV Plus is like Netflix?
This is where things get a little confusing. While on stage, Tim Cook mage it very clear that Apple TV Plus isn’t like Netflix – at least not yet. While the service will offer original content by the boatload, Apple TV Plus won’t offer licensed content like Netflix or Amazon Prime does, which covers all syndicated shows, like The Big Bang Theory, Mr. Robot or Seinfeld.
For now, you’ll still have to buy those shows through iTunes or via your terrestrial cable app in Apple TV Channels and turn to Apple Plus for its library of originals.
There’s also the question of availability. Cook named a number of major TV manufacturers who will offer the new Apple TV app in his keynote, but never came close to mentioning all the platforms where Netflix is available, like Android TV, PC desktops and laptops, and non-Apple tablets. We do now know though that Samsung, at the very least, will be supporting Apple TV Plus at launch through its smart TVs.
It’s also worth mentioning that Apple Plus has been compared to Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus. But it looks like even though they might compete in the streaming space, Disney Plus will still be available via Apple TV.
- Disney Plus: the Disney streaming service to take on Netflix (and Apple)
If you’ve been landscaping your Speedo zone a couple times a month since graduating college (for intimate encounters) but it’s abrasive and annoying and you hate it, you might be wondering: How can I get the same results without scraping a razor over my man parts?
I’m thrilled to inform you that yes, you can and should get laser hair removal. Laser your junk until it’s got exactly the amount of hair you want—which might be none.
It goes without saying that you don’t have to do anything you read on the Internet—your intimate grooming habits are between you, every person you’ve ever slept with, and God. But if you’re committed to shaving your pubic hair, laser just makes things so much easier. No more cuts! No more ingrown hairs! No more clandestine trims in your office bathroom because your date cancelled tomorrow but is actually free tonight, and things have been going really well, and you’d like to take things to the next level, do you know what I mean?! For people who enjoy a clean undercarriage but don’t enjoy cleaning it, laser hair removal is almost too good to be true.
That, however, is the only demographic that should laser. The procedure requires much less commitment than a daily shave—a couple of sessions over the course of a few months—but the effects are fairly permanent. (Important to note, since laser is touted as leaving you forever bald, that the clinical promise is 70% hair removal, which is why dermatologists and plastic surgeons recommend maintenance appointments two to three times a year.) Lasers are shot into your skin, hair follicles absorb the heat, and they subsequently self-destruct. Once you lose a hair follicle, it’s gone. Nothing short of a hair transplant will replace it. Always read the fine print before bargaining with Satan for your hairless groin.
Perhaps you’ve been considering it anyway, and you’ve come here to inform yourself—commendable behavior. Let’s address the big questions:
Does it hurt?
Great question. The laser is not pleasant—it’s maybe one of the least relaxing things you can get off a spa menu—but it doesn’t hurt. Most doctors liken the sensation to a rubber band being lightly bounced on the skin, and that’s pretty apt. At worst, it feels like a pinch. At best, it feels like barely anything at all.
Any prep required?
You have to shave before each appointment! Seems counterintuitive, right?
How often do you have to do it?
It depends, but it’s usually more than one appointment—the technician can advise depending on what exactly you’re getting lasered, your hair density, and all of that stuff. Prepare for three to six monthly sessions, although it’s bound to vary. And then boom! You’re bald.
Well, not quite—nuking 70% of your hair follicles will make you mostly hairless, but you might be prone to lighter hair, which you’ll barely notice. If it’s anything more than that, a few yearly appointments will take care of it. If you’re looking for sparser hair, as opposed to Ken-doll smoothness, your technician should be able to tailor the process to that, and it’s a great solution for guys who don’t want to make the full plunge but are interested in keeping everything tidier. Be specific about what you want. It’s usually possible.
You’re so knowledgeable.
Wow, thank you.
How about the cost?
It runs the gamut. Tons of places do laser now, so it’s less expensive than it once was, but you’re looking at around $500 for the whole thing. That’s the price you pay for not having to put a razor near your junk. Packages are available, but hair-removal enthusiasts recommend paying per appointment, in case you don’t need to go as often.
And when we refer obliquely to the groin region, we’re talking about…
Everything. If the surface in question bears hair, it is eligible to be lasered. Shaft, balls, ass, place between the balls and ass that has a name that I hate. The most important thing to remember is that unlike a wax, where you point at an unwanted patch of hair and a stern woman rips it from your flesh, laser should be a conversation. Think—very hard—about what you’re comfortable with. Talk to the love of your life about it. Prepare for the sensation of one thousand rubber bands cracking at once around your most precious region. Once you’re OK with that, you’re good to go.
HPL and Laser Hair Removal for Private Parts
At-home hair removal is a wonder. It’s safe, efficient, effective and affordable. Despite its growing popularity, these devices might not be the best option to remove hair from areas like the pubic region, groin, perianal and scrotum. Because of this, most people wind up using a sharp razor or depilatory cream made of harsh chemicals, which isn’t always the best method of hair removal for our more…sensitive body areas.
The technology that powers Silk’n devices—Home Pulsed Light (HPL)—is safe to use on most body areas, including your bikini line. If you wish to have hair-free private areas, then you need to commit to a specific treatment plan with the right method. Unfortunately, there isn’t a super cream on the market that removes hair from head to toe.
To help you out, we’re going to take a deep dive into how to supplement your Silk’n treatments so you can safely and cleanly remove hair from those hard to reach places. The aim is to help you create not only the best hair removal plan but also the safest.
Pubic Hair Removal
Having hair on your pubic and surrounding areas is your choice, and shouldn’t be influenced by outside opinions, advertising or societal pressure. It’s your call and one you should never have to defend.
Private parts is a broad terms that applies to several areas on men and women, including the pubic region, scrotum, groin, or perianal (surrounding the anus). These areas can be quite sensitive and lead to one feeling self-conscious about their body. Additionally, private part hair can impact intimacy or prevent you from wearing certain types of clothing.
For years, men and women have taken to grooming these areas as part of their personal style and to contribute to their hygiene. To do so, you need to conduct hair removal for your private parts more conscientiously than you would your underarms or legs. Private parts are naturally more sensitive, and most people would rather have a cut on their leg than on their testicular area (for obvious reasons!).
Private parts aren’t like other areas of your body. The skin is much more sensitive and requires different treatment to avoid stubble, irritated skin or bumps due to hair removal.
The Basics of HPL Hair Removal
Over a decade ago, Silk’n developed HPL as an at-home version of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). The goal was to take the safety offered by professional clinics and spas and couple it with the efficacy of laser hair treatments. It was a true revelation, and since its inception, at-home hair removal has garnered millions of advocates across the globe.
The proprietary HPL delivers pulses of light energy that attacks hair at the root. The benefit is two-fold: it disables the hair forcing it to fall out and reduces the likelihood of regrowth. After a complete treatment, users should be able to enjoy permanently reduced hair in the target area or areas.
It functions based on the contrast between skin tone and hair color. The emitted beam of focused light targets melanin, which is typically found in the shaft, leaving skin unaffected and unharmed. The downside is that people with dark or fair skin and light hair will not experience success with a HPL-powered device.
It’s proven that HPL hair removal provides reliable results even in the cases of coarse hair. Despite its proficiency in this respect, it’s not an ideal tool for most private areas. It is recommended for the following body areas:
- Bikini line
- Face (below the cheeks only)
You might want to supplement your Silk’n treatment with other methods that can comfortably and safely remove hair from your private areas. There are several options so find the one that fits your budget and that you feel comfortable using.
Laser Hair Removal for Private Parts
Laser hair removal performed at a spa or clinic by a trained aesthetician is considered safe for private areas. Customers can book appointments for treatments that remove hair from their groin and perianal area.
Men who want to groom their private parts and are sick of short-term fixes like shaving often use laser hair removal because it’s precise, consistent and the results last. While it often requires multiple appointments, and is expensive, not knowing how to remove hair from these areas can be even more time-consuming.
Most places that offer laser hair therapy invite prospective customers to a consultation. If inclined, you should use this time to discuss the procedure, safety and any potential side effects. Some might feel awkward about discussing anything related to their gentler regions but it’s important to have a frank discussion.
Silk’n HPL Hair Removal Devices
A proven and popular hair removal treatment involves leveraging the unparalleled power and ability of The Express, The Compact, The Jewel or The Infinity, to remove body hair, and then book appointments for laser treatment to take care of whatever private parts you want to be hairless.
The Express, The Compact and The Jewel use HPL (Home Pulsed Light), a proprietary version of the state-of-the-art IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), to deliver the gold standard of hair removal. These devices emit a pulse of focused light directly into the shaft to disable growth on the target area without affecting surrounding skin. A model of engineering, these devices harness the power of optical light energy that transforms into heat once it enters the hair shaft. Each is revolutionary in how it removes hair and is a testament to Silk’n ability to develop the most modern and effectives tools for the at-home hair removal market.
The Infinity hair removal device pairs this potent technology with galvanic energy. Galvanic energy opens pores, allowing the optical light energy to penetrate deeper into skin so that it can attack the root and remove hair with even greater efficiency.
Simply put, these four devices provide the very best at-home hair removal treatment.
Treatments with Silk’n Devices
Silk’n hair removal treatments share a lot of similarities but you should also note any differences. For each treatment, make sure private parts are shaved, clean and dry. Here are how the four treatments break down:
- Quickly press the central button. You will notice the Energy Level 1 LED light up. A moment later, the Ready Indicator Light will activate. You are now ready to administer the first pulse at the lowest energy level and to take your first step toward hairlessness.
- To increase or decrease the energy level, press the central button quickly. With each press, it will move to the next energy level, which range from 1 to 5.
- Apply the device’s treatment surface to the area you wish to treat. Make sure skin is evenly spread so that it can make full contact. Confirm that the Ready Indicator Light is blinking slowly.
- Press the trigger. If it’s determine that it’s safe to proceed, a flash of light will pulse. The device will automatically recharge for the next pulse and will only be released once the device detects that skin is ready.
- Move the treatment surface to another area and continue to administer one pulse at a time at the desired energy level. Follow the pressure marks so that you are properly guiding the device. This will help avoid gaps and overlaps and ensure you experience optimal results.
The Jewel and The Compact:
To properly use either the Jewel or the Compact, hold the device of your choice firmly against skin and glide it smoothly across the area you want to treat. The device will emit a continuous pulse of energy so you don’t have to repeatedly press the trigger.
After treatment, you should enjoy less hair growth in treated areas and the result of permanent reduction. These devices require very little time and effort.
- Press the control button and wait for the device to turn on. It will start on level 1. Once the ready/skin tone warning indicator light turns on, you’re good to go and emit the first pulse.
- Select the energy level you want based on your comfort level.
- Press the device’s treatment surface flush against skin and press the pulse button. It will deliver one strong pulse. You must make sure your hand is touching the base electrode simultaneously with the pulse button.
- Now it’s time to start attacking hair! Press the pulse button. You will see a bright flash and feel a mild warmth as the device treats the target area. It will automatically reload for the next pulse.
- You can use this device by either gliding or pulsing. The difference is that gliding requires you to hold the pulse button down without interruption and slide the device along skin.
- Apply a moisturizing cream. Galvanic energy’s innate ability to enlarge pores actually helps skin better absorb moisturizers.
Hopefully you’ve noticed that these treatments are straightforward and don’t require a lot of time or energy. Most importantly, if you follow the directions you will see impeccable results that will have your private areas smooth and hairless and have you feeling excited to wear shorts or your favourite bikini.
Other Treatment Methods for Private Parts
Besides laser treatments, you have several options to choose from with respect to removing hair from your groin, perianal area and scrotum.
Shaving is a method that comes with equal amounts of pros and cons. The pros are that it’s cheap, quick, painless (for the most part if you’re careful and dexterous) and is a good option for people who are uncomfortable with revealing their private areas even in a clinical setting.
The disadvantages of this hair removal method are that hair quickly grows back and does so in a manner that is itchy and annoying. It can lead to rashes, ingrown hairs or patchiness.
While you can shave your pubic area, scrotum and groin, results will vary based on hair length, type, materials and how good of a job you do.
With a clean electric trimmer designated specifically for personal grooming, you can trim your private parts making them look orderly. Some options with good reviews include the Panasonic Close Curves shaver for women, and the Phillips Norelco Multigroom for men.
The best method is to trim in the opposite direction that your hair grows. Cut it to the length you desire using the hair height adjustment clips that come with the trimmer.
You can trim any of your private parts using the trimmer method, including the pubic, perianal, groin and scrotum hair.
Hair removal with waxing last longer than shaving (roughly 3-6 weeks) but is more painful and comes with risks of irritation or inflammation.
Outside of longer-lasting results, waxing removes all the hair in an area and can reach into crevices like the ones above and below the buttocks. Treatments are quick, which is good because as mentioned there will be pain. Granted, adopting waxing as your preferred grooming method might be solely based on your pain tolerance.
Waxing is an option for the perianal region but avoid using it on your scrotum as it might be too hot for this vicinity – not to mention too painful!
If this option appeals to you, speak to your doctor prior to treatment if you have psoriasis, eczema, diabetes or are pregnant.
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Decide on a method based on the private part you wish to treat and your overall comfort level. If you are uncomfortable with hot wax on your perianal hair or a razor blade on your scrotum, then find other ways to get the job done.
For appropriate body parts, Silk’n can help you achieve radiant skin that’s smooth and hairless. We believe the two ingredients to success are knowledge and a device that fits your lifestyle and hair removal goals.
Get started by browsing our state-of-the-art hair removal devices to find a product or two that meets your needs, and be sure to visit our Resource Center where you will find expert advice and specific information on how to perform hair removal treatments.
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Shaving. Waxing. Sugaring. Creams. Laser. Threading. Electrolysis. When it comes to pubic hair, there’s certainly more than one way to skin the ! But more important than the exact method are the health implications of pubic hair and the risks associated with its removal.
What’s “normal” in the pubic hair landscape has changed considerably over the last 20 years. Research suggests that pubic hair removal is increasingly the norm in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom; but has been documented as early as Ancient Egypt.
Recent studies of hair removal in young Australian women show that almost 50% of female undergraduates remove most or all of their hair. This trend is also present in men: about two-thirds of both gay and heterosexual Australian men remove pubic hair, mostly to improve perceived attractiveness.
Other reasons cited for hair removal include: possible increased skin sensitivity, perceived cleanliness, experimentation, and to please a partner.
Pubic hair vs. going bare
Pubic hair is an important marker of puberty, and signifies a transition toward adulthood. There’s a lot of debate about the actual function of pubic hair (cushioning, warmth, dust or bacteria catcher, pheromone transmitter), but no real conclusion. Keeping pubic hair doesn’t have any negative effects, other than the occasional crab infestation, but many people choose to remove some or all of their pubic hair, lest their pubic hair becomes public hair!
Waxing pubic hair warrants caution. Pam Junsay
But what about going bare? Can a lack of pubic hair affect health? Well, yes. A lack of pubic hair prevents pubic lice transmission. In fact, as removing pubic hair became more common, rates of pubic lice decreased. So in the case of pubic lice, bare genitals win!
A lack of pubic hair doesn’t, in itself, affect health in any other way. But the method of hair removal can affect health. The infectious risks of these practises, particularly among those with a weakened immune system, is often under-appreciated.
Salon conditions and tools employed for removal can transmit bacterial infections. And shaving can cause small skin tears (even some that are not visible) that can provide additional sites for sexually transmitted infections (STI). A 20-year-old Australian woman with poorly controlled diabetes, for instance, had to go to hospital with life-threatening Streptococcus pyogenes and Herpes simplex infection of her genitalia following a routine Brazilian wax.
If you are going to wax, be informed! Careful hair removal, either on your own or at reputable salons, is the key to maintaining health when it comes to baring it all (or parts).
Should it stay or should it go?
Whatever you decide, here are five things everyone should know about pubic hair removal.
- It grows back: no matter what method you use to remove your hair (including more “permanent” methods such as laser), it will grow back. The texture of pubic hair may change when it grows back.
- Shaving needs prep: trim your pubic hair with a trimmer or scissors before you begin to shave it, use shaving cream, and always test an area first!
Shaving pubic hair needs preparation. Mace Ojala
- Use chemicals with care: buy a depilatory designed specifically for pubic hair removal. Only apply it to the genital area after testing it on a smaller area first. This may not be a good option for you if you have sensitive skin. If your skin develops severe irritation afterwards, go see a doctor!
- Waxing warrants caution: home waxing kits come in both cold and hot wax varieties – cold kits may not work as well but are certainly safer to use in the genital region. If you’re going to a salon, choose a professional location that makes safety a priority.
- Laser or electrolysis lasts longer, but not forever – if you really want it all gone and for a long time, explore laser hair removal treatments or electrolysis. These treatments are done over several months and may cause some pain and skin irritation.
And while we’re here, let’s also put an end to the three most common myths about pubic hair removal:
- The rate of hair regrowth will not change because of hair removal.
- Hair coverage will not change in density; your body has a set number of hair follicles.
- Ingrown hairs are common but not impossible to avoid; everyone has different susceptibility to ingrown hairs.
From a public health standpoint, pubic hair doesn’t have any advantages, but the negative health effects associated with hair removal processes are of some concern. And despite recent attacks against hair removal, keeping pubic hair isn’t right for everyone. As long as you’re careful with the removal process, you can be just as healthy (or even more healthy!) with little or no pubic hair.
This is what it’s really like to get laser hair removal on your vagina
I’m just going to get his out of the way: I hate shaving. I hate is so much that as I’m typing this, I’m realizing I haven’t shaved my legs since December. (Phew, it feels good to get that off my chest.) Because I loathe shaving, my mom set up a consultation for me to get laser hair removal in eighth grade. At first, I started getting treatments in my armpits and my upper lip (to remove my ‘stache) and then came the biggest step: I got laser hair removal on my vagina—not once or twice, but three times.
Before we dive right into my laser hair removal vagina treatment, here’s some backstory on why I started doing the treatment in the first place.
I was a cheerleader all throughout junior high and high school, and I felt self-conscious about my thick, black armpit hair stealing the spotlight during the Friday night football games. While I know some people grow out their body hair because they DGAF (as it should be), as a teen, I wasn’t confident enough to do that. Because of my insecurity, my mom let me get laser hair removal on my armpits and upper lip once I turned 14. She had gotten a few treatments done herself, so she knew the drill.
How was I a good laser hair removal candidate at 14?
For starters, I have light skin, and because I’m Mexican, I have thick, dark hair (everywhere!). So at my go-to salon in San Antonio, Texas, I’m considered an ideal candidate. Most salons will do a thorough physical examination to see if this type of treatment is right for you. That’s why I had a consultation during my first visit.
Most places want to make sure that you aren’t pregnant, that you don’t have a history of melanoma, raised moles, hives, tattoos, actives herpes, and more. Annabel Newell, the Chief Operating Officer at the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, broke it down for HelloGiggles:
“The ideal candidates are people who have pale skin and dark hair. Unfortunately, people with blonde, red, or grey hair aren’t ideal candidates due to the lack of melanin.”
For those non-scientific folks, melanin is the dark pigment found in the hair and skin of people and animals. If you don’t have pale skin and dark hair, you don’t have to completely write off the option of laser hair removal. You can always go in for a consultation, because everyone’s hair is different.
So what is it like to get laser hair removal on my vagina?
Ah, the burning question. When I went in for my first treatment, I wanted to go completely bare. I didn’t want the Bermuda triangle or a slight bikini trim. No, I wanted to get rid of all my hair down there. The night before I went in, I had to shave my vagina and (this might be TMI) my booty hole, because that was part of my vagina laser hair removal session. “Patients should shave within 12 hours of his or her treatment, refrain from plucking or waxing six weeks prior to their treatment,” Newell tells HelloGiggles.
The salon I went to didn’t allow a numbing treatment on the first session. Instead, they applied an icy cool gel to my vaginal area. Surprisingly, during my first treatment, I didn’t feel a thing, only a slight pinch every time they lasered my hair. Because I had gotten laser hair removal before, I knew what to expect once I decided to go bare down there. However, if this is your first time at the rodeo, Newell explains the SmoothPulse laser hair removal system is pain-free, so check with your salon to see if they use that system.
The second time I got laser hair removal, I was being cheap and I didn’t want to pay for the numbing cream, so I could FEEL everything. I can usually tolerate pain, but during that treatment, the heat and the rubber-like snapping of the laser was so irritating that I had to pause twice during the session. By the third time, I made sure to use the numbing gel, and I didn’t feel a thing.
So what did it feel like afterward?
The first time I got laser hair removal on my vagina, it felt like I was bruised down there. While it was totally fine for me to use the bathroom, it felt like I had worked out that part of my body and was sore. The second and third time, I saw more redness (probably because they raised the levels of the treatment) and a bit of scabbing (where my hair was trying to grow back out).
Newell tells HelloGiggles that bruising, scabbing, and redness may occur (which is what happened to me). Other side effects include “epidermal injury, swelling, blistering, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, textural changes in the skin such as crusting, scabbing, or scarring.”
To be clear, your hair will pop out the first few days. The burned hairs are trying to come out so, don’t worry about seeing hair after you just removed it. Let your body do its thing. Even though you’ll want to shave it, avoid doing so until it isn’t irritated. After every treatment, your hair should thin and come out less often. For me, once the burned hairs popped out, I didn’t have to shave my vagina area until about three or four weeks. Yes, honey!
You’ll also want to avoid sex for at least 24 hours after treatments, Newell notes. “Better to be safe than sorry. The goal is to have a pretty kitty, not an irritated and angry one!”
So, what are the results like?
Because I only got three treatments, my hair still grows down there and I do have to shave it (when I want to because, again, I hate shaving). However, I’ve noticed that my hair is definitely thinner compared to the first time I got the treatment. It also takes longer to grow back, especially in my bikini area. Newell explains that, on average, people start seeing results after six to 12 treatments. So it’s definitely an investment.
At the end of the day, I’m glad I got laser hair removal on my vagina. I feel cleaner down there when I’m on my period, and my hair doesn’t feel as thick and it doesn’t grow as much as it used to. While further treatments could lead to an even more dramatic difference, I’ve decided that three treatments are all I want. I’m comfortable with those results.
- By Alyssa Morin
How to Prepare for Your First Laser Hair Removal Treatment
While shaving and waxing can help manage unwanted hair, the processes constant upkeep and can result in ingrown hairs and rashes. Laser hair removal is a simpler and easier way to remove hair, with results that are mostly permanent.
How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal Appointment
You may think that leaving a little hair before the treatment is ideal for the laser hair removal process. However, this is incorrect. Unlike waxing, you do not want any hair to be visible as the treatment is more effective and comfortable when the laser can target the root of the hair easily. Make sure the treated area is cleanly shaven the day before your appointment. If you shave the day of, the area may be more sensitive.
Make sure you wear loose fitting clothes or ones that leave the treatment area exposed. Keep in mind that a soothing cream may be used on the area so wear something that can be washed easily.
For the best possible results, it is important to understand how to prepare for laser hair removal treatments properly. Therefore, our friendly and professional staff at Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon in Phoenix have prepared a list of frequently asked questions about laser hair removal.
While the preparation is similar for each treatment, a complimentary consultation is necessary to discuss your goals and budget with our certified medical practitioner―specifically, your skin type and hair follicle coarseness as they determine the number of laser hair removal treatments needed per area.
You want to avoid any hair removal method, except for shaving, up to six weeks prior to laser removal treatment.
Other procedures you should avoid for two weeks before this, and any other, laser procedure include:
● Facial peels
● Photosensitizing medication
● Bleaching hair cream
● Depilatory cream
To prepare for each session, avoid tweezing, threading, or waxing because these can disrupt the cycle of hair growth and damage the tissue around the root. Periods increase inflammation so women may want to avoid hair removal treatments a few days before and during their menstrual cycles. Make sure the area is clean and free of product and kept hidden from sun exposure.
Areas for Permanent Hair Removal
Brazilian Laser Hair Removal
Bikini and Brazilian are terms commonly used to describe hair removal around the pubic area. The first thing you need to decide is whether you want full (Brazilian) or partial (Bikini) laser hair removal procedure. It is important to specifically communicate the area(s) you would like to have hair left.
A Brazilian laser hair removal treatment includes more area than a bikini treatment; it includes the labia and perianal areas, with the option to keep hair in the pubic region―otherwise known as a landing strip.
At Delete, we recommend waiting about six weeks before your next Brazilian laser hair removal appointment.
Ingrown Hair Removal
At Delete, we understand the pain and irritation of ingrown hairs from shaving or waxing. At best, ingrown hairs are unattractive red bumps on your skin which can sometimes become infected. There are other methods for removing ingrown hairs, but ingrown hair laser removal attacks hair follicles at the root, acting as a more permanent method.
Beard Bump Laser Removal
Beard bumps occur most often in areas with sensitive skin and curly hair. The most common area is the face, but these bumps are also found on other parts of the body as well.
Laser Removal Post-Procedure Tips
Part of preparing for your first laser hair removal treatment is knowing what to do once the treatment is over. Right after the session, your skin may be a bit irritated and slightly swollen; this is perfectly normal.
Here are some tips to help ease any discomfort:
● Use a cold compress on the area a few times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time
● Use a topical cream to relieve pain and decrease inflammation
● Clean the area twice a day with cold or lukewarm water, a soft washcloth, and gentle soap
● Avoid sun exposure for the first week or two after treatment
Depending on your hair thickness, skin pigmentation, and hair color, you may need additional sessions. Typically, the treatments are scheduled six weeks apart. While side effects are rare, you should discuss potential ones with your certified expert during your complimentary consultation.
Choose the Best Hair Removal Treatment for You
Whether you want to stop shaving and waxing or you struggle with persistent ingrown hairs, laser hair removal may be exactly what you need. At Delete Tattoo and Laser Salon, we invested in the GentleMAX Pro laser by Syneron-Candela. Unlike older hair removal lasers, the GentleMAX Pro laser hair removal system works on all skin types.
We are confident when claiming that no one provides a better hair removal experience. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your personalized treatment plan.
Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Survival Guide
Okay ladies, let’s have some real talk. Hair down there is the worst. Shaving takes forever and requires advanced shower yoga to get everything. Waxing is essentially the most terrifying thing you’ll ever experience. Not that lying on a waxing table naked and afraid isn’t fun, but something about getting hot wax poured on my lady parts and ripping out the hair follicles just isn’t my thing.
Another option is laser hair removal, which seems like a dream come true compared to the other options for the rest of my life. Going into my Brazilian treatments, I had three major concerns.
It’s time to get everything out in the open. Here is everything you need to know on how to survive your Brazilian laser hair removal treatments.
A stranger, a high-powered laser and your whoo-ha sounds like an uncomfortable combination, and to be honest, it’s pretty awkward. Here is what goes down so you know what to expect. Your technician will leave the room while you remove your underwear and cover yourself with a paper drape. You can choose what exactly you get treated. Before your treatment, shave whatever you want to be treated. If you choose to, they will do everything, and I mean everything. At one point, you’ll lay on your side so the technician can get a better angle on your backside. They will ask you to lift up one of your cheeks so they can reach every crevice. I’ll admit, I was cringing more from the awkwardness than from the pain.
Even though it definitely isn’t the greatest thing you’ll ever experience, the technicians are very professional and make it as comfortable as possible. Remember, they see people’s south of the border every day, so it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Luckily, it only takes a couple of minutes, so you can quickly put your pants back on and forget it ever happened.
For me, I was surprised about how little it hurt. It was by no means pleasant, but definitely bearable. The sides, where you would normally get a bikini treatment, didn’t hurt at all. The most painful part for me was near the top and middle. Although pain is subjective, most people agree that it is way less painful than a Brazilian wax. It is also permanent, which helps put the pain in perspective.
One important thing to know about the treatments is that they turn the laser up every treatment. My first treatment didn’t bother me as much as my sixth treatment. The pain is immediate but doesn’t last longer than a couple of seconds. I started using the Desensitizing Gel they offer, which acts as a numbing cream. If you apply it 20-30 minutes before, it helps significantly with the pain.
It typically requires 18 months of treatments to see the full effect of laser hair removal, but after my first treatment, I already saw a difference. My hair grew in slower and patchier. Some places still grew hair, but others didn’t at all. This is because hair grows in cycles. After each treatment, I noticed less hair growth. I have had six treatments so far and I rarely have to shave. With results like these so soon, I can’t wait to see my results after I’ve completed 18 months.
Overall, I’d say even though Brazilian laser hair removal is kind of awkward and painful, the results make it totally worth it. I’d take it over waxing or shaving any day. If you have any interest in getting started, we have amazing deals on Brazilian laser hair removal treatments.
• Laser hair removal works best on light skin and dark hair. I swear by the Candela laser, but there are many other brands, including newer ones for dark skin and dark hair, like the Yag laser.
• Can I get it — anywhere…? Almost. As far as I know, eyebrows or any other hair near your eyes is a no go, but the rest of your bodacious wonderland is fair game. This includes Brazilian, that pesky nipple hair and even the anus (which surprisingly didn’t even hurt) TMI? This is a post about removing body hair, so, yeah.
• How much is this going to cost me? I’ve found amazing Groupon deals ranging from $99 – $300 for six sessions on a medium to large area. Buying in bulk will serve you best, as a la carte options range from $50 a session (underarms) to $300 (Brazilian) — Yikes! However, with salons popping up everywhere and a deal to be had on numerous discount sites, I really see no reason to pay full price. Just commit and buy a package already – if you end up backing out, gift it to your best friend — s/he will thank you.
• You will need to shave the area you want lasered a day or two before your appointment. So if you are going Brazilian down there, get cracking and don’t forget your, um — crack. Some places charge a fee for shaving you — yes, I did just write those words. Wouldn’t you prefer to just shave yourself — it will be one of the last times you will ever have to again!
• Pain factor I found the first four or five sessions to be quite manageable. However, waiting too long between subsequent sessions increases the pain tenfold, so stick to the schedule discussed with your technician (usually 6 weeks between treatments).
• How does it feel? I can only describe it as a rubber band snapping followed by a cooling sensation. Plus, they give you orange tinted safety goggles to wear while you’re being zapped, making it easier to go to your happy place where pain does not exist. More intimate areas hurt more. If you really can’t handle the pain, most places offer numbing lotion you can put on beforehand, but it costs a pretty penny.
• Can I go during my lunch break? A laser treatment is surprisingly quick, depending on your technician’s style and how many breaks you need due to how painful you find it. I’ve been in and out in under three minutes, while Brazilian can take about ten – fifteen. Each zap kills a hair in a second and no area is zapped twice, so even if it hurts, the laser quickly moves on to a new place.
• Results Will Vary. I’ve gotten my bikini line, underarms, arms and legs lasered to varying results. I’m told laser treatment is most effective on very dark, coarse hair. I have had less successful results on my arms (too light and thin) and medium results on my legs (it grows in patches). However, my underarms and bikini results are a godsend and it is amazing to throw on a bathing suit, wear a tank top or change in a public area without having to worry about any hairy surprises.
• Tanning & Laser Don’t do it at least four weeks before and two weeks after a treatment. I recommend starting treatments in the fall, as it will take about a year to get the recommended 6-10 sessions in before you want to be on the beach with the new, smoother you.
Does Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
Without fail, the first question that anyone who wants to so laser hair removal asks is ‘Does Brazilian laser hair removal hurt?’ To put the answer in one word, the answer is YES! The Brazilian area is a small area that not only is sensitive to begin with (just imagine how your body feels when you have your period) but it’s filled with thick, dark hairs that are strong.
There are a few things that you can do however, to make yourself more comfortable.
Here are 4 Tips to Make Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Less Painful:
1. Schedule Around Your Monthly:
Do not schedule your treatment during, two days before or two days after your period. Your body is going through enough as it is. Waiting a few days won’t mess up your treatments.
The closer you shave the fewer hairs there are standing up. When a laser touches the hair, the hair gets scorched and this can be very painful.
Taking two Advils 20 minutes before your treatment helps to ease the pain.
4. Numb The Area
Speak to your technician about all of the different topical anesthetics that can numb the area so that you’ll feel barely anything at all.
You’ll also notice that as the hairs start to disappear you’ll feel less and less discomfort. Remember, Brazilian laser hair removal does not need to be painful, but it’s up to you to take the proper steps.