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Monday, 30 January 2012

Laser Hair Removal - My Story

Nine and a half years ago I embarked upon a course of laser hair removal. I was just out of university, well-paid and still living at home and I made the decision that the long-lasting reduction of hair after laser hair treatment was a good investment. I wasn't disappointed. Nearly 10 years on, I am just starting to think about whether, after baby arrives in the spring, I should take another course?

I originally started with a course on my bikini line and upper lip. Both places where I was self-conscious about hair. After about three treatments, I was so impressed with the effect that I extended my course and also signed up for a course of laser hair removal on my underarms too. Each course lasted for about 6 treatments.

Laser hair treatment works by directing a laser into the hairs on the skin. The laser energy is conducted down the hair through the melanin pigment down to the root of the hair where the energy disperses and damages the follicle, reducing its ability to produce more hair. The more treatments you have, the longer it will be before the hair can re-grow.

After my treatments finished, the levels of regrowth were almost zero for quite some time afterwards. If I remember, this was about 18 months to 2 years. At this point I did consider booking another treatment but the level of regrowth was so small that actually it wasn't so much of an effort to use a razor to tidy up. Right up until this time last year I was happy with this status quo but then the hair started to return to normal and I found I was having to shave or bleach more frequently; at this point I started visiting the salon for waxing for the first time in my life.

I still maintain that the levels of hair growth are lower than they were before the laser hair treatment but right now I'm wondering whether to invest in another 10 years worth of significant hair reduction. If I weren't about to embark on a long stint of maternity leave then maybe, just maybe I would.

This is a sponsored post but that doesn't stop it being honest and fun to read.
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