Laser hair removal is always something I have wanted to do for a long time. I’m now 26 and I think I started shaving my legs when I was 14. Over the years I have always swapped between waxing and shaving. But it was only in the last 3 years I noticed how bad my ingrown hairs had got.
Whilst pregnant in my last two pregnancys, I religiously stuck to waxing with a full leg and Hollywood. It was only then I noticed how bad the ingrown hairs where. Before that I would have had to shave at least three times a week. My hair would be very dark and thick. I constantly felt like I had only shaved and i’d have to shave again. Whilst the waxing did give me some time in between and the hair wasn’t a thick. The ingrown hairs where twice as bad, as too when I was shaving. It was a no win situation.
So I made a promise to myself that after the birth of my second baby, I was going to try Laser hair removal. The way I thought of it was 12 full leg and Hollywood waxes a year is around €900, depending on where you go, Id have to try laser hair removal for that price.
So with some extensive research carried out on machines and reviews etc I decided to book into Havana Therapy In Swords , Co. Dublin for a consultation. The reason I decided to book into Havana was number one, from so many recommendations and number two the machine they use.
The machine they use is The Light Sheer duet with contains a vacuum in the machine. There is no other laser on the market, that has the vacuum assist that the Light Sheer duet includes. Which means
- The vacuum pulls the hair up closer to the laser, so the heat doesn’t need to be as strong.
- Treatment is a lot more comfortable.
- Its 75% faster.
I booked in for my consultation and headed in. I was greeted by the lovely girls and taken to the waiting room, where I filled out my consultation form. The Consultation form was very in depth which I liked.
Karen who is looking after me then took me to the treatment room , where she went through my consultation form in detail again. She explained to me why each question was asked etc and the process of the laser hair removal journey. She explained about hair growth and the hairs grow in different stages hence why we need to have a course of treatments done. She also explained about exfoliation , tanning , shaving , waxing etc prior to treatments.
At least one month prior to your treatment you must not wax, pluck or thread the area and this is throughout the course of the treatment. You can only shave or trim. You must shave the area to be treated 24 hours before your treatment. All fake tan must be removed on the day of treatment and has been removed 21 days before the date of your appointment.
Karen also explained that the area treated can be red and swollen post treatment, which can last for 2/3 hours or 2/3 days. She also advised not to wear tight clothing or to itch after.
I explained to Karen that I was thinking of having a Full Leg , Hollywood , Naval , Forearm and Underarm, which we would have to patch test to see was I a suitable candidate. Thankfully I was a suitable candidate for all areas and we scheduled my first appointment of laser hair removal for two weeks time.
First Appointment of Laser hair removal
Five days before my appointment I exfoliated my entire body with my Nía Intensive body Scrub which you can read all about here.
The day before my treatment I then shaved all the areas.The day of my appointment, I headed into Havana nervous, but excited to start my journey.
We started with the back of the legs and Caroline asked me to rate the Pain from 1-5, 5 being the most uncomfortable. The legs where a 1, we chatted away and I literally felt nothing at all. We then moved onto Bikini and Hollywood which I gave 3 out of 5. This area was honestly that little bit more uncomfortable and nippy. But as I said to Caroline, it was nothing compared to waxing. Naval I gave a 1. Forearm a 1. Underarm I gave 2 out of 5 again this area was a little bit uncomfortable.
Whilst having the treatment you will smell burnt hair , which In Carolines words is the “sweet smell of success “. Meaning I have responded well to treatment.
All in all the treatment took 40 minutes for all 5 areas of the body to be treated. Where a full leg wax and Hollywood would usually take at least an hour.
I am back in 4 weeks time for my second session for all areas bar the legs which are every 8 weeks, as the hair on the legs grow at a different rate than to your upper body.
I cannot wait to see what laser hair removal holds in store for me.
I am going to document the whole process and bring you along my journey. Be sure to follow me on snapchat – shapesndshadows to see some behind the scenes.
I’m also going to do a most frequently asked laser hair removal questions post next week.
If you’d like to book your consultation why not have a look at the Havana website here.
If you also message Caroline on Snapchat – carolinehavana and tell her I sent you you’ll also get a bit of a discount.
Until next time,
Disclaimer – This post was not paid nor sponsored. I am paying to my treatments at Havana Therapy.