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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Laser Hair Removal

Let's get personal, shall we?

I know it's not a topic that women like to talk about out loud - but I'm typing it, so we're not talking.

When I went through puberty, I started to grow hair in places women don't want it - sideburns, face, chin, upper lip.  I have thick dark hair, so the hairs that did grow... they showed up A LOT.  Obviously, as a high schooler this was mortifying to me.  So I talked with my parents and we decided to go talk to someone about laser hair removal.  I've been doing some sort of hair removal ever since (11+ years).

I've also been poked and prodded and put on several types of birth control to try and figure out why laser hadn't stopped the hair from coming back.  I'm healthy and I test within normal ranges, but for some reason hair just wants to grow.  Everyone has an opinion; poly-cystic ovaries (which they still haven't completely ruled out but my blood doesn't point to it), thyroid issues (all test normal), etc.  To me, it's disgusting.

Several years ago I finally got to a point where the hairs were few enough to try electrolysis - which is where they insert a needle into the hair follicle, try to zap the root, and pull it out.  That is finally starting to diminish in how often I have to go.

My hormones are out of whack - that's the conclusion I've drawn.  So while I am having all these treatments on a schedule so that we can get the hair in it's proper growth stage, they aren't growing in their proper stages therefore not being hit by the laser.  I've know laser to work for many people, completely and after only a handful of treatments.  While I'd never compare myself to Kim Kardashian, her heritage is Armenian and she gets laser on her legs, I'm guessing it's an ongoing battle for her as well - those dark hairs are sons-a-bitches!

So, for me, it's taken years and thousands of dollars - but I do feel like it's finally working.  I'm only one person of many who have done it.

The one thing that was an absolute for me right off the bat was the appearance of the hairs growing - they were thinner and lighter pretty much right away.  So when I had the chance to buy one of those coupons and use it on my bikini line, I thought the very worse that could happen was that I'd have as much hair but it'd be finer and lighter - which in my book was good enough.

Either way - I think laser is a positive thing for most people.  It's obviously not cheap, so if you're doing it for vanity reasons and you're broke, you may want to rethink it.  If you have out of control hair in places that it shouldn't be - go see a doctor first, THEN see about laser hair removal.


Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Thanks for sharing this, I had no idea how much you've had to deal with this. I don't feel like I go through what you do but I definitely hate all the dark hair that I have.

Once our finances are in order I may have to give this a try. Especially with the boudoir shoot to think about!

gringationcancun said...

Thank you for sharing!

A lot of my body hair became lighter and thinner when I started birth control (i wasn't super-hairy to begin with, but I remember I had some visible hair on my lower back which is now gone)

I do still desperately want laser for my bikini line! (we have several impromptu beach outings a year here... and it's hard to explain to guys why I need to hop in the shower instead of just throwing on a bathing suit.) I think here in Cancun 1 session is about $50... not bad!

Harley said...

That was interesting. Is it sore? I guess I would consider it because shaving is a pita, but it would have to come after stuff like laser eye surgery, which I really want to get done.

Thanks for sharing!

Kristi said...

Hey Sasquatch, I still love ya!
Kidding.... that would really be a icky problem to have, glad you have found treatments that help. I have PCOS but that has never effected my hair growth?? I think it has a lot to do with ancestry.... E has very little hair because he is Asian

Dana Leigh said...

I've thought about laser hair removal just because I'm lazy and don't want to shave places anymore and there are so many coupons out there that seem to make it affordable but considering I'm a dark-haired Italian girl, I am not very hairy in the scheme of things. Good luck with your treatments.

JerseySjov said...

ive always had a bunch of light hair on my 'stache and sideburns areas, but only recently [as in this past december] started waxing at home. i think i was always too embarrassed to ask my mom about it when i lived at home, and too busy drinking to care when i was in college.

im lucky enough that most of my body hair is in places that its 'okay' to have hair on a female [forearms but not lower back, etc] so i can handle most of it


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