My Journey to Laser Hair Removal: Session 4

Pre Laser:

I am getting a bit paranoid that I will need more than 6 sessions for my legs to be smooth. Why? Because I keep seeing stubble and its getting irritating.

I am starting to see less and less hair growth which is obviously a good sign.

I trimmed my legs using my trusty trimmer but it does take a while for the hair to be trimmed to the desired length, I often had to go over a stand of hair a few times before the hair went down.

My mum bought me the salted coconut hand scrub from lush (which I usually use on my body), exfoliated my legs after i trimmed and I used the body shop mango shower gel (which leaves my skin feeling soft).

The session:

This time, the session kind of felt a lot more sensitive than my previous sessions. I don’t know why, but it just did for some reason. Again, she had done my feet which I found quite interesting.

Post Laser:

I am seriously getting paranoid that I will need to do more than 6 sessions on my legs! I feel like more hair is growing back than ‘disappearing’. I asked my cousin who is also doing it at a different place and her legs look smooth.

We were talking to my mum about it and GUESS WHAT, my mum says that the beautician had spoken to her (just as my mum also goes there) and she told my mum that I shouldn’t have done the treatment now because I’m still growing up and my hormones are going crazy and because of this, my hair growth will be weird…

WHY DIDN’T SHE TELL ME THAT BEFORE I GAVE HER THE MONEY, GOT MY MUM’S PERMISSION AND SIGNED THE FORMS???

So after that, I decided that I will continue shaving, I don’t think the trimmer is meeting the hair length requirements for my treatment and I think that I have learnt my lesson after the razor burns!

I’m looking at my legs now and I think that I may have overreacted about the hair growth and I’m seeing less hair than usual.

We’ll see in my next session.

Anonymous Angel

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Product Review: Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler

So, as you guys know, I am doing laser hair removal and shaving is NOT working for me (shaving rash). So the beautician suggested that I use a trimmer because I just need my hair to be less than 2mm (I think).

The day before, I went to superdrugs to buy some real techniques and I saw it but I didn’t think of it until I shaved my legs and developed some shaving rash.

After that, I googled some good trimmers and the Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler came up and it was only £15!

I didn’t realise that it would be cheaper than I anticipated.

The styler is also available in shops like Boots so it isn’t that hard to purchase; you can even get it online!

I went to one Superdrugs to buy the trimmer but I couldn’t find it, so I went to my local superdrugs and found it there.

What was quite strange was that on the tag it said that it was about £24 but when I went to the till, it was only £15. So it obviously shows that they need to fix their tags.

The minute I arrive home, the first thing I do is read what’s inside and open the very sealed packaging.

The product contains:

1x Beauty Styler
1x 2-sided precision head for optimal eyebrow shaping
1x Bikini trimming head
2x Comb attachments
1x Styler cap
1x Cleaning brush
1x Beauty pouch
1x AA battery included

I love how a variety of trimmers are included and how a battery is included, it does kind of show how they care about women’s beauty and want us to have an enjoyable experience.

The trimmer already has the 2-sided precision head on and it was VERY hard to take off. I kept on twisting and turning but it wouldn’t come off. I tried everything. I knew my mum would be able to open it so in the mean time, I tried the styler out on my hand.

The trimmer did not cut the hairs quite so consistently, but this could have been because the head I was using was not for the body, but for face. I wax by arms almost monthly so the growth of my hair is not as consistent as I would want it to be.

I’ve found this video which gives a visual demonstration of the product: https://youtu.be/zkxk5zXKp9Y

I used the trimmer on my legs and to be honest, it wasn’t my favourite, obviously it wasn’t as smooth as I had wanted it to be and I don’t think that all the hairs were the same length; but in my mind, that’s what I wanted.

I used the face head for my upper lip and that had given better results than the legs. I also tried to trim my eyebrows but it didn’t work out as the trimmer was in the middle of the head, not directly at the top so I couldn’t really get in there.

So overall, I do like the product, I wouldn’t use it for my body, the trimmer can only do so much, but I would use it for my face (beneath the eyebrows).

So that’s pretty much it, I know I haven’t been posting consistently but that’s mainly due to procrastinating both this and my school work.

Anonymous Angel

My Journey to Laser Hair Removal: Session 3

Pre Laser:

So I shaved my legs for my treatment, and obviously I used the double shave method as before. I used my current and a new razor to do this. The old razor for the first shave and the new one for the second shave. I did this so the new razor can take of the dead skin without getting clogged up as much.

But this time, my legs were seriously itchy, especially around my knee area – my legs usually do oftenly get quite itchy after I shave (one of the reasons why I opted for laser).

My mum did buy some aloe vera gel so I rubbed that around my legs and it did get a bit better.

The Treatment:

So I went to my appointment, the beautician started to laser my legs. There was a strange thing that I noticed, she did my feet and toes. I did shave them because they were getting a bit too hairy but she never lasered them before, so yeah.

After she did the front of my legs I turned around and the beautician noticed that I’ve got shaving rash around the back of my knees, since I was scratching there. So because of this, in order to not damage more than what was already there – the intense heat from the laser might cause the rashes to bleed.

So in order to avoid this, she told me to come back after a few days and gave me some tips to avoid these rashes. Some of these were to:

  • Use conditioner rather than shaving cream to have a better glide.
  • Use a new raser
  • Rather than shaving, use a trimmer – to avoid the rash

So I am going to buy a trimmer, preferably a Veet one and see how that goes!

I bought my trimmer after an annoying bus trip and I posted a review of it on my blog. So check that out.

Post Treatment:

My legs are itchy as f**k right now and I am constantly putting aloe vera and cream on them to sooth them, I’ve put ice on my legs to control the itch and that has actually worked.

2nd Treatment:

After a cancellation, I finally managed to get the back of my legs done!

I told my beautician that my legs were definitely itchy and she said it was because of the shaving. The laser usually hurts around my ankles and this time, I could definitely feel it on my calf.

After that, I went home, took my pants off and layed down in my sweet sweet bed with the AC on.

Post Treatment:

My legs do occasionally itch but its nothing that some aloe vera and ice can’t do and I have definitely noticed a significant decrease in the amount of hair growing on my legs. Its VERY patchy. But I am paranoid that I will need more than 6 sessions to get rid of the majority of the growth.

Anonymous Angel

My Journey to Laser Hair Removal: Session 2

When your post gets deleted and you deleted the draft…

Pre Treatment:

So, obviously I was excited to see the little hairs gone off of my somewhat beautiful legs.

Like every laser appointment, I have to shave my legs before the appointment and I really wanted to make sure that I get as close to the hair line as possible.

I was watching Wengie’s summer hacks video (https://youtu.be/byLZ2HrsrU4) and she showed this double shave method where you: shave > exfoliate > shave and this guaranteed softer legs and it would get rid of the dead skin cells.

So the scrub consisted of honey, olive oil and sugar and you mix that to make a scrub.

I did the method and realised that my razor kept on getting clogged up so I started to use a new razor during my shave.

After the shave, I noticed that I was getting ingrown hair as well as red bumps on my fore leg.

The Treatment:

I arrived at the salon and was conscious about one thing, I unfortunately had started my period meaning that I am wearing a pad (I have never tried a tampon and I don’t know anyone who even uses one). So I was a bit conscious that she’d see my pad but I knew that this was all in my head.

The treatment felt the same as usual, I could feel it more for some reason.

Post Treatment:

I’m not going to lie, my legs are quite itchy, it could be because of the laser or the fact that I was shaving. Right now I’m using my E45 to sooth the pain but it doesn’t seem to be working.

We’ll soon find out what is going on.

Anonymous Angel

My Journey to Laser Hair Removal: Session 1

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t that nervous! I was excited, but not nervous. I arrived in the salon, gave my consent form and went down to do my laser treatment!

Now this is when things got a bit awkward. I am a MASSIVE lover of jeans and evidently, I was wearing them on the day of my treatment and unfortunately, I had to take them off, thus exposing my smooth yet stubbly legs and the unfortunate amount of cellulite. YAY!

This only lasted for a second because I knew that I was not the only one with this insecurity and I doubt my beautician would have given a damn about it.

I place my jeans in the provided basket, as well as my bag and shoes, she gave me the green spectacles, I lay down, she puts the freezing cold gel on me, starts off the machine and begins to laser the hell of my legs!

This time, I did feel a slight burn/tingling sensation near my ankle. But it was durable (threading is a lot worse) but I did not have that before – it was probably because I did it on  a different part of my body.

During the treatment, we were having small talk because we knew eachother and I did face another awkward/weird moment when she told me to turn around (to do the back part of my leg). With my freshly scraped legs and my current relaxation state, I did find this part quite weird. Especially as the rolled tissue on the chair as sticking to some parts of my leg!

After ALL of that, I put my jeans on – this didn’t feel weird or awkward for me, headed up to pay the remaining cash and to book my next session. My beautician told me to not shave, not to tan, avoid direct contact to sunlight and to not shower for 24 hours.

I went to KFC and I was paranoid because it was a sunny day but my legs felt fine and they still do.

When I FINALLY arrive home, my family were shocked that I arrive earlier than they had thought. I showed them my legs and I think they assumed that my legs would be different – but they weren’t.

Post Laser:

After about 2 weeks. I noticed that parts of my hair were not growing consistently. I had parts where my leg hair was fully grown and some parts where there was just stubble. This was a sign that the treatment was working!

My legs were quite itchy, but I read that this was one of the side effects of laser hair removal and my legs to tend to get quite itchy when I shave them – one of the reasons why I was getting the treatment done!

Anonymous Angel

My Journey to Laser Hair Removal…

So, like humanity, we have all inherited genes from our parents. Some good genes and some no so good genes. I have unfortunately inherited the gene of excess body hair from my beautiful dad and I’m not gonna lie, has haunted me since I was about 7 years old!

It all started out when this idiot girl in my year 2 form class told me to do something about my excess arm hair (i never liked her) and I went to my mum and cried about it and I also used a razor and cut my finger!

After that, there and then, people would comment on it and some guys even called me werewolf – which I didn’t really mind because I was really into Twilight and the rest is history…

When I was in year 6, my mum talked about laser hair removal and suggested it (not in a ‘you have to way’ but in a ‘i know you have insecurities’ way. My cousin (or aunt, I really don’t know) also had this issue and she had waxed them off – I found another way to get rid of my insecurities!

But when I started secondary school, I realised that I wasn’t the only one with this insecurity (note how I’m saying ‘insecurity’ rather than ‘body issues’). I, as you know (if you have read my previous posts), went to an only girl’s school and realised that a lot of other girls also have excess body hair and I realised that this was actually normal and that I wasn’t the only one!

But, I’m not going to lie, it could be because of social factors or because of myself, I still despised my body hair! I did know about waxing off body hair and obviously laser, so when I was in year 9, I did the brave thing and waxed off my arm hair! It didn’t hurt that much, just a few pinches here and there, but overall, I felt good! Especially because it was a visible area. But I didn’t face any teasing because of my body hair in secondary than I did in primary.

The idea of laser hair removal stayed in my head since my mum suggested it. I did watch a

But then, when I was 14, this new beauty salon opened up literally a minute away from where I live and they are a laser and beauty clinic, meaning that they do laser hair removal and at a lower price (lower than your average laser treatment). I originally went to do my eyebrows (for the first time) and saw the poster.

The price was £600 for full body, so I started saving up. I made this strategy to split my pocket money into an important pile (the laser money) and random crap (random stuff that I want). I started pocket money with my dad of £10 a month – because I’m not greedy and I knew that this was going to be long.

I fully saved about £200 in my account by the time I started college (I didn’t sort out my strategy until i was in year 11). So between my last year of secondary to my first year of college, I decided to laser bit by bit, so legs, then arms, face etc. I chose my legs first, because I had a a lot of visible leg hair and I barely show them anyway, so if something did happen e.g. burn marks, scaring, noone would see them – they were my experiment!

I met a girl who is currently doing laser (I can’t remember where) and says that its fine and aloe vera will be your best friend.

I did ask before hand as to how old you have to be to do laser and they said 16, which was amazing because I was 15 when I first asked. But this time, when I was waxing my arms, I was talking to the beautician about lasering my legs and said that there was an offer!!! Rather than having 6 sessions for £450 (the original price), they had an offer where you can do 6 sessions of laser hair removal for only £169! That was £60 less than I had originally saved! – 6 sessions is the recommended amount, if some hairs are still present, then more sessions will be needed. I was absolutely ecstatic and without thinking, I said that I want to do it. She said that she had to check if the offer had expired or not; thankfully it didn’t, but would expire in 2 days! I said that I have to ask my mum and then she said that if she said m says yes, I would need to book a patch test.

So I ran home and asked my mum if I can do it, she said yes and I called the place and booked my patch test. This is basically a test to see if I can do the treatment or not. They will laser a patch of my body (I did a bit of my forearm) and see if I get a bad reaction to it e.g. spots, burns etc. If I had any of this, then I couldn’t do it.

So, the day came for me to get my test done! I was nervous but really excited. I had to reschedule because I forgot about my tutor so I went earlier than usual.

When arrived, they made me fill out some papers, one was a contract confirming that I am doing the treatment and the other had asked if I had any medical conditions, if I’m pregnant etc. Thankfully I did not have any of that!

The beautician had asked for my age and had realised that I am under 18 (I’ll be 18 in September). I needed a consent note from my mum to allow me to do it. But I did the patch test anyway.

She sat me down, made me wear green glasses, because the light can damage your eyes, put a VERY cold gell on the place she’d laser my arm, started the machine and lasered away!

It was alright. It wasn’t painful, I saw a bit of redness but she said that it was normal. She told me to come back and tell them if everything was okay and she also told me that I had to shave or wax my legs the night before the treatment. Luckily I waxed my arms the day before so she didn’t have to wax a patch of my arm. I was a bit irritated that I had to shave my legs because I HATED it! I always get paranoid that I have some patches of hair lying somewhere and I don’t want to cut myself and I had a very bad experience of razoring my finger nails when I was checking the smoothness of my legs – don’t ask! After that, I paid a deposit of £20 – if everything went bad then they would’ve given me the money back! Luckily nothing happened!

After 24 hours, I realised that I didn’t get a bad reaction to the treatment and I could do it!

So I went to the salon, showed the beauticians my arm and booked my first official appointment!

Whilst I was writing this post, I realised that this would be too long to read, so I’ve decided to divide this into post on each session to make life a lot more easier. 

See you then…

Anonymous Angel

Applying Castor Oil in My Hair

So my hair is quite thin and a beautician noticed this and told me to apply use castor oil.

17/08/16:

So as I am DESPERATE, my mum bought me some castor oil from a market hall and I applied it yesterday!

First thoughts: It is SO thick! It is very hard to apply on the hair and it makes my hair feel sticky and very greasy (I hate the feel of greasy hair on my head). After applying, I wrapped my hair in a hair turban and left it for exactly 3 hours.

After 3 hours, I went to the shower and washed it off. I shampooed my hair twice and conditioned twice and only 80% of the oil washed out. I still had some oil left in my hair but I washed that out after wards.

I did some research and found out that if i dampen my hair, the oil will absorb better, you can leave it for only half and hour, mix it with another oil to reduce thickness, and heat the oil to make it easier to apply.

The next time I will apply the oil is next week. See ya then!

24/08/16:

So my relatives came over so I couldn’t apply the oil.

25/08/16:

MY GCSE RESULTS WERE OUT!!! – I passed by the way!

31/08/16:

I mixed the castor oil with coconut oil as the oil does give benefits to your hair. I heated it up and applied it to my hair. I wrapped my hair in a hair towel and only left it in there for half an hour.

I also read that before you are going to wash your hair, apply shampoo first, then wash. So that’s what I did. I used Head and Shoulders Original Shampoo because  I feel that the shampoo gets rid of impurities along with dandruff! I only use this when my hair feels exra greasy, I usually use Toni & Guy Shampoo for fine hair. I shampooed thrice and conditioned using Herbal Essences conditioner for exra volume (that’s the only conditioner I’ve got).

So I got out of the shower and realised that I did not use enough Head and Shoulders for my split ends so I washed that out. I can still feel some of the castor oil in my hair!

Next week, I will apply A LOT of Head and Shoulders in my hair before washing it out and I’ll see you then!

07/09/16 – 21/09/16

College started so I got distracted.

24/09/16

I have been doing the same thing, I have been using WAY more Head & Shoulders in my hair, and so far my hair is doing great.

01/10/16

I realise that my hair needs a break from the oil for every two weeks so that is what I have been doing and my hair feels great.

Thanks for reading, I hope that I’ve helped you and see you soon!

Anonymous Angel