TMI, maybe, but I heard two women in Starbucks yesterday having a pretty serious conversation about this, so I thought I'd ask. When you've been dating someone for a while, do you find yourself being more laid-back when it comes to certain areas?
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I think shaving has its place. Even though I've been known to get lazy about depilating, I love having smooth, glossy legs. But I don't care if other women choose not to — doesn't matter to me one way or another. Where do you stand on this? Do you think you could stop shaving and feel confident? (Or maybe you already are au naturel?) Or is going the free and easy route only for celebrities who are already too glam and rich to care what other people think?
This time around, my laser technician turned the machine up to 11 (figuratively speaking) to better target those very fine hairs. Each treatment hurts less, but there were still a few yeow! moments. Because I've already lost so much hair, we decided to take a few month break before the next session. Truthfully, I wish I'd waited a little while longer before going in for the third treatment; I just didn't have much hair to get rid of this time around, and it would have been nice to be slightly more hirsute before being lasered.
To find out why I wish I'd done this sooner (it's not for the reason you'd imagine), read more.
My second appointment was scheduled for five weeks after the first, and the laser technician was similarly pleased by how much hair was gone. Even so, I was surprised by how much hair the laser picked up. Because some of my underarm hair was fine, zapping them required a higher setting. It was fine for the most part, but when it hit a stray thicker hair, it was Pain City, population: me. Still, the pain is over quickly, and the fact that I've shaved my underarms once in seven weeks is worth enduring it.
Because I'd lost so much hair from just one treatment, my technician recommended that I wait longer until my next visit. "It'll allow more hair to grow in, so we'll get rid of more," she explained. So from now until mid-April, I'll be letting my hair down. The good news is that there is significantly less fuzz as it is; the bad news is that my neuroses make me think that the early success was a fluke, and I'll wake up one morning to Chewbacca armpits. It's too early for me to give my final opinion of laser hair removal, but so far, "Why didn't I do this earlier?" keeps going through my mind.
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Similar to a cup for women, this gynecologist-invented disposable covering is intended to protect the dainty bits. Its suggested usage is to cover the region while tanning; for hygienic use while trying on underwear or swimsuits; for privacy when getting tattooed or pierced; and, of course, for hair removal. (I think it may be more awkward to wear a vulvar visor during a wax than to go naked, but that's just me.) Shaped to be held into place by your own natural muscular movement, the Va J-J Visor can also be "suctioned" on. Oh, and the one-use visors are recyclable, too. The mind reels. What do you think about this thing?
Meant to be performed a week after waxing, the 50-minute treatment ($60) involves four steps. First, skin is cleansed with an antibacterial body wash and witch hazel. Then, a papaya-based exfoliating gel goes on before the esthetician extracts ingrown hairs. After that, an anti-freckle, anti-acne, or calming mask is applied. It finishes off with an application of lightening cream. (Unless the esthetician plans to put a mask on a client's vaginal walls, shouldn't this treatment be called the Vulvacial?)
Oh, where to begin? Lots to say on this one, so read more.
The procedure isn't cheap, and part of me cannot believe that I'm spending so much money on defuzzing myself. Then again, that's why I'm doing it. Despite the high price, laser hair removal will pay for itself in a year. Plus, I am lazy; the less time I have to spend dealing with bikini line maintenance, the happier I will be. While it's true that laser hair removal doesn't permanently eliminate all hair, it should reduce enough of it to please me.
It should also hurt like crazy, from what I've heard. Oh, joy. My first session is on Saturday, so I'll keep you posted on the pain — er, progress over the next few months. For now, ask any questions and I'll do my best to report back to you. Here's to a less fuzzy future! Now pass the Advil.
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