What do you think about laser hair removal?

Every six weeks for the past several months I’ve been getting laser hair removal treatments. I have been really pleased with the results, and it’s definitely had an impact on some other aspects of my bodycare routine. But don’t worry—I’m not trying to make the case that laser hair removal is natural. It’s not.

With that said, when it comes to hair removal in general, I’m torn. I think buying plastic disposable razors is pretty wasteful (from the packaging to the plastic they’re usually made with), and the reusable razors with disposable cartridges aren’t much better. Then there’s waxing, which seems like a much more earth-friendly option, albeit a bit more painful—and kind of impractical for an area like your underarms, unless you have someone else do it. And it can be expensive and kind of a pain to find the time for regular appointments, especially for results that don’t last more than a few weeks at most. (Note: laser hair removal is not cheap, either!) Hair removal creams are not an option for a natural beauty (just one whiff of that stuff is enough to make me question its ingredients).

So. I decided to try laser hair removal for my underarms, and I have to say, I’m pretty pleased. I’ve finished seven treatments as of now, and I do still have to shave occasionally, but only maybe once every two or three weeks, and even then, there’s much less hair to shave anyway. Plus, my skin under my arms has lightened up significantly. And I feel good that with this treatment, I’m buying less of those disposable razor cartridges because I have to shave less often (although I admit I still do buy them).

But I’m wondering: What do my other natural beauty junkies think of laser hair removal?

Weigh in on this topic in the comments—I’d love to know what hair removal tools you use and love. Have you tried laser hair removal? Would you? —Aleigh

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7 Comments on What do you think about laser hair removal?

  1. KellyLove said on

    I only have to shave once a week/10 days now because I’m not very hairy (and what is there is light blonde), but if I could afford it, I’d do laser for underarms, legs and those two (or three!!) little ones that show up magically on my chin every month or so. I use the razors with the replaceable cartridges (shaving lotion built in…Venus Divine I think) and hate the plastic waste, even though it’s minimal. They’re also freaking expensive.

    What I’d love to know about laser hair removal is how painful it is. I had a tattoo removed by laser (like 16 treatments over 3 years) and could never do it without the numbing shots first. They say it feels like rubber bands snapping on your skin, but they lie. Is the laser for hair removal the same? Do they numb the area first? And have you tried it on your face? Besides the 2 or 3 chin hairs, I have blonde peach fuzz on my face and only removed it once (threading, but it was AWFUL growing back…breakout city). I liked the smoothness when it was gone though. I also do threading for brows…tried it some years ago while in NYC with a friend and loved it.

    So approximately what is the price range/# of visits and does it hurt?

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Ooh, I love these questions! I have lots of answers, too–this definitely calls for a follow-up post. Anyone else with questions? I’ll try to tackle them all at once.

      –Aleigh

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  2. Rachael said on

    I’ve considered laser hair removal. I have sensitive skin, so basically any time I shave my legs (or bikini line) I end up with ingrown hairs and bumps and unhappiness, so idea of doing it less often or not at all is very appealing. But I’m scared that the same sensitive skin that makes shaving awful will make laser hair removal A REALLY BAD IDEA. Any idea if it’s generally okay for sensitive skin? And how did you find the place you g0? I see Groupons for this sort of thing and am always a little hesitant to turn my skin over to someone with a laser who takes coupons.

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Great questions, Rachael. There are definitely some things to consider with sensitive skin (and before you trust anyone to come near you with a laser in the first place). Adding these to my list…

      –Aleigh

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    • Christina said on

      Hi Rachel!

      I did Laser Hair on my legs and bikini area for the exact same reason. My skin is pretty sensitive and I was very prone to ingrown hairs of doom. I didn’t have a single problem with Laser Hair. I recommend researching the places you are looking at before you go, but like any other place, you will have to fill out a skin profile and they will take sensitive skin into consideration when setting the laser. You will probably have some red bumps afterwards, but that’s normal. It’s a bit painful but totally worth it.

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  3. KellyLove said on

    When I tweeted this post out on Twitter, one of my tweetbuddies said you couldn’t effectively laser blonde hair. Add that to the questions please? I’d love to know if it’s true because that would mean I can’t get my face peach fuzz lasered!

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    • Christina said on

      it’s true, you can’t. The laser can’t find the root on blond hair. Electrolysis might work.

      Aleigh, random fact from my laser hair girl – laser is not quite as effective on the face as it is on the rest of the body. Apparently electrolysis is more effective. I have seen this be the case antidotally with friends but I don’t know if its just hearsay. Maybe another question for your list?

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