Let me start off by saying; LHR is the best thing I’ve ever done! And I know that sounds a little dramatic. But girl!… You don’t want to know how much I hated having to shave and getting those shave burns and ingrown hairs. Especially in my bikini area. It was a literal nightmare. It would hurt and itch so much right after shaving, the day after (couldn’t even wear tight jeans). Several days after, still an unhappy puss. Then it would start to itch again when it would grow too long. And so the torturous cycle continued.
But then I found the wonders of laser hair removal!
Weather you’re planning on going to a clinic for laser treatments or buying yourself an at-home laser device, it’s always nice to know a little bit about what you’re getting into. Getting a little more information from an unbiased source, someone who isn’t going to tell you that it’s only going to be a ‘pinch’. Someone who isn’t going to tell you to buy this or that. Just my personal opinion and my experience with having laser hair removal done in a clinic and used several different home laser tools.
If you’re not all too interested in my Experience and Advice but just want to know what to get before your appointment Click Here for your Laser Session Must-Haves.
Things You Want To Know
Before and After, ‘In-Clinic’ Addition
I’ll be talking you through the whole process, start to finish. What you need to do, have and prepare for, beforehand. And what to do, have and how to take care of your skin, afterwards.
Let’s get you ready for your In-Clinic appointment
Before going to your appointment you want to have shaved the designated area 1 or 2 days in advance. I wrote a whole other article on this. My experience taught me to shave 2 days in advance instead of 1, to read why Click Here. Make sure to wear loose fitting clothing. After your laser treatment, especially if it’s the bikini area, might be a little sensitive. So you don’t want to squeeze yourself in some tight jeans or leggings right after because this might irritate or even hurt. In the summer maybe opt for a cute summer dress or skirt. In the winter pick out your cutest pair of joggers, sweatpants? What do you call it? I’m from the Netherlands so I don’t have a clue haha. Also try not to tan the area too much, not even fake tan. The darker the area the more the laser will hurt and the lesser the effect will be.
So depending on your Clinic they may or may not provide you with a Cool Pack for after your laser appointment. I made a list of all the items you need before starting your treatment. This is most relevant for in-clinic treatments because the lasers they use in there are a little more powerful than the once you use at home. Have a Look Here:) If you want to stay on this page, then let me try to sum up all the essentials for you right here.
- Loose fitting clothing (don’t forget comfy underwear too)
- Cool Pack
- Aloe cooling gel
- fragrance free body lotion to nourish your skin
- Let the hairs just fall out, don’t pluck them!
- Don’t wax in between laser sessions. Just shave.
Things You Want To Know
Before and After, ‘At-Home’ Addition
The laser power in a home device is way, way lower than the ones they use in clinics. So a lot of the stuff you need with your in-clinic treatments, you don’t need with an at-home laser session. But just to get you fully prepped and happy, let’s go over some basics you want to be aware of when you’re about to use your home laser device.
Same as with in-clinic prep, you want to shave 1 or 2 days in advance. Again, for a more in-depth explanation about shaving and prep Click Here. Also go light on the (natural) tanning and fake tan so your designated area you’re planning to laser isn’t too dark. The thing is; the laser is designed to be drawn to dark pigment. This is how it targets the hair follicle and destroys it. When the surface area is darker, it will absorb more of the laser flash and inherently you’re losing effectiveness. I can hear you think: but what if my natural skin tone is darker than all those basic white bishes… Well, hun, I got you! Here you will find At-Home devices for people with darker skin tones. Meaning not every home laser device is equipped to treat darker skin tones. I know, the world sucks. You win some, you loose some huh.
There isn’t too much aftercare with at-home laser sessions. Your skin isn’t as impacted than with in-clinic treatments. Unless you burn yourself, you just need a nice and nourishing moisturizer after the treatment and you’re good. When you made a little error of judgement and put the device on a higher level and burned yourself, you might want to get some cooling Aloe gel to sooth the skin. And keep it moisturized afterwards. And if it does look a little red and angry maybe go get an ice pack and cool it for a bit. Don’t put the ice pack right against the skin, definitely wrap a towel around it before holding it against the area. Just have a look at the after laser must haves here, you’ll find all the good stuff.
K, that’s about it.
Good luck out there babes! I think I covered it all. Kinda, right? If I forgot anything or if this post left you with any questions go ask them below in the comments:)
Hope to see you back soon fwend;)
Yeah, I’m a white bish too, gha’dhayumn, they’re everywhere;)