“Chloe what have you been doing?”, I asked her at the end of the night. Shoot, I should’ve been more subtle about it.
But Chloe, being just the nicest girl in the world, just gave me a knowing smile.
“Nothing, really. I’ve just been paying more attention to what I eat. Making sure I stay hydrated. And moisturizing every day before I go out and every night before I go to sleep.”
Ok, nothing I haven’t already been doing.
“Oh and I’ve been using this light treatment thing on my skin.”
Bingo. I should’ve known she was having laser hair removal.
“Isn't it expensive, though?”, I asked.
“Expensive? Not really. You’re probably thinking of laser hair removal. This one’s different.”
Chloe then went on to explain to me how what she’s doing compares to laser hair removal in making her skin look absolutely flawless.
Here’s what she told me.
While laser hair removal devices are touted as the best hair removal method…
There are some pretty big downsides to it.
First of all, it’s not permanent.
You’re going to need at least six “cycles” or sessions of hair removal with one session at least every month to see a significant reduction in hair.
And even after that, you’re going to need treatments every 6-12 months as hair may still grow in some areas.
So while it may be the best way to keep the hair off your body for much longer, permanent it most certainly is not.
Second of all, it costs a lot...like A LOT, a lot.
The average price of one laser session is $285 (higher depending on where you live).
Because they’re using complicated machines.
Laser hair removal basically uses super-focused beams of light to go into hair follicles and destroy them.
And a lot of components go into making sure that it does just that.
This makes acquiring these machines so expensive and the need for regular maintenance for them to be able to work smoothly (i.e. not give you third-degree burns) drives up the price even more.
So you need to shell out the cost of a month’s worth of groceries for every session.
And that can quickly add up.
That’s why a lot of women don’t complete the number of sessions recommended by their clinicians.
Which I totally get by the way. Because I’d rather get razor burns than spend that kind of money.
But this also means they’re not getting the full benefits of laser hair removal.
And if you’ve already spent more than $800 for 3 sessions and then fail to see any significant results because you didn’t complete the full six…
You might as well be throwing money at the wind.
To put all of that in perspective:
When you do laser hair removal, you’re paying big money for a solution that’s only semi-permanent at best.
But if you have the money, then go ahead and treat yourself.
But if you don’t have that kind of money lying around like me, does this mean we should go back to having stubbly legs 2 days after using razors...
Or have someone literally rip our hair out at a waxing salon…
Or continue burning our nether regions with hair removal creams?