Mommies what do you do with your underarm hair?
When I was younger and have all the free time in the world I used to pluck my underarm hair. I have high tolerance to pain so even though it was painful carry lang. I would be hair free for a couple of weeks before the hair starts to grow again and I have to pluck the hair one by one all over again – ouch!
When I had kids I started shaving my hair na. Who has the time in the world to pluck their underarm hair nga naman when you have two screaming kids and a husband who needed all your attention? Shaving is fast, easy and painless but in a day my hair is growing again. Growing hair is coarse and thick and it gets itchy so I have to shave again. This happens every one or two days.
Last year, I decided to get rid of my underarm hair once and for all. I have heard about Laser Diode hair removal and how effective it is to get rid of underarm hair. I thought to myself this is now or never. The price tag is a bit high but I considered it an investment and not an expense.
I was first divided between SkinHouse and Shinagawa. Skinhouse use Diode Laser Hair Removal while Shinagawa uses – I can’t actually remember what machine they use. I went to their website but I think they have a new machine and the old one was not listed there anymore. What I remember in the reviews I read at femalenetwork was their machine was painful but very effective daw and you will only require a few sessions. I didn’t go with Shinagawa because I was afraid of the pain and because they’re all the way in Makati which is too far from where we live.
On the other hand, Skinhouse’s clinic is so near. I thought it was really meant to be that I have my diode. This was too good to be a coincidence lang. LOL!
That’s the reason why February of last year I asked my husband to drive me to Skinhouse. I was nervous but nothing can hold me back. hahaha!
Skinhouse’s office is small. They don’t have a lot of staff but they all look friendly and professional. I felt at home right away. I consulted about my problem and they advised that laser diode was right for my situation. I asked them how many treatments I would need to be hair free. They were honest and said it depends on the hair. For a morena like me it would take 12 sessions daw or even a little bit more pa. Considering the price I just took a deep breathe and decided to go with it pa rin. As I told you I considered this a beauty investment. Haha!
I decided to get underarm hair removal and upper lip hair removal at the same time. They have discounted rates but you have to get bulk sessions or a minimum of 8 sessions per area. So I did just that. Don’t worry they accept credit card payments and installments naman para hindi masyadong masakit sa bulsa. In my case, I just paid in installments (not credit card because they don’t accept my bank’s credit card).
1st to 5th Laser Diode Session
They led me to a small room with a bed and a machine. I was asked to lie down. They shaved my hair gently and covered my eyes for protection. They covered the area generously with gel and started the session. The sessions were quick and painless. I would hear a click before they will put the laser in a different area. In 10-15 minutes I was done.
The staff warned me that after two days the hair will start to grow. But it would then fall off which is the work of the laser killing the hair roots. And that’s exactly what happened. The hair grew and fell away after.
But let me just tell you guys that this remedy is not for the impatient. Because after it falls away it will grow back again. The first three sessions I would notice improvements but ever so slightly. Some small areas there are no growth but the majority my underarm looked the same pa rin. Haist. Good thing I was patient and continued religiously with my sessions.
5th to 8th Diode Session
If the first few sessions were painless, as the intensity of the laser increases it got more and more painful. During the fifth to 8th sessions that’s what happened. Now I knew why they had to put gel generously in the treated area. The laser felt hot. Everytime they would point the laser in my skin I would brace myself for the click. I would hope that it would not be painful. To describe it much better it’s like someone is flicking rubber band at your skin. Most of the time naman it’s not painful but when it hurts you can actually feel the heat and the stinging sensation.
During the last sessions the truth was I was dreading to go back na. Now don’t let this discourage you. As I’ve told you, not all clicks are painful especially if the gel is applied generously. Sometimes there are areas when the gel is thin and you can feel the pain so just ask the staff to apply more gel. Tiis ganda na lang tayo di ba? No pain, no gain. Important talaga these “painful” sessions and you can see the effect is different. It’s the same pa rin, my hair would fall off after the diode session, it would grow back but then the hair that grew back was not thick and coarse but much thinner.
After I finished with my 8th laser diode treatment I didn’t come back for two months. I hoped the hair wouldn’t grow anymore but it still grew. It was thinner yes but it still grew. I was not happy because I was aiming for no hair growth and not thinner hair only.
After two months, February this year or 1 year after my first Diode treatment I went back to Skinhouse. I was prepared to extend my treatment in my quest for to be hair free, but when I went back they told me they have a new machine and it’s called Revlite. They still have the old machine but they recommend this daw because it’s stronger than diode.
Did I stay with Diode or go with Revlite? Find out in my next blog post!
to be continued…
For Part 2 click here.