Laser hair removal – is it worth it?
Big date? Forget the legs, I have to shave my knuckles! Fed up, I recently booked to have laser hair removal done. Was it more pain than gain? Read on to find out.
There’s a lot of things women have to deal with: childbirth, menopause, unwanted facial and body hair. I’ve been fighting a constant battle with the latter for as long as I can remember. I’ve nicked myself shaving, had painful waxing experiences (don’t you pull it towards the hair growth? Ouch!), I’ve used bleaching products, tend to get carried away with threading and a quick tidy has often led to getting a little ‘tweezer-happy’ with sometimes really scary results!
So when laser hair removal came onto the scene, I wasted no time getting myself booked in, but the hair on arms has always been fine and thin and my trusty Nair sachets have served me well for years, so why break the habit of a lifetime?
Back in the day, laser was terribly painful and expensive but laser hair removal of 2021, is a different matter. Yes, it’s still an investment but I think it’s definitely worth every penny and with the success I’ve had in the past, my arms were next on the list!
Calveo is the first – and only – laser removal hair clinic in Rutland. It’s run by Lorna Triggs who left a successful career in equestrian sales and marketing to focus on learning more about laser and skin rejuvenation. She retrained at an industry-leading organisation and after receiving all her qualifications, Calveo was born.
The hair removal clinic is discreetly tucked away on private grounds in The King Centre, Oakham. Inside, it’s small and immaculately clean and calming. There’s two generously sized rooms for treatments and a waiting room. I also loved the pops of gold and teal blue that they’ve used.
Lorna works with Jane, another full-time laser practitioner and has just recently hired another part-time practitioner. There’s also plenty of parking just outside the clinic and boy, is it peaceful – you can literally hear the birds chirping as you get out the car.
I’m no novice to laser removal. I’ve been having it from the moment I could afford it, but when I start treatment in a new clinic, I always want to know how effective the laser hair removal machine will be against darker hair. Lorna has two top of the range machines; the Lightsheer® from Lumenis, which is ideal for smaller areas and the Venus Epileve perfect for larger areas. They both work equally well on dark hair, in fact the darker the hair, the more chance the laser has to target the pesky hair follicle and stop it growing.
We were lasering my arms so used the Epileve and I’d had a skin test patch done a few weeks before, so we were good to go.
Laser hair removal etiquette means that you should arrive to your appointment cleanly shaven (!) but, it had completely slipped my mind so Lorna shaved my arms for me. She them marked out the area she was going to laser and then applied a thick layer of cold gel (the same gel they use for ultrasounds). After inputting my hair characteristics into her nifty laser machine, we were ready to get zapping!
There’s a series of beeping noises and you see a pink light flash when the laser is triggered. I had my hand, knuckles and arms lasered but I felt no pain or tingling and it was over and done in a jiffy. I did however, have a sore, angry red patch on my left arm, but that was from dry shaving rather than the laser (this is one of the reasons why they ask you to arrive cleanly shaven! My bad!). Lorna put a cold flannel over it and an ice cold roller which helped it settle.
Okay, so just like shaving and waxing, the results are also immediate but there’s no nasty nicks or shaving rashes. My skin felt as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Lorna finished off my putting some aloe vera gel over my arms and there was very little ‘mess’ for her to tidy up.
Calveo treats both men and women, transgenders and children aged 15 upwards with parental and GP consent. Yes it’s more expensive but cheaper in the long run but it’s less of a pain and more of a gain and there’s no hair regrowth the day after plus, it gets rid of all those unattractive, ingrown hairs! Hallelujah!
If that wasn’t enough of a reason to get booking, it’s great for those of us who can get a little lazy with the whole shaving/waxing ritual!
As mentioned, you need to shave the area pre treatment, and Lorna recommends 6-8 sessions but it really depends on your hair type and how it takes. Laser also works better on ‘virgin’ hair, so if you’ve never waxed/threaded or plucked it out of its hair follicle, you’re more than likely to need less sessions. Bonus!
Prices at Calveo start from £60 (upper lip) for a single session. Lorna offers a course of six (with a 10% discount), or eight (with a 20% discount).
**THE GOLDEN RULES OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL**
No plucking, waxing, epilating or threading.
No sun exposure (before or immediately after treatment).
No tanning products.
Don’t use anything perfumed.
Do shave before and in between treatments.
Wear a high SPF after treatment.
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Calveo. The King Centre, Oakham LE15 7WD. Tel: 01572 490950