The battle continues: underarm laser hair removal, painful round #2 ronnie blasting

By Beaut.ie | July 2 2013 | 39 Comments

You may remember a couple of months ago I wrote about how laser hair removal did nothing for my ronnie - I returned to the old reliable, Jolen creme bleach, within a year. “So much for new fangled technology!” I thought. “Couldn’t even get rid of my tache.”

The folks at Urbana saw my plight and told me they could change my mind about laser hair removal. I didn’t think they could, but I looked in the mirror at the horrible fuzz at my upper lip and thought “oh what the hell, I’ll give it another go”.

We decided to carry out the procedure on my upper lip and my underarms, so I could compare how the laser worked on different types of hair. Underarm hair is the ideal type for laser hair removal, as it’s so thick and coarse. So far, I can clearly see this is working straight away.

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I last shaved my underarms one week ago, the night before my second session. Right now, they’re smooth as a baby’s bum. One week later, and no discernible stubble. I’m impressed! If it’s working this well after two sessions, I can only imagine what it’ll be like after the full six.

As for my upper lip – I can still feel stubble there, but I’ll give it the full six sessions before I allow myself to be truly convinced.

Here are the facts about laser hair removal as I see them from my second crack at the whip:

It’s not cheap.
At Urbana, laser hair removal is €40 per session, with some discount deals on offer if you combine one area or more. At an average of six sessions per area, it works out at about €240. Entirely up to you whether being hairless is worth the money.

It’s not painless.
This second round of laser hurt a LOT more than my first go at it, probably because the lasers are more powerful. It’s supposed to get less painful as the hair gets thinner, but my second session hurt like (to put it bluntly) a bitch. I wriggled and squirmed and my therapist Paula had to keep talking to me throughout to take my mind off the discomfort.

However this had probably a lot to do with the ever annoying Time Of The Month, which provides a host of complications for us ladies including lowering our pain threshold. Thankfully, it only takes about 10 minutes to do – Paula pointed out that if I could sit for 40 minutes getting tattooed, I could sit through 10 minutes of laser.

It’s not permanent.
Paula assured me that you definitely need top ups every six months or so if you want to remain completely hairless. Otherwise, you’ll start seeing very fine, soft hairs coming back. I think I can handle this, so I’ll probably skip the top ups – as long as the thick, coarse, black horrors don’t make an appearance again.

I still don’t know if I am pro-laser – definitely not for the upper lip anyway. But the difference it’s made to my underarms is unbelievable, especially in summer. I’m lazy and often forget to shave and it’s nice to know I can wear a t-shirt or vest without being gripped with panic once I realise there’s a tiny forest growing under there. Charming, I know.

What do you think? Have you given laser a whirl or are you staying faithful to your trusty razor?

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39 Replies to "The battle continues: underarm laser hair removal, painful round #2 ronnie blasting"

  • Orlando says:

    I would love to get this done, and I think if you spend (like me) €15 every few weeks on underarm waxing anyway, it’d definitely worth it in the long run. Don’t know how you managed to bear it on your lip though, you’re a better woman than I am!

    • Valerie says:

      I never waxed so it cost a lot less to keep my underarms in check, but yes that sounds like it would be a good option for you! Still haven’t touched them with a razor and they’re grand.

  • Joanne says:

    The prices aren’t bad at all really, I spent 1000 on my legs and it didn’t work. I would say that underarm hair would work very well alright if laser is done correctly-it’s dark and coarse. Hair there doesn’t bother me quick swipe of the razor and its gone.

    • Valerie says:

      It didn’t work for my tache the first time round either, so I’m interested to see what happens this time.

      The underarms are great though, I had that horrid pit-stubble/pit-five o’clock shadow so it’s nice to have underarms that look less…manky.

      Still, I’m a little sad that I won’t have any underarm hair if I ever need to make a huge feminist statement and grow it out.

      • Charlie says:

        Do you recommend this? And do your underarms now look completely smooth? Mine feel smooth after shaving but don’t look it and it’s so annoying!!

  • says:

    I would kill to not have to shave my under arms, i really think this is something I will look in to!!

    Have you tried the threading yet for your lip Valerie??

    • Valerie says:

      Not yet! Started the second round of laser about two months ago now so I think I’ll leave it as a last resort. I definitely will look into it if this does nothing!

  • Claireyfairy says:

    I’ve had laser doen on my underarm and bikini line, it definitely worked for both and has slowed growth but I didn’t go back for top ups so I’m probably not as hair free as I should be but for a €75 deal voucher for 6 sessions I think I did all right and am happy with the results!

  • loubelle says:

    Ive got it done under arm, bikini and half leg for 100e a session, best money I have ever spent.
    4 sessions in, and i reckon I will only need one more

  • Becca says:

    I’m so so tempted. I’ve got very dark body hair and shaving is a nightmare :( Within 24 hours I have stubbly legs and more underarm regrowth than most people have in several days. I’ve jumped on the wax strips train for my legs (definitely less regrowth, and after about a couple of boxes over the past few summers I currently have “bald patches” which haven’t had a hair in over two years :D ).

    Wish the same could happen to my underarms with a similar cost (I don’t think a student budget can handle regular laser sessions)… However when water charges come in, I may have to bite the bullet :(

  • lizzy says:

    If u cant bear laser on upper lip forget threading its agony sooo not worth it.

  • OtherMary says:

    I had 5 sessions on underarms last year and I have not got a touch-up in more than six months but I should probably go as soon as I remember to book it. I shave every few weeks now, mostly because I’m lazy and don’t wear sleevless things all that often. Otherwise I’d maybe shave once a week but certainly don’t need to more often than that.

    I had laser on my legs as well and it did not work that well. My leg-hair is shamefully weak as it is so it may work better on strong leg hair. I had IPL on the bikini area (Brazilian, 12 sessions) and never got more than 70% hair free longer-term. Stay away from IPL, it doesn’t work half as well as laser.

  • OtherMary says:

    Laser vaporises hair in follicles which obviously hurts a lot, but it hurts so much less after about two sessions when hardly any hair is in the growth stage at the time you are getting them zapped.

  • Aisling Aisling says:

    Funnily enough I would have though the underarm would have hurt more! I am actually really tempted to try it out, sick of shaving under my arms every morning

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