Okay ladies, let’s real talk. Hair down there is basically the worst. Shaving takes forever and requires advanced shower yoga to get everything. Waxing is essentially the most terrifying thing you’ll ever experience. Not that lying on a waxing table naked and afraid isn’t fun, but something about getting hot wax poured on my lady parts and ripping out the hair follicles just isn’t my thing.
Another option is laser hair removal, which seems like a dream come true compared to doing the other options for the rest of my life. However, going into my Brazilian treatments, I had three major concerns.
It’s time to get everything out in the open. Here is everything you need to know on how to survive your Brazilian laser hair removal treatments.
A stranger, a high powered laser and your whoo-ha sounds like an uncomfortable combination, and to be honest, it’s pretty awkward. Here is what goes down so you know what to expect. Your technician will leave the room while you remove your underwear and cover yourself with a paper drape. You can choose what exactly you get treated. Before your treatment, shave whatever you want to be treated. If you choose to, they will do everything, and I mean everything. At one point, you’ll lay on your side so the technician can get a better angle on your backside. They will ask you to lift up one of your cheeks so they can reach every crevice. I’ll admit, I was cringing more from the awkwardness than from the pain.
Even though it definitely isn't the funnest thing you'll ever experience, the technicians are really professional and make it as comfortable as possible. Remember, they see people's south of the border everyday, so it's nothing to be embarrassed about. Luckily, it only takes a couple of minutes, so you can quickly put your pants back on and forget it ever happened.
For me personally, I was pretty surprised about how little it hurt. It was by no means pleasant, but definitely bearable. The sides, where you would normally get a bikini treatment, didn’t hurt at all. The most painful part for me was near the top and middle. Although the pain is subjective, most people agree that it is way less painful than a Brazilian wax. It is also permanent, which helps put the pain in perspective.
One important thing to know about the treatments is that they turn the laser up every treatment. So my first treatment didn't bother me, but by my sixth treatment, the pain was definitely real. The pain is immediate, but doesn't last longer than 1-2 seconds. I started using the desensitizing gel they offer, which acts as a numbing cream. If you apply it 15-20 minutes before, I think it helps a lot with the pain.
It takes 10-12 treatments to get the full effect of laser hair removal, but after my first treatment, I already saw a difference. My hair grew in slower and sort of patchy. Some places still grew hair, but others didn’t at all. This is because hair grows in cycles. After each treatment, I noticed less hair growth. I have had six treatments so far and I rarely have to shave. With results like these so soon, I can't wait to see my results after I've completed 12 treatments.Overall, I’d say even though Brazilian laser hair removal is kind of awkward and painful, the results make it totally worth it. I’d take it over waxing or shaving any day.