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I don’t know about you but I can get a little grooming lazy when I travel and have wanted to try permanent hair removal for women for a long time. Katka from Katka Travels tells us all about why she loves getting LHR and where you can find affordable laser hair removal deals too!
Laser Hair Removal for Travelers
by Katka Trae
I’m a carry-on girl. Excessive luggage is not something I want to deal with, but carrying-on means making a few sacrifices. Thankfully, there is solid shampoo, soap leaves and those awesome roll-up water bottles, but the one thing I’m constantly asked to ditch by TSA, is my razor blade.
So what, now I have to check my luggage simply so I can shave my pits? Maybe not – the solution is permanent hair removal! And I’m pretty addicted…
I’m a hairy gal – In Italian, my last name actually translates to “The Hairy One.” Hairiness is something I’ve struggled with my entire life (I was teased as a kid), despite trying any and all hair-removal products/services on the market.
Shaving, waxing, Nair and electrolysis are tedious processes; and seem to be temporary fixes to a long-term issue.
How great would it be to take a beach vacation and not worry about armpit stubble, or bikini-line nightmares, ever again? I don’t know about you, but I spend at least fifteen minutes in the shower shaving from head to toe.
That extra fifteen minutes SHOULD be spent exploring flea markets, sampling wine, swimming under waterfalls…I’d rather do anything BUT shave while out on the road.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Laser devices send specific concentrated beams of light through the skin that are absorbed by the melanin (dark) pigment present in the hair follicle shafts. Because hair grows in cycles, repeated treatments are necessary to destroy the hair follicles.”
You can find more information online and always read reviews before purchasing a package, to ensure the laser clinic or dermatologist is a good fit for you.
Some facts about (LHR) Laser Hair Removal for Women:
Does Laser hair removal hurt?
It’s not as painful as you think. Best description is a rubber band snapping against your skin, but depending on the area, your session may be as short as 5 minutes. Most machines shoot a blast of cool air to ease potential skin irritation as well. I can deal with 5 minutes of pain if it means not having to shave during my trip!
Not all laser hair removal machines are made equal. Different machines exist for different skin types. Ask for a free consultation with an aesthetician or dermatologist before purchasing a package to determine which service is right for you.
How much does laser hair removal cost?
It doesn’t have to be expensive! I purchase laser hair removal deals via Groupon and LivingSocial. Small areas cost about $99 for six sessions ($16.50 per session, that’s cheaper than a mani-pedi!).
Four to six sessions typically do the trick, and it is recommended to return once a year for a touch-up (usually offered at a discounted rate).
Each clinic provides their own categories for treatment area sizes, so read the fine print before buying. My upper lip and underarms were considered small areas, Bikini lines can be small or medium, and Brazilian treatments, back hair, legs and arms are typically medium to large.
LHR is not just for ladies.
Laser hair removal for men is also really popular. My brother’s back is now fuzz-free, thanks to LHR. It sounds a little more manly than telling your guy friends “I’m going to get my back waxed today.”
The positive results I’ve seen from one session of LHR have also boosted my confidence significantly. The time I save by not shaving is just more time I can spend exploring, less stuff I have to pack/discard at the airport, and overall, one less upkeep to worry about.
Whether I’m island-hopping through Greece or cruising around the Caribbean, being hair-free makes a difference.
Katka is a star! I love this post and have wanted to try laser hair removal for women for a long time. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! To learn more about Katka, check out her travel blog: Katka Travels.
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Author Bio: Katka is a tour operator and travel writer from New York. She has helped build content for such start-ups as BakPak Guide, Where’s Cool? and Venus Zine, and currently contributes articles on Matador Network. Check her out on Twitter: @katkatravels and on her blog Katka Travels.