So, What’s the Deal? Is Laser Hair Removal Really Worth the Money?
Raise your hand if you're a mom who has ever gotten halfway through a shower when you're shaving your legs when suddenly there is an interruption by some small person and you race out of the shower, only realizing much, much later that you actually only shaved one leg?
I know that there is a big trend towards “slowing down” lately and going against the disease of being busy, which I'm totally on board with. But let's be honest — our lives as moms are just totally insane sometimes. Life is all about seasons. And for many of us, the season of very young kids is also a season of literally not even being able to get both of our legs shaved at the same time.
Sigh. I don't know, maybe it's getting older or maybe I'm just lazier than I used to be, but lately, I've just found myself being frustrated by the amount of upkeep that people expect women to do. I mean, really, it's exhausting. Eyebrow microblading, contouring, highlighting, teeth whitening, shaving your entire body, waxing, manicures, pedicures, hair extensions, lash extensions, hitting the gym. Trying to keep up with all of that would be its own full-time job. And I know, I know, none of it really has to be done. But I admit I like not having hairy legs and grown-out pits. (And I actually did try growing them out once, so I'm being serious!).
The point is, I'm about as low-maintenance as it comes. My hair is always in a bun, I've had like two pedicures my whole life, and my cuticles are longer than my nails. I recently tried lash extensions as a special treat to myself when I went to Mexico and I loved them! They made me feel like I never, ever had to wear makeup, which really appealed to my lazy mom nature.
All of that freedom to just wake up and go got me thinking about how I could make my life as a woman even easier, so my mind immediately went to that other constant maintenance task that I hate: Shaving.
I loathe shaving and I'm sure I'm not alone. I swear I shave my bikini line and within like two hours it's back or irritated and then I don't want to swim anyways. So, I started talking to few women who had laser hair removal done and realized that I had never, ever considered it for myself. It just seemed like one of those things that only a Kardashian would do, like it would cost thousands of dollars.
But then I thought, why the heck not? How amazing would it be to never, ever shave again? To just hop in the shower in minutes, to always have smooth skin, to never have razor burn again? I did some research, asked around, and found a highly recommended place. At my first consult, the laser tech explained that for most people, complete hair removal took about 5 sessions, with one yearly “touch-up” as the hair grew back. After her spiel was over, I held my breath and waited when I inquired what the cost would be.
The cost? $85.
I don't know what I was expecting, but it was a little more than $85 bucks. Don't get me wrong, that's still a hefty chunk of change. But immediately, I saw visions of me sliding into a swimsuit with freedom. Never suffering the dreaded pain of an ingrown hair. Jumping in and out of the shower as fast as my husband can. Suddenly, laser hair removal didn't seem all that crazy. 85 bucks to give up shaving forever? I was in.
For once, I thought, how nice it would be to do something for myself. Something that would save me precious time and just make me feel better about myself, gosh darnit. Why do we women feel like we have to justify everything anyways?
So I went for it. I settled on lasering off the bikini area and seeing as I've never even had so much as a bikini wax, I was totally terrified about it. I have to admit that I was totally embarrassed about getting the procedure done. I felt the need to justify myself to the tech, trying to assure her I wasn't some sex-crazed maniac, I was just a mom who is so, so very tired. So tired that the thought of never shaving again sounds like a miracle. The tech, however, put me at ease and helpfully handed me a squeezable stress ball to help me get through the procedure. Although it only took a few minutes, it was pretty painful, I won't lie to you. But as soon as it was over, the thought that I had just done something for myself and that I was one step closer to never shaving again practically made me giddy.
So far, I've had two sessions and I can already tell a huge difference. You're allowed to shave between sessions and the amount of hair regrowth has significantly decreased. I can tell that a shaving-free future is in reach. And honestly, now that that I know more about laser hair removal, I will consider it for my own daughters when they get older. In my opinion, laser hair removal is totally worth it as a busy mom. I'm so glad I took the plunge.
What do you think? Is laser hair removal worth it?