Lately I’ve been spending some cash on the parts of me where the sun don’t shine.
Yup, I decided it was finally time to take that laser beam to the crotch, and started shopping around for a place to do Brazilian IPL.
So far I’ve gone for trial sessions at 2 different places, and will probably go for 2 more trials at 2 different places before I decide which one to give a big chunk of my money to, since the general consensus is that most women require at least 12 – 18 sessions to reach hairlessness.
If you’ve never gone for IPL before, the standard procedure usually involves the therapist shaving off all the hair in that area and applying a cold gel to the skin before they start zap-zapping at it. I’ve done IPL hair removal very successfully on my underarms, so I’m pretty familiar with the whole thing.
I actually consider the underarm IPL one of the best beauty investments I ever made… because I now have the silky, bare armpits of a 10-year old. In fact, they could probably star in their own whitening deodorant commercials, I’m that happy with them! They’re pale, even-toned, and virginal-looking, (as if nothing ever grew out of them before) basically everything that I want my bikini line to look like!
So about a month ago, I went for session #1 at the most well-known hair removal joint in town.
I was really nervous since it was my virgin Brazilian IPL session cause I thought it was going to be really painful… but it was a breeze and I hardly felt a thing! I walked out feeling smooth and happy. And then regrowth hit me with a vengeance just 36 short hours later. So much for slower hair growth.. Oh, hello attractive crotch stubble that doesn’t itch at all!
But I did also notice that little hairs were spontaneously falling off after about a week, so something must have been working at least.
Fast forward to about two weeks ago, I did session #2. This time, at an aesthetics salon. Ironically, I was under the impression that it would also be painless at this second place due to the many positive “All I felt was a warm sensation, omg Brazilian IPL is so painless!” blog reviews I’d read.
Dude, this time it hurt like a mofo.
Either all those blog reviewers were lying through their (gritted) teeth, or the salon has since changed the settings on their IPL machine from ‘Walk in the park’ to “Advanced terrorist interrogation technique’.
Okay, so PMS week was obviously the wrong time to go too. But even if I gave the pain a 20% discount, it would still have been painful!
They gave the whole spiel too about how their machine is clinical-grade and thus more effective (and painful), so it had better bloody be true because I got suckered into buying 2 more sessions.
On a positive note, this time regrowth has been really slow. I’ve yet to notice any fall-out, but that might be because only about 40% has grown back. Hurrah!
I’ll probably fix another trial session at the next place in a week or so. After that I should have better results to report (not that you really wanted to know anything about my crotch in the first place) and Gawd, I really hope it won’t feel like I’m being systematically tortured again…