Over a month ago, I bought an Eversave deal for 6 laser hair removal treatments for $89. (It was $99 and I had a $10 off coupon.)
My first treatment was Saturday and it was totally not what I was expecting. I want both my underarms and bikini line done, but I went with my underarms first since I’m not sure I’m ready for strangers to point lasers at my lady parts.
You have to shave before you arrive to the relief of my husband and anyone I wear a tank top in front of. Once I arrived, I filled out 6 sheets of paperwork, one of which stated if you were using some sort of coupon (Groupon, Living Social, Eversave), that gratuities were accepted since the price was so cheap. You know what I think is cheap? Actually asking for gratuities.
On a side note, the lady doing the treatment told me I smelled good. I get compliments all the time on my perfume, but I hate when people ask what I’m wearing because then I have to tell them.
Once I got into the treatment room, I had to take my deodorant off. There were 2 laser machines, one for light skin and one for dark skin. The light skin machine wasn’t “calibrating” so the lady had to use the dark skin machine on me. (Light-skinned people can use the dark-skinned machine but not the other way around.)
I don’t know why, but I was expecting some type of Total Recall red laser retina scan except on my armpits. It looked more like this but with protective glasses and a horrified look on my face.
It felt like 15-20 quick blasts of evil. Think of it as a bunch of bees stinging you at once in a concentrated area really fast. After the first blast, I’m pretty sure I yelled “holy shit.” Each underarm lasted about 20 seconds and I was done. It hurt and it was hard to sit still for and now I have 5 more painful sessions left. Each session is done 6 weeks apart. The lady told me my underarms are supposed to turn red after the treatment and they didn’t, so she’s going to have to up the strength of the laser next time. Awesome. At least I know I have really resilient armpits now. And you know I smell like a hooker.
When I was leaving, the girl at the counter asked if I wanted to leave a gratuity. (I didn’t because I didn’t have any cash with me. I’m also annoyed that they even asked in addition to have a whole sheet of paperwork dedicated to it.) Has anyone else left a gratuity for laser hair removal? How much do you leave?