Hi there! I'm Paula and I live in Orlando. I like to run and watch too much TV. I'm a lover of cupcakes and hater of chia seeds, even though I've never tried them. I eat peanut butter out of the jar and think Aaron Paul is my boyfriend.
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So, this isn’t my typical post. But I change it up every now and then because I’m a spicy girl and I do spicy things. A couple weeks ago, a friend told me she wanted to buy a laser hair removal Groupon but wasn’t sure what to expect from the appointment. So she asked me a bunch of questions about my experience like, “why does Justin Beiber’s hair look so soft?” Then another friend suggested I write a post about it. So here is that post with those questions. Everything you never wanted to know about laser hair removal. (I swear I didn’t write the questions.)
What has been your experience with laser hair removal?
I’ve gone to two different places. One for my underarms (the place that asked me for a gratuity) and one for my bikini line. One of the places didn’t prepare me at all for the appointment and the other made sure that I knew everything before I came in. So, every place is different. I can tell you, it’s worth it.
What happens in an appointment?
It’s pretty simple. You lay down, put on a pair of dorky glasses to protect your eyes, and they get to zappin’. Sometimes they will use a clear gel as a conductor for the laser and sometimes they won’t. Five minutes later, you’re done.
The laser technician told me the area might feel sunburned afterwards, but that never happened for me.
How often do you have to go?
Every six weeks. Usually they recommend six appointments. So if you buy a Groupon, make sure it’s one with six appointments and not three. After my last underarm appointment, the girl recommended two “touch up” appointments which I haven’t made.
Did it hurt?
Hell yes. I’ve heard some people use numbing cream but I haven’t been offered it at either place. When I asked about it, I was told I could have it but I needed to come in 30 minutes early to apply it. I think we know how that went. Lazy = 1, Paula = o. The underarms hurt the most. It feels like 1000 crazy ass bees poking your pits at the same time.
The bikini line is far less painful but let’s be real, your privates are still being shot at with lasers.
How quickly do you see results?
After the first appointment. I didn’t have to shave for a week or more for both areas and even when I started shaving again, it was way less frequent.
Was it awkward?
The underarms, no. But letting someone laser around your junk is a different story. It’s not as horrifically uncomfortable as I imagined but I also wasn’t getting a Brazilian.
Some people take off their underwear, but I do not. If you do wear underwear when getting the bikini line done, wear white because the lasers love black and you don’t need your pants on fire. Or DO YOU?
Does it remove the hair completely?
No. It removes most of the hair (about 80%) but everyone is different.
Is there anything I need to do/know before I go?
- Shave the area the day before your appointment and do it well, because if there is a stray hair, that sucker is getting burned off on top of your skin. And I speak from experience, that shit hurts.
- Don’t expose the area to sun at all during treatment and don’t use lotion on the area being treated. (But you can use aloe afterwards.)
- I’d recommend wearing a tank top for underarm hair removal and a skirt if you’re getting the bikini line done. Pants around your ankles is never a good look.
I have no advice for those of you that have the cajones to go full Brazilian. That crap is crazy and you are on your own.
Since I had so many questions about the Flashback Friday Burning Man post, I thought I would do a Q and A. You guys asked some good questions! Here they are:
How many people [were at Burning Man], do you know?
It’s been growing every year. It started with 20 people in 1986. When I went in 2010, there were over 50,000.
Victoria @ Running Peanut asked:
I wonder whose idea Burning Man was!? How did you find out about it?
Burning Man started as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice by a guy and a few of his friends. You can read more about the history here.
I found out about it through our friends who went the previous year. Hubs wanted to go bad, so he bought tickets. It wasn’t really my type of thing so I was pretty apprehensive at first. Knowing we were going with friends helped though.
Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee asked:
How hot was it there?
It’s hot during the day. I think the average temperature was in the 90′s. Even though it’s hot during the day, it’s a dry heat. (Ugh, I hate when people say that.) But, take it from someone who lives in Florida – dry heat is way better than humid heat. When you’re too hot in dry heat, you can stand in the shade and cool down because the breeze is cool. In humidity, you don’t cool down in the shade because because the breeze still feels like a furnace.
For the most part, I wore shorts, a bathing suit top, boots, goggles around my neck, and a scarf (for the dust storms) during the day.
(Side note: There was no one on the other end of the line. But we had to wait for a woman that had a 10 minute conversation before us to get this picture.)
It was cool at night, somewhere in the 40′s-50′s. So we wore jackets and warmer clothes.
What were your essentials? Anything you recommend bringing?
Burning Man has a survival guide that is published every year. It’s required reading and they tell you everything you need to know about what to bring. I could give you a list of what I’d recommend bringing, but it would be long.
This was the inside of our little trailer and all our stuff packed into it. I think for never going before, we did pretty well bringing what we needed. Next time, I’d definitely bring a warmer jacket though. I had to borrow one from Morgan on a couple of colder nights.
Who plans the events?
Attendees sign up to be a participant and I think have to go through some approval process to get on the event list. A lot of the attendees go to Burning Man every year and set up the same theme camps.
For instance, the Barbie Death Camp is one of the theme camps that have been there several years in a row.
(Pic stolen from Morgan. Thanks, Morgan!)
Did they have trailers to rent when you got there? Or did you have to rent one in Reno and drive with it the whole way?
No. You have to rent (or own) a trailer before you arrive. Some people just drive in with tents or sleeping bags and some find strangers to give them a ride in. It’s really what your more comfortable doing. We rented from the place we did because they had the trailer set up on sight when we got there. We didn’t have a car so we wouldn’t have been able to get a trailer there without renting one. That would have been a lot more money when we were already spending a ton to get there in the first place.
Our trailer rental came with bikes to use for the week. I would say that a bike is probably one of the most important things to have. I can’t imagine trying to walk the area the whole week. It would take forever.
If you rent a trailer, you need to do it far in advance. I think we rented ours 8 months in advance and still most of the places in Reno and the surrounding towns were booked. The people camping next to us rented their trailers in San Deigo and drove them up.
Don’t expect to do a lot of that. And even when you do, you don’t stay clean for long because of all the dust. We had a shower in our trailer but it didn’t have hot water. And it was uncomfortably small. I could sit at any point in the shower and be sitting on the toilet. I washed my hair twice during the week and it sucked because it was so cold.
Our friends Morgan and Don set up a water bag on a pole in the sun and stood in a kiddie pool to shower outside of their trailer.
How much food/beer did you bring for a week and was there a store nearby you could go to if you ran out?
We didn’t bring beer, but we brought a huge bottle of tequila and vodka that were gone at the end of the week. Our friend, Don, brought 100 beers (for himself!) so he wouldn’t run out. He shared those with us as well. Plus, people give you alcohol all over the place at Burning Man. (Remember, it’s no commerce, giving society.)
There are no stores nearby. Burning Man is about a hour away from the first gas station and an hour and a half away from the nearest town. If you leave, you have to pay to get back in.
Was it peaceful?
Sometimes. We stayed on the outer circle, so it wasn’t as loud as the inner circle where most of the people camp. But, we still had camping “neighbors” on all sides of us. We also had to sleep with earplugs because there is constant bass from all the music, usually until 7am. If you’re staying closer to the inner circle, I wouldn’t imagine you’d get much sleep. However, it was really easy to bike out into the middle of nowhere (where it was quiet) and enjoy the artwork.
The more awesome pieces of artwork usually had more people around.
For the most part, you are around people the whole time.
Do you plan to go again?
Right afterwards, I said no way. But now I kinda miss it. Hubs was talking about going again next year but I really want to go to Alaska. It’s one or the other because Burning Man was the most expensive vacation we have ever taken. We had to buy the Burning Man tickets ($200-$400, depending which tier you get), buy the plane tickets to Reno, rent the trailer, and buy supplies for the week. We were really lucky to have friends to stay with in Reno, otherwise that would have been another cost for lodging before and after the festival.
I do think we will go again. It’s an experience like no other, even though that sounds lame to say. Maybe in a year or two?
Jim @ Biking My Mass Off asked:
How do they determine which man to burn each year? Is it a randomly drawn or is there some kind of ceremony?
There’s a vote. Usually they pick the dad types with 2 adopted boys. Know anyone like that?
Ok, I hope this was helpful! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments.