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if you’re anything like me, you find it difficult to even find time to have a wash, there’s always something more pressing. Here I’m hoping to encourage myself and you to put yourself first a bit more!


Let me tell you my tale of laser hair removal…

24 Mar, 2016

Do you remember when you were a kid and you used to see the big girls at school and want to be them?

laser hair removal with Saks Beauty in Gosforth

They were always so cool, calm and collected, and gorgeous. So, you’d buy Just 17 and wear your hair just so and buy ridiculous clothing (just me? Kudos to my mum for letting me express myself, that must have taken restraint).

Well, I don’t think I’ve ever grown out of that. I remember at about 21 I saw some chic looking women (in New York) with deep pink nail varnish and as soon as I got back into that departure lounge I made a beeline for the beauty counter to find the exact shade. Chanel, of course. I thought it would make me look cool and NYC chic too.

Fast forward to 32 and I still have friends a few years older than me that I hope I’ll be like when I “grow up”.

I’ll have great hair and overall be much better presented.

One particular thing that has stuck with me over the years of knowing these friends was a particular conversation about bikini lines….

I was going for yet another excruciatingly painful bikini wax whilst pregnant, which is one of the most painful things (aside from labour) that I’ve ever been through, and my friend said, “You know, laser is the way forward.”

Well, it’s stuck with me, always something on the beauty to-do list that will transform me into one of my glamorous friends. I will exude confidence when I no longer have fuzz poking out the side of my swimming costume during an impromptu swim with the kids.

And, never has laser been more needed – since giving birth, waxing has become too much to bare (pun intended and I wrote about my waxing revolt here), so things have become a bit unkempt, shall we say?

As a slight aside, I do know really that I will never be “put together” in the way I’d like to be and I’m OK with that, it’s probably why my friends like me in the first place. Maybe a bit of goofy goes a long way?

Laser Hair Removal with Saks

But that didn’t stop me jumping at the chance to finally give it a go when Saks Beauty in Gosforth approached me to try out a course of laser hair removal in my nether regions!

I knew they had some of the best equipment in the area (it costs them a fortune to maintain but it has the best results in the quickest time, so it’s really worth the investment), so if anyone was going to ‘have at it’, it was going to be them.

After a quick phone call where I asked the owner, Nic, a million stupid questions (“can we do all 6 treatments in a week?” “No, hunny, you need 6 to 8 weeks between sessions”), we were ready to go.

All you have to do before your appointment is to shave the places where you don’t want hair to grow anymore (you may need the lawnmower to begin with).

I arrived to a really warm welcome and Nic immediately put me at ease. Which was good because shortly after she was face to face with my intimates. About 5 minutes and a few zaps later (a bit like being twanged by an elastic band), I was done. And I could walk out perfectly comfortably.

This was new.

I was used to leaving a salon John Wayne style, wincing in pain!

Since then (it’s been about 7 weeks), I’ve been diligently shaving the area. The only issue I’ve had was a bit of irritation to begin with from shaving. But with some post shaving cream (I’ve got some The Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion, which is awesome) it’s been sorted out a treat.

Already, after only 1 session, I can tell that the hairs have drastically changed! I’m telling you this is the way forward.

Perhaps, once I’m hair-free and confident of no further swimming costume capers, I’ll be able to turn my attention to more items on my beauty to-do list!

Laser Hair Removal Costs…

A single laser hair removal treatment on your nethers at Saks Beauty in Gosforth costs £45 and you will need between 3 to 6 treatments, and maybe the occational one or two after having another baby or any other hormonal changes.

To put this into context in contrast to Waxing…

The difference between a lifetime of waxing (£250/year for 20 years is £5000!) compared to a course of laser hair removal treatments (£270 for 6, plus the odd one here and there) – you’re looking at a saving of £4730.

Winner!

Give Nic a call on 0191 340 0420 and she’ll see you right.

28 Apr, 2014

Everything about this post is too much information. If you don’t want to read about pubic hair, I suggest you stop reading now! Mum, that includes you xx

peak bald - is it time to bring back pubic hair? I say YES! http://www.mumsdays.com/pubic-hair/

 

Bringing back pubic hair

It’s now super commonplace for young women to get rid of all their pubic hair. Whether it’s a trend fuelled by the porn industry or the other way around, I’m still not that keen on the idea that young men are growing up thinking that women don’t have hair down there! It’s taken the best part of a decade but I’m finally taking a stance. I’ve reached my own ‘peak beard‘ (or peak bald?) and I’m ‘growing’ it.

If I’m honest, despite all the Kaitlin Moran justifiable reasons for bring back pubic hair, the main reason I’m quitting is because waxing is really effing painful and I’ve had enough. Why would I do such a thing to my most delicate part?

It’s also expensive and, if you ask me, having no hair as I grow older is making me feel a bit icky. I rarely go into a salon and ask for the full monty but I often seem to leave with one! “Your hair is too patchy, let’s just get rid of it.” Thanks a bunch! “It’s much cleaner, you  know?”…is it really?

Whilst researching what to do with my new, er, bush, I’ve found some evidence that suggests this Cleaner argument might not be true… in the politics of pubic hair: why is a generation choosing to go bare down there? it states that “Pubic-hair removal…naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles, leaving microscopic open wounds” which basically increases the chance of infection or STDs.

Open wounds. Now there is a word that definitely puts me off! I don’t care how small they are.

So, I’m done but I am still left with a conundrum… How does one go about a pubic hairstyle? I definitely don’t want to go all out 70s. I want to be able to wear a swimming costume without ‘sprouting’ out the sides.

However, I know from a lot of experience that the salons are good at removing hair but have a complete disregard for the hair left, so that’s not really an option. Equally I know how incapable (and mainly unwilling) I am to do too much DIY grooming. I’m scared of waxing (unless done by someone else) and I have a bad history with shaving.

What are the options? Do you have any suggestions or articles about how to manage your pubic hairstyle?!