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How to Be Hot and Hairless on Your Honeymoon

Nothing is more of a mood killer than getting hot and heavy with your new hubby, only to have him run his hand across your body and straight over an outcropping of stubble. For years women have been plucking, shaving, waxing, and tweezing only to have that pesky hair return faster and thicker than before! Thankfully, one of the newest and more technologically advanced techniques on the market today is laser hair removal. Now brides-to-be can say good-bye to their daily hair removal routines once and for all in preparation for their big day.

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective means of ridding your hair from literally any location that hair grows with the most popular areas being the legs, underarms, bikini line, and Brazilian (everything from front to back in your private region). The laser works by targeting the melanin (pigmentation) in the hair follicle and uses heat to completely destroy the root of the hair, preventing any future growth. Because of this, the most ideal candidates for this treatment are those with lighter skin tones and darker hair (so the laser doesn’t accidently target the melanin in the skin), although there are newer lasers on the market that can treat clients with all different skin tones as well. For better results, it is advisable to not have tanned skin when going in for laser treatments. Keep in mind that the laser will not work on everyone. Blonde, grey, or white hairs cannot be treated as they lack pigmentation. Since the root of the hair is destroyed, the results of laser hair removal are extremely long-lasting, though experts do not like to use the term “permanent” as the technology has not been around long enough to do accurate studies.

Plan to start your treatments several months prior to your wedding or honeymoon as you will need multiple treatments in order to achieve success. Hair grows in 3 different cycles and each hair will be in one of these 3 phases at any given time. The laser only effectively destroys the hair during one of these phases so it is necessary to have on average 6-8 treatments. Sessions are scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks apart in order to allow hair to cycle. After your laser treatment, you will see hairs beginning to fall out within the first couple weeks and significantly less and less hair will return with every session.

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There are a few temporary side effects such are redness, soreness, and itchiness that may be experienced immediately after treatment but it will usually go away within a matter of hours. In very rare cases, improperly set lasers can lead to minor burns or hypopigmentation (leaving lightened splotches of skin that may take month to disappear). The importance of finding a skilled and certified laser technician and being honest when answering their questions about your ethnic background (to determine skin tone) cannot be stressed enough. The knowledge of the person performing the procedure can make the difference between a pleasurable experience and a not so good one. It definitely pays to do your research.

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Many women have experienced great success with this hair removal method and some have even found it to be addictive. After all, who doesn’t want to be soft, sexy, and smooth for your big day, your honeymoon, and for the rest of your happily ever after?

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