4 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

I've spent years telling myself that I'm ready to get laser hair removal. Sure, it can be expensive and uncomfortable, and depending on the area of choice, it involves letting a stranger get up close and personal with your most intimate parts. But, as someone who waxes and shaves often, to imagine an end to the inconvenience, time, and ingrown hairs that I experience made that tired mantra beauty is pain seem like a worthy reality.

Simply put, there's a lot to discuss when it comes to the social constructs around our beauty choices, and I want to make one thing clear: Body hair is nothing to be ashamed of. Permanent beauty procedures, laser included, are an extremely personal choice and aren't for everyone. That being said, for me, laser treatment was not about ridding myself of hair completely. Instead, it was about simplifying my personal beauty routine and making my life just a little bit easier.

So, sick of the expense of monthly waxes and feeling ready to finally check an item off my to-do list, last fall I decided the time had come to take the plunge. I walked into my first session at top NYC salon Spruce & Bond in late November not sure what to expect (besides pain). I met with lead specialist Ashley Taylor, who gently talked me through the step-by-step process, then I put on a pair of protective sunglasses and she got to work. Read on for a breakdown of what I learned throughout the process.