For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nargis: single, 20 something (a woman never reveals her age), and looking to have the best time around town. My best friend is Tina who I have been stuck with since our primary days – she might be featuring in a lot of my adventures, so might as well introduce her now (plus, I know she’s dying for a shoutout). My friends and family are constantly bugging me to share my ideas and opinions – naturally who else will give such great advice? So I thought what better time to start giving back to my community than right now. Today I am going to tell you about my first time getting laser hair removal!
Brown girls are beautiful, our ancestral genes blessed us with luscious hair and the trend of the decade, thick bushy brows. But let’s face it, with those blessings also came a curse: body hair. I’ve spent years waxing, and it hasn’t gotten any easier, pichli baar I almost kicked my bechari waxing lady – I don’t know who comes out of the room in a worse condition, me or her! Don’t get me wrong, most people swear by waxing, but I just can’t handle the pain.
After many long years, I decided to try out laser hair removal. It’s definitely more expensive, but the long term benefits are known to be much better. I did some research, called up a few friends and booked an appointment where some of my friends are regulars. I have to admit I was really nervous as I sat there in the waiting room. Finally my turn got called. I decided to first just start with my arms and see how it goes. I changed and lay on the single bed staring up at the bright lights on the ceiling. After the doctor inspected my arms they took a razor and started shaving. I was a little hesitant at first as my waxing lady flashed before my eyes, I could hear her judgy voice asking me “razor mara tha?”. We all know shaving is a huge no no, but apparently for laser hair removal it’s required, plus it was quite satisfying to get a little break to close my eyes and relax before the laser actually started. Sadly, It was just a short moment of relaxation before we were ready to begin. (Just to clarify, some laser hair removal requires a cool gel whereas the one used on me didn’t require any). As she uttered the words “I’m starting,” I heard a beep and took a deep breath. I was given protective glasses to safeguard my eyes from the bright laser light and then it started. The machine moved across my arms in quick, small movements, as it beeped and released a pang of heat everytime it made contact with my skin. It took about 20-30 minutes, so it wasn’t too long. I must say I was very proud of myself, there was no kicking or screaming, just a few twitches, eye wincing and some swear words slipped out, but definitely worth it!
It does require a higher pain threshold, and it is completely different to waxing, so if you’re thinking of making the switch like me, try it out and see if it works for you, or if you really even need it! On the plus side, it’s supposed to have much better long term results and isn’t required as often as waxing. Kharcha toh lagta hai, but it could be worth saving up for!