I am not a huge Star Wars fanatic, but I have to admit, I’ve felt a closeness to one of it’s characters many times before. Remember Chewbacca, the fur covered beast who was tall and seemed ferocious but was actually quite nice and helpful? Yep, that could also sum me up pretty quickly too.
Body hair has been a long standing rival of mine and it wasn’t until recently that I got the feeling that there may be hope for me and my “Star Wars problem”. I had heard of laser hair removal before, but I was curious and hesitant to see if I could actually have the long term results it promises.
As with any beauty treatment more involved than a hair wash, going to a place that lets you ask questions and feel comfortable about the service is crucial. This place for me was Salima’s Day Spa, an oasis of calm nestled amongst an otherwise industrial business area in Langley.
Laser hair removal is generally not effective for people with light hair, such as blonde, white, grey or even red. Be cautious of a business that will take your money even if you fall into the above category. You may get some results, but it’ll take a lot of time and money to get there. A reputable business should provide you with a consultation to see if this service is right for you and tell you what your commitment will be, in terms of time and money.
Salima’s uses a Smartepil II laser hair removal system that targets hair, not skin, which means the light is drawn to the darkness of the hair follicle. There are three cycles or stages to your hair growth, which are dormant, active and slowing down. The laser kills the root of the hair in the active cycle, but because more than one hair grows out of each follicle, it takes multiple treatments to get all the hairs in the active stage. Treatments can be done every 3 to 4 weeks; the number of treatments needed may range from as few as six to as many as twelve.
The great thing about laser hair removal is that you can shave in between treatments, which means there’s no awkward hair growth to try and hide, like with waxing. The area to be treated is shaved and the laser is accompanied by a cool air flow that helps to reduce the sensation that comes with it, which is comparable to a stinging or snapping feeling you might get from an elastic band. The pain is quick, with no after effects, and luckily, the level of intensity can be adjusted according to each person and their own tolerance.
With several treatments behind me, I can honestly say that I’ve noticed a reduction in the re-growth of hair and a softness to the skin where the hair used to be. FVP friends, this is proof that miracles do happen, and they can happen for you too!
Salima’s Day Spa
#101 – 20171 92A Ave, Langley