I do everything last minute: braving the mall crowds on Christmas Eve, still getting dressed with an Uber on the way, making my wax appointment mere hours before my departing flight. I’ll usually blame my tardiness on YouTube’s autoplay function, but in the case of 11th-hour waxing, it has everything to do with my complete lack of pain tolerance. Needles, push-ups and most heels are all no-gos, so imagine, if you will, my degree of avoidance when it comes to a Brazilian wax, what I consider to be a legal torture practice.
But with a warm weather bestie vacay on the horizon (a.k.a. another reason to subject myself to said torture), I decided on a different approach: laser hair removal. Yes, I had heard horror stories about the original, now-antiquated versions of laser that discoloured the skin, cost a bazillion dollars and of most concern, hurt like a mother. But The Ten Spot beauty bar’s new laser offerings promised everything the older models couldn’t: an ultra-safe, quick and efficient experience.
Lying on the esthetics bed at its Roncesvalles location in Toronto, suspiciously eyeing the humming machine with fear, I learn that the secret to a nearly painless experience starts with its top-of-the-line laser machinery, which took over a year to select. First up is a mechanical melanin reading of my skin. My esthetician, Melissa, assures me that this part is totally painless (bless), but more importantly, it’s a crucial step that informs the machine in deciding on the safest, most effective treatment for your specific skin type. Then after drawing out the area she’d be treating, Melissa tells me it’s time. Before I can tense up like I do when a dentist tool is looming over my face, she explains that she’ll run a cooling tip along my skin before a powerful blast shoots the hair out of its follicle. The main event sounds like a terrifying sci-fi encounter, but when she initiates the first blast following the icy cool sensation, I feel nothing. And I mean nothing, you guys. The rest of the session follows suit, save for a couple completely tolerable pinches (the more hair in the area, the more painful it is, Melissa tells me.)
And before I know it, it’s done. My entire bikini area takes 14-16 zaps and in the end, a total of 15 minutes from undressing to out the door. I’ve waited for the streetcar longer. Again, Melissa attributes this to the laser itself, which boasts the largest spot size on the market. And in fewer sessions than ever before, four to six treatments on average, you’re hair-free for life. Twelve weeks and three sessions later, I’m happy to report that this new laser lives up to the hype. I’m swimsuit ready, totally unscathed and will never have to squirm through another agonizing waxing appointment again.
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