All You Ever Wanted To Know About Laser Hair Removal



I have seen questions flying around about laser hair reduction all the time, especially on Twitter. Here I am, to quench your curiosity.

Hair removal is an extremely personal and yet paradoxically controversial topic. Everyone should be free to do whatever they want with their bodies. If someone doesn’t want to remove hair anywhere and be au naturel, it’s their choice. And if someone prefers removing the hair, it does not make them shallow.

I remember first hearing about laser hair removal years ago when people were first talking about it. It sounded like magic! I have been at war with excessive facial hair throughout my teenage years. Punjabi genes are awesome. They give you so much flare, but also a lot of hair! To make matters worse, I tweezed and that made the hair coarser and more noticeable. Tried almost all hair removal methods but most of them are painful, time consuming and the results are not great. Finally after much deliberation, I took the plunge to get my upper lip and chin done, a couple of years ago, at one of the leading clinics (if you want the name, ping me).

Was it worth it? Yes, yes, yes!

What is Laser Hair Reduction?

Laser hair removal or reduction (the procedure reduces the hair, doesn’t remove completely) is a treatment in which laser is used to kill the hair follicles, over a period of 6-10 sessions. Really. Avada Kedavra. The cosmetic laser has settings adjusted to both your skin and hair type. The laser fires a concentrated beam that works on the pigment in your hair follicles. This destroys the follicle at its root, preventing the hair from growing back.

The process is pretty simple. The technician analyses your hair growth in the first consultative session. For a few days before the first session and in between sessions, you are not allowed to wax, thread, bleach etc. Why? Because remember, the laser works on the follicle so the follicle needs to exist in the first place. The method works best on dark, thick, coarse hair. You can shave the hair before your first session (and in between sessions. We will get to that later).

What to expect in your first session?

When you come for your first session, you come with all follicles intact. The technician then adjusts the laser intensity according to your skin colour and hair type. You are made to wear protective glasses. At this point, you are completely helpless, lying down on a bed while a stranger points a laser gun at you. You feel really cold gel being slathered on the area to be treated. And then it begins.

Does it hurt?

Yes. A lot? No way! It feels like a rubber band being snapped over your skin. And some heat. It hurts more on the areas where you have thicker growth. Otherwise, pretty manageable. I may be saying this because my pain threshold is pretty high. But it does get easier with every session. Partly because your body gets used to it and also because there is less hair to laser each time.

What to expect post your first session?

Red, sore skin, for a couple of hours. It settles down soon enough. A week after that, some hair will sprout which will fall off on its own. It will literally slide off when you run your hands over it. It is so satisfying seeing the once annoying hair fall off on its own!

Who is the best candidate for laser hair reduction?

If you have thick, coarse hair, and pale skin, you are perfect for laser hair reduction. Having said that, these days they have started tweaking the technique to suit darker skin too. Talk to your clinic first because you do not want to end up with burnt skin.

Things to take care of

Before you go for your first session, stop waxing or bleaching for a while. In between sessions, you can shave the area. Always use a soothing aloe gel (which the clinic will give you) in between sessions. Stay away from the sun as much as possible. Also, be consistent. Do not miss sessions or you will not see the desired results. And slather sunscreen on the area every single day.


Please remember that laser will only reduce the hair. And also, if you have hormonal issues, do not expect the treatment to work like magic. Do sort out the hormonal issue first and then go for laser.


Most clinics will suggest maintenance sessions once a year. I have not been for any more sessions other than the 6 sessions I took and I am okay for now. So it all depends on your hair growth.

Does it cost a lot?

Not really. If you calculate the combined cost of waxing, bleach and razors for a year, it’ll be a staggering amount so yeah laser is totally worth it. And imagine the peace of mind! No more stress about what to do with the darn hair!

Will I do it again?

Yes! Definitely getting my armpits and legs done.

I think that should answer all your questions. If you do have any more questions please comment below or tweet to me at @lifestyle_stew.

Until next time, stay stylish.


My Weight Loss Journey: The Health and Fitness Apps That Help Me

I’m back with the second post in the series. I haven’t gained or lost any weight in the last 15 days, but wisdom? Oh yes!

I workout at home and am religiously regular at that. I find working out at home to be workable for me as it gives me the liberty to do whatever I want to do or whatever I’m in the mood for. Wondering what do I do when I need guidance? I use mobile apps, lots of them. Here are some that I use often:


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Back to Basics : With White, Denim and Fringe

Denim, white and fringe

Denim, white and fringe

Denim, white and fringe

Denim, white and fringe

Denim, white and fringe

I have always been a fan of white shirts with denim. It’s a classic combination that looks casual and sophisticated at the same time. Simple and chic.

And now that I have coloured my hair red, I have been gravitating more towards simple and clean looks. I guess because it makes the hair stand out even more. The hair is my statement accessory now.

Speaking of accessories, I love how these blue shoes and the fringe bag have completed the look. Totally in love with the bag. Very boho and chic. Fringe is huge this year! It has been taking spotlight on the runway and the streets. It has become so popular that it can be considered a wardrobe staple now.

This look just goes to show that a classic look can be pepped up with accessories. You can take the most basic ensemble and tweak it to your own style.

For those days when you feel like you have nothing to wear and need to get dressed in minutes, go ahead and pull out the basics and your favourite accessories. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with “trends” and tend to over-think our outfits. Basics are the saviours.

Photographs by Amrita Rana

White Shirt : Wills (similar here) | Denim Shorts : Forever 21 (similar here)

Blue Shoes : Tresmode (similar here) | Fringe Bag : Koovs (here)

Necklace : Bali | Blue ring : Forever 21

Charm Bracelet : Colaba Causeway | Silver anklet : Gift from mom

On the Lips: LA Splash Lip Couture in Poison Apple (here)

Until next time, stay stylish!



My Weight Loss Journey : The Mind, Books and Meditation

Lately I have been reading and absorbing a lot thus wasn’t writing, and now that I have some gyaan that I want to share with you all, I just couldn’t wait to write this.

Two books that have made an impact on me recently are The Book of Kali by Seema Mohanty and Lighten up your body- Lighten up your life by Lucia Capacchione.

I gained about 15 kgs in a year and have managed to lose around 3-4 kgs in the last one month, only by controlling what I eat and a little exercise here and there. It’s not just the weight that was bothering me. It was the health problems it brought along with it. I became very negative.

How am I turning it around?

Meditation and by maintaining a body journal. I knew if I want to achieve something I have to start with my mind. I had to make myself believe that I can get back to the body I had if I start treating it the way I did it before the weight gain. I had to be that positive person again and that’s why I made my mind my priority.

If you are wondering how can meditation help you with weight loss: A lot of times, we don’t get to know the real reason of the weight loss because you don’t see and hear the signals your body is giving you. With meditation, you start interacting with your body and you start listening to yourself and discuss your deep down problems with yourself. And by maintaining a body journal, you give your body a chance to vent out and say exactly what it feels.

This might sound preachy but start with this little exercise mentioned below and start feeling the difference.

From the book of Kali, I learned about the appearance of Kali, why she looks the way she does and why one should embrace their dark side and move ahead with optimism and power in life. Even the Bhagvad Gita states that “one is one’s own friend or one’s own enemy”.

I’ll keep sharing more exercises for the mind and the body in this series to help you connect with yourself.

Whatever you think you can do, begin it,
For in action, there is magic, grace and power. – Goethe

Until next time,