19 July 2013

Laser Hair Removal at Urbana: My Experience

Much as I love the warmer weather, there is one element that I could really do without: what I euphemistically refer to as ‘defuzzing’, but could  more realistically be termed ‘deforesting’.

Waxing, shaving, hair removal creams, I’ve tried them all and can never seem to fall into a routine whereby, when I want to get my pins out, they’re smooth , fuzz free and ready to meet their public.

Laser Hair Removal at Urbana Clinic Dublin

Enter Urbana, a spot I last visited before my wedding for a two-week pedicure and my first lash extensions. They don’t do anything of that nature now: they are entirely dedicated to hair removal, specifically laser and waxing (which nicely illustrates the popularity of these services).

It’s a lovely clinic – located just across from the side entrance to Brown Thomas (a dangerous spot for a post-laser pick me up!), it’s bright and clean, full of the latest equipment and friendly, reassuringly professional staff. 

Laser Hair Removal at Urbana Clinic Dublin

I’ve had one session so far: six are recommended, at six week intervals, and my second appointment draws close, so I’ve had plenty of time to evaluate and consider whether I think it’s worth splashing your cash.

The answer? A resounding hell, yeah! Already, in one appointment, I have seen at least a 50% reduction in growth which makes it so much easier to keep my legs out throughout the warmer weather. Stubble is minimised and barely noticeable – with a very quick once-over with the razor,  I’m ready to go.

Was it painful? A little – it feels like a rubber band being snapped repeatedly against your skin. Around my ankles, I definitely squirmed – though the sensation apparently lessens as the treatments go on. But truthfully, the smell of burning hair as the follicles are zapped is the most offensive part.

Laser Hair Removal at Urbana Clinic Dublin

Now, it depends on your hair type of course, and mine is ideal for laser: it’s dark, against a relatively light skintone. If your hair is lighter or your skin darker, there's a chance it won't be as successful - but all that will be talked through with you at your free consultation.

And the damage? Reasonable, I think: laser hair removal at Urbana costs from €40 per session, with various discount deals on offer; there's also a loyalty card system in place so when you buy four sessions, your fifth is free of charge. 

If you have any questions about the process, leave them in the comments and the lovely team at Urbana will be more than happy to do a little Q&A session for you guys. I'll also be updating you on my experience along the way, as I continue with my sessions.

So: laser hair removal: would you? Or  maybe you already have?


Emily said...

Would love to do this but unfortunately my red hair means I'm a less than ideal candidate. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a miracle cream! €40 though, it'd be tempting to try for that price!

Ellie said...

WOW 40 is nothing compared to a few years ago! I'd love to do this after the summer is over and I'm more pale! Would love to see continued updates from you. Thanks for the post :)

she.is.the.one said...

loving laser too :)

blog she.is.the.one

The Dainty Dolls House said...

This is super cool!! I've done other removal treatments when I trained to be a Beauty Therapist and they were sore at the start, but I got used to it by the end and barely knew it was going on, haha. I hope it goes that way for you too. I think these are great treatments to get for those who want to get rid of un-wanted hair. Super place. I hope you have a great weekend doll xo

Claire Kane said...

40 seems very reasonable. How many sessions does it take for legs. I know a girl that got her arm pits done one summer... wait until winter you can't use deodorant!

Emma Henderson said...

I think 6 sessions minimum Claire - will keep you posted! Have my second one scheduled soon xo

Megan said...

I would love to do this on my legs!

Quinny said...

Wow only €40! That's brilliant and I would actually consider this. Are there any places down in Cork that people would recommend?

I have dark hair against fair skin so it looks like I'd be a very good candidate for this. A question though, do you have to go in all hairy? Or does it work better if you have shaved before hand.

little t said...

I've been here before - you're right, the staff are so nice.

I haven't had laser though, but I'd recommend their lycon waxing.

Kim Alston said...

I love the atmosphere Emma. It's so pretty. I've only tried waxing. I have coarse hair, and I'm afraid of laser removal (african american skin tends to scar).

Gemma Turner said...

What a lovely looking salon/clinic! It doesn't look all stuffy and medicinal-y if you know what I mean :D I am so jealous though, I'd so love to have something like this done xx

Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

yummychunklet said...

Great looking salon!

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