Nothing's happened that is worthy of making a vlog. There haven’t been any huge shedding “events” this time around. Starting the day after the laser treatment I usually lost a couple of hairs a day. Impatient, I started gently pulling with tweezers to see if any were ready to let go, and a lot of them were. I still have some stubborn areas on the sides of my chin, but I never had the guts to imagine that I would ever come so far as to only have to shave my chin every morning. It feels quite miraculous.
The picture is some hyper-pigmentation I noticed a day or two after the session. I was told it could be a possible side-effect but I didn’t really know what to look for because, to me, they just look like dark freckles... or food on your face. ;) They faded within the first couple of weeks.
I do have a few dark hairs still growing along my jaw, but I trim those instead of shaving the areas completely. This has allowed all the blond vellus hair we all normally have to grow back, and it is... weird. When you’re hirsute, I think it is so much easier to be ashamed of all your body hair, normal and abnormal. I catch sight of it in the sunlight when I look in the mirror in the morning, and a part of me is thrilled to see it, while another part still wishes to hide it. The emotions are proving to be more difficult to change than the physical symptoms of being hirsute.
But despite the self consciousness that is going to take a while to leave behind, every morning is exciting, because the process of hiding my hair is far less stressful. I can keep my shave gentle, which means I have less redness to cover up. In fact, I haven’t had much opportunity to take a picture of what is left on my chin because I don’t have to give my face a break from shaving.
I’m still trying to learn all I can about hair growth in general and how six sessions of laser hair removal could have worked, yet afterward still allow me to grow a full beard. This is the current mystery, and I hope to find a way to make sense of my experience, for myself and for you guys.
Also, I really want to thank you all for your patience! Between the psychological turmoil of the laser treatments, a huge year-long project coming to its conclusion, and all the amazing messages I've been receiving from ladies who have stumbled upon the vlog, it's been extra difficult coming up with relevant posts for the blog right now. Even keeping up with all the notes and questions has been a challenge--but a happy one! :)