Never Run Out of Blogging Ideas Again: Tricks of the Trade

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April 13, 2014

Bloggers can sometimes struggle with coming up with fresh, new content; especially when they do this job day in, day out. You need to know how to constantly come up with content that your readers will resonate with, as well as make it unique, helpful, interesting, and engaging. It can be an awfully tough task, but the benefits of blogging make the whole process worth it! The goal of this post is to make sure you don’t run out of ideas ever again with some awesome tricks of the blogging trade. Let’s get started!

Look to Other Bloggers for Inspiration

If you’re a blogger, you probably read at least a few other blogs. Think about what makes you return to these blogs time and time again. How can you make the experience as enjoyable for your readers as it is for you? I don’t condone copying by any means, but you could take inspiration from their tone, sense of humour, or simply the way they give you easily digestible information. Try to put a new spin on some of their titles/blogs!

Social Media

By simply taking a quick look at the top social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, you’ll see what people are talking about and be able to talk about that kind of thing in your posts. Make sure you strike while the iron is hot in order to write some quality posts that will get people talking.

Take a Look at Your Old Posts

Take a look at your analytics to see the posts you wrote that did really well and work out how you could revisit them. It’s great, because you know your readers are definitely interested in these ideas. Think of how you can update and repackage posts to create fresh content.

Ask Your Readers

Why not ask your readers what they’d like to see more of on your blog? You should get a great response and a good idea of what people are interested in.


Get yourself a nice hot cup of tea and find a comfortable place to sit down. Bring your laptop, a noticeboard, or simply a notepad and pen. For a quality noticeboard you can write your ideas down on and always be inspired, click here. Write down all of the ideas that pop into your head, even if they seem silly, small, or irrelevant – they might become relevant one day! You’re guaranteed to come up with at least a few great ideas that you can make great blog posts from.

Take a Look at Your Comments Section

Have a good look at your comments section and make note of the kinds of stories your readers share with you, as well as the kinds of questions they ask. Do their comments make you think of your post in a way you can expand upon it!

These tips will ensure you’re always producing unique, fresh, humorous, helpful content. Blogging can really help to get you known as an expert in your industry, and even help brand recognition for a business, so don’t forget to utilise this amazing marketing channel!


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Convert Your Loft Into a Home Cinema in 2014

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Most people, unless they are very wealthy, find themselves short of space at some point. Maybe it is because their family is growing, or it could be that they allow a lot of clutter through the doors. Whatever the reason, they are left scratching their heads for a solution. An extension of some kind seems the most likely choice, but it is very expensive. A conservatory is a relatively inexpensive upgrade but is limited to its uses.

If you are looking for the room to build your own home cinema, the loft could be a solution for you. Since a cinema needs to be in darkness most of the time, there is no need to install windows in the loft, which could potentially save you thousands of pounds. Imagine being able to watch movies on a massive screen as they are meant to be enjoyed. Soundtracks that make your tummy rumble when the action starts. It sounds very enticing, but how would someone go about transforming the loft into a home cinema? Read on. For this upgrade, there is no need to apply for planning permission since the finished job will not be a habitable room. That makes the conversion so much easier.


The soundtracks to the movies you are streaming from the Eros movies site or another site online, will be very loud in your cinema, and you need it to be confined there. Loft insulation will partially do the job. Before laying any floorboards, make sure there is adequate insulation between the joists. Don’t pack it in too tightly or it will loose some of the insulating and noise cancelling properties. Just enough so it sits comfortably in the gap.

Insulation panels will need to be cut and wedged in between the roof beams too. This form of insulation comes in sheets that are easily cut to size using a handsaw. Make sure the underside of the roof is completely insulated.


Socket outlets will need to be installed so the equipment can be plugged in. The electrician needs to install the wiring before any boards are installed. The home cinema speakers will need wires installed for them also. A light is going to be needed in the loft for changing movies and intermissions.

Boarding Out

Packs of loft boarding sheets are available in DIY stores, and these are perfect for the flooring. The underside of the roof can be boarded with hardboard or plasterboard, whatever is your preferred choice.

Once the loft is boarded out, put a thick carpet down on the floor to help absorb sound. For the walls, use soundproofing foam that is designed specifically for the job. You will have seen it before on television programs; it is the stuff that looks like thousands of tiny pyramids. It comes in sheets and can be found with an internet search.


I hope your loft hatch is big enough to get some appropriate seating through; Preferably a sofa. When those movies are playing you need to be comfortable.

Now the loft is ready to receive your high tech cinema equipment. You may find that, now your entertainment room is complete, you will notice your friends drop by a little more often than they used to. It is fun to watch movies together though.

How you can Find a Fun Hobby

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April 9, 2014

Having a hobby can give you something fun to do in your spare time, as well as give you something interesting to talk about with other people. You also get the opportunity to meet similar people with similar interests to you, so that’s a great bonus! By learning something new, you help to keep your mind alert and active, as well as maintain a long term interest in something that fascinates you. Why waste your free time surfing Facebook and watching TV when you could have a cool hobby?

What Interests You?

This might be a hobby that you always wished you could explore, but you felt you never had the time or money to pursue your interests. Ask yourself some questions to help you find a fun hobby:

  • What would I do all day if I had the whole day free?

  • Why do I love doing certain things?

  • Will I enjoy this activity?

  • Is it worth spending my time on this activity?

  • What would I do for a living if money wasn’t an issue?

Consider all Kinds of Hobbies

You should keep an open mind and consider all kinds of hobbies in order to find a fun one to settle on. Take a look at the walls of the post office and decide whether you’d like to begin stamp collecting, for example. Consider any other items you might want to collect, like coins, dolls, chocolate wrappers, or dinky cars. How will you get your hands on your collectables? Where will you display your collectables? Displaying your collectables can be important as this can make your collection all the more valuable. You may also like to show it at certain local events. You don’t have to stick to collecting though!

Discover Art

Art can be a wonderful hobby, and there’s nothing stopping you from creating a masterpiece like those on the walls of the Tate Modern. Gather together some oils, acrylics, and watercolours, or even try coloured pencils. If you want to get better, you could even take classes – but there are no rules when it comes to art.

Write Novels and Stories

There are certain writing challenges online and in magazines that you can get involved with to flex your writing skills. With practice you’ll develop new skills and get better, who knows – you could be the next Neil Gaiman!

Play Sport

Sport is a great hobby as you can get fit as you enjoy yourself. It’s also great for our wellbeing and socialising! There are many different sports to choose from; football, basketball, rugby, and cricket to name a few.

There are many more hobbies you could try out – you’re only limited to your imagination. Whatever hobby you choose, make sure you have enough time, money, and whatever else you need to keep it going (although we don’t recommend sacrificing valuable family time. Why not try it together as a family?).

Hobbies are perfect for those who want to broaden their horizons and become a more interesting, knowledgeable person – so get going!



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How to choose the right office furniture

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March 26, 2014

Whether you run your own business from home, or you manage an office for a much bigger company, the time usually comes when you need to order new office furniture. The choices available of modern office furniture are so many and varied that it’s a good idea to have a few restrictions before you start looking, otherwise who knows what fantastical furniture you could end up buying!


Restrict your budget

Throwing your entire budget at your office furniture may not be good for the near future. If you set a certain amount for the project, list the essential items, and stick to both list and budget, happiness will surely be yours. Better still, looking at furniture that can be used for more than one thing will give you more for your money.

How will it be used?

Multifunctional equipment doesn’t have to mean an all-singing-all-dancing photocopier-scanner-coffee-maker. It can be as simple and space-saving as a desk that contains a small, lockable filing cabinet, or one that conveniently extends to enable the office to be converted into a board room when needed.

Space, the not-so-final frontier

How much space you have really does dictate how much furniture you can have. Getting the measurements right can be tricky, and translating those into a catalogue of furniture is even harder. Scale drawing may seem like a ridiculous amount of effort for the sake of getting the right furniture, but they can be extremely useful, especially if you and your co-workers have a tiny office to play in. Additionally, estimating the space correctly will save having to send everything back later.

Get it right, now

Nobody really knows for sure where they or their business will be in a few years, but keeping the future in mind when you order your furniture gives you a slightly longer rein. For example, buying quality desks made from solid wood, and good ergonomically-designed chairs will save you money in the long term because you won’t have to replace them every couple of years.

Choose a theme, and stick with it

Themed furniture can encourage productivity amongst the people who work there, so bright colours with funky designs are great for bohemian or creative companies. Utilitarian furniture doesn’t have to be ugly, and can come with space-age style or be traditionalist and wooden. On the other hand, if it’s only you who uses the office, you can style it according to whatever you like, provided it does the jobs you need. It’s worth remembering, however, the very nature of ‘trend’ is inclined to change, so the designer pods or pebble-shaped breakout stools that look cool this year may not be so rad in two years time.

Get comfy, it’s going to be a long one

One of the most crucial aspects, certainly when choosing seating, is one of comfort. If you can’t spend around 8 hours a day in your chair because it makes your back ache, or if it’s a kneeling chair that causes your knees to crack and your hips to feel wonky, it doesn’t matter how cool it looks, the choice will be a bad one.

All in all, if you can take into consideration any number of these ideas, it should enable you to restrict your choices adequately to make a few excellent, long-lasting decisions on office furniture.

Author Bio – Sakina Murdock writes professionally about aspects of interior design, and is a regular contributor to and researcher on websites such as

The beginner’s guide to choosing the right audio cable connection

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If you’re currently considering the purchase of a brand new music interface, the last thing you want is to get it home only to discover that you have the wrong cables for connecting it to your speakers or instruments. However, that scenario is one that is familiar to thousands of music lovers and musicians across the world. Whether you are a seasoned music professional or someone who is new to the technology associated with music, it pays to know the main types of cable connections. Knowing the terminology and the various alternative names used by different manufacturers will allow you to make an informed purchasing decision.

The 6.3mm jack

The 6.3mm jack is probably the most common used for musical equipment. It can also be referred to as a quarter inch jack, a guitar jack or a jack plug. It is most commonly used with electric guitars and amps, and it can be easily identified by its single black insulating ring near the tip of the connector – indicating it offers a single channel connection. They are also used as instrument cables and line level connectors, and their reliability and dependability make them a hugely popular choice with professional musicians.

The stereo jack connector

At first glance, the stereo jack connector is identical to the 6.3mm connector, yet it is capable of carrying two sound channels, and it can be identified by its two black hoops. This versatile type of connection can carry separate left and right channels – a capability that is delivered through a ‘tip, ring, sleeve (TRS) design. The ring and the tip are responsible for carrying the right and left music channels, and the sleeve acts as an earth. This type of connection may be referred to as a quarter-inch jack, a TRS jack, a balanced jack or a stereo phone jack, and it is commonly used for headphones, keyboards and mixing equipment.

The stereo minijack connector

The stereo minijack connection is probably the single most used connection for audio devices in the world. It is used on cell phones, MP3 players and most portable music devices. Also referred to as a 3.5mm jack, a one eighth jack or a headphone jack, the minijack connector has an identical arrangement to the stereo jack connector. It delivers a very reliable and portable connection that is capable of exceptional sound quality.

The RCA connector

The RCA connector was developed by the Radio Corporation of America, and it is most frequently used in home music equipment. It delivers a mono connection that is popular with DJ mixers for use with ‘tape in’ and ‘tape out’ connections. It can be easily identified by its red right channel and white left channel connectors, and it is sometimes referred to as an aux cable, an RCA plug, a phono plug and a cinch plug.

The XLR connector

The XLR connector delivers a balanced connection using between 3 and 7 pins or holes, 2 cm in diameter. Because the XLR connection delivers a combination of a balanced and secure connection, it is very popular with DJ mixers, but it is most commonly used as the connection for a mic lead. This connection was originally developed by Cannon Electronics, and that has earned it the alternative name: the ‘Cannon connector’.

The quality of connection is an integral component of music quality, so choosing high end audio cables from a respected cable company is very important. Cables of the finest quality will last longer, deliver superior sound and provide connections you can rely on, so spending a little more on premium products will represent a cost-effective purchase in the long term.

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Malcolm Cox is a keen amateur musician who is a proficient guitar player. He has turned his love of music into a paying day job by writing about his great passion on various music websites based in the UK, using sites such as or research



Things to take into account when kitting out your café

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Things to take into account when kitting out your café

Kitting out your café with fabulous furnishings and wall decorations is one of the most exciting parts of the process. The tables and seating in your business denote its style, and certain looks are more likely to draw a particular type of customer.

It’s therefore important to take a number of things into account, including style, cleaning, and comfort, and most commercial furniture suppliers will have a range of items which fit these requirements.

Keep your customers comfortable

Comfy seating, such as well-padded leather sofas and easy chairs with low coffee tables give your customers the opportunity to wind down in a relaxed setting, enjoy an intimate chat, and perhaps stay a little longer to have an extra cake, or a coffee top-up. Crumbs can easily be vacuumed up, but more stubborn disasters such as black coffee or even a plateful of food can be problematic as some leathers require a special detergent. Fabric, however, can come with its own set of problems. When choosing this style of seating, it’s best to find a leather or even a specialised leather-look PVC that makes cleaning easier.

There are many moulded chairs made from a variety of plastics that are far more comfortable than the classic school-dining-hall designs. The funky colours and shapes can keep the place looking interesting, and they’re easy to keep clean. Nothing will be damaged even with an entire plate of lasagna covering every surface; a hot cloth with a bit of standard detergent can deal with the worst situations, and this can be crucial in a busy café.

Wooden chairs, too, can be more comfortable than you might think, especially when pairs with a comfy cushion. Cushions that can be tied onto the back of the chair may be pretty as well as practical, to prevent the floor from being covered in soft furnishings every time someone stands up, and washable fabrics and stuffings enable you to keep everything as clean and pleasant-looking as possible.

Lean on the most suitable tables

As with seating, tables have to be practical in terms of use and cleaning, and they should be stylish too. They also play a role in determining how comfortable and cosy your café is for your customers. Enormous chunky wooden tables that you might expect to find in a farmhouse kitchen may seat many people, but could make it hard for someone at one end to communicate with another.

Modular formats can be the answer, where the tables all fit together; or where they’re all square-shaped, enabling different sizes of rectangular shape to be created. One can provide two people with some intimacy and privacy; or several pushed together may give a party of folks the opportunity to eat together.

Measuring distances between chairs and tables can be useful, but when ordering from contract furniture suppliers, it’s a good idea to get a sample of each item so that you can judge the distances adequately. Nobody wants to eat their dinner with their chin below the surface of the table.

The furniture you choose for your café doesn’t just present your style to the world; it also determines types of customers, according to the opportunities it opens for them, and even affects how long they stay and whether or not they return, so choosing the right style can be crucial to your success as a café owner.

Sakina Murdock writes regularly about interior style and fashionable additions for home and business, and contributes to a variety of websites including

Loft Conversion or House Extension – Which Makes More Sense?

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Should you go up or go out? The answer will vary from property to property and owner to owner, and depends upon a number of factors. In terms of adding monetary value, statistically you should get a higher return on your investment with a loft conversion, although an extension comes a close second, which is way ahead of installing a new kitchen, but it all comes down to the same location, location, location. Planning restrictions might make the loft impractical while a lack of outside space could mean that covering what little you have with concrete will make your property less desirable.

Ask an Estate Agent
Speaking to your local estate agent should garner some advice about extending properties in your area to add value. This can also be affected by your plans to move, or not, as there is generally a five year delay before property prices catch up with building costs. If the expense pushes your house price above the going rate in your area you are on to a loser from the start.

How big is your budget?
Generally loft conversions will be cheaper than extension projects but there are a number of factors to take into account. Consider if a loft conversion is practical with a few simple questions. Stairs are a major factor as any new work will require strict adherence to building regulations, as these are the only means of escape in case of a fire. In addition, the room they need might impact on the space available on the lower level. The existing loft space will probably need to be extended with either dormer windows, a hip-to-gable (converting a sloping roof to a flat edge) or most expensive of all, a mansard conversion, which gives the most space but requires major structural alterations. Planning permission could halt your intentions at any stage.

Go with the Flow
If you own a typical Victorian terrace house then the classic path is to extend into the side return with the intention of increasing the size of the kitchen at the back. There is also the opportunity to go up a storey at the same time. Check with your neighbours and see if you can agree on a project for both properties at the same time, loft conversions, house extensions, both can benefit from major savings through shared costs of labour, heavy equipment and structural work.

Personal Choice
Unless your are a developer you will be expanding your home as somewhere to carry on living in so any plans have to work with your lifestyle. If you go up into the loft will the extra stairs be a barrier to making the full use of the area. Do you need an extra bedroom, bathroom, office, play area or larger kitchen? Cost and returns may be factors but the expense of moving because you do not like what you have created is also a consideration.

Down is also an option
A basement extension will be the most expensive as it needs to be waterproof but if that is the only option left it is worth looking at, especially in expensive residential locations. Digging under a garden is cheaper than under the building itself but a large cellar is an obvious opportunity.

Things To See And Do In Las Vegas With The Boys

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January 15, 2014

If you’re off on a stag do, or even if you just fancy some time away from the family with your friends, there are only really a few destinations in the world specifically designed to cater for your needs. One such location is Amsterdam in Holland, but the girls might catch on to your plans if you visit there, so I’d advise you book a couple of weeks in the deserts of America and opt for Las Vegas. Here you’ll find everything a man could ever want and more. Don’t believe me? Then read through the rest of this article, and I’ll do my utmost to highlight some of the most appealing and interesting things to see and do in Sin City.

The Casinos

Originally built and run by the Italian mafia during the 1950’s and 60’s, Las Vegas has more casinos than any other place on earth, so it’s truly perfect for a trip with the boys. You probably won’t want to take anyone alone who has an inclination towards wasting all their holiday funds on the blackjack table, but so long as everyone knows how to pace themselves, they are a great way of spending your day. Here are some of the ones I’d visit personally:

  • Caesars Palace
  • Flamingo
  • Monte Carlo
  • Treasure Island
  • Hard Rock Hotel
  • Golden Gate
  • Wild Wild West

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Bellagio Fountains

This water feature is one of the most iconic structures in the entire city, with jets that spray over 450 feet into the air and crash into an 8.5 acre man made lake. You can catch it in action every day from 3pm to 8pm, and to be completely honest with you, it’s an awe-inspiring sight to see. Many tourists opt to have their photographs taken in front of the fountains, and indeed, there are always professional photographers around to oblige. Luckily, this section of the city is close to most of the cheap hotels in Las Vegas, so you shouldn’t have to walk too far to get in on the action.

The Shows

Vegas has been world famous for it’s entertainment and music shows ever since the first theatres and concert halls were constructed during the 1960’s. All the greats have played here including Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Celine Dion (who incidentally did the same show three times each day for over four years) and many more. Thankfully, most only sell out on the day, so you should have no trouble purchasing tickets when you’re over there. Just be prepared to pay for them though, because shows in Vegas are rarely cheap.

Shark Reef Aquarium

This attraction would suit anyone with an interest in wildlife, but it’s also got something for everyone to enjoy. So, when you and the boys are getting bored with the casinos and you fancy somewhere a little more quiet to spend a few hours, you could definitely do worth than paying the sharks a visit.

Anyway, it’s about time for me to wrap things up now, so all that’s left to do is wish you the best of luck with your trip. I sincerely hope you have an absolutely amazing time guys. I’ll catch you when you get back!

The Best Of New Zealand’s West Coast And Glaciers

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December 24, 2013

Lake Matheson, near Fox Glacier, South Island, New Zealand

The West Coast region of New Zealand boasts stunning scenery, including mountains, glaciers and clear lakes. The area is rich in wildlife and heritage, making it a wonderful destination for a holiday.

Nature and wildlife

Several rare species live on the coastline. These include Hector’s dolphin, which is endangered, and the Fiordland crested penguin. There is also a lagoon which is home to the only white heron breeding colony in New Zealand.

There are five National Parks in the West Coast region, where visitors can see a diverse range of native wildlife. For dramatic scenery, Mount Aspiring National Park would be a good choice. This is a good area for walking and there is also the option to take a helicopter ride or a river safari. Arthur’s Pass National Park is also very impressive. There is a lush rainforest on one side, and mountain beech trees on the other. Kea, which are the only alpine parrot in the world, can be seen here.

There are plenty of short walks to do in the West Coast area for those who don’t want a long hike. Scott’s Beach Walk is a short forest walk along the coastline, which takes around an hour. There is also the Moira Gate Arch Walk, which takes approximately forty-five minutes.


The West Coast area is home to two of the most accessible glaciers in the world. Guided walks can be taken at Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, where visitors can explore the caves and crevasses. The more adventurous may want to try ice-climbing.

Those who want to see the glaciers as part of an organised tour can use a travel company, such as ANZCRO, for arranging holidays to New Zealand.


There are several interesting heritage sites in the West Coast region. The rocks at Punakaiki are one of the most famous sites. They are named the Pancake Rocks, as they resemble a stack of pancakes. There are caves beneath, which cause the rocks to emit bursts of spray. The Ministry of Culture and Heritage offer an audio guide to help you explore.

The West Coast region has experienced massive earthquakes in the areas of Murchison and Inangahua. There is an audio guide available which allows visitors to learn more about the earthquakes of 1929 and 1968.

The town of Reefton is also worth a visit. There are buildings dating back to the 1870s, as well as a Single ‘R’ Class Fairlie locomotive. Those who want to learn more about the mining history of the town can visit The Old Miner’s Hut and The Reefton School of Mines.

Shantytown may also be of interest. This is a restored pioneer town, where visitors can ride a steam train and pan for gold.

The West Coast area of New Zealand has a lot to offer, with beautiful scenery and an interesting history. There are numerous activities available, from short walks along the coast to ice-climbing on the glaciers.

Why Laser Hair Removal Beats Waxing Every Time

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December 22, 2013
Laser Epilation In Beauty Clinic

You’ve probably already heard about laser hair removal. First performed in the mid-1990s, this beauty treatment has picked up momentum over the past decade and is now accepted as a safe and efficient way of removing hair by the dermatology community. However, many people are still opting for waxing treatments over laser treatments, despite the laser’s numerous and well-documented benefits. If you’re tired of the seemingly never-ending cycle of booking in regular waxings then the long-term effects of laser treatments could be the answer you’re looking for.

How does it work?

Whilst laser treatments might sound somewhat science fiction in nature, the whole process is actually quite simple and can be performed surprisingly quickly. A hand-held device sends out pulses of light through the skin to seek out individual hair follicles. The laser then impairs these follicles, greatly slowing hair regrowth and leading to a longer period of smooth skin, with many users reporting permanent results after multiple treatments. Waxing, meanwhile, only targets the root of the hair rather than the actual follicle, meaning hair regrows much quicker by comparison.

Is it for me?

Laser hair removal works best on those with darker hair and lighter skin as current methods target the colour of the hair follicle, and darker hair on lighter skin is easier to locate. There are lasers available for those with lighter hair or darker skin, and technological advancements are still being made. Results also vary from person to person, so don’t assume the treatment will be totally ineffective if you don’t fit the criteria. Heavy hair growth isn’t necessary either – different types of lasers exist to accommodate for all levels of hair growth, and this treatment can even be performed on freshly shaved areas of hair. On the other hand, waxing requires a fair amount of regrowth to be effective – roughly ¼ of an inch – which can result in an undesirable interim period of hair growth between treatments.

Is it expensive?

Laser treatments are more expensive than waxing in short-term costs. However, as the effects of laser treatments tend to outlast those of waxing, in long-term costs it may well work out far cheaper to opt for the laser instead, with many customers considering regular laser treatments to be an investment. Additionally, as laser hair removal is becoming increasingly popular, more and more beauty businesses are offering the service. Try checking out daily deal and voucher sites like Deal Zippy to see if any beauticians, spas or salons in your local area are offering any bargains – you’ll soon find that what was once a high-cost specialised treatment is rapidly becoming part of a standard beauty routine.

How are the results?

The first sessions aren’t guaranteed to permanently remove hair, but they will certainly lessen the need for shaving and waxing. According to studies by The Mayo Clinic, initial treatments can reduce the level of hair from between forty to eighty per cent. During early sessions skin can experience some irritation and/or pigmentation change, but this usually subsides within a few hours. It’s after those initial sessions that you’ll really get the best results out of laser treatments. WebMD estimates that ninety per cent of patients experience permanent hair loss after three to five sessions on average, whereas waxing offers no such solution, requiring continued visits to maintain smooth skin.

So if you’d like to minimise your trips to the beautician and maximise those stress-free, hair-free moments, leave the waxing behind and book yourself in for a laser treatment instead.

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