** The following is a graphic depiction of laser hair removal **
Laser hair removal happened. I know it did because it was burned into my memory, and boy did it burn. Apparently it isn't unheard of, but is fairly unusual, to laugh hysterically when in pain. When it was done I expected to see a bloody mess, but it was just a little red.
The procedure was $100. I think I was there about 20 minutes. She told me it is significantly more painful than having a tattoo removed, which is significantly more painful than getting a tattoo. She also told me it will never be as painful as the first time.
The next day I had a sunburn on my neck. Then almost a week of little white pimples, and very dry skin. An ingrown hair will eventually trigger the "foreign body" response, as though there was something foreign under your skin. That's pretty much what happened to about half of my neck hairs, even though they weren't trapped. And many more were trapped, becoming ingrown hairs. I've never had so many at once. It was so frustrating having so many problem hairs, and not being able to pull them.
As I write this 13 days in, my neck finally looks as bad as normal. It's red here and there, but nothing major. And the hairs did finally start falling out. You can see some patches where only my white hairs remain. Those without pigment will not be affected by this.
This has been my experience, but I can't really say if it will be effective. This is a long term solution, and will take months to be sure I'll have long term results. I'll definitely check back in 6 months.