Today we’re going to talk about home hair removal and does it work?
I know it works, because I tested and tried it?
Okay, let’s start with how I came to be introduced to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal.
So, about 15 or 17 years ago, we were introduced to this for that time new technology, that would permanently get rid of hair.
So, Intense Pulse Light is basically a pretty narrow set of wavelengths of light that are targeted to the melanin in your skin in your hair.
Now, the melanin is what makes hair brown, what makes your skin tan, all those things.
And it worked, it was incredible!
To this day I still have probably only 80-90 percent of the hair on my bikini line that I had 15 years ago.
Occasionally they grow back, if you go through hormone surges or hormone changes, but essentially it worked.
The problem was, it was expensive and you had to get up to a clinic, and then finally it became available in your home.
Now the disadvantages:
- these machines are not cheap and they started between 250 and 300 pounds,
- they are not as powerful as professional machines, so they take longer,
- each area will need more hits for it to work,
- you need to overcome the flinch because they are not painless.
But the advantages are numerous:
- you’re in control of when you do them, so you can do them while you’re watching TV,
- you haven’t got the embarrassment of having to get your bits out in front of the therapist, or a nurse, or a doctor.
- you can do it in the privacy of your own home.
Let’s be honest here they work by sending a wave of energy light down the hair, that’s attracted to melon in the hair and then when it gets to the bottom of the hair bulb, It has nowhere to go.
It basically fires out into the hair bulb and that energy, which is heat by that point, basically kills the germ cells that line the bulb of the hair.
So, if you killed the germ cells that grow, the hair doesn’t grow back.
Each hair everywhere on your body is in normally in one of three stages:
- it’s either in a resting phase,
- a growing phase, or
- a falling out phase.
So, each area of skin with hair needs to be treated a minimum of 3 times, so that you make sure you get the hair in the growing phase.
It has to be firmly locked into that bulb, puts the energy to come down to kill the germ cells.
You know, you cannot kill a skin cell without some degree of discomfort, and it’s a heat discomfort.
That’s a little bit like being splattered with hot fat.
You know, when you’re frying an egg on the Saturday morning, and it suddenly it splashes back onto your lower stomach, can be unpleasant.
The home machines are, by their very nature, a lot weaker than professional machines.
And they need to be because there’s idiots like me that will plug them in, turn them up to five, and just zap any part of their body.
So they need first to on the side of caution, and then effectiveness.
If you’ve got pale skin, then you know they’re not going to be so painful.
The browner you are, the more melanin you’ve got in your skin, and the more painful it is.
The thicker and coarser the hair, the more painful it is.
So, bikini lines are more painful than arms, and more painful than faces.
Let’s look at the two that I really like.
So, the Philips LumEa has a lovely big head, which means that it’s good for legs, under arms and anywhere on the body.
It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant!
It’s really quick and easy to use, it charges really quickly, so you can zap up and down a leg in no time at all.
Philips Lumia has sensors, and these sensors are movable, and all of them have to be in contact and depressed with your skin before it’ll fire.
So, when you use it, put on a fleshy part on your skin, and when the light goes green – bang.
Now, for example, I have no dark hairs on my arms, but I do have melanin in my skin, so it’s warm sensation.
Also, you have to learn not to flinch, because by the time you get to your bikini line, which is normally more pigmented than the rest of your body. It can be quite uncomfortable, I’d say, but it works absolutely.
The problem with this is it’s hard to use on your face, because these sensors have to be pressed on my chin or cheek, but not all of those sensors are fully pressed.
So, if you’re doing your chin, for example, kind of have to squish the flesh into it to get the depression to get the green light to come up.
Also, like all IPL and laser removals, do not use it near the eyes, because you do not want any IPL or laser going anywhere near your eyes, because they can seriously damage your eyes. They’re powerful things, they’re almost medical grade equipment in your house, so treat them with respect.
TRIA HAIR REMOVAL LASER
Okay, for your face, I use “Tria” hair removal laser.
It’s a laser, which means it’s a single wavelength of light, and this one is very cheap, but it’s a little bit more difficult to learn how to use.
So, essentially you turn it on, and then it’s got a locking mechanism wit sensor at the bottom.
So, you need to put your finger over sensor on the bottom, and then I’ve set it up. The intensity goes from 1 to 5.
Now, the advantage of “Tria” is because it’s got a very, very small head, which means, if you’re doing your legs, your underarms, it’s a bit of a pain, but this is so brilliant on your face, because it’s easier to get contact of the area’s you want.
“Tria” has no button, so there’s no flinching. All you have to do is to press sensors to your skin.
It likes to work on clean skin with hair that’s been trimmed really low.
The smaller the head, the more intense the energy obviously, but the smaller head is better for smaller area.
So, armpits and face – this is brilliant, for legs – it would take a bit more time.
The problem with facial hair is, you’ve got to shave it off or trim it off before you can treat it, because you do not want that precious laser IPL energy going into hair above the skin.
You want the energy to go into the skin and into the root of the hair, and a lot of women do not like clipping or shaving their facial hair.
I say suck it up, because better that, than to tweeze the hair and never get rid of it.
Clip it off with a pair of scissors, or your boyfriend’s clipper, or shave it off, zap it ten times and it has virtually gone.
And even if it doesn’t go away, every time it grows back, it grows back finer and softer and you need to get it before It goes gray, because it doesn’t work on non-pigmented hair.
DOES IT WORK ON ALL SKIN TONES?
The lighter your skin and the darker your hair – the more effective it works.
So, my hair is darker than my skin, and my skin is fairly pigmented, but it still works well on me.
Because, my opinion is, if you think about the way these things work, they are targeting the melanin in your hair.
Well, as a black woman, you’ve got a lot more melanin in your skin, and you do not want that energy going into your skin, because it could do damage.
So, go and see somebody professional you know, go and see a laser IPL specialist who knows how to treat your skin color, but for the rest of us – they really work.
Always ask for advice before you buy.
And do not take advice from the person who’s selling it because they’ve got an invested interest in selling it to you.
Go to Phillips and Tria, and ask their advice.