Back in October I was debating whether to get IPL hair removal treatment for my underarms or half legs (bottom), I decided to go with the legs. The reason is I shave my half legs (bottom) on a daily basis and it gets really annoying, with my underarm I wax it once in 1-2 months and I’m good. I’m getting my treatment courtesy of STRIP, and they recommended 6 sessions for the complete treatment. STRIP is linked to Browhaus (where I got my false eyelash extensions), both salons originated from Singapore and is def a one stop salon for all your hair removal and brow/lash needs. My first session was 6 weeks ago, I purposely waited until my next appointment (today) to write up the post to see how the growth is before I shared with you guys. STRIP is very clean and private, customers get treated in a private room, it’s important because you don’t want to get any infections or anything like that.
IPL (intense pulsed light) is different from laser, the session took a bit longer than laser but the results are just as good. When I first got to STRIP, my technician put powder on my legs and shaved it then I was handed protective goggles for my eyes. It’s better to go unshaved so they can see where your hair are. Then she applied a thick layer of super cold cooling gel (from the fridge!) on my legs which also served as a numbing gel, after applying that all I felt was coldness haha. After all the preparation, I was ready for the IPL treatment, she assured me there would be zero pain! The IPL machine was moved in a circular movement (it depends on your technician) up and down my legs to ensure she gets all the areas where the hair are, she was right there was no pain at all…seriously NONE! After about 20-30 minutes (I can’t remember how long exactly but it took awhile) on one leg she was done, cleaned it up and moved on to the next. I didn’t feel anything but the cooling gel and the circular movements by the technician, I was quite happy. It’s recommended to go back every 4-6 weeks until your treatment is done.
After my treatment that night, my legs were extremely itchy because it was really dry. Applying lotion will take away the problem, be sure to moisturize after treatment but avoid hot showers/baths right away. Hair on my legs normally grows really fast because I shave it, like the next day I’ll feel it already but after my first session I already see the growth being stunted. Growth is really slow and some spots didn’t even grow back and the best thing is I only shaved it about 3-4 times in the 6 weeks duration. My legs are smoother with no bumps, so happy because it gets really tedious to shave everyday! After my 6th session I’ll be doing another review and letting you guys know the results, so stay tuned!
Also, for nitro:licious readers only Browhaus is offering 50% off brow threading/tweezing for first-time visitors (regular price is $20, so it’s just $10!) and also 50% off Brazilian waxing (reg $55) for first timers until end of December. Just mention nitro:licious to get the discount! Enjoy 🙂 !
Strip Ministry of Waxing/Browhaus
56 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
UPDATE 10.26.2011: Check out my write-up on the final results of my IPL hair removal here.
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