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Anyone had laser hair removal?

(15 Posts)
mistressploppy Wed 17-Nov-10 10:08:27

Or IPL or whatever it's called? Did it work? Are there different kinds? I'm fed up of shaving....

RuthChan Wed 17-Nov-10 19:28:38

I had some but it didn't work.
Apparently my hair is not dark enough because that particular kind is best suited to black hair.
I would recommend investigating the different types carefully before choosing the one that best suits you.

Mummiehunnie Wed 17-Nov-10 19:47:20

I saw one you can use at home in Argos, I was thinking of getting, it is disappointing to hear that your treatment did not work Ruth!

Rexy Wed 17-Nov-10 19:55:48

I am Asian and it has really worked on my top lip. I got a fab deal from Groupon-google it. I got £900 worth of ILP for £90.

Hth

gailforce1 Wed 17-Nov-10 20:27:20

I have had laser treatment and have been very pleased. However, the industry has been de regulated and any beauty salon can offer it so be very careful where you go as in unskilled hands it can cause serious burns.

RuthChan Wed 17-Nov-10 20:46:49

Rexy, you are Asian, so I assume you have the necessary black hair.
I had mine done in Asia. I am happy to believe that it works on the salon's other customers, but my hair just wasn't dark enough.

mistressploppy Fri 19-Nov-10 19:39:24

Hmm, I have dark brown hair and pale skin. I might do some asking around the local salons...thanks smile

Rexy Fri 19-Nov-10 21:02:31

Yep black hair - but never heard that laser removal only works on dark hair.

RuthChan Fri 19-Nov-10 21:20:54

That's what I meant about checking the type of treatment.
I was told that some only work on dark hair and some work fine on other types.
The one I had relied on the hair absorbing the energy of the laser and being killed at the root. Only black hair is dark enough to absorb enough energy.
I think other types work in different ways.

MadameCastafiore Fri 19-Nov-10 21:25:04

Am in the middle of a cours eon bikini and underarms.

They use something called a soprano - am pleased with the results so far - growth thinner and lots of it not coming abck at all.

Was £600 for the two - course of 6 treatments 6 weeks apaart, doesn;t hurt either.

MadameCastafiore Fri 19-Nov-10 21:25:51

The laser travels down the hair zoning in on the hair pigment as a guide - the girl doing mine has very fair strawberrry blonde hair and has said pointless herself being done as wouldn;t work on her hair colour.

MerryMarigold Fri 19-Nov-10 21:26:52

There are different kinds. I had a really good kind on my bikini, was fantastic. I had a rubbish kind on my upper lip and fingers, took forever, and seems to have grown back. My hair is all black.

moragbellingham Sat 20-Nov-10 09:16:58

mistress ploppy. I have pale skin and naturally dark hair.
After 12 sessions I'm going back to complain at the ineffectiveness of the treatment. It is a well known clinic I have been going to and am awaiting an explaination/reply!

I would examine your budget carefully and do some research and try to get personal recommendations.

mistressploppy Sat 20-Nov-10 09:59:41

Hmmmmmm, that's interesting, morag. I will have a careful think and ask around my RL hairy friends. Thanks for posting

MaggieW Sat 20-Nov-10 10:31:56

I had it earlier this year on my chin - I'm very fair skinned and have dark hair. It's had limited success on one side, and has made no difference on the other. I'm now going to have electrolysis to remove the hairs that remain. Am disappointed as I thought it really was going to zap the lot. In hindsight, I think I would go straight for electrolysis as I had it on upper lip and it did the trick much more effectively. The IPL operator thinks hormones may be having an effect by producing more hair but I think the treatment wasn't right for me. For info, I paid £50 a session at an independent salon, and they said six sessions was the limit in terms of health.

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