What was your experience using a handheld laser hair remover?

Hi Ladies, my body hair is driving me nuts and I hate stubble. If you've bought or borrowed one of these what was your experience with it? You can make 2 choices, ideally in the case of it broke and one of the other options was also true.

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  • Loved it, did everything that was promised and made me a cocktail to boot!
  • It was OK but it didn't get everything, maybe not worth the money
  • It harmed me in some way, burns or no cocktail was provided
  • It broke in some way, describe (battery? flasher thing? fell apart?):
  • I haven't used one but really wanted to take part in the poll!
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    • #511011
      Olivia
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      Registered On: May 17, 2021
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      I lazered my pubes and underarms a long time ago. At first it does hurt like hot pin picks. But thats the root getting burnt.
      After several uses that goes away as does the roots that are left.
      Never looked back now. Love being smooth.
      I also lazer my chest as my hairs still keep coming back. Not lots but enough to see.
      My leg and arm hairs are super fine so I just shave then.

      I would definitely recommend lazer treatment compared to itchy shaving.

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        Abbie Normal
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        Registered On: June 13, 2021
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        Thanks Olivia!

        — Abbie 🥰

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      Regi Kelly
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      Registered On: October 9, 2020
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      I bought one, but foolishly didnt listen to the recommendations. I have light skin, and light coloured hair, so it didnt do much for me, and I returned it.
      doesnt work on light or white hair
      p.s., I epilate everywhere now, with much better success.
      Hug, Regi👸💕

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        Kayla Olson
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        Registered On: June 15, 2020
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        Hi Regi,

        Can ask what brand/model of epilator you are using? Are you happy with the results? I am tired of shaving everyday and would like to try epilating. I Read many reviews from many different brands and models but am trying to find the best model. Thanks

        Kayla

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          Regi Kelly
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          Registered On: October 9, 2020
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          Hi Kayla,
          I use the Philips 8000 wet/dry, and it is fabulous. I had a Remington that seemed to hurt more, and didnt do near as nice a job. I am very happy with this one. It is a little more expensive, but has different attachments for a shaver, as well as bikini epilating( a smaller work surface).
          Just to re-iterate, though, it is NOT painless, you are after all ripping out hairs, but the more you persevere, the easier it gets, and the final result is just sooo lovely
          Hugs, Regi👸💕

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      Phoebe Smyth
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      Registered On: February 2, 2020
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      Hi Abby. I’ve had limited success with mine. I chose Silken’s more powerful unit and I have dark hair and light skin so I was hoping for success.  Much to my dismay. Sadly, even on the highest setting with months of usage far more frequently than what is recommended I still found little success.
      I’d like to address that what we are looking at here are not really lasers. These are pulsed light units. Very intense light but still not lasers.

      I still grow almost all my hair back almost as thick and fast. The greatest benefit I have had from it is a reduction in ingrown hairs and that terrible razor rash I usually get on the back of my upper thighs and buttocks.

      If your serious about permanent hair removal then consider forking over the cash for professional services. The home units are intentionally under powered to protect companies from liability issues.

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        Abbie Normal
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        Thanks to you and Ellie for pointing out that these are Intense Pulsed Light units not lasers, I stand corrected but these are the devices I was interested in. There seems to be no way to correct the wording on the polls…

         

        — Abbie 🥰😘

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    • #506237
      Ellie Hope
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      Registered On: October 3, 2019
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      Hi Ladies,

      Although this question is directed toward laser hair removal, for which I have no experience, I wanted to respond about my experience with Intense Pulsed Light treatment, which does not use a laser or a ‘lased light beam’ but rather a very bright flash of white light, similar to a powerful camera flash unit.

      Last winter I also bought a Phillips Lumea BR1953.  After 6 applications spaced the recommended two weeks apart, I had become nearly hairless everywhere except my face which I also treated (not recommended by Phillips). I was overjoyed at the vastly reduced need to shave for the next 4 months or so, but Lately hair has begun to grow back. The new hair is finer and lighter colored than the original. I have begun another series of treatments but it is too early to see big results yet, and the lighter colored regrowth may not be as susceptible to the treatments since contrast between skin and hair color is a key driver in the process. My facial hair is rather coarse and seems totally unaffected by the treatments, which was disappointing but  expected after reading the operation manual. I also found that my thicker pubic hair was less affected, but reduced somewhat. I should also note that for me, the intense pulsed light treatment scheme may not be as effective in the summer time when skin becomes darker tanned and hair becomes bleached more blond. I also noticed the last treatment on my now darker skin was more painful requiring a reduced power setting. Winter time will likely be the best time to pursue treatments. But overall, I am pleased with the results and would recommend this unit. I am not totally clear about the long term health concern regarding this device. It does have a UV filter to take out most of that, but I am sure some gets through. Phillips didn’t offer any long term studies as to skin cancer risk that I could find.

      Hugs, Ellie

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    • #506184
      Abbie Normal
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      Has anyone tried the cheap $140 ones? I would love the $850 CAD Phillips one but I’ll have to stretch a bit for that

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      • #506257
        Emily Alt
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        Registered On: August 24, 2019
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        Agree the Philips units aren’t cheap.  If you aren’t in a rush, I’d offer that it’s a purchase worth saving for.  Sometimes you can catch a good sale.  I bought mine from CurrentBody’s US site when it was about 30% off.  Their Canadian site mirrors the US and UK sites, with prices adjusted for the current exchange rate.  Orders always ship from their home office in the UK, and include a power adapter to work with North American grids.  AFAIK, Philips has yet to receive approval from the FDA to sell their units in the US.  Don’t know about Canadian regulations.

        https://ca.currentbody.com/collections/philips

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    • #506039
      Genevïéve
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      Registered On: July 28, 2020
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      I purchased a Philips Lumea Prestige Bri956 IPL. Emily Alt recommended it to me. Ty Emily !!! Well worth the money IMO.

      Purchased the unit last September. Used it every time I shaved for approx three months and then reduced the treatment regimen a tad for the next three months.

      It’s been nine months now, and what I have found is that the hair grows back faster than Philips claim. Keep in mind though that we are all different. ‘You’ may experience results closer to claimed performance.

      However when my hair does grow back,  it is finer and lighter in color and is slower growing. It’s a few weeks before it’s even noticeable.

      IPL’s perform the best on light skin and dark hair. If you have darker skin and lighter hair, you will not get expected results. Consumers are cautioned about this on the product page.

      For anyone who meets the usage requirements of a Philips IPL, I highly recommend it.

      Now, where is my Cocktail ???

      Love,

      Gen ♥️

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      • #506161
        Abbie Normal
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        Thanks Gen!

        🍷🍸 for you..

         

        — Abbie 🥰😘

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        • #506203
          Genevïéve
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          Ty Abbie….  🍸

          Cheers !!!

          Gen ♥️

    • #505974
      Emily Alt
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      Registered On: August 24, 2019
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      I have a Philips Lumea Prestige IPL – model BRI953.  I bought it so I could continue hair removal treatment during the pandemic.  It’s not as fast as the lasers used in clinics.  But it works well.  By fall of last year I was almost completely hair free from the neck down.  Pain/sting is minimal if you use the right power setting and lens attachment.  With the Philips unit it’s easy to figure that out.  For less than the cost of 1 full-body laser treatment, you can buy 1 of these luxe Philips units.  I consider it a bargain.  IMO they’re the best home IPL units you can buy.

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      • #506026
        Abbie Normal
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        Thanks Emily!

         

        — Abbie 🥰😘

    • #505958
      Jennifer Swanson
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      Registered On: April 20, 2019
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      I have bought a laser hair removal but it had so many warnings that I have been reluctant to use it.  I’d really like to hear from others.

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