28 January 2014

Hair No More!

A few days ago, I was invited to try out this new IPL service from a well-known waxing salon. Truth be told, I'm not a fan of IPL. I don't understand how it really works, I don't know IF it really does work, and I'm not a big fan of the hefty price tag (I'd rather go for the P200 wax I usually get.) Then again, I can't keep myself boxed in with things I'm used to. Sometimes, we have to go out of our comfort zones to discover the world. Or just experience something wonderful and new.

Last Saturday, I decided to give IPL a chance. Strip Ministry of Waxing, a well-known waxing salon introduced their latest IPL service -- the IPL Ace. So, what is IPL Ace? Before we get into it, let's start with the basics. What is IPL?

IPL or intense pulse light is a service offered by most beauty clinics that uses intense pulses of light to perform various skin treatments or to remove hair. It is a semi-permanent solution to women's (and men's) hair problems. It doesn't completely remove hair permanently, but it does make the hair on your various body parts grow thinner and lesser in number, to none. You might need to go back for a treatment after a year or two, but two years of not having to pluck or shave is better than having to do it every three weeks, right?

Now that we have a better understanding of what IPL is, let's go to Strip's newest service, the IPL Ace. 

The IPL Ace is also an IPL treatment which reduces hair growth so you won't have to keep shaving, or plucking. The big difference between this treatment and your ordinary IPL treatment is that you also get a lightening + skin tightening treatment at the same time! Yes, you read that right. Strip's IPL Ace treatment not only reduces hair growth but it also simultaneously lightens and tightens the skin area, leaving you with younger, fresher-looking, and rejuvenated skin. :)

So, what must you do?

6-8 sessions are normally needed to see hair reduction but it varies per client. Some need six sessions, others, three. As for the skin rejuvenation, immediate results may be observed after the first treatment, but it becomes more noticeable after 4-6 sessions. Treatments should be done every 5-6 weeks, to allow the skin to heal after each treatment.

What should you expect? 

The procedure starts with shaving. The waxpert shaves some of the hair off to help ease the procedure.

Each treatment starts with the application of a really cold gel. I had an underarm IPL Ace treatment so you could just imagine how cold I felt once my waxpert squeezed all that gel on my underarm (TMI alert!) But according to her, the cold gel was necessary to counter the heat of the machine. No worries, if it still gets too hot, you can tell your waxpert and they can do something about the heat. :)

You will get three rounds of gel application and IPL rotation. But before the actual treatment starts, you will be asked to wear protective glasses. After three rounds of the IPL treatment, three rounds of the tightening treatment will follow. Cold gel will also be applied before each tightening procedure because of the heat of the tightening machine. Strip uses two different machines to do the hair reduction and rejuvenating procedures.

And that's the procedure. Done in 10, 15 minutes max. And all you have to do is wait for the hair to fall off in a few days. 

Now what's the catch?

Here's the part I'm still not sure of. Each session will cost you P7,500, and hair reduction for underarms normally need 6-8 sessions. That's about P42,000. The treatment is expensive but if you have extra change to spare, it wouldn't be so bad considering you won't have to get yourself waxed every 3-4 weeks for the next couple of years. That's time (and pain) saved. Also, wouldn't you want wrinkle-free, whiter, and rosy underarms? Hair-free and better looking underarms will definitely boost your self-confidence. No more fears of raising your arms in public, wearing shirts every three weeks because you're waiting for your hair to grow before you can have them waxed, and those crow's feet on the slits of your underarm. Now those are some benefits that will definitely make you rethink the price.

Price: P7,500/session for underarm IPL Ace treatment

3.5 out of 5 for Strip Ministry of Waxing's IPL Ace underarm treatment (I'd give it a 5 if I were rich)

2/F The Piazza at Serendra
Taguig City
Contact Number: (632) 901 0892

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intense_pulsed_light and Ms. Monique Jamlang of Strip Manila

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