‘Femes blogger’ hairy encounter with Bella Skincare Intense Pulsed Light hair removal.
Posted on June 27th, 2008 by Lilian • Filed under: Life and rants
You wouldn’t believe the length I have to go through to bring you interesting posts to read. I had to get myself zapped with some high tech machine to tell you this story. But before that, I had to endure a few weeks of allowing my legs’ hairs to flourish like a jungle just for this purpose.
Imagine going around with hairy legs for a few weeks so that I can get a photo of what leg’s hair look like. But a blogger got to do what a blogger got to do. Self-sacrifice for the sake of blogging. Actually…it is not as bad. I heard that Bella Skincare has this Intense Pulsed Light hair removal. So, I decided to give it a try and record down all the fun I had.
After keeping my leg’s hair for about three weeks, I made the appointment with Bella to have the first session. I have to have leg’s hair in order to get my money worth, right?
But when I got to Bella, the lenglui consultant asked me if I am also interested to include in the package for removal of hairs on my upper lips or my underarms. Die! But I have no moustache nor bulu ketiak! Eh, gua mana ada misai, macha…. Gua pompuan lah. Alice who is the Penang’s branch Bella Skin Care Center Manager was amused that I am so sensitive about the suggestion. She told me in her sweet voice, “Don’t worry, it is just some of our lady clients do have the problems of hairs on the upper lips and underarms due to hormone imbalance.”
I asked Alice if I can have hair removal done for my bushy eyebrows but she told me the treatment using this Intense Pulsed Light hair removal cannot be performed around the eyebrows as the treatment involves bright lights and I got to wear goggles Therefore, one cannot have the eyebrows trimmed that way. I asked Alice if they can also perform errrmm…Brazillian Wax-like of hair removal but Alice said that area too cannot be treated that way.
After my registration, Alice invited me to her office and she explained the whole process to me. From our how hair grows to how the Intense Pulsed Light hair removal is done to the after care. I am also given a list of questionnaires because they have to ensure that I am fit to undergo the hair removal.
One of the question is if I am pregnant? Not pregnant? Not even suspect to be pregnant? Of course, Alice dear, I am beyond child-bearing age. LOL. I told her my eldest son is 18 years old and my fifth son is five years old.
Alice said, “Really? Miss Chan? You don’t look that age.”
See? I like Alice already!
After that Alice brought me to the treatment room. The lady who carried out the procedure is a registered nurse. She further explains the process to me. The Intense Pulsed Light hair removal machine is a huge machine. It works by emitting very bright light to our hair follicles. The machine is a little bit like those bar code scanner in the supermarket. A quick swipe over our skin, teet teet and it’s done.
Both Alice and the nurse, Teoh told me that I may feel a little bit of pain, very much like being flicked with a rubber band. No problem….I am game for anything. No pain, no gain.
I asked nurse Teoh if I can take pictures of the process. She doesn’t mind. Initially, I was asked to lie with my face down so that she can zap the hairs at the back of my legs, i.e. my calves. I was pretty nervous because I know where my sensitive points are and the thought of getting zzpppttfftzzpftt does freaked me out a bit. You know lah, the back of the knees and the ankles are mighty sensitive areas, no? But luckily, hairs on the calves are fine and hence, there wasn’t much noticeable pain. The thicker your hair is, the more intense the light emission is and you may feel like a sharp ant bite.
Then, I was asked to turn over. That’s when I took out my camera and started taking pictures. If you see my legs are a bit errm…stubby, that’s because of camera angle lah! I dare not bring the camera too close to nurse Teoh so that I do not distract her work.
See? I am so relaxed with the treatment, I even have time to surf my own blog from my mobile phone. I was wearing a dark green goggle so all the pictures I took are a bit blur as I couldn’t see well in the dark. The goggle is to protect my eyes from the light.
Overall, the hair removal treatment only lasts a few minutes. I will need two treatments to completely remove all the hairs. My next appointment is in August.
It has been more than a week after the first treatment and you know what’s cool? New hair doesn’t grow and old ones which were zapped are dropping off on their own. Now, I use a loofah to get faster skin renewal and by the end of the treatment, I hope to show you my hairless leg. Or better not.
If you hate hairs on any parts of your body, you should give this a try. Do you know that even guys can go for hair removal? Some may want to get rid of ugly chest hairs or hairs on their face. Personally, iLikey male with hairs so before males go for hair removal, please ask your female friends for opinions first. But if you are a woman, you definitely wish to get rid of hairs on your arms or legs or armpits.
I am sure the cost of getting hair removed is worth the trouble. We can forget about removing them every few days either by shaving with sharp razors, getting hairs pulled with painful epilator or wax or using one of those pungent fumes cream or foam. It is a one-time treatment that lasts for at least 10 years.
Now, who wants to show me your hairy legs? And ladies, hairy or non-hairy men – which type more attractive?