I am hairy. I admit it. I have super pale skin, but dark hair on my body thanks to my Greek genes. My hair also grows SUPER fast. It's something I really have hated and been self conscious about since high school. I remember my friend Ryan saying to me, "Wow! You have more hair on your arms than I do." That was the day I went home and shaved my arms.
Hairy arms, hairy legs....I can remember the horrible smell of Nair, followed by the rash and bumps that would follow after it only took off half my hair. I have shaved, wax, sugared, threaded, epilated, and tweezed hairs from all over my body for years and years. Once I hit the hormone jackpot after having kids, the hair came darker and faster. And in the worst places.
Because my hair grows so fast, waxing keeps it at bay for LESS THAN ONE WEEK. I kid you not. When I shave my legs in the morning, the hair is gone, but my skin is so pale that you can see that dark root deep down practically showing through. If I sneeze and get goosebumps, it is all over. My legs (or arms) feel stubbly.
Chin hair? Yep. Got it. Pesky hairs growing on the upper lip? An errant hair near my belly button? Yep. It sucks, but it's something I deal with. I can pluck it from the roots and it comes back by the next morning. It is awful.
I cannot even begin to think about how many hours I have spent just removing hair. And I am sick of it. A couple years back, I even had bloodwork done to see if I had some sort of hormonal issue. At least then I would know WHY I grow hair with such ease. It was all normal. I am just hairy.
Enter the Silk'n Flash & Go.
Here is how the website describes the device:
"Silk'n Flash&Go is an innovative light-based device for hair removal with FDA clearance for permanent results. The new high tech design of the Flash&Go applicator allows individuals to properly target and zone into any area that requires treatment. No area is too big or too small!"
The wonderful folks at Silk'n sent me a Flash & Go to experience first hand. I began my first treatment on March 16th. First of all, I need to say that I am the ideal candidate for this. It works best on people with light skin and darker body hair. That is me.
I also have to tell you that this is NOT an instant fix. It will take time and multiple treatments need to be done. I cannot tell you, "Wow! I started in March and now I have no hair on my body except where I want it and it is gone forever!"
That is not how this works. You do treatments every two weeks. Silk'n recommends doing the treatments every 2 weeks at first, progressing to higher levels of energy (ouch factor, LOL). After that 3 to 4 treatments, they recommend once a month if you have hair growth going on.
Eventually, it is ADIOS to hair.
To use this, you need to shave first. You can't wax or use anything that rips out the root right before doing this. The device is hand held and you plug it in. It isn't noisy, but there is a soft fan noise. If you have ever had a children's hair styling play kit with a battery operated hair dryer, the Flash & Go has that same humming noise. The lights indicate when it is ready and you press the device on your skin and push the button. A flash appears--like an old fashioned camera with a popping noise.
You do the treatments every 2 weeks because of the hair growth cycle. As you know, there are three stages of hair growth. The light can only really impact the hair during the active growth cycle. It is estimated that about 20% of our hair is at that active growth stage at any given time, so you need to space out treatments to be sure that there is a point when it will truly work.
Back to what I called the "ouch factor". I should not have even said "Ouch." This does NOT hurt. It is a warm sensation on level 1 and when you move up levels, it is nothing more than a warm rubber band snapping sensation. It is NOT painful. Not at all. This is coming from someone who CANNOT tolerate pain. Waxing, tweezing, and using an Emjoi are MUCH, MUCH more painful. This is just warm...on the highest setting it was just a tiny bit of a nuisance. That is all.
I can do the chin/upper lip area in less than 2 minutes.
It takes me about 30 minutes to do both legs up to my thigh and about 10 minutes for both arms. My underarms--the area which seems more sensitive to the discomfort than anywhere else--take all of 2 minutes for both.
* My skin is MUCH more photosensitive. This is to be expected with this type of treatment. I typically wear an all-natural sunscreen based with zinc oxide. It is normally effective. After using my Silk'n Flash & Go, this sunscreen does NOT cut it. After being outside for my son's lacrosse game, I have a sunburn on my arms and legs despite using sunscreen. I have found that I need a chemical (more unhealthy) sunscreen with HIGH sun protection if I am out in the sun. And the site does advise you to avoid sun exposure, so they do tell you. With kids playing outdoor sports, avoiding the sun isn't feasible.
*After three treatments, the first cartridge died. The box included a replacement, but I will soon need another. These are $45 each. That said, because this product works and I will eventually not need razors or have to spend all that time on removing hair, this will be well worth it.
*After three treatments, the hair on my arms has been reduced DRASTICALLY. In fact, I would say it is about 80% gone. What has grown back is growing very slowly and is MUCH finer and hardly noticeable.
*After three treatments, I do NOT have to shave my legs everyday anymore. I can get away with every 2 or 3 days which is unheard of for me. There are some spots that have NOT yet grown back. This only improves with each treatment.
*After three treatments, the area that seems to be taking the slowest amount of time is the pesky chin area, but it is much better than before. The hair is much softer and the growth rate is slowing down.
*This product is working. I promise to check back and share my results in another few weeks and then again a few weeks after that.
*Compared to laser treatments at a medical spa, this is VERY affordable. Yes, it is $299 right off the bat. When you think of the thousands of dollars and time spent going to get laser done, this is so much more affordable and so much more convenient! You have privacy, do not have to make an appointment, and results are effective
*This is PERMANENT hair removal. If you are like me and have had it up to HERE with shaving, tweezing, and waxing, this is really a wonderful alternative.
The Biggest Pro
This one is easy. Having this little machine has helped my self esteem. It can be a real bummer to wonder if your legs (or worse--other spots on your bod) are getting a five o'clock shadow within hours of shaving. Who wants that!? The Silk'n Flash & Go is really a fabulous product and I highly recommend it!
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Disclosure: I was sent a Silk'n Flash & Go at no cost for possible review. All opinions are my own.