Its not easy being a girl. Whether you're single or not, there's always certain expectations to maintain being groomed and well dressed to look presentable to society.
Not that I'm complaining though. While I have respect for the women who are comfortable in nature's gift, I personally prefer to keep my lawn well manicured.
I may be single, but I feel that sense of empowerment when I look my best. Because the only person who's validation that matters is myself alone.
So I've been a loyal customer of Bubble Gum Wax for about 2 years now. Waxing with them is almost painless, don't listen to the radio DJs who tried waxing themselves.
Honestly, men can be such drama queens.
The staff are always very friendly; they could have long conversations with you while waxing your hoo haa, as if we're sitting in a hipster cafe over coffee. I get distracted talking to them and the service is always very quick, so its not bad at all! I highly recommend this place especially if you're a first timer here.
Anyway, it was during my usual session when my therapist asked if I'd consider trying Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment instead of waxing since I come here quite frequently.
Photo Credit: Bubble Gum Wax
How does it work?
So yeah, does IPL really work? That's what I'd like to find out.
Basically, IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, which in the case of hair removal targets pigment. When light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair. It quickly turns to heat which then kills the growing cells that make the hair.
This means that it only works if you have dark hair against fair skin for the IPL to properly identify and zap those hairs away easily. Sorry, blondies. :(
A few sessions of IPL and eventually the effects will either be permanent, or there will be significantly less hair after a few years. Saves quite a bit of cash in the long run, right?
Keep in mind though, that IPL can cost a pretty penny, so don't be too alarmed when you see the price.
For one session itself, IPL costs around RM150-RM300 per session. However, if you wish to continue, taking a package is definitely more worth it, so do book an appointment with them to find out more.
If you're not comfortable in getting invested just yet, their first time trial price is not too bad. I had mine done for RM99 for Brazilian only.
The first thing we did was to shave off my hair. This was necessary as live hair is needed to be present for the IPL to detect the hair and laser it off. However, it can't be kept long as we need to zap it right down to the roots.
Next thing we did was that I was given a special pair of glasses to wear to protect my eyes from the laser. The therapist then poured some icy cold gel on the area before turning on the machine. The machine was a little loud, and I was slightly nervous about it.
"Is it gonna hurt?" I asked her.
"A little," she said."But not as bad as waxing so you'll be fine."
The first shock on my skin surprised me a little, but after a while, I got used to it and it wasn't so bad. Thank heavens for the cold gel! If I feel any slight discomfort or heat, the therapist would apply more gel before continuing.
After a few more stings, it was finally over and I was wiped clean and applied some soothing lotion. From what I was told, the hair will grow out before falling off and the next time the new batch grows, it'll be a lot finer.
So far, I do not feel any discomfort, nor is there any side effects for now. The only thing is that I feel slightly itchy because I shaved instead of waxing this time, but its not too bad.
For now, its hard to tell what is my final verdict of the whole treatment as its early days yet. I'll give it a few more weeks and see how it goes before deciding if I wanna continue the process.
Stay tuned to this post for more updates to come! What's your experience like with hair removal?
UPDATE: Week 1
So far, not much change has happened except for the fact that my hair seems to be growing like normal, except... when I plucked out a few hairs, I noticed that they have no bulbs. You know, usually when you pull out a hair, you'd notice the little bulb at the end which is called the root. It's not there anymore. Interesting to see where this is going...
UPDATE: Week 2
New things are unraveling! First off, the hair that seemed to be growing suddenly stopped growing one day and this morning, I found that quite a few hairs started dropping off! I could pluck a few of them without the use of tweezers. So freaky! Also, the hairs that I tweezed the week before hasn't grown since. I think its working.
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