Friday, January 25, 2013

Silk'n Flash and Go Update: Did At Home Laser Hair Removal Work?

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Silk'n Flash and Go At Home Laser Hair Remover
A few years ago I bought my first at home laser hair removal machine, the Silk'n Sens Epil. I used it for a while and was getting great results... and then I was pregnant and not able to continue using the machine. While I've yet to really find the time to pick the machine back up and treat everything, I really wanted to at least treat a few areas on my face. But, that big machine was a bit of a pain to drag out and even though treating my face would take only a few seconds, it was just a bit too much hassle.

So, recently I was sent the Flash and Go from Silk'n, which features the same technology at the Sens Epil machine, but with only 3 intensity settings instead of 5, and a much smaller and compact size. Yes, it is pretty much the size and set up of a phaser that Captain Kirk would use. It's also small enough that I've just left it in the corner of my makeup vanity area, quickly plug it in when I am going to use it, so it takes about 1-2 minutes at the most to do a treatment. Love that!

It does take a while to see results. I have treated myself about every 2 weeks since November, and I'm just now starting to see a decrease in hair. I think it did take longer to see results than with the Sens Epil, simply because I had that on setting 5 and this was setting 3. Also, I'm sure that my hair is all in very different phases of growth due to continual waxing/plucking, and things were just going in and out of phase. This is much more true on my face than on my legs (where I mostly used the Sens Epil, and which I typically just shave).

I'll definitely be continuing with the Flash and Go. I love how quick and easy it is to use, and I'm already seeing results. While not super cheap at $299, it is much less than the $500-750 that a friend was recently quoted for professional laser hair removal in the same area. (ote that neither pro or at home laser hair removal are completely permanent. You'll need touch ups no matter which way you go. My touch ups are just done at home with the same machine, no appointments needed!

If you're thinking about using an at home hair removal laser, you should definitely go and read my post about how at home laser hair removal works and figure out if you're a good candidate first!


Read more:
Silk'n Sens Epil Review and Overview of the science behind at home laser hair removal
Flash & Go and Sens Epil comparision



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30 comments:

Jules said...

I have the regular Silk'n Sens Epil and always use the highest setting, and am pretty happy with the results. Would you say the highest setting on the Flash and Go is milder than the 5 setting on the regular one?

MarciaF said...

Costco has this or something like it in their latest book. I know it starts with Silk'n so I'm assuming it's the same company. It's tempting since I don't have much time for appointments.

Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty) said...

I honestly never even knew that there were home laser hair removal systems! The price of the unit is high, but not when you compare to in-office treatments. This is worth looking into!!! :)

Jessika Barber said...

Love the Star Trek reference!

lola seicento said...

I have never even thought to try at home laser hair removers before- I really should look into this! Thanks for the wonderful review! :-)

Lisamarie and Christelle said...

$300 doesn't seem bad at all especially compared to the alternative of braiding your leg hair - of course if you added festive ribbons, that's not a bad option either!

Best, Lisamarie

Modesty Brown said...

I'm with Jessika, I love the idea of having my very own Captain Kirk Phaser! Your point about the hairs all being at different growth phases is extremely interesting too. I know this would be true for me too, as I never catch all the hairs at once with either waxing or threading.

Holly Judd said...

I underwent hair removal several times and it is quite the challenge because I've tried wax and then laser. After trying both, I must say that the laser is more effective.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't work, don't buy

Anonymous said...

will it work on indian skin?

Christine Mikesell said...

It depends a lot on your skin tone. Dark hair and pale skin is best, and I have indian friends that have done laser hair removal but some that never could. If you have any doubts I'd head to a pro, you don't want to burn your skin!

Anonymous said...

the thing is a total rip off. do not waste your time or money on this product. the postive comments are probably on the company payroll.

pmdorian said...

I'm afraid of shaving my face, I already have some dark stubble from all the years of plucking. Do you have to shave your face before using it?

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI for anyone currently looking to purchase, I just found it at Bed Bath & Beyond for $229!

Anonymous said...

I got this product for Christmas and I was hoping desperately it would work! I started using it and i already saw a difference after one use! I've been using it for about 4 months now and im still seeing a difference! I love this product and I definitely recommend it! To the person worried about shaving their face, don't worry about it, if you're worried about getting dry skin just moisturize the area after a treatment, the more treatments you do the less you'll have to worry about the hair growing in. Only thing is if its for somewhere around the eyes (eyebrows) I wouldn't reccomend it.

Anonymous said...

Do have to shave your face before each treatment.

Christine Mikesell said...

I probably would, you want as much of the energy to reach the root of the hair (rather then the hair above the skin) as you can.

Caleb Wessels said...

Aaahhh I loved this product.
My mom saw the results on my neck (I'm male and within a few months my hair is only growing in weird patches on my neck) and went or and bought her own lol

Anonymous said...

does it work on grey hairs on your face

Christine Mikesell said...

Not on grey, it needs to have the color difference between the hair and your skin.

Anonymous said...

Is this safe to use "anywhere" on the body

Christine Mikesell said...

I think the only place it isn't approved is the face over the cheek level

Anonymous said...

is it safe for a pregnant women... did somebody use it while pregnant? - thanks

Christine Mikesell said...

No, it isn't. No one will do the studies to see if at home or in office lasers are safe. There are some case reports on treating things like genital warts with lasers during pregnancy (really!) but that's it. To be on the safe side wait until after delivery.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for responding.... I have been using flash and go in my abdominal area and I just found out that I m pregnant!!! I hope the baby will be safe. I will keep praying!

Christine Mikesell said...

I think the baby will likely be completely fine! Those articles used professional grade lasers (way more than the Silk'n) and the pregnancies were further along.

Scott said...

I have been using for 3 mo. the hair that comes back thin and very soft . my hair is not black but brown , will it take longer and how much longer ?

Christine Mikesell said...

It's hard to know how much longer, everyone is different. I had much decreased hair growth after about 3 months of use, but that hair was basically black.

Anonymous said...

Will it work for redheads? I'm not the typical pale redhead.

Christine Mikesell said...

It really depends on having a big color difference between your skin and your skin tone. So, it depends on how deep of a red your hair is. You might want to wait until the winter when you're at your palest.

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