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Aug142013

My laser hair removal experience at Wink Studio

My favorite place for hair removal is Wink Laser & Wax Studio at Bonifacio High Street Central. The salon looks great, the attendants are friendly and always smiling, and the prices are fairly affordable considering the location and quality of service. I usually go in for underarm and leg waxing, but a couple of months back I finally took the plunge and tried the laser.

The underarm laser is just P2,500, which is actually not that expensive in the great scheme of things. Consider, you only need to go in every six to seven weeks, then after about six sessions and nine months (or P15,000 estimate), you're completely hair-free in that area - forever! Think about that. You'll never have to worry about waxing or shaving again.

The laser works by heating up your hair follicles, eventually disabling them from producing more hair. Some people may grow some hair back (it's a case-to-case thing) but Wink's laser hair removal is designed to be permanent et ceteris paribus

So is it painful? That's the million dollar question isn't it! No, it doesn't hurt AT ALL. If it's your first time to do laser they will use the lowest frequency. It's so low you won't even feel it but for the brisk rubbing of the laser gun on your skin. For underarms, the whole treatment takes only five minutes or so. I was inside the room for 15 minutes but most of that was spent by the attendant discussing what's going to happen!

They will increase the frequency every time you go in for the treatment. It's just going to be a feeling of warmth on your skin. The laser hair removal takes only 15 minutes, right, but it takes about an hour and a half for half legs. The hair is thicker in that area so the attendant has to laser it inch by inch.

When I left the laser room I thought, "Okaaay that's it? Would I even notice any results?" I seriously doubted the efficacy of the whole thing since the treatment only took five minutes and I didn't feel anything! But lo! I noticed the results after my first shave (FYI, you can't wax when you're on a laser hair removal spree). The hair on my pits didn't grow back for a week, and after that it was very very slow. In the whole six-week interval, I only had to shave thrice.

I feel terrible that I haven't been back after my first session - it's been ten weeks since then, I am four weeks overdue! Cry. It's been ridiculously busy last month unfortunately. Laser is a commitment. If you miss the recommended dates after the last session, you'll go back to square one. So, if you laser, you have to do it continuously until your hair follicles are deeeaaaad. You also can't wax or pluck or thread the area, since the laser needs something to work on. It doesn't damage the skin you see - just the hair.

Anyway. I promise to honor my laser commitment, as I will be trying out the full legs and underarm laser for the next six months. I'll keep you updated about the hair growth - if any!

To summarize: the laser is not painful and you'll see amazing results after only one session. Oh and it's not expensive compared to other laser salons - I think the laser is 40% cheaper at Wink. Brazilian laser is P4,000, half legs are P5,000, and full legs are P10,000 per session. See the full menu here. Wink also uses real diode laser versus IPL. There is a major difference in terms of efficacy!

One last thing - Wink currently has a buy 4 take 1 promo for half-leg laser. Check it out!

Soooo...have you tried laser before? Let's trade experiences! A lot of people check the comments for feedback, I'm sure your own would be super helpful to those who want to take the plunge. ;)

Reader Comments (14)

Yay for laser!! You won't regret it Liz!

It definitely is a commitment I just do everything at the same time (brazilian, arms, legs) and have a 'me' day once every 4-6 weeks.

It's also a huge investment (I think waxing still ends up cheaper if you have very thin hair like mine and only need waxing every half year or so) but super worth it pa rin to minimize the pain of a brazilian!

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

love it im also on alma laser @lattitudes skin clinic...it works and i dnt shave anymore the hair on my pits and legs grew finer and im just on my 3rd session, virtually painless u just feel heat and the pricking feeling is due to the fact that the hair follicles at that area are more, the areas with less or no hair u wont feel any just a feeling of mild heat compared to a hot stone massage....:)

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterallura

I've never tried that before but i agree that it's cheap nga. I was expecting a higher price when you started talking about laser. I'll be waiting for your update on your experience. God bless! :)

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Been wanting to try that. :)

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGing

Hi Liz, do you know what machine they're using at wink? Is it safe for dark skin?

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Ang hirap talagang maging babae noh? High Maintenance we are but if this will make us feel good, confident and happy then why not give it a try. Just need to invest on some enough moolah. Well, I have tried IPL. I didn't like it though because it made my underarm darker. Your comparison between an IPL and a Diode made me think that it is really worth investing on a more costly procedure than on a cheaper side with harsh effect.

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarielle Francisco

I haven't but I really wanna try it. Thanks for the 411, Ms. Liz :)

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaterwauler

Marielle is right, it's so hard to be a woman in this society. So much hair to remove! Ugh. I wish I was one of those lucky girls who were born without hair or sweat glands on their armpits. Someday, I'll undergo laser hair removal for my legs so I won't have to epilate ever again! It's tedious!

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

Wow awesome ambiance,
I always wanted to do laser because it can be very difficult to remove underarm hair and if you shave it, it will just darken the armpits.
Thank you for the detailed information.

August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle Rivera

I just availed of the Alma Soprano XL Laser treatment from Lattitudes, and it was much cheaper! 5000, unlimited laser for one year na. Sulit, considering the hair should be permanently reduced within 9 months. I think it was for real because they were like ultrasounding my kili-kili, instead of shooting laser beams like they do in IPL.

+++ the same rate goes for the legs. (5000/year) :)

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarnabanana

Hey Ms. liz! When you go for a treatment do your armpit hair have to be visible? Like for example when waxing, you can't go when you're newly shave since you have to give them something to work on. Thank you! :)

August 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIra

Hi Ira! That's a good question. I don't think it has to be visible since they will shave your armpit first before you laser eh. As long as you have hair in your follicles, you can do the laser. Pero you can't do it if you just waxed.

August 31, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

Hi Ms Liz,

Do you have any update on your laser commitment? I am very interested to know how this works out for you. I have horrible underarms (thick hair growth, chicken skin, ingrowns, you name it, I got it!) and I've tried IPL laser before, which didn't end so well so I had to turn to waxing.
I'm considering having my pits lasered again.
I hope you post an update on this soon.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternessy

Hi Nessy! Will do! I just actually finished my fifth session the other day. Or is it the sixth. Hair barely grows na! Will update soon

February 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

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