Sunday, October 21, 2007
no!no! Yes! Yes!
Do any of you remember the EpiLady? It came out in the late 80s. I think we had one in our house--it was this hair removing device that had metal coils that painfully ripped the hair out of your skin. Because of its "revolutionary" design using theEpiLady resulted in (along with an unbearable amount of agony) smooth skin that remained hair-free longer than if you shaved. Though we had one, I never used it. It scared me.
I bring up the EpiLady because there is a brand new "revolutionary" hair removal product on the market (available exclusively at Sephora): the no! no! by nono (how annoying is that?). Available in three colors, the no! no! promises "hair density reduction at home, with no mess, no cuts, no burns, and no noise." It uses some brand-spanking new technology called Thermicon which uses gentle pulses of heat to remove hair. How does this work? Heat, but no burning, to remove hair? Consider me skeptical.
Here's what Sephora has to say about it "... a thermodynamic wire transmits the heat to the hair. This patented wire and built-in safety mechanisms has allowed for the adaptation of professional hair removal technology into a home use product. There's no pain, you don't have to wait for hair to grow long in order to remove it, and there is no skin irritation like in-grown hairs, red pimples, or rashes to cover up. no!no! is a treatment process for hair reduction and not a miracle cure for unwanted hair. Like any professional hair treatment, it takes time and dedication to achieve your desired results. The same holds true for the revolutionary no!no! hair removal system; with all the right moves, stubble-free, super smooth skin will be yours. Be sure to follow the directions closely for the safest, most effective results. No!no! is not recommended for use on the face. Additionally, the thermal heat signal destroys the hair, which is characterized by odor. Use the buffer to remove residue and maximize smoothness, then shower or bathe and follow with body moisturizer."
Hmm...sounds a little scary. At home sorta, kinda, not really electrolysis? Eek. While the idea sounds fabulous (hair "density reduction" at home, in private), I wonder how it works in the long run, if it damages your skin/hair, and if there are any other weird side effects that are either not yet known or not yet disclosed. I'll have to pay attention to see if any research comes out on this product. Since it costs $250, I don't think I'll hurry over to Sephora to try it out for you anytime soon!