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Guest oogie292

I have heard of people buying their own electrology or lazer machines and I just wanted others opinions. I have heard of things like the elight and the No!No but I really wanted personal reviews. Although I dont want to know about epilators. Too painful!

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Guest Robin Winter

I have heard of people buying their own electrology or lazer machines and I just wanted others opinions. I have heard of things like the elight and the No!No but I really wanted personal reviews. Although I dont want to know about epilators. Too painful!

You know, I never bothered to look into it, because I always assumed the machines were ridiculously expensive, but I just did a little browsing and they're actually quite affordable. I might have to do a little more research, the possibility is a little intriguing.

If you're looking into a personal machine though, I wouldn't bother with the laser equipment. It's not going to be permanent. Even professional laser treatments aren't technically permanent hair removal. If you go this route, go with the electrolysis system, just make sure you practice in non visible areas for a while before moving to your face, because the risk of scarring is very real, whether you use the probe type or not.

Thanks for inspiring me to look into this. Maybe I'll get good at it and I can help out some of the local girls lol. It offends me that permanent hair removal is so bloody expensive.

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Guest Elizabeth K

Weird - I almost forgot this. I made my own electrolysis machine (not recommended) and it worked! But I would not use it on my face because of the fear of scars. I did remove a lot of hair on my knuckles and toes. It was permanent - but... I got scared and stopped - and it took so much time.

well...

HRT did the same thing 20 years later, without the risk.

I donno - would that be the same risk with the 'home' personal electrolysis machines? Scaring?

Lizzy

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Guest Robin Winter

Weird - I almost forgot this. I made my own electrolysis machine (not recommended) and it worked! But I would not use it on my face because of the fear of scars. I did remove a lot of hair on my knuckles and toes. It was permanent - but... I got scared and stopped - and it took so much time.

well...

HRT did the same thing 20 years later, without the risk.

I donno - would that be the same risk with the 'home' personal electrolysis machines? Scaring?

Lizzy

There is risk of scarring, but the Vector machine doesn't use a needle, and if you follow their advice the risk is minimal. I'm very seriously considering this. I think the pain would be more than worth it, and I'd just practice for a while somewhere other than my face to make sure I know what settings to use for my hair etc. Honestly, hair removal costs have really been depressing me and I've been scared that it might hold me back for a long time, but this kind of gives me a bit of hope. $200.00 for the machine plus the cost of gel and electrode resupply. Sounds a heck of a lot better than $100.00 an hour :D

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Guest Elizabeth K

Sally has one of the machines that uses the gel, no needles. I asked if she would talk on that.

My machine I used had a needle. It would 'bubble' the hair follicle, and that was how you knew it worked. I used Sally's machine, but with the electrified tweezers option. It seemed to work somewhat, but it is so time consuming!

Lizzy

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There is a machine called Forever Free and it is said to use radio waves - it does not hurt and it does work but the drawbacks are the time consumtion if using the electric tweeers (one minute on each hair) or the expense if you are using the pads, one inch square and you can use one three times (three minutes at a time).

The machine is about $99 and the pads run around thirty for a pack of 18.

It seemed to work when I was patient enough to use it - I will probably start up again because the dark hairs are almost gone and this works on any color.

Love ya,

Sally

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There is a machine called Forever Free and it is said to use radio waves - it does not hurt and it does work but the drawbacks are the time consumtion if using the electric tweeers (one minute on each hair) or the expense if you are using the pads, one inch square and you can use one three times (three minutes at a time).

The machine is about $99 and the pads run around thirty for a pack of 18.

It seemed to work when I was patient enough to use it - I will probably start up again because the dark hairs are almost gone and this works on any color.

Love ya,

Sally

The vector works on exactly the same principle as professional equipment, and uses the same level of electrical current, just without the needle. It can take anywhere from 7 to 35 seconds per hair, depending on the setting you use, and is supposed to be "almost" painless. It's $200. I think I might just get one.

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Guest Elizabeth K

The answer can be controversial. Your mileage may vary (YMMV) is applicable here.

My experience - which may not be typical, is the HRT causes body hair (except the beard, underarm and pubic hair) to virtually disappear, which then is replaced by a 'peach fuzz' covering. It took about two years for me.

The controversial part is the other three areas seems to have had hair growth drastically slowed. I pull my facial hair out with tweezers as it is very sparse. I once did this daily (the facial hair) now once a week. The hair is about a third of what it was two years ago. I will still have electrolysis, will probably need it to be perfectly smooth, but its not a big deal anymore. I already had electrolysis on my eyebrows and mustache areas.

The part about 'white' or 'light' hair, only seems to be a concern if you chose LASER.

I hope this helps.

Lizzy

oh oh oh

Sounds a heck of a lot better than $100.00 an hour

The cost is half that.

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The answer can be controversial. Your mileage may vary (YMMV) is applicable here.

My experience - which may not be typical, is the HRT causes body hair (except the beard, underarm and pubic hair) to virtually disappear, which then is replaced by a 'peach fuzz' covering. It took about two years for me.

The controversial part is the other three areas seems to have had hair growth drastically slowed. I pull my facial hair out with tweezers as it is very sparse. I once did this daily (the facial hair) now once a week. The hair is about a third of what it was two years ago. I will still have electrolysis, will probably need it to be perfectly smooth, but its not a big deal anymore. I already had electrolysis on my eyebrows and mustache areas.

The part about 'white' or 'light' hair, only seems to be a concern if you chose LASER.

I hope this helps.

Lizzy

oh oh oh

Sounds a heck of a lot better than $100.00 an hour

The cost is half that.

I'm told it varies from 60-100 per hour. I haven't actually asked at any of the local places yet. There are only about 3 different ones in my area, if memory serves. In any case, it's a LOT of money, particularly when it takes something like weekly sessions for over a year to clear your face.

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WARNING, WARNING, DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!! I STRONGLY RECCOMEND AGAINST HOME ELCTROLYSIS!!!

I bought the vector home electrolysis system in 06 to supplement my laser treatments. First of all Laser did not work at all for me. Within a month after my 10th treatment all my hair was back, thick as ever. This might play a role as to the resilience of my body hair but topical treatments do not work for me.

I was out of work, and couldn't find it because of my thick facial hair. With nothing better to do I spent whole days using this machine. Divide the area of which my facial hair covers into 4 sections and I could do 1/4th of the total area it covered in 8 to 10 hours. Sometimes a little more. I did this for 4 months. Also did my knuckles, hands, and feet.

It did not work. The only lasting effect is that my face is extremely sensitive and shaving is excruciating. Also my facial hair grows in black as night, except on my moustace area it grows in thick, coarse blonde/white. It was black prior to using this machine.

The gel, even when used in a tiny drop will spread over a small area and the whole area will get zapped. I used setting 4 to 6. Anything else was just too painful even for the short amount of time they say and I was trying to prevent scarring, yet my whole face got covered in burn marks and it looked almost like bad acne scars. It healed okay but the redness lasted almost 2 years and when I shaved it looked scarred and bright red so I couldn't even shave to have no facial hair and if I did I had to use LOTS of make up to cover not only the hair but the redness. Five years later and I think my face has pretty much recovered but now I don't know how my skin will react to professional electrolysis. I wasted so much time and money on this and my experiences were horrible with no results. Not to mention I could clear my face in 4 days and by the 7th it was ready to be done again. News hairs start to grow in within 2 days, at least for me they did. I was off HRT at this time though.

I believe it even says on Wikipedia under electrolysis that the galvanized tweezer method does not work.

Don't allow yourself to be fooled. I would wait for someone to post who has used the tweezers and had success before I made a final decision. Also the pads are a scam and definitely do not work.

Don't try to take "the easy way" out. Go to a professional and do it right and safely. You only get one face and it is not worth it to risk causing scarring.

If you do use it, go slow, be safe, and try clearing a small patch to test.

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WARNING, WARNING, DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!! I STRONGLY RECCOMEND AGAINST HOME ELCTROLYSIS!!!

I bought the vector home electrolysis system in 06 to supplement my laser treatments. First of all Laser did not work at all for me. Within a month after my 10th treatment all my hair was back, thick as ever. This might play a role as to the resilience of my body hair but topical treatments do not work for me.

I was out of work, and couldn't find it because of my thick facial hair. With nothing better to do I spent whole days using this machine. Divide the area of which my facial hair covers into 4 sections and I could do 1/4th of the total area it covered in 8 to 10 hours. Sometimes a little more. I did this for 4 months. Also did my knuckles, hands, and feet.

It did not work. The only lasting effect is that my face is extremely sensitive and shaving is excruciating. Also my facial hair grows in black as night, except on my moustace area it grows in thick, coarse blonde/white. It was black prior to using this machine.

The gel, even when used in a tiny drop will spread over a small area and the whole area will get zapped. I used setting 4 to 6. Anything else was just too painful even for the short amount of time they say and I was trying to prevent scarring, yet my whole face got covered in burn marks and it looked almost like bad acne scars. It healed okay but the redness lasted almost 2 years and when I shaved it looked scarred and bright red so I couldn't even shave to have no facial hair and if I did I had to use LOTS of make up to cover not only the hair but the redness. Five years later and I think my face has pretty much recovered but now I don't know how my skin will react to professional electrolysis. I wasted so much time and money on this and my experiences were horrible with no results. Not to mention I could clear my face in 4 days and by the 7th it was ready to be done again. News hairs start to grow in within 2 days, at least for me they did. I was off HRT at this time though.

I believe it even says on Wikipedia under electrolysis that the galvanized tweezer method does not work.

Don't allow yourself to be fooled. I would wait for someone to post who has used the tweezers and had success before I made a final decision. Also the pads are a scam and definitely do not work.

Don't try to take "the easy way" out. Go to a professional and do it right and safely. You only get one face and it is not worth it to risk causing scarring.

If you do use it, go slow, be safe, and try clearing a small patch to test.

Everyone has different skin and different hair. The company that makes the vector makes no secret of that fact, and they don't claim perfect results for everyone. It does work for many people, when used correctly. I've read user reviews on many sites and forums, and the majority were more than satisfied with the results, though like you, many had no success or were dissatisfied with the process. The galvanized tweezer method will not work without the aid of a conductive material, as the hairs are not themselves conductive, but that's what the gel is for, and the science behind it is sound.

Certainly, anyone would do well to consider carefully before going this route, but it shouldn't be discounted entirely. As long as one is fully aware of the risks and prepared to take suitable precautions, it's a viable option.

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