Tuesday, 31 January 2017
I have a love-and-hate relationship with hair. I love how my crowning glory accentuates my face in the most flattering way and yet, visible, unwanted hair is present in my face, much to my annoyance.
I want to zap all the unwanted hair away in my face (on my upper lips, to be exact) not because society wants me to, but I want to – those are two different things.
Luckily, Sample Room partnered with STRIP to help alleviate me and my fellow roommates of our unwanted hair-worries! With this partnership, they gave away full-service gift certificates to Strip salons, and we were blessed to have tried FREE full services of the STRIP Upper Lip ICE treatment!
For a little flashback, let me share a little story: When I was in high school, way back in 2010, a friend of mine noticed the visible fine hair on my upper lip and told me to shave it with a razor. Curious, naïve, and bothered about the fact that hair on my upper lip is visible enough to get noticed, I followed the advice of my friend to shave my upper lip, making the fine and almost invisible hair on my upper lip thicker and more visible as years went by. Here’s a picture of my present upper lip:
I completely regret following that bad advice to this day as I needed to shave or have my upper lip waxed every now and then. Not only was it a burden, the razor cuts on my skin and occasional flinches in the waxing salons were, of course, unflattering, too.
As recommended and based on my unwanted hair concern, I opted for the STRIP Upper Lip ICE treatment. It is a laser hair treatment done on the upper lip area using the STRIP ICE technology. The STRIP ICE technology is the most advanced laser hair removal system available today. What sets it apart from other hair removal systems is that it is the only clinically proven method of laser hair removal that is virtually painless. It uses unique heating and energy delivering method which destroys the hair follicles and prevents re-growth of unwanted hair. To make it safer, the hand piece used in a STRIP ICE session works on a dual-chill system which cools the surface of the skin, preventing superficial burns and the sensation of pain.
Excited to try the services, I booked an appointment 2 days ahead of the schedule at the Strip SM Megamall branch which is located on the 5th floor, Mega Fashion Hall.
The beautiful interior of the salon added to my excitement as well as the as the welcoming and warm greetings of the receptionists.
Prior to the procedure, I was asked to fill out a personal information sheet as I was a new customer to their salon, and a consent form to make sure that I don’t have any medical complications that could possibly interfere with the procedure. (To those who are opting to try this service, make sure you don’t have any medical conditions that could possibly interfere with the laser hair treatment procedure such as indicated in the paper: skin inflammations, asthma, pregnancy, etc. To be really sure, ask your doctor if you are eligible to undergo a laser hair treatment.)
The person attending to me also asked if I had used any facial skin toners/lotions, or if I had undergone any facial treatments prior to the procedure because, according to her, these could make our skin more sensitive, and thus increase the possibility of skin irritation during the treatment. Thank God my answer to those questions is a NO because I badly want to try to the service!
Pre-procedure, I was asked to lie down on the pink treatment bed and the attending lady covered me with a warm and clean towel blanket. She then proceeded to sanitize her hands and wear gloves. After which, she applied a sanitizing cream on my upper lip and shaved my upper lip hair. When the shaved hair was removed using a clean cotton, a cleansing cream was applied. Afterward, she placed the protective eyeglasses on my eyes before starting with the laser hair procedure itself.
A laser hair removal procedure begins by putting ample amount of cooling gel on the desired area to be treated, which in my case is the upper lip. The gel allows the laser hair hand piece to glide onto your skin, and also works to combat the heat being released from the laser hair hand piece. When it was put onto my upper lip, I instantly felt the cooling sensation and it just hit me at that moment that in just a few minutes, I’m about to go hair free on my upper lip for life (well, at least for a longer time period than 1 week)!
The sound of the hair laser hand piece started as the hand piece was swiped from right to left and vice versa on my upper lip. The cooling gel spreads out in every swipe, giving a need to reapply the gel every after 4-5 swipes. Sometimes the gel gets inside my nose, and when that happens, the attendant would wipe the gel away from my nostrils and would ask me to blow onto the tissue so I could breathe.After about 15 minutes of swiping and gliding, the whole session was done. The attendant ended it by wiping the remaining cooling gel and by applying a soothing cream.
The attending lady told me that it normally takes more than 1 session to permanently stop the hair growth, but for some people, it only takes 1 session! I couldn’t believe that in just 20 minutes, I am already semi-permanently hair-free on my upper lip! What is 20 minutes of lying down compared to 7 years of pain-inducing shaving and waxing? STRIP Upper Lip ICE is definitely worth a try!
Watch the full video of my STRIP Upper Lip ICE experience here