*Depending on one’s pain threshold, there might still be a bit of discomfort, but I haven’t had a Brazilian more comfortable than this Strip procedure.
Beauty | By Trixie Reyna on January 12, 2017
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The thing about getting a Brazilian wax is, once you start, you just get so used to being hairless down there; but what you never get used to is the pain. I’ve been getting a Brazilian wax monthly for YEARS, and it still hurts. Every. Single. Time.

Waxing salons usually try to upsell me their IPL procedures. Intense Pulsed Light or IPL works by weakening hair follicles using beams of specially filtered light to remove hair from the roots. Through this, new hair growth is delayed, and there is also a possibility that hair may no longer regrow.

I have my own reservations about getting it done down there, and one of them is a result of a past experience getting an IPL procedure done on my underarms: It wasn’t exactly painless—I felt like tiny portions of my skin (where there’s hair) were getting burned—so what’s the use?

However, when I heard that Strip: Ministry of Waxing offers the most comfortable and painless hair removal procedure yet, the Touch of Comfort IPL, my interest was naturally piqued. Of course I was mildly skeptical: really, a painless IPL procedure down there, of all places? Surely it would still hurt. But my curiosity won over, and I had to give it a try.

Power pac applicator

I came to investigate what sets Strip’s Touch of Comfort IPL apart, and it turned out to be in the technology they have. Their IPL device is 40% larger than traditional IPL applicators, so a much bigger area is treated at a time—resulting to a faster procedure. A Brazilian IPL at Strip will only take 45 minutes (just a few minutes longer than a Brazilian wax—that is, a session without several stops for breath, hehe).

Touch of Comfort IPL also makes use of a different energy system. You don’t need to worry about getting burned because the machine only emits safe amounts of energy to get rid of your hair follicles. And, you’re given your own Hygiene Pack before each session so you know the therapist only uses fresh, clean, never-been-used tools. The IPL kit includes a hygiene wipe, IPL spatulas, disposable gloves, razor cartridge, cotton pads, and cotton buds.

Hygiene pack

You can also rest assured that Strip’s therapists undergo rigorous training to give you the most comfortable hair removal experience. Their therapists apply smooth circular motions using a crystal applicator, and then they apply a specially formulated moisturizer to soothe and hydrate the treated area after the procedure.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I did try one session of Touch of Comfort IPL, and I’d have to say it’s the most comfortable Brazilian experience I’ve ever had. There was certainly no pain, just a bit of discomfort at times, nothing you can’t just breathe through. I probably wouldn’t even have noticed it much if I was able to distract myself by browsing social media, but I had to wear protective eyewear throughout the procedure. It was over before I knew it.

Hair Retardation Process

I was told I need at least six sessions of the Touch of Comfort IPL to be completely hair-free for two years, with only occasional touchups thereafter—but this all depends on how thick my hair strand is and how fast my hair grows. Each session would roughly be six weeks apart, depending on hair growth, since it’s only at least two weeks after each session when the hair would start to fall off.

I ended up not being able to sustain the treatment, however, since I found the cost a bit too steep for my budget: It’s P19,500 per session, although they do have an ongoing promo, where you can get 50% off when you buy six sessions of Brazilian.

strip-touch-of-comfort-ipl

Aside from Brazilian, Touch of Comfort IPL may also be done on other body parts, including the upper lip, legs, and underarms. The cost varies per area: P6,500 per session for underarms, P28,600 per session for full legs, and P16,250 for half leg bottom. It’s still best to visit Strip to inquire.

Strip Touch of Comfort IPL is available at their branches in Serendra, Megamall, and Greenbelt 5.

Strip: Ministry Of Waxing, the first international concept waxing boutique since 2002, has outlets in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur.

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