Don't we all wish to have smooth, baby soft and clear skin? Except on our head, eyebrows and eyelashes, it is best if the rest of our body has no hair at all!!
Unfortunately, hair grows in all the undesirable areas... For me, I'm hairy everywhere... Sigh. If you can believe it, I started shaving my leg hair (and underarms) when I was TWELVE!
There was just one day I saw my mom's razor in the toilet and decided to try shaving my hairy legs for fun. For a day, I was very pleased with the results as it made my legs look smooth and shiny - but only for a day.
Afterwards, I found that the hairs grew back out prickly and gross. From that day onwards I shaved every few days... Then it became weeks when I grew lazier... I am horrified if my boyfriend (then) touches my legs because I know my shins are prickly!
Since I was young I've tried all kinds of hair removal methods...
THEY ALL COME WITH PROBLEMS:
I tweeze for eyebrows and armpits - It's acceptable for eyebrows but super time consuming for armpits. So most of the time I shave.
Shaving makes my skin very dry and painful plus the hair grows back out so gross, and I often have ingrown hair!
I used to bother with brazilian waxes, but cmon, $50 for a 15 min strip off?? WTF PLEASE SUPER OVERPRICED. And it's SO SO SO PAINFUL!!
Epilating also hurts a lot... Hair removal creams - have you accidentally tried putting it on your brazilian area? :O I did, and it BURNS!! And think about it... Something that is so strong it can melt your hair... Can't be good for your skin right?
IPL seems to be the answer - until I tried it and IT HURTS SO DAMN MUCH plus it is so crazy expensive!
In conclusion, the quest to remove undesirable hairs seem to have no ideal solution.
AHA! That is, until I found Datsumo Labo!!
Perhaps you have heard of Datsumo Labo, as it is also very popular with many bloggers and Qiuqiu and Miyake also wrote a review on them!
What is Datsumo Labo? It is the fastest growing hair removal salon with over 50 outlets in Japan! It is very popular in Japan with many celebrities going there too to achieve that baby smooth skin we all envy. In the next two years Datsumo Labo will have salons in many countries with over 100 outlets, and two have arrived in Singapore!! YAY!!
I got invited to try their hair removal treatment and I finally understood why it is so popular and vastly different from all the other IPL/permanent hair removal salons I've ever tried.
1) Datsumo focuses ONLY on S.S.C treatment - stands for Smooth Skin Control treatment - which is the latest hair removal method available in the market. Only one treatment is available, they don't do waxing or have other services like facials or massages in other salons offering IPL/QPX etc. They are specialists. As such, they do a good job on the only job they do.
2) The S.S.C treatment is PAINLESS.
3) It is very affordable!
You must be thinking now - what is this S.S.C?
Just like IPL, S.S.C also uses light therapy. However, the light works together with their special "beans" gel to permanently remove hair GENTLY without damaging skin. IT EVEN GIVES A WHITENING EFFECT!!
I go to the Tanjong Pagar brand to give the S.S.C treatment a try...
Giant signboard with a great affordable price!
I see pictures of bloggers who love Datsumo Labo too!
I was shown their famous "DEKA" machine from Italy - It looks so bleah. Like seriously, look at it! It's so boringly sitting there on a plain shelf.
Guess how much it costs?
6 MILLION YEN.
That's right, this machine costs more than 75 THOUSAND SINGAPORE DOLLARS.
I FEEL LIKE I JUST TOOK A PICTURE WITH A RARE DIAMOND.
And then I was shown the special "beans" gel I mentioned:
Once again, very unassumingly sitting in a bowl.
If you think this is like the cold gel that IPL salons also sometimes apply for their customers, you are wrong!
It is a special gel, really costly at $17 per kg, when ordinary gels only cost $5 or less.
RIGHT... So you are probably wondering the logical. If this Datsumo Labo is so "atas" (high end) and uses only such expensive luxury products, their hair removal services must be damn expensive!!
That's where it is so SHOCKING!!!
Datsumo Labo is very open about the costs... There is no hidden costs and they charge less than HALF of what usual major salons charge!
How is this done?
This is how the salon looks like:
When I went in I had a shock.
Unlike other beauty salons, they have no serene beautiful decorations, no lemongrass scent, no fancy plush settings. The salon, albeit very clean and neat, was barren and in fact it looked like they just moved in a few days ago. Even the chair I sat on was... Economical. I thought maybe the salon is very poor!!
Then I got a shock when I realised the reason!
It is because Datsumo Labo believes in scrimping on the unnecessary costs to keep costs lower for the consumer!! Other than spending money generously on their technology and gels, they keep costs for other items to a BARE minimum!
That's how they save for YOU!! It's great isn't it? Well next time you step into a nicely renovated salon, even though it may look nice, you are inevitably paying for it out of your own pocket!!
Still not convinced? Or maybe you are as hairy as an orangutan and you think no S.S.C can remove your hair for you?? Well for your peace of mind guess what?
DATSUMO LABO HAS A REFUND POLICY!! No Results, FULL REFUND!! Crazy or what?
Getting ready for my treatment!!
Since I am breastfeeding, I'm not a suitable candidate for S.S.C. Don't worry, it isn't dangerous or will harm my milk production, it is just that the results may not be very predictable for breastfeeding moms as we are chockful of hormones, which affect hair growth. As such, they advice breastfeedings moms to not do treatments until they wean.
However, I was really excited to give it a try so I went for it on my legs! If it doesn't work for me it doesn't really matter, but I needed to try it out to give you guys a valid testimony.
My aesthetician applying the special gel on my legs...
Since I've tried IPL before and even though I have a high tolerance of pain I felt it was almost intolerably painful, I was very apprehensive about their "pain-free" promise and was sweating nervously before treatment started...
If you have tried IPL you will know what I mean. 1,2,3 Snap 1,2,3 Snap - over and over again the light flashes over your skin and each snap feels like a sharp deep jet of hot pain. Once or twice it really isn't bad but over a big area and done for half an hour? Wow, its terrible! And IPL salons always promise it is painless but they are usually lying, it always DOES hurt.
I FELT NOTHING. No pain at all. Just as they promised, I felt a swoosh of a teeny bit of nice warmth, that's it. In fact, I very quickly fell asleep. (I'm a sleep deprived mom!!) When I woke up, the treatment was OVER.
I was AMAZED.
My legs were extremely smooth and felt very moisturized and pampered. In fact, the entire treatment felt more like a nice relaxing massage session to me than a torturous hair removal session! I simply cannot believe that for once when people promised painless, it really IS painless.
Verdict? A few days later, I realised the skin on my legs not only got smoother, they got fairer and less dry. As for the hair follicles? Weeks later, ONLY HALF OF MY LEG HAIR REMAINED. I cannot believe the amazing results after JUST ONE SESSION!! ONE!!
I AM DEFINITELY GOING BACK THERE TO REMOVE ALL MY UNWANTED HAIR!!!
Really cannot wait to not have to shave my undesirably hairy areas anymore!!!!!! YES!!! :DDD
And yes if you are wondering about the nice photos... I did a photoshoot with Datsumo Labo!
That's coz I am their new Main Image Model!!
And guess what? YOU can be their Maga Image Model!!!!! You could be selected among over 1,000 applicants and debut in their worldwide magazine! :D
Being a Datsumo Labo Maga Image Model has many advantages... You can find more details HERE!
And of course, I know some of you, like me, must be really sick of hair removal problems too and want to give Datsumo Labo a try. If so, good news!
YAY FOR DISCOUNTS!!!
If you wish to find out the prices for Datsumo Labo's hair removal treatments, or make a booking you can check out their website at http://datsumo-labo.com/booking It takes only 40 seconds to book a consultation!!
Or you can also reach them at:
#01-13 International Building
360 Orchard Road, Singapore 238869
Tanjong Pagar Branch
1 Tras Link #02-02, Singapore 078867
Of course, like their facebook page for more awesome deals. :D