I’ve got thick, dark hair and relatively pale skin, and I’ve always had something of a complicated relationship with my body hair.
On the one hand, I’m all about other women and femmes going au natural and I’ve gotten way better at not stressing over people seeing my bod in-between shaves. On the other, while I’d love to be able to feel my most beautiful self when I’m at my hairiest, I just don’t.
Add to that a very persistent ingrown hair problem, and you get a fair bit of stress when it’s time to hit the beach.
My legs aren’t so bad, but my bikini line was a real self-esteem killer.
My usual hair removal routine involved epilating, then shaving and dealing with infuriating ingrown hairs in the interim.
I’ve tried other at-home laser hair removal devices before, but they were painful and tedious – designed to zap one hair at a time – so I felt no desire to keep up with it long enough to achieve results.
That’s why the Sensilight Pro caught my eye. Not only does it have a larger treatment window, so you can zap more hairs at a time, but it’s pain-free.
What is the Sensilight Pro RPL hair removal device?
The Sensilight Pro uses trademarked Reactive Pulsed Light (RPL) technology to permanently reduce hair.
The website claims the device ‘takes the widely-known professional IPL technology one step further, using unique sensors that constantly react to your skin’s specific needs with every single flash, ensuring a safe, fast and effective treatment.’
Faff with the treatments themselves is minimal, but since there’s a literal laser involved, I recommend reading the instructions thoroughly before you start to ensure you don’t hurt yourself.
You will also have to do multiple treatments before you see results.
The handy Quick Guide that comes with the device recommends people do their first one to four treatments two weeks apart, and says you’ll likely have to do three to four treatments before you see any results – which is pretty much exactly how it’s worked with me.
To do a treatment, you first need to pick the setting that’s right for you – there’s a very helpful button on the device that will scan and assign you a setting based on your hair and skin colour.
Once you have the right setting, you just press the treatment window against your skin, press the trigger button to zap and – after a patch test and waiting 48 hours to see if you have a bad reaction – repeat on other areas with unwanted hair, trying not to treat the same area twice.
When you start zapping, shouldn’t feel any pain – if you do, lower the setting.
The device itself is bulky but reletively light, so it’s not too much trouble to handle.
You should cover any tattoos or broken skin you have just to be extra safe because it’s unfortunately very easy to slip and accidentally zap a part that should not be zapped.
You’ll also have to be careful with sun-exposure and wear a high SPF sunscreen if you plan on being in the sun after treatments.
You can shave between treatments, but you shouldn’t pluck or epilate any of your hairs in between zap sessions, which was a tough habit for me to break at first – at least until I started to see results.
I am very pleased to say that the Sensilight Pro does what it says on the tin.
I’ve done four treatments so far but it took around three for bald patches to start appearing on my bikini line, which is the area I’ve been most concerned about since I was a teenager.
I’ve also been treating my calves, where the results have been a little harder to see since I’ve been epilating there for over a decade and started out a bit patchy anyway. I do however feel smoother in-between shaves, which is encouraging.
Is it worth the faff?
Even though there is some lengthy faff involved, the Senslight Pro is definitely worth it.
I’ve still got more treatments to go before all my unwanted hair is gone, but the progress that’s been made after three zappings is very exciting.
The fact that it’s pain-free is also a big plus, meaning I haven’t minded going back every two weeks for another treatment.