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Hairy men rejoice!

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Oooh you’re going to love this!

I popped along to Cannelle beauty salon in Summertown last week for its beauty open day because I wanted to see a new machine they’d had installed and I’m mighty glad I did.


See this gentlemen above, he with all the gel over his gleaming torso? He was very hairy 30 minutes before I took this photo. All over his chest and tummy.

As you of course know, the usual methods of getting rid of chest wigs are waxing (painful, obv, and also liable to grow back under the skin) or IPL. But the usual IPL can be very uncomfortable, so if you’re going to do a big or sensitive area, it can be off-putting.

But lo! This is the next generation laser hair removal machine – called the Soprano ICE because you sing for joy afterwards (not really, but I’m going with it) – and it’s totally painless peeps. They gave it a go on my arm and you really can’t feel a thing. Which means that anyone who has serious hair issues, or even just uncool hairy ears and noses (and let’s face it, there are a lot of them around) can get them sorted out without having to shout their way through the entire English Dictionary of obscenities.

Even better, the machine is much faster than regular IPL, so two lower legs  for example, will take 30 minutes, as will the chest area, and the technique works on all skin colours (including tans) whereas before those with very pale or very dark skins couldn’t have laser hair removal because of possible pigment changes.

I watched this guy have it done and you could still see the hair follicles if you looked closely after he’d been zapped, but apparently these die off in the 10 days or so after the treatment. There is a faint burning smell as the hair is lasered  but other than that it looked rather relaxing – I mean, look at that guy, he’s having a gooooood time.

Obviously it’s all good news for any women who have issues too. I met a lady at the event who’d had her armpits ‘done’ and that strikes me as a rather good idea. It cost her £80, and you have to go back a couple of times but it’s still good value I reckon for smooth party pits for the rest of your life. Also if you have a troublesome upper lip or prickly legs that you’ve been attacking with the razor since your teens, this might be the ideal solution.

I don’t think this machine is available anywhere else in Bucks & Oxon at the moment and it’s so new to Cannelle that it’s not yet up on the website, so get in there fast and sort out your hairy bits for summer!

1, Oakthorpe Rd, Summertown, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7BD. Tel: 01865 511960.


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