Silk’n Flash & Go: A Hair Erasing Review

As an Indian woman I have to say; I got some good DNA. Most South Asian women are blessed with almond eyes, dark skin, dark hair, and great eyebrow shape, it just seems to be that we nailed in that department. There is however, one thing most of wish we had less of – body hair. I don’t know if it’s the same for all women, but most of my Indian girlfriends have sympathized with my stories of being picked on for having more hair on my arms than most of the boys in my sixth grade class (sad but true).

how-I-think-I-look-{Left: How I think I look Right: How I Actually Look}

I know, it’s not a very glamorous topic, and I wasn’t even very sure if I should write about it, but the Silk’n Flash & Go was too good of a find not to share it with you all! Through years of waxing I’ve finally been able to thin out the hair on my arms which used to be my biggest issue, but for the last few years I’ve been more concerned about facial hair. It drives me crazy, is really noticeable when you wear dark lipstick (my favourite), and it makes me self-concious. I’ve looked into having laser hair removal done, and it just isn’t in my budget, so when London Drugs offered me a chance to try out an at home system for permanent hair removal, I was all over it.

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I have to say, there is an initial investment in the Silk’n Flash & Go, it retails for $299.00. Now I know that sounds really pricey, but if you compare it to getting treatments done outside of the home, or buying waxing, shaving, or other hair removal products for life, it’s not a pretty good deal.

Side note: there are no before and after pictures in this post because, seriously, there is no way I’m putting pictures of me with chin hair on the internet, so you’ll just have to use your imagination and visualize. 

Without getting too technical, the Silk’n Flash & Go uses a light based technology to remove the hairs from your face and body permanently. You can use it on your face, underarms, arms, legs, and even your back – although you may need to recruit a friend to help with that! I decided to start by testing it on my upper lip and chin area and have done two treatments to far spaced two weeks apart, and have already seen a 60% hair reduction, and I’m pretty confident that by the time I get to treatment eight, I’ll be almost hair free on my upper lip, which excites me to no end! The hair on my chin is more coarse and I think it will take a least two more treatments for really noticeable results there.

So far, I’m really impressed with the ease of use, the results, and the comfort level of using the Silk’n Flash & Go. I experienced a little discomfort and soreness for about half an hour after each use, which isn’t really any worse than waxing.  The only downfall I can see so far is that the device uses a cartridge that fires a certain number of pulses and then you do have replace it. From what I’ve read online if you want to do your legs you will likely need 3-4 cartridges for the full treatment and each cartridge is about $35, but again; still cheaper than a lifetime of shaving supplies. It’s not a budget item, but definitely a worthwhile investment.

So there you have it. Today you learned that I used to have hairy sasquatch arms, I currently battle with chin hairs, and I love my dark brown almond eyes. How’s that for a random close to a blog post – because what would a visit to Pink Chai be without some random ,vague, and incomplete thoughts!

Note: if you choose to try out this product, please read all the directions and pay close attention to the warnings.

Disclosure: I received a Silk’n Flash & Go device to test out from London Drugs, but all the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. You can learn more about the Silk’n here, and if you want to show London Drugs some love, you can find them on Facebook here.

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16 Comments

  1. January 30, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Wow, if that works like you say, it’s worth the investment! It would be a dream to be hair free. not on the head :)

    • February 1, 2014 / 11:53 am

      I am loving it Salma. The next thing I’m going to do is the underarms … I would love to not have to worry about hair there!

  2. October 19, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    So you’ve only tried it on your chin so far? Nowhere else?
    I’m curious because I also got this and I wanted to know if you got a couple random dark spots from it too (think a tiny dark dark freckle). I’m positive it’s from the machine but I wanted to see if anyone else had the problem too. I didn’t think it would do that since my skin is fair.
    I can say it seemed to be working a bit for toe & knuckle hair lol.
    Since you use the full setting, I’m sure your results will be better than mine, but I have tried it (on treatment 6 next) and posted pictures (anonymous or not, I will not post a underarm pic lol).
    Good-luck I hope your treatments for underarms work better than mine (still waiting for it to work and i’m on treatment 8!).
    http://anona-beau.blogspot.ca/2014/10/silkn-flash.html

  3. Pooja
    December 13, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Hi I want to buy this thing but to do upper lips do u have to shave them

    • December 15, 2014 / 7:37 am

      Hi Pooja, I didn’t shave my upper lip. Hope that helps!

      • Pooja
        December 15, 2014 / 8:19 am

        Hi Raj
        Thanks for the prompt response. One quick question though – if u didn’t shave your upper lips did you got threading done before that or plucked or tweezed them and waited for a few days? Also when u used flash n go once what would u do in between treatments “thread or tweeze”. Once again thank u for taking the time to respond to my question.

        Take care
        Pooja

        • December 15, 2014 / 6:10 pm

          Hi Pooja, I used to bleach the hair on my upper lip before using the machine. Between treatments I didn’t do anything, just let it be.

  4. Pooja
    December 16, 2014 / 11:57 am

    Thank you Raj for sharing ur experience. Just wanted to say your blog is awesome :)

  5. upinder
    May 31, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Hi Raj,

    I am planning to buy this product.
    Will this product work in india, because of the difference in voltages of the electricity in US/India – 110V/220V.

    Thanks for your help.

    • June 2, 2015 / 6:21 am

      Hi There,
      I’m not really sure how the machine would do with the voltage change. When I was in India recently my dual voltage blow dryer worked, but the power level was very low, and my hair straightener didn’t work at all. Sorry I can’t be more help!

  6. Sonia
    August 13, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Hi Raj, I hope you can help. I’m considering buying the Flash & Go however I’m unsure about its suitability because of my skin tone. I’ve read it’s not suitable for dark skin at all, only fair skin. I am medium Indian skin tone and tan easily. I assumed it wasn’t suitable (I know there is a skin suitability indicator when using the unit – but that time I will have spent the money). So my question is, how would you describe your skin tone? Which of the photos on the blog is most accurate? (Pic next to Disney princess or photo under ‘hello & welcome’ banner wearing red, navy, white print suit? Your skin tone looks very different in these two photos. I would say I’m closer to the pic of you screen printing. And has it worked long term? Many thanks!

    • August 14, 2015 / 8:07 am

      Hi Sonia – In the winter my skin tends to lighten up (like the picture next to the Disney Princess), and I used the machine in December/January. The picture in the sidebar was taken after I spent a week in the sun in India so I’m definitely tanned in it.

      I haven’t tried it in the summer and am waiting until fall to use it on my arms when they’ve lightened up a bit. Hope that helps!

  7. Helen K
    March 15, 2016 / 2:32 am

    is that really 100% permanent hair removal??? where u buy?

  8. Jessica
    March 15, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Karmin makes the best in my opinion

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