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A few months ago, Moonberry posted about QPX hair removal. I had said to her that I was fascinated. I am not a fan of hair on my legs or underarms, and I’ve yet to find a great removal method. I usually cut myself shaving. Waxing hurts like hell. When my MIL introduced me to threading, I said to her that the Indian Army could use it as a torture device and would get answers far easier than by waterboarding or any other method. I’ve heard of sugaring, but haven’t found a place that offers it locally. I usually default to waxing grudgingly…unlike back home, there’s no part of the year where you can just be lazy about hair removal as it’s always shorts and tank top weather.
When I was asked if I wanted to try a QPX underarm session at ONLYaesthetics in exchange for a blog post, I said sure. To be honest, I’d been planning to try it anyway, so I was happy to accept.
I went to the ONLYaesthetics at Singapore Shopping Centre across from the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. In typical Crystal fashion I turned to the right from the elevators and went all the way around the floor only to find them immediately to the left of the elevators. I have awesome powers of direction.
As you can see, the waiting room/lobby skews ultra modern and a little funky (I love the light fixture, which resembles a spider if you’re under it) as opposed to “spa”.
I checked in and was taken to a treatment room. Very clean, very efficient. I was asked to remove my shirt and put on a robe and some sunglasses (as the treatment uses lasers). The machine on the left is the laser.
The procedure itself took maybe 10 to 15 minutes, probably less.
They shaved my underarms (they said that it’s idea to have shaved 2 days prior for just the right amount of growth in the hair follicle) and then put some gel (think ultrasound gel–I think it *is* ultrasound gel) and then touched a wand slowly around the underarm. I felt the occasional snap, like a rubber band. They said the snaps happen when the laser encounters a very thick hair follicle. Not entirely painless, but significantly less painful than waxing. It was then repeated on the other side.
ONLYaesthetics posted the following video of the process on their youtube channel.
The aesthetician told me I shouldn’t use deodorant for 24 hours post the procedure (this, I wish I’d known in advance…I’d really like to be able to plan when I won’t be deoderized against the equatorial heat). The reason she gave was that the chemicals in the deodorant would negatively interact with the light from the lasers, which I was told stays under the skin for 24 hours. I was a little skeptical, but in order to assess how well it worked, I forewent the deodorant for 24 hours.
I was also told that a side benefit of the process is that it can lighten your skin. However, I’m white as a ghost, so the only way I’m getting whiter is if I become translucent. I won’t be able to talk about the efficacy of that claim.
Afterward I was told that I should expect to stay hairless for up to 5 weeks. I have not yet booked a follow up…I am waiting to see how long it lasts compared to waxing to see which method I’m going to ultimately do long term. But if I like the results, I’m booking another session for underarms and a full leg session the moment I’m back. It’s not that much more expensive than waxing and not even in the same galaxy in terms of discomfort. I’m not yet a convert, but give it a month…if I’m still hairless or relatively hairless, I’ll be a dedicated user of the process.
The major benefit of the qpx is that if you do it continuously over 2 years (they recommend every other month, perhaps every month for the first 6 if you have thick hair follicles) the hair removal is ultimately permanent. As someone who is lazy at heart, the idea of permanent hair removal is pretty awesome.
I’ll let you know when I’m back from the US if I did end up booking another session and what the results are like several weeks out. At 48-ish hours, there is no re-growth.
ONLYaesthetics offers an a la carte pricing of $25 SGD per session for underarm hair removal or you can buy a 2 year package (with visits every other month) at a discounted price. As an expat who is here on a non-specific contract (we could be here for years, or we could get transferred to another office at a moment’s notice) I would likely skew conservative and do the a la carte pricing. If you are on a specific contract or are a resident/PR here, I’d obviously go for the money saving package.
ONLYaesthetics also does partial and full leg, facial hair, and bikini hair removal. They also offer teeth whitening services.
Contact ONlyaesthetics at
ONLYaesthetics™ @ Holland Village
25A Lorong Mambong
Tel: 6314 4434
ONLYaesthetics™ @ Dhoby Ghaut
190 Clemenceau Ave
Singapore Shopping Centre #05-03
Tel: 6338 4434