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A Visit to Strip Serendra and the Ice Cream Aftercare


Last week, I visited Strip in Serendra, Global City and tried out one of their services courtesy of Hot Young Designers. This trial opportunity was offered to HYD’s blogger partners last August so I no longer expected an update since half a year has already passed. But Ginger from HYD sent out an update that I was one of the few who were approved to try out the offer. And so I did.

I got booked through Ginger and like I said, I visited Serendra’s Ministry of Waxing. Now I have been getting bikini and underarm waxing for a few years now and if I were to give a review of Strip’s services, I’d prefer to try out something different, so I tried out IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Hair Removal.

What is IPL?

Intense pulsed-light hair removal is an advanced and semi-permanent hair reduction method, where beams of specially filtered light are used to disintegrate hair from the root and follicle. New hair growth is delayed and there may not be any re-growth for a percentage of hair.

So I went there for my appointment, and had a little trouble at the front desk because I wasn’t booked. So I was ushered to the waiting area while I made some phone calls to confirm what happened.

industrial chic waiting area

After things were settled, I also had to do some paper work, registration and such. I was then escorted by the therapist who will attend to me. Her name was May Rose and she was this little lady who had all the answers to my questions regarding IPL.

How is this done?

They shave the body area to be treated (no, you should not have waxed before IPL treatment). Put cold gel on the area, and run the handpiece of the machine for a few minutes. It’s warm, it can get a bit hot, there will be snapping sensations every now and then, but that’s it.

How long does a treatment take for underarms and for other body areas?

10-15 minutes for underarm, and upper lip. 45 minutes to a couple of hour for bigger body areas.

How often should the treatment be?

You might think it’s a one-time, big time thing… It isn’t. IPL treatments are usually done every 4 to 6 weeks or until you’re satisfied with how fine your hair is after re-growth, if it even re-grows at all.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is safe. Some may experience mild reddening of the treatment area for a day or so, but other complications are very rare. The machine Strip uses delivers energy to the skin very gently.

IPL machine – that is the most you get to see of the room I was in

Aftercare?

For the next 24 hours, just like after waxing:

  • No hot baths
  • No swimming or sunbathing
  • No heat or UV treatments like sunbeds or saunas
  • No tight clothing
  • No perfumed products on the body area treated including deodorant, anti-perspirant, self-tanner or makeup
  • No touching, scrubbing or rubbing the area (unless you want a bacterial invasion, then be my guest)
  • No intense exercise
  • No extensive sun exposure for at least 4 weeks after treatment. Sun block is strongly recommended.
Then there’s also the Strip Ice Cream that is recommended to be used twice a day for at least 7 days after treatment for soothing, lasting moisture. I went ahead and purchase a 50ml tube for Php 1,750.

Mmm.. Ice cream. Oh, not edible! DX

The price is very steep, I know, but it’s nice. It does feel refreshing. I like it, and I can use it for the next treatment sessions I’m going to have.

The two accommodating ladies from the front desk, and the monkey toy I wanted to take home with me! :3

LOL yes, I liked talking with May and the front desk girls that I considered going back. I was actually very happy with their services, I’ve decided to stay on, get IPL treatment from their expert hands and purchase a package from them to continue what I’ve already tested (of course, there aren’t any proper results I can give my opinion to, just yet).
Since it’s still February, they have a 40% discount going for IPL packages of 6. Until February 29, 2012, instead of paying 30,000 pesos for 6 sessions of IPL, you can have the package for only 18,000 pesos, and you get a Malin+Goetz body care travel kit (worth Php 1650) which I will talk about in detail some other time.
They also got a discount going for the Brazilian waxing but I forgot to ask further details about that. Citibank Platinum & Gold card holders also get further discount for their services. Moving forward, I’ll try to get more updates regarding sales and discounts from Strip.
Seriously, try out Strip Serendra for your hair removal needs. They know how to take care of their customers.

 

Strip is a major sponsor of the Hot Young Designers Fashion Face Off 2011. Support Filipino Designers! Visit HotYoungDesigners.com

 

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Strip: The Ministry of Waxing is an International Hair Removal Concept Store located in Singapore, London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. Over 2,000,000 Bushes Beautifully Pruned and Counting. Don’t get bush-whacked get a Brazilian its the hair removal down under! www.strip-manila.com

 

Strip Serendra
2nd Floor Serendra Bonifacio High St.
Bonifacio Global City Taguig 1634
T 632 901 0892

Strip Greenbelt 5
4th Floor Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center
Makati City 1200
T 632 501 3997

customercare@hareminc.com

* Last photo taken from Strip Manila Facebook page

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2 Comments

  • Reply curious November 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    hey, have you finished all your ipl sessions already? how is it now? if you don’t mind, which part did you do?

    • Reply Joiz November 16, 2012 at 6:44 am

      The package I got is IPL for underarms, and I still have one IPL session left. So far so wonderful. I return every 6 or so weeks because I’m unfortunately kinda “balbon”/hairy and regrowth is kinda fast. But lately, my underarm hair is already fine, and some takes forever to grow now. It’s much finer compared to when I was still shaving/waxing. In fact, I haven’t used a razor at all this year. I’m considering of getting another IPL bundled package for next year since booster packages are discounted. I hope that answers your questions. 🙂

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