My Silk’n Flash & Go Review: Did It Work For Me?

If you would have told me 10 years ago about a device that removes body hair permanently by flashing a light on it, I would have been in absolute hysterics. What’s next? A machine that does my make-up by ringing a bell? Right at its surface level, it just sounds absurd. Yet here I am, posting up a Silk’n Flash & Go review, which is actually the second home hair removal product I’ve reviewed that uses HPL, or Home Pulsed Light.

If you’re still shaving you obviously haven’t heard of this product, or have been bitten by other, more dubious home HPL products before. Well, allow me to change your mind. In short, THE SILK’N FLASH AND GO GOT RID OF MY HAIR FOR GOOD!

The Silk'n Flash & Go: A Quick Lowdown…

I mentioned that this is the second device I’ve reviewed using Home Pulsed Light, the other one being its predecessor, the Silk’n SensEpil. If you’ve read my review of that product, you’ll already know that the technology is legit, and has worked before, not just on me, but on countless other happy users. Naturally, this one has also been FDA-cleared for PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL!

The Silk’n Flash & Go looks a little bit like a pricing gun or hair dryer with a light on the business end of it. Right away, the first thing I noticed when I opened the box was that the unit is a lot more compact than its older brother. Unlike the SensEpil, which had an applicator tethered to a fairly large base unit for power, the Flash and Go plugs directly into the wall, which makes it quite a bit more convenient for reaching difficult areas.

If you’ve read a few Silk’n Flash and Go reviews or looked at the promotional material, you'll know that this product is aimed at people looking to treat smaller, more sensitive areas of the body than the SensEpil can comfortably reach. It’s approved for use on any part of the body below the cheek lines. In fact, one of things I like most about the Flash & Go is how simple it is to use on face, which was not terribly easy with the older device because of it's size. The technology is the same as what’s in the SensEpil, but the Flash & Go puts it in a more compact package.

One of the more popular articles on this site recently has been Beth Roberts' Tria Laser Hair Removal review, and if you’ve read it, you'll no doubt notice some similarities between the Tria and the Silk'n Flash & Go.

However, if you were to compare these products up close, you would quickly see that the Flash & Go is a BIG improvement on the older Tria laser.

The Tria is certainly not a bad home hair removal device; it's just the people at Silk'n have taken what the Tria got right, combined it with what people liked about the Sensepil, and came up with what might be THE BEST HOME HAIR REMOVAL PRODUCT ON THE MARKET!

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So, How Does The Silk'n Flash & Go Work?

I don’t think you’d be able to find a single Silk’n Flash and Go review that would call using it difficult. It’s easy enough (not to mention safe enough and comfortable enough) for a baby to use, were babies to have a problem with unwanted body hair. You put it against your skin, it flashes, you're done. Yeah, really…that’s it!

The Flash & Go is also 100% pain-free to use. Imagine a a very light snap, or tiny shock of static electricity. That's what we're talking here. You can even adjust the intensity level to whatever you’re comfortable with, so if you have super sensitive skin you can keep it turned down, but even the highest setting is still very comfortable. (I was actually frustrated that when I first got it, it was locked on a low setting. This is actually a safety feature to protect new users, and I was able to find instructions on the official website about how to override that.)

The SensEpil had a big, clunky applicator light that made the whole thing seem a little like a defibrillator (which was unsettling; nobody wants to associate smooth, beautiful skin and cardiac arrest). The advantage of this big applicator though, was that it made it relatively easy to do large parts of the body. The HPL on the Flash & Go is much, much smaller, but this makes it so much easier to use on small places. I decided to try using it first on my chin and upper lip.

I only spent a minute or two treating my face, so I figured I may as well go ahead and do my armpits, which took less than 10 minutes. Overall, it does deliver on its promise of quick treatment, despite the relatively small treatment platform. The official website gives an estimate of about 30 minutes to do both legs, and based on my experience, I would guess that this figure is pretty accurate.

The Part You Care About: Silk'n Flash & Go's RESULTS

The instructions say to use the Flash & Go every two weeks to begin with and then monthly as the hair goes away. Of course, once your hair is totally gone you can stop using it completely. I’ve read some Silk’n Flash & Go reviews that suggest using it more than this at first to speed up treatment, but this actually isn’t helpful. Hair grows in cycles, and the Home Pulsed Light is actually only effective at disabling hair growth during the “active growth” part of the cycle. The two week treatment schedule optimizes the effect of the HPL within the cycle.

Because you’re actually supposed to shave first, I had to wait for few weeks to see how much hair grew back after my first treatment. Thankfully, I've never had a heavy amount of hair on my face, but I will admit to a fair amount of fuzz on my upper lip and a little on my cheeks (I used to clear these areas by shaving) plus the odd couple of rouge hairs on my chin.

That said, I still wasn't expecting to see any significant results for at least 8-10 weeks give or take.

So the actual results shocked me. I HAD VISIBLE RESULTS AFTER JUST TWO TREATMENTS!

Now, I’m not talking mind-blowing, in-your-face results. In fact, I doubt anybody but myself would have noticed. But I’ve scrutinized my face for years, and I’m pretty intimately familiar with it. When the time came for my third Flash & Go treatment, just 6 weeks after receiving it, I took a close look in the mirror and thought, Oh wow, it’s already working!

It’s been decades since I let my underarm hair grow wild and free, but I would imagine I have roughly the normal amount for a woman. Obviously, I am not as intimately familiar with my armpits as I am with my face, so I didn’t notice results quite as quickly. After just 4 treatments, though, there was clearly less hair coming back in.

I lost track, but I only did the treatments on my upper lip and chin a few more times before I stopped. It’s been months, and no hair has come back.

Again, my armpits took longer than the face, because there was quite a bit more hair. Still, by about the 6th or 7th treatment, I was having really remarkable results. I was using it less often, only about every month or so, because much, much less hair was coming back in. The hair itself that was coming in would be thinner, too. What used to be a dark shadow of stubble between shavings became lighter and lighter.

In about 5 months, I permanently eradicated the hair from my armpits, ALL WHILE WATCHING TV!

(Ok, ok, I did other stuff, too, but that line was just too good not to use. I actually didn’t watch as much TV with this one as I have with other hair removal products, mainly because our satellite connection has been so poor. Sorry, ignore my ramblings. Let's get this review back on track…)

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I Thought It Might Be Magic, Turns Out It Was Science

It was only a few years ago that the only real option people had for permanently removing body hair was getting a series of very expensive laser treatments. Now, you can do the exact same thing sitting on the carpet in your living rom. You do it on your schedule, at your pace, and it costs a fraction of what they were charging. And it works almost the same way!

The Home Pulsed Light works very much like the lasers used in those professional clinics. The ultra bright light is absorbed by the hair shaft pigment, generating heat which disables the growth. Without delving too much into the theory of selective photothermolysis, each treatment weakens the hair so that it doesn’t want to grow back. MOST USERS SEE GREAT RESULTS WITHIN 6 TREATMENTS!

In a two-year, multicenter clinical study, Home Pulsed Light was proven to be both safe and effective at removing unwanted body hair. Think about it: this wasn’t a one-off, bogus “study” designed to produce some quotable statistic; this was a long-term examination of facts and evidence that proved, conclusively, what millions of people already knew.

Silk'n Flash&Go Drawbacks? Minor, If At All


Because melanin plays such a vital role in the HPL’s ability to target the hair, people with a lot of melanin in their skin face the same problems they would with the professional laser services. To put it bluntly, while most people can use this product safely, at this current point in time the technology is just not safe for use on the darkest of skin tones. (If you’re worried, though, remember that with the 30-DAY GUARANTEE, you can simply return it for a full refund if it doesn’t work on your skin.)

When you first turn it on, and then at intervals while you’re using it, the Flash & Go will do a test on your skin to make sure it’s safe to continue using. The HPL won’t even flash if it isn't safe.

It’s also worth noting that as the sun directly affects your skin tone, (and thus, potentially your ability to use the Flash & Go) it’s important to watch the amount of sun you’re getting before, during, and after treatments. Just remember to use a good sunscreen. Silk'n actually recommend staying out of the sun for 3, or ideally 4 weeks both before and after the treatments.

I read a couple Silk’n Flash and Go reviews that suggested that the replaceable HPL cartridges could, potentially, be a problem, though nobody actually seemed to complain about it and I certainly haven't had any problems.

The HPL cartridges for the SensEpil are only good for about 750 pulses, while a Silk'n Flash and Go cartridge lasts an easy 1000 pulses. When you consider that people are largely going to be using this device on small areas that don’t require too many flashes, you start to realize just how far one cartridge will go.

That said, while you can use the Silk'n Flash & Go on basically any part of your body, the smaller size of its light pulse window means that treating larger parts of your body such as your chest or back will take quite a while and you maybe better with the Silk'n Sensepil which has the larger light pulse window.

My advice would be that if you plan on removing hair from smaller parts of your body such as your face, arms, underarms, bikini line, it will definitely be easier with the Flash and Go. But if your primary concern is going to be back, chest, stomach or legs, I would recommend the Silk’n SensEpil as the device for you.

Verdict: Worth Every Penny

Frustration caused by unwanted body hair was the seed that started this website, and this same frustration is I expect, what lead you here. Let’s face it, dealing with body hair as a regular part of our daily routine just sucks, and most of us would be eager to cut it out if we could afford it. Well, now pretty much every can afford Silk’n Flash & Go permanent hair removal.

It used to cost thousands of dollars to get results like this in a clinic, spa, or salon. Let me rephrase that: it still costs thousands of dollars to get it done in places like that! The Silk’n Flash and Go lets you do it on your own schedule, in your own home, FOR A LITERAL FRACTION OF THE COST!

And what’s your time worth? Shaving takes up time, time that could be spent elsewhere. It doesn’t seem like much, a little here, a little there, but over the years, it really adds up. So do those years of shaving cream and razors. If you look at it like that, the Flash and Go pays for itself many times over.

Of course, despite all of this, the company still realizes that most of us don’t have a couple hundred bucks just built into our hair removal budgets, so they make it a little easier on the wallet with an Easy Pay system that lets you pay in monthly installments.

Well, I guess that’s about all I’ve got to say about it. To sum up my Silk’n Flash & Go review in a few words: it works, try it! I know it sounds a little too good to be true, but this really is a light that PAINLESSLY, EASILY, AND PERMANENTLY REMOVES HAIR! And if you don’t believe me, that’s fine, because you know what? You can try a Silk’n Flash & Go test with absolutely no risk to you with their 30-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE! Just remember, that particular bargain is only available from the official Silk’n website, and only until they decide not to offer it anymore.

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    • avatar says

      I would advise against tweezing because it’s possible to affect the root that way. Remember- it works because the light travels down into the root and affects it while it’s in your skin. I’d recommend just shaving until you don’t have to anymore :)

    • avatar says

      It’s actually not officially recommended for breasts. I think this has to do with the fact that the skin of areola is quite often a darker color than the rest of the skin, meaning it’s more likely to absorb light/heat. I’m wary of recommending something against the official guidelines for use, but most people seem to think the restrictions they put in place are just to protect them in the case of something going completely haywire. If your nipples aren’t too dark to be affected negatively, I don’t see why it wouldn’t remove the hairs.

    • avatar says

      I’d actually recommend using it almost every day at first when you get it, because the results are cumulative. The more time you can spend doing it now, the less time you’ll have to spend doing it later!


  1. avatarJoheen says

    The product seems to be great for smaller areas, but if I were to use it on my legs, would the cartridge last long enough to complete the treatments?  Thanx.

    • avatar says

      Hi, Joheen. It really depends on if you’re doing other parts of your body, too. If you’re just doing your legs, it will probably last long enough, but in that case you might be better off with a SensEpil, anyway for the bigger light. I’d bet you could get away with doing a very small area, like part of the face, as well as the legs, but YMMV. (Cartridges are pretty cheap for what they do, IMHO, so I’d recommend using it on one part of your body, and if you like it, use it elsewhere until you need another cartridge, or just buy some in advance.)

  2. avatarcharlie says

    Great product! It really works and it’s really easy! My only problem is I have to hide it from my daughter who likes to pretend its a price scanning gun like at the grocery store! :)


  3. avatarxena Reyna says

    I had the Tria. I do like this one better because it’s overall quicker to use but I wish it was cordless like the Tria. The cord is long enough to reach anywhere, though.


  4. avatarrenee says

    There’s really no good reason to shave anymore. If you’re still shaving, you’re wasting time and money. Flash and Go is the wave of the future, I promise. Every other method will become obsolete.


  5. avatarmelanie says

    Both my sister and I use the Flash & Go. She used the No No before but this is obviously better because it lasts forever. We both recommend using it because it does work – just do it every 2 weeks at first and you’ll see results soon!


  6. avatarishbel says

    it took me like 8 months to finally get rid of all the hair. it just kept coming back! if that’s supposed to be fast i hate to be slow!


  7. avatarVictoria says

    The SensEpil review mentions counterfit fakes of it you should look out for does this have the same problem or can I get one anywhere and it will be fine?


    • avatar says

      While I haven’t heard any specific accounts of people getting a fake one of these, it is a new product, and as it grows in popularity I imagine we’ll probably start hearing about fake Flash and Gos, too, which is another reason I typically recommend getting one from the source.


  8. avatarria wood says

    I did my legs and then my arms with the Sensepil but it was too bulky for my underarms or anything. Now I’m doing my bikini line and underams with the Flash & Go and it’s perfect :) Seeing results now, know they’ll be great based on experience with SensEpil.


    • avatar says

      I think it’s as good as the SensEpil, really. They’re two different products that do almost the same thing, but the SensEpil is better for larger areas, while the Flash and Go is great for smaller areas that are hard to reach with the SensEpil.


  9. avatarAimee-leigh says

    got this a while ago, used it, no hair has come back. the other day i told my teammates about it and my friend said she was wondering why i never had any stubble :-) flash and go ftw!


    • avatar says

      It really works best if you do a fresh shave beforehand, because it makes it easier for the light to hit its target, which is the follicle buried within your skin. If you want it to work as quickly as possible, do yourself a favor and shave!


  10. avatarFaith says

    Bought this for my wife a while ago. It worked really well for her and she loved it, so I’m actually planning on working my neckbeard with it. Wish me luck!


  11. avatarjabe says

    So my sister has one of those NoNo devices that do a sort of similar thing. I was trying to find out more about those because I wanted one but this seems much better since it is permanent. Thanks for writing this!


    • avatar says

      The most negative effect you might ever see on the skin, and it probably won’t even happen, is some slight redness that dissipates within an hour or so. The Flash and Go has been designed so it simply can’t affect your skin in a detrimental way :)


  12. avatarRachel Denehy says

    I actually have some scars from an accident on one of the parts I want to treat. Will this affect treatment in any way or should I avoid it because of this issue?


  13. avatarNatasha says

    OK my question has to do with how I’m bad with schedules and stuf LOL…. let’s say I miss a treatment…. does that mean I have to start all over from scratch? or continue where i left?


    • avatar says

      It works progressively, so if you miss a treatment, just do it when you can and get back on schedule. You don’t have to start over, you’ll just take ever so slightly longer to finally complete your treatments.


    • avatar says

      The reason you shave first is that it works not on the hair sticking out of your skin, but on the follicle cell itself underneath the skin. Shaving makes it easier for the light to hit the follicle, which means less time until your hair stops coming back altogether :)


  14. avatarUta O says

    i thought it was going to be quicker overall but i guess i can’t really complain considering i got rid of the hair forever in a few months


  15. avatarberie says

    Thanks for doing this write up! I heard about the Flash & Go recently but it’s been hard to find really solid user reviews. I actually ordered one based on your recommendation – just did my 4th treatment and I’m excited to say I can see it working! Wanted to post that!


  16. avataraubrette says

    lol you’re right – i really have no idea how much i’ve spent on shaving cream and razors over the years, not to mention my ocassional forays into waxing or using depilitory creams, etc. flash and go is so much better!


  17. avatarEllie S says

    Just to clarify – I can use this on my face? Because other products I thought I could and then found out I couldn’t…


    • avatar says

      The technology is powerful enough that it would be potentially dangerous had they not spent countless dollars designing a very safe product consumers could use without danger in their own homes. So no, it’s not dangerous :)


    • avatar says

      Unfortunately, no, you’ll just be wasting your time, honestly. The 2 week schedule takes into account the natural hair growth cycle – since the Flash and Go is only effective during certain parts of the cycle, it works best when you follow the suggested schedule.


  18. avatarZem says

    been checking out some hair removers online and this sounds like one of the better one…. a lot don’t seem to mention fda cleared or anything so it seems more legit will let you know how it works


  19. avatarmehret says

    I’m a guy and I bought this to get rid of some chest hair because I’m planning on getting a tattoo of a tiger riding a dragon and and the word WARRIOR in old English letters on my chest. I was worried it was aimed at women, who no doubt have thinner hair than I do on my chest, but it actually did the trick! Cheers!


  20. avatarSkye says

    Can I use this for tanning? I’ve been looking for something like that i’d be cool if it removes hair too thanks!


  21. avatarsamanthabarlow says

    We bought one of these for our mom, but we were a little wary at first that it would be difficult for her to use because she’s not very good with technology. Well our fears were unfounded, it really is as simple to use as you said. And she loves it :) thanks!


    • avatar says

      Not really. Some people get some very short-lasting mild redness on their skin (we’re talking like an hour), but even that doesn’t happen to most people, and when it does it’s on the highest intensity settings.


  22. avatarscarlett says

    Thanks for posting this, Ginny! I was looking for something like this and I didn’t realize Silk’n made a new one that is more what I’m looking for (The SensEpil’s bulky light is a deal breaker for me).


  23. avatarSarah says

    I actually bought this because I was looking at the Tria and I found some reviews like this one that said it’s better. I can’t say for the Tria since I never used it but the Flash and Go is a great product, it works exactly like you said!


    • avatar says

      Yes, it’s really painless! Like I said, it feels like a little snap. It’s got different levels of intensity, too, and most people tend to turn it to one of the lower settings when using it on a more sensitive area like the bikini line. If you’re used to waxing, it should be a walk in the park :-)


  24. avatarmadeleine says

    Hair today, gone tomorrow! Sorry, couldn’t resist :) I love this thing, too, thanks for posting, I’m going to send to a friend I was explaining Flash and Go to.


    • avatar says

      I’m not aware of any clinic that uses the Flash and Go specifically, but the technology is very similar to what they use in hair removal clinics, although it’s going to cost you a whole lot less. It’s also more convenient and the results are identical!


  25. avatarzoot1Iethae says

    I get that you have to shave before you do it each time, but what about in between treatments before you’re done? Do you still shave as you normally do?


    • avatar says

      Yes and no. While you will probably want to shave between treatments, just to keep your skin smooth the way you like it, you’ll find that as you progress, you’ll have to shave less and less simply because less and less comes back, and it takes longer!


  26. avataramelie says

    I’ve been watching TV shows on Netflix while I use the Flash and Go on my legs. Honestly the timing is about perfect 😀 I almost wish I had MORE hair to remove LOL!


    • avatar says

      Well, in my case, because I did it on my face, and I know really well what my face looks like, I saw results after the second treatment, and a lot of other people do, too. That said, Silk’n says that most users see GREAT results within just 6 treatments!


  27. avatarLauren Bishop says

    hi i’m a teen user just wanted to give my two cents: the flash and go is easy to use and does wat it says, i recommend it to everybody :)


    • avatar says

      Oh, I don’t think, I KNOW it’s worth it :) Consider this – having just one area treated at a clinic or salon is going to run you in the neighborhood of $1600 – $2500. I’ll say it’s very easily worth it!


    • avatar says

      I’ll work on getting some of my own (unfortunately I didn’t take any specific “before” pics of the areas I treated, so I have to see what I can dig up), but until then, you can click on over to the official site and see some there.


  28. avatarkassandra says

    I used to use the No No but I bought this because it’s supposed to be really permanent. So far the results are good but we’ll have to wait and see if the hair comes back… fingers crossed!


  29. avatarMoonce says

    Is this the same one I saw in Teen Vogue magazine? I remember seeing it and it sounded interesting but you’ve got a lot more info…


  30. avatarlilly says

    I didn’t have visible results in 2 treatments like you did but by the 4th I could tell it was making a difference, and then by the 6th it was looking really good and it was only a couple more times after that. I think it works more as it builds up in your skin or something.


    • avatar says

      Well, for one thing, it’s FDA-cleared to actually do what it says. There’s also a money-back guarantee, and if you look around, I will guarantee you find a lot more positive reviews on it than just mine. It really is awesome :)


  31. avatarSonja says

    I actually have a Silk’n SensEpil too but like you said it doesnt really reach every area I want to reach but it did my legs perfect so I knew it was a winner…. the Flash and Go does the same good job but reaches smaller areas. love it!


  32. avatarisobel blake says

    the reason i bought this was i had an embarassing issue with hair above my lip. i was worried it was going to be difficult painful and time consuming and i also worried it would make my face red where i used it. well i was wrong on all counts – the flash and go is a great painless way to remove facial hair and it only takes a couple minutes :-)


  33. avatareloise says

    The Flash & Go is awesome! I wasn’t convinced it would work until I tried it, took a few times before I noticed real results but a cople months later its all gone!


    • avatar says

      Unfortunately, it’s not. I think the Tria really got that part right, but the Flash & Go’s cord is long enough that’s not a problem to reach any area, and you don’t ever have to worry about waiting for the battery to recharge or wear out.


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