As somebody who runs a blog dedicated to home hair removal, I think I’m well qualified to say that the names they give some of these products are really not very good, and tell you basically nothing about what the product even does. Take the Tria, for example. The name could mean anything. The Silk’n SensEpil takes it a step further and makes it sound kind of nonsensical and ridiculous. The NoNo isn’t the worst name out there by a long shot, but it still makes you shake your head and wonder, “What IS a NoNo??”
Well, It’s Sort Of Like A Laser, Except With Heat
Of the three most popular hair removers out there, the other two being the aforementioned Tria and SensEpil, the NoNo is the only product that uses heat instead of light to get the job done. Interestingly, the process is very similar, since the lasers that come out of the competitors are actually converted to heat within the hair, anyway.
When the heat of the NoNo is absorbed by the hair follicle, it travels down the shaft of the hair, where it actually causes a chemical disruption within the hair of the root itself. It shakes it up and confuses the root, basically, so that the hair has trouble coming back. The process takes a few months to get going, but most people find that after some use, they ONLY NEED TREATMENTS EVERY COUPLE MONTHS TO KEEP THE SKIN SMOOTH AND HAIRLESS!
How Do You Use It?
Like the laser products, all you need to do is slowly move the comfortably small and hand-held NoNo along your skin and it goes to work, sending heat into your hair. It’s a gentle heat, to be sure, so this is a painless process – absolutely nothing like the nightmare that is waxing.
The NoNo is smaller than the competition, so it’s easy to take with you when you travel. I’ve actually used it while traveling in the UK.
How Does This Differ From The Light-Based Treatments?
The process I described above is pretty darn close to what happens when you do home laser treatments, but there are a couple important distinctions to draw to understand what sets the NoNo apart from the other guys.
The downside to using heat, rather than light, is that the results frankly just do not last as long. While the lasers promise (and deliver) what is ultimately permanent hair removal, the NoNo only works for a matter of months. Obviously, going months without a treatment is better than shaving on the regular, but never needing a treatment again is better.
The very obvious upside, though, is that unlike the laser gizmos, the NoNo will work for absolutely anyone.
One of the big problems with laser treatments, both the home versions and the professional ones, is that before the light becomes heat, it is absorbed by the melanin, or pigment in the hair. You may remember from health class, though, that melanin is also what gives color to the skin. Can you see where I’m going with this?
If you have dark skin and seek out laser treatments, the pros won’t treat you, and the safety features built into the Tria or Silk’n SensEpil will prevent the products from evening functioning! On the other hand, the NoNo will work without problem just because of that basic difference in its operation.
My opinion would be that while the NoNo is a good product for anybody, it really excels at treating people who are simply unable to use the light-based products on the market. It’s very simple to use, and doesn’t hurt, and the results last for months. That said, I would personally rather opt for the permanent results of a product like the Tria, but it’s not an option for everybody.
Hopefully by this point, you’re no longer wondering, “What is a NoNo?” If you’d like to read a longer review of the product, click here, or if you’d like to check out the official word, check out the official site here.