Tanda ‘me my elos’ – Professional Hair Removal System (trial & review)

 

Let’s face it; removing one’s body hair is a chore. Now imagine a scenario where you can have that same body hair basically completely removed, painlessly & permanently, all within the comfort and privacy of your own home AND by effecting only a few 30-minute sessions. Yes … I was pretty certain you’d like the idea!  This is what the revolutionary new Tanda’s ‘me my elos’ unit aims to accomplish, helping you to get ready for the upcoming beach season – and beyond!

According to the company:

“From the scientists that invented IPL and elōs professional technology now comes mē, a clinically proven permanent hair reduction device at the privacy of your own home.”

 

the sealed box


the self-explanatory exterior


another side of the box


the back of the box


final box side


contents seen well protected


initial view of contents


informative dvd should not be skipped!




the palm-sized ‘me’ handset

Let me preface this by stating that this is NOT an at-home laser unit.  I wish to also add that while I’ve been praying for something like this to come along and lighten the load body-hair wise, I also entered this experiment with all my skepticism fully intact.

The ‘me’ employs 2 types of technology to effectively and permanently eliminate unwanted body hair:

“elōs is the first and only technology that combines the power of both IPL (Intense Pulse Light) and RF (radio frequency energy). Developed by IPL inventor and patent holder (Dr. Shimon Eckhouse), this revolutionary technology effectively overcomes the safe and procedural limitations of laser and IPL devices.

elōs technology is a unique combination of RF and IPL. using gentle pulses of two targeted energies enables better results that can be achieved with lower overall energy output and with the highest level of safety and comfort.

mē is the first elōs at home professional technology hair removal device leveraging on safe and 10 years of proven clinical results.”

Upon opening the box, you’ll note a small booklet and a dvd inside (and right on top), both of which give comprehensive and clearly detailed instructions of how to properly use this device, and should NOT be skipped.  I found the dvd very useful in preparing me for what to expect and the book, especially for the first couple of sessions, was always at my side for easy reference.

Allow me to point out that while I may not be excessively hairy to begin with, I definitely have enough, with my body hair itself being fairly dark-hued.

Since I used to regularly shave, I approached my first session with the ‘me’ by first allowing my hair (legs, bikini, underarms) to grow for 2 weeks, then shaving only the day of my first treatment – keep in mind that you should avoid applying any moisturizers on the areas about to be treated. (fig. 2).  With an ordinary kitchen timer by my side to ensure I stayed within the prescribed time limits for each section, and using a folded towel (both to sit on as well as to wipe down any perspiration that may form), I found it useful to perform the treatments in front of a full length mirror in order to visually monitor my progress.  For the first session, I began with my legs (fig. 1), starting from the knee down then working my way up, followed by the bikini area, and ending with the underarms.  I found that by the time I got to my underarms, however, that I was perspiring in that area somewhat, which made using the device a little awkward as it seemed to snag on my dampened skin.  For all subsequent treatments, I began with my underarms, which eliminated that issue completely.

The regular bursts of light that emanate from the device are rather bright, so I tried to avoid looking at it directly while in use.  There is a popping sound as the device is working, which you quickly get used to and you should work at a steady pace to prevent the unit from staying in one place for too long. I found the sensation not only 100% painless, but actually comfortable; the only time I felt any warmth was in the more sensitive areas such as the bikini and underarms.

In the time I had allotted for the bikini area, I also ran the device along my lower abdomen (from the belly-button to just above the bikini), and I’m pleased to state that that section is now hair-free as well!

It is recommended to space the first 6 sessions 2 weeks apart, which is exactly what I did (each session was recorded in advance on my phone with a reminder, and I was consistent with the time of day I performed them as well, not that that’s mandatory – it just made it easier for me to remember!) For the sake of thorough testing, I would shave only the day of each session; this way I could monitor the speed with which any new hair grew and if it were in fact diminishing at all.

By the 3rd session (fig. 4), I was in for a fabulous shock: the hair in the bikini area was about 95% gone, and the resulting skin left baby smooth. GONE!

After the 4th session (fig. 5), I noticed how slowly any new hair on my legs grew, and how incredibly sparse at that.

My underarms were not as successful, but that could possibly be due to the fact that there’s definitely more hair per square inch in that small area than any other part of my body (save my head!) and that I wasn’t treating the area as thoroughly. That being said, I now notice that there has been some hair reduction there and what grows back, comes in at a much slower rate. Still, that’s a work in progress but I’m determined to succeed there too!

I completed my 6th session last week, and since then I have found that:

  • the bikini area is virtually hair-free (99.99%)
  • any new hair growth on the legs is a very light and imperceptible stubble
  • underarm hair growth has declined somewhat and is much finer

What’s left now is basically maintenance and follow-up treatments and seeing as how there is no maximum number of times that this device can be used (according to the company), I can simply touch up as needed until I am completely satisfied with the results.

NOTE: the following hair sample photos are all taken from the lower leg area.


elos replacement cartridge (sold separately)


shaver cartridge (sold separately)


epilator cartridge (sold separately)

 


fig. 1 – the device in use – look at how small it is!


fig. 2 – hair sample with 2 weeks of growth, prior to starting treatments


fig. 3 – hair sample with 2 weeks’ of growth, prior to 2nd treatment


fig. 4 – hair sample with 2 weeks’ of growth, prior to 3rd session


fig. 5 – hair sample with 2 weeks’ of growth, prior to 4th session


fig. 6 – hair session with 2 weeks’ of growth, prior to 6th session

 

Final thoughts: I don’t know if I can properly convey how utterly thrilled I am to have found this system! Not needing to worry anymore about specific body hair making any undesired appearances (hello, teeny-weeny bikini bottoms anyone?!), has considerably lightened up my grooming routine.  My showers are now so much more efficient & quicker, seeing as how I can skip (for the most part – still the underarms to go) any shaving, and I’m loving this new-found freedom from unsightly stubble, razor burns and/or cuts. The downside is that this unit is only available in Canada for the moment, although it is my understanding that the company is working hard to expand this into other countries.  Available exclusive at The Bay stores throughout Canada and retailing for CAD $395.00, it’s a rather small amount to pay for something that not only delivers on its promises, but saves you the much more expensive cost of similar in-office treatments, as well as putting YOU firmly in the driver’s seat of when you wish to schedule your sessions.  There are replacement cartridges which are sold separately, and while I did not use either the shaver or the epilator cartridges provided to me personally, I did find that I needed to change the elos cartridge after the 4th session. For more complete details, I encourage you to visit the company’s website to learn more about this amazing new product! Summer – I’m coming for you!

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

*Video clip courtesy of Youtube

*Image source

60 Responses to Tanda ‘me my elos’ – Professional Hair Removal System (trial & review)

  1. Erika says:

    Face good? This my me system?

    • Eugenia says:

      I you mean is it good for use on the face, then the answer is yes BUT you need to have the right attachment for that. Best to check on the website with the manufacturer for more information – I only reviewed this product, I am by no means a specialist.

  2. Bella says:

    Hi, gr8 review! I used to do professional laser hair removal, and they advised me at the time that the only means of removing the hair between treatments was to shave. Plucking or my Epilady would cause the treatment not to work. This product actually SELLS an epilator attachment so I was curious, are you allowed to use the epilator between treatments with this product? Or only immediately post treatment? Please let me know, I’m also from Montreal and saw the deal at Costco. Thanks!

    • Eugenia says:

      Hi Bella – in all fairness, I can’t really answer your question as I never used the epilator attachment that came with my unit; your best bet would be to contact the company directly and see what they advise. Personally, I don’t see why you couldn’t use the epilator in between sessions, but again, I’m not a professional and it would be wisest to get your information directly from the source. PS: Happy to meet another fellow Montréaler!

  3. rami says:

    hello Eugenia ,
    gr8 review for the product , i was looking for reviews to buy a present for my wife a tanda me elos and i want to know about the side effect , and is it giving with every person the same result, my wife has the hair of an Indian woman , and is it really permanent.
    the point is i want to get her a present that she like and save her waxing and shaving not starting appointment with dermatology
    thank you

    • rami says:

      also i could see that you are posting since April 2012 so is there any other product better or “updates” in 2013

      • Eugenia says:

        To correct you, I have been posting since September 2010, and as to whether or not there are newer units in the marketplace, I’m afraid I don’t really know – my area of expertise is primarily cosmetics, so I tend to not keep up with this category here as much.

    • Eugenia says:

      To begin with, there are no side effects with this product that I experienced or am aware of. Secondly, if it’s more permanent results you’re looking for, unfortunately the best out there is still laser, but that can be costly. There are at home lasers you could look into, such as the Tria Unit, which is significantly less expensive (I believe it retails for about US $400.00) but it is more time consuming and the output is obviously not as strong as what you would get from a dermatologist. Without knowing exactly how stubborn her hair is, all I can suggest is that she could always try this unit, but perhaps you can ask what the return policy is first and what guarantee the company offers, in the event you’re not satisfied.

      • rami says:

        i found it in coscto.ca i live in Montreal with C$290 “i think this is a good deal” , and i think its a 90 days for most of costco sales .

      • Eugenia says:

        Excellent price – I wish your wife much success! For any other inquiries regarding this unit, you would need to communicate with the company directly, as I am not qualified to help you in that capacity.

  4. Sab says:

    Hey Eugina, I’m thinking about purchasing this system. I’m wondering if you still are using it and what your results are like now after your treatments? Is there any hair growth? Thank you

    • Eugenia says:

      I haven’t used this system for a while now, to be 100% honest, but just this week I decided that I would start again. It occurred to me that the hair growth on my legs had distinctly diminished and the regrowth has significantly decreased — even though my body hair does tend to slow down in winter, the results I’ve seen are unprecedented. The hair at the bikini line did not grow back at all, so I count that as a major success. Remember that as this is not a laser treatment system, permanent hair removal is not what’s promised, but a good reduction of hair regrowth.

      • CuriousJo says:

        Hi. This might sound a bit personal and I wouldn’t usually ask, but I have searched and searched the Internet and cannot find an answer- did you go further in than the bikini line, and if so, was there any long term adverse reactions? I just received my unit and was keen to go for a Brazilian but upon reading the manual, they don’t recommend use on the pubic area as they haven’t done any studies on it. Thank you

      • Eugenia says:

        I did not go deeper than a regular bikini line, so I wouldn’t be able to say — you’re best option is to email the company directly and inquire. Sorry!

  5. Nasim says:

    I’m pregnant and I was wondering if it’s safe to use it during pregnancy!!!

    • Eugenia says:

      As I’m not a professional, I am not qualified to give you an opinion regarding this matter; I suggest you contact the company to get the information you’re looking for!

  6. jose says:

    im a man and i would like to know what happens if i use it in my face? i heard im not supposed to but i still want to try would it work? thanks

    • Eugenia says:

      The head that is shown on this model can be used on the face as well, provided it’s from the nose down – you can’t go above that. There is also a separate head sold that is made specifically for the face – worth investing in for your purpose.

      • jose says:

        thanks eugenia for your response. what is that head called that is sold separately for the face? and what is the the new model that can be used for the face please and what is the reason why i can’t go over my nose? thanks again

      • Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome! The head is called ‘Facial Hair Removal Kit’ and works with the unit already in the market (that hasn’t changed). As to why you cannot go above the nasal area, I imagine it has to do with how the unit works (intense pulse light & radio frequency) but you’ll need to contact the company directly to find out – I’m not qualified to answer that.

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  8. Victoria says:

    Fab review! You totally convinced me to buy one!! I’ve gone for the ‘Quartz’ version which is slightly newer I think? It’s arriving today – dead excited!

    Thanks again for the great review, I hope I get the results that you did :-)

    I will be sure to post updates on how I get on, on my blog ;-)

    Vic x

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you so much, Victoria! I really do hope you achieve similar results to mine and I look forward to learning about your experience with this unit! PS: not sure what the ‘Quartz’ version is, unless it’s a UK-only release? No matter – it’s the results that count!

      • Victoria says:

        I think it’s just the most up to date version, it comes with 100,000 flashes so apparently will last about 6 years. You use it once a week to start too which is a bit different to the previous version.

        Over here it’s sold under the brand HoMedics too. But it’s essentially the same machine and works in the same way. Uses the same cartridges etc.

        It’s literally just come out because the store had both models on the shelf.

        I’ll let you know how I get on ;-)

        x

      • Eugenia says:

        Wow…that does sound different! And lasting 6 years on one cartridge? That would be great – less replacements to buy! Look forward to the results! PS: the light flashes may seem a touch startling at first, but there’s absolutely no pain involved, so don’t worry! Just remember to keep the unit moving and don’e rest too long on one spot, as well – avoid the use of any body lotions, oils, etc. prior to using! Other than that, it’s a breeze!

      • Victoria says:

        Thanks :-) I tried it out last night. You’re right the flashes are rather startling. Thinking about wearing sunglasses next time! Haha!

        I’ve got a question, hopefully you know the answer…

        If I wanted to share the machine (with my mam) but she wants to buy and use her own cartridge will the machine be able to tell how much is left in each cartridge or will it get confused when swapping? I’m just trying to determine how clever the usage monitor is on the cradle – does it check the cartridge? or does it just count down from 100% everytime you put another cartridge in regardless of what’s left in it?

        Thanks x

      • Eugenia says:

        Sunglasses may not be a bad idea! At least now you know what to expect! By the way, I always begin with my underarms; this way they’re dry and the unit glides easily as opposed to getting to them last when they may be a little damp (not recommended).

        As to sharing the unit, I’m not sure if the unit can recognize individual cartridges or if it will affect the amount of juice left in each one; your mom may just have to wait until your sessions are done before she can start hers. Alternately, you can email the company and ask them — they’re certainly more qualified than I am to answer this one! It should be mentioned that using your elos me during the summer months may also mean that your skin will have a heightened sensitivity to sun – something to keep in mind. I did my initial testing at the tail end of winter to early spring … and I plan on starting my daughter using the unit only in the fall.

      • Thanks Eugenia, your tips are very handy!

        I’ve heard elsewhere that people are sharing them and getting separate cartridges. Hmm. I’ll drop the company an email and see what response I get.

        Haha ‘Summer’. We had a week of sunshine back in April and it’s been grey and raining ever since. But I’ll be careful should we see the sun again this year :-)

        I mentioned you in my first post about the Elos. Hope you don’t mind!

        xx

      • Eugenia says:

        Glad I could help! Writing to the company is usually the best & safest option; after all, I didn’t invent the unit … only reviewed it! ;)

        PS: Thanks for the shout-out — I appreciate it! I just wanted you to know that I don’t display links in my comments section … nothing personal, just a policy of mine. Sure hope you understand!

      • Oh no worries at all! :-)

        I’ve emailed them. Just waiting for a reply hehe.

        Thanks again xx

  9. jeff says:

    ive gone through 2 elos cartridge in about 3 months and havent noticed any less hair coming back

    • Eugenia says:

      There are many factors that could be determining your results such as the type of hair you have and how coarse and/or thin it is, and the technique you are using. The results I achieved were quite amazing, but we’re all different and respond in unique ways. Perhaps you should contact the company directly and find out what you could be doing to get a better outcome – they may have some more useful suggestions for you.

  10. Jwinks says:

    Hi, Thanks for this brilliant review! It’s full of info that you actually need. The other reviews I’ve seen on the internet for this product are a bit wishy washy and don’t really tell you anything. The photos are a big help too. :o)

  11. Rachel says:

    This looks fantastic. I’m pale with blonde body hair, so most laser treatments wouldn’t work for me. Love that they included the epilator option so that those of us with light hair can use it too! I’m wondering, though, do the booklets say anything about contraindications with keratosis pilaris? I have pretty bad chicken skin on my legs (which is why I loathe shaving in the first place), and I wonder if that would affect how the laser works. I’ve checked through the FAQ on their site but didn’t see anything. Thanks!

    • Eugenia says:

      It has worked wonders on me, Rachel…I still can’t get over the fact that I haven’t needed to shave my bikini area in weeks – and never will have to again! As to what you requested, I’ll go through the booklet and see if there’s anything mentioned and get back to you, although you could also try emailing the company directly for more detailed information directly from the source!

      • Rachel says:

        Thanks, I appreciate it! If I scrounge up the money to order one I’ll definitely check with the company directly to check about the KP issues. =)

  12. Luckily I don’t have to shave anything except under arms and sometimes my legs if there’s a very special occasion (so funny, your sis Tracy just posted something about shaving and I had to leave a very similar comment!) — but I always appreciate how diligently you test a product before conducting the most thorough review. Here’s to summer (hurry!)!!!

    • Eugenia says:

      Ok – that’s it: as much as I love you, I hate you for being “un-hairy”, lol! Count your blessings my friend…being a slave tp “de-hairing” no matter the method, is never fun…but thanks to this baby, I can officially count myself among “your” kind now!! :) Thanks for the appreciation!!

  13. Mara says:

    Great news!!! i could buy it from Canada and they ship it to US! I’m SOOOO happy!! I bought it from thefreedomstore.ca because the bay doesnt ship here.
    I also bought one replacement for $49 and I didn’t saw it online at The Bay. I can’t wait!! I want it now haha
    I’m going to share my experience of course, I have very stubborn hair and I never shave, I always wax. I think my skin is darker than yours and I’m a brunette, so that would be a very different experience…. Can I jump up and down lol
    I can’t thank you enough, body hair was always a very sensitive subject for me, I still remember when I was a kid boys made fun of the hair on my arms :-(

    • Eugenia says:

      That’s fabulous, Mara — I’m soooo excited for you to try this! Of course every person’s experience is unique, so I’m curious to see how this will work with you. Smart move on getting the replacement cartridge; you don’t want to run out before you’ve complete all the session. By the way, you’re not alone with having a sensitivity to body hair; as women, we go through torture to get rid of any excess hair, so anything that can help in that department is A-ok by me! Also, I should have mentioned that this system is not just for women; men can benefit from this too! And as to those boys of your youth — pooh on them!

  14. Mara says:

    I don’t know if I sent my previous comment, but I’ll be the first in line to buy it in US! I had laser on my underarms, bikini and arms and it was painful! I only finished with underarms because I got pregnant and I couldn’t continue.
    Using laser, underarms was the easiest zone because of the contrast between skin color and hair. It’s not the same with Me?
    Maybe my husband will travel to Canada for work… Fingers crossed!

    • Eugenia says:

      I’ve heard some people say that they had rather painful experiences with laser, which is another reason that held me back from trying that method. I’m not sure why my underarms didn’t show the same level of success; it may simply be that the hair there is much denser and I didn’t treat that area as thoroughly (it’s so much easier doing the legs & bikini), but the last couple of sessions have shown a marked improvement. I will definitely update when I’ve achieved the results I’m looking for! If your husband does end up travelling here, picking this up for you will make for a great gift! :)

  15. prysmatique says:

    Hm this sound promising….I wonder if it’llf ilter into the US at some point. You say you have hair…but I fear I am far worse than you if I don’t shave for two whole weeks. That’s like an eternity O.o I wonder how effective it’ll be when the hair is thick/dense to begin with.

    • Eugenia says:

      The premise works the same, whether you have more or less hair than I do; I imagine that someone with denser hair may need a few more sessions, but then again, it could work equally quickly! The best part is that you can continue to use this device until YOU are satisfied with the results – there’s no limit! (But always remember that the times between sessions still needs to be respected)

      • prysmatique says:

        2 weeks between each session, yes? Did you shave in between sessions or will that hinder its effect?

      • Eugenia says:

        You can definitely shave between sessions; I didn’t for the sake of the experiment as I wanted to fully document the hair growth. That’s the beauty with this; no need to look like a beast between sessions, lol!

  16. Larie says:

    Wow, that looks awesome. I hate shaving, but I definitely can’t invest in something like this right now, so razors are my go-to. Still, I’m glad you found something that works and actually delivers!

  17. Lisa says:

    Oh my god you seriously have no idea how excited I am for this! I am cursed with coarse, dark hair and even if I shave in the morning I will have stubble on my leg by night time. I envy girls who can go a week without shaving lol its not fair! I’m in Canada and you seriously made my day. I’m going to use my tax return money to get it. I hope my results will be as great as yours :)

    • Eugenia says:

      What a most excellent way to spend that tax return, lol! While I’ve never been able to go an entire week without shaving (Canadian winters don’t count – who cares about shaving regularly then, am I right?!) I do like to shave daily in the summer to have that ultra-smooth feeling, something I do believe I won’t have to bother with anymore! If you pick this unit up, let me know how it works out for you!

      • Lisa says:

        I will let you know for sure! Hopefully I’ll be able to pick it up sometime in May. I pretty much have to shave daily and I’m always telling people if I has a load of money to blow I’d get lazer hair removal ala Kim Kardashian However I’m not über rich like her so this is affordable! It’s one of my biggest insecurities so I’m thrilled!

      • Eugenia says:

        I actually went to get an estimate for laser hair removal several years ago, and let’s just say I probably could have bought a small car for what they were charging, lol! I have been waiting for something like this to come along, and I couldn’t be happier with how effective it’s turned out to be! And for the record, I can fully relate to any “hair” insecurities – as can the majority of women!

  18. PhotoGirl says:

    This looks VERY promising. I am especially delighted because, judging by your photo of the box, it is safe for use on dark skin. Is that correct? Does it work for facial hair, as well? I’m going to investigate further. It might be worth making a drive across the border to Canada !

    • Eugenia says:

      This product has probably the largest ranges of skin tones that it’s safe to be used on, although past a certain level of dark, it is totally NOT recommended. As to facial hair, the device can only be used from the upper lip area down, so anything above that is out (sorry eyebrows!). It can also be used on arm hair, although I didn’t attempt that area as it’s not that great an issue for me. For the record, this baby is so totally worth a cross-border expedition!

      • PhotoGirl says:

        How exciting! Dusting off my passport now. Can you recommend a store? I will be shopping in Windsor, ONT. Thanks!

      • Eugenia says:

        Lucky you! Cross-border shopping is always a blast, lol! This device is available exclusively only through The Bay department stores here in Canada! Let me know how it works out!

  19. Tara says:

    I have really been wanting to try this product – I think I need to be sure to grab it on my next trip up north!

    • Eugenia says:

      Let’s just say that I’ve been doing a major happy dance since my last session, lol! It’s amazing and YES – do grab it when you hop the border!

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