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Lisa Pisano Blog | Painless Laser Hair Removal

May 1, 2015 by chyz in Blog with Comments Off on Lisa Pisano Blog | Painless Laser Hair Removal

Lisa Pisano is an Oakville based Lifestyle Coach and Yoga instructor.

You can find out more about her at

I know, I know…you read the title and were like “What?! That doesn’t sound like a new recipe!” lol
When I started this blog a few years ago, the intent was to share many different topics on this site, which include, but were not meant to be limited to recipes, nutritional tips as well as tips on fitness and everything yoga. I feel I haven’t been true to that for a long time now. This blog is a health and wellness site. I believe part of feeling healthy and “well” includes taking care of your body not only on the inside, but on the outside too! That means personal hygiene and maintenance folks so yes, I am going to talk to you about laser hair removal! Oh and be prepared to begin seeing more blogs from me again. My winter rut, writer’s block, whatever you want to call it, is over!

I started laser hair removal a few years back and have only ever had the Soprano system used on me so it’s the only one I can comment on. I don’t know what to compare it to but I have heard from many that it’s the best and I am happy with the results so I will continue to use the same system. When I moved to Oakville a couple of years ago, I had to change many of the service providers I used to use in the past because let’s face it…driving from Oakville to Woodbridge, although a nice drive, isn’t a short one. Finding someone I could trust to continue with my laser hair removal wasn’t going to be easy.

Enter…Gloria, owner of Chi Chi Laser Studios. I met Gloria last Spring at a women’s networking event and we connected instantly. It didn’t take long for me to visit her studio, which is located in the Upper Oakville Shopping Centre, and begin treatments using the SopranoXL laser hair removal system. I have been going to her for a year now and can’t speak highly enough about the service I receive every single time I visit, whether it be from Gloria or her laser technician, Dorota. Great service, great prices and great conversations while getting pampered!! What more can one ask for?
If you’re looking to make the switch from painful waxing or time consuming shaving, or if you’re interested in other great services such as skin tightening or eyelash extensions, look no further.

Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!

Lisa Pisano
Lifestyle Coach

Forever in Mom Genes Blog | Laser Hair Removal

April 29, 2015 by chyz in Blog with Comments Off on Forever in Mom Genes Blog | Laser Hair Removal

Never Shave Again?!

hairy legs

If you give a care about having less hair, please allow me to wax poetically about the pros and cons of laser hair removal. First, I should tell you that this post is not sponsored. I paid for this experience with my own dollhairs. I actually got a package deal on sale on Black Friday—a friend sang the praises of this particular laser salon, Chi-Chi Laser Studios, so when I saw the deal pop up, I grabbed it.

If you’re considering laser hair removal you could do your own research on the subject or simply read this post to ‘shave off’ some time. (Sorry, but c’mon… so many puns.).

I’m not particularly hairy, and even so, I rarely parade around in a bathing suit, so why would I even consider getting lasered? Let me enlighten you. Be warned, there are some TMI bits ahead, so if you’re a dude or god forbid my dad, stop reading here ~~> ! Wait, scratch that bit about the dudes. Super hairy guys, absolutely read on. Men can (and many SHOULD) look into this. If there is no distinguishing line between the back of your head and your lower back, definitely keep reading.

I have never waxed (minus the time I spilled hot candle wax on my foot). However, I have been sugared, which is not as sweet as it sounds. It’s essentially the same as waxing, but what it lacks in heat, it makes up for in gooey excruciating pain. Plus like waxing, it doesn’t last long. It’s all ‘sugar, scream, sprout, repeat…’ So to keep things under control, I shave every second day-ish.

Now, if you want to train your armpit hair to cascade down your sides or let your lady garden flourish, go for it. No judgement here. I grew up in the 1980s and perhaps as a way to set ourselves apart from the bushy generation before us, the 80s were quite anti body hair. Bald was beautiful, especially below the belt. Wait, not Kim Kardashian bald. Just more, “neatly groomed.” While we’re on the subject, what’s the difference between the amount of hair removed? Basically…

Bikini—any hair that would show beyond the lines of your bikini bottom are zapped.

This photo *may* have been doctored ever so slightly.

Brazilian—same as the bikini situation, but the hair under your bikini bottom to some extent (that’s up to you), is also removed right around to the back, leaving only a strip of hair in the front—the width depends on your preference and is sometimes referred to as a “landing strip.”

Bald—think, “bald as a baby’s bottom.” Thanks to the Kardashians, this has become a trend. I won’t judge but… it’s permanent folks + bald at 70 + ew

Why would I do this now? Two reasons:

1. Bumps! I have very sensitive skin. Within an hour of shaving, any part of my underarm in contact with the seam of my shirt becomes red, raised and sore. The same goes for my bikini line area, but worse. And it’s especially bad during hot weather or when I swim. The chafing, my god, the chafing. So no hair there means a smooth, happy me.

2. If not now, then never. The laser detects pigment, zapping darkish hair follicles to oblivion. If you are fair or going grey, you’re out of luck since light coloured hairs are stealth little buggars that are essentially invisible to the laser. A few months ago I noticed two stray white hairs under my left arm. After I screamed, I decided to get this done before it’s too late for me in my advancing age.

soprano xl laser
Watch how it works here!

What does laser treatment involve exactly? 

Depending on the laser studio you choose—they are NOT all created equal—it’s easy, quick and painless. Shave the night before your treatment. Do not wear deodorant or skin creams of any kind. The process takes only minutes. It really is painless and the best part, the results are amazing.

Pros and Cons… 

Con: Pride. Most of us blush at the idea of being all, you know, exposed. Some of us are shy that way.

Pro: It’s done very discreetly. You’re covered by a gown—you’re exposed no more than you would be at the beach. Well, at the beach lying on the sand with your legs spread apart. Haha. And for those considering a Brazilian, I asked a friend who had it done and she confirmed that you’re not on your hands and knees which is what I assumed happened. You’re in fact, lying on your side with your pride fully intact.

Con: Pain. It’s true, some laser treatments hurt like a son of a…

Pro: Not to split hairs, but it’s all about the kind of laser. The Soprano XL machine is magical. Your technician waves the wand over the area and after a few passes, the skin begins to heat up. When it gets to the point of discomfort, it’s over. The first treatment is admittedly uncomfortable, but manageable, but subsequent treatments (as only the fine hairs remain) are completely painless.

Con: Cost. This the only negative for me and it’s the one aspect keeping me from doing my legs at the moment.

Pro: Promotions! They come up often and make laser more affordable. Chi-chi has monthly specials, so keep your eye on their website for updates. For month of April they’re offering this special…
If you’re on the fence, you can try it out for FREE. 
Click the link below for details.
*Warning: once you try it, you’ll be hooked. So take advantage of the promotions. 🙂Since I promised to wax, er laser, poetically, 
I’ll just leave this “Hairless Haiku” right here.


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What do Sasquatch and Women Have In Common?

March 25, 2015 by chyz in Blog, Uncategorized with Comments Off on What do Sasquatch and Women Have In Common?

What do Sasquatch and women have in common? Other than being bipedal, neither of them shave their legs during winter. Why is that? I can understand poor Sasquatch keeping the head-to-toe hair-parka in sub-zero temps – he lives in the great outdoors after all, but we don’t. Why do we insist on keeping our unsightly body-locks? Does it act like a thermal blanket and pit-mitts when the temperature drops?

I get it – shaving is time consuming, and why bother if you’re going to wear pants and long-sleeved sweaters from November to March. But that doesn’t mean we should let our inner porcupine takeover. I used to walk around all prickly, I figured I bagged me a mister – I don’t need to try so hard. Besides, I was a stay-at-home mom raising small kids and only had time for basic grooming. That was until my daughter drew me, leg stubble and all, on a Mother’s Day card. I booked a body wax the next day.

Thankfully, depilatory has come a long way and since then and I have permanently removed unwanted hair through painless laser treatments. Investing in myself has paid off huge dividends! I save time shaving every other day, I save on razors, and I save myself from a lot of embarrassment!

Thanks to Chi-Chi Laser Studios.

Discount Hair Removal

The secret behind cheap “daily deal animal factory” laser farms

People often ask me how I compete with cheap daily deal sites …answer – easily. First off, I get all of the disappointed clients whom have been duped by some of these unscrupulous spas. When you consider that Groupon’s business model amounts to little more than electronic junk mail – vendors offering potential clients 50 to 80% off and on top of that paying 50% commissions back to the site and ending up with only 10% overall – you get a sense for how unsustainable that model is. I guess for so many, half off Thai food offers than many of us would care to stomach, the model may be workable – and if you’re using cheaper IPL or even used laser equipment I guess it’s easier to sustain that discount model – but seriously, when my clients, many of whom are knowledgeable medical physicians and other professionals, are contemplating services that involve expensive high end medical grade laser equipment – equipment that’s extremely difficult and expensive to calibrate and maintain, and they consider all of the safety issues and liability involved around poorly maintained equipment – the discount model becomes increasingly impossible to sustain….

Unless of course you create this animal factory farm where the woman come in for treatments that last on average ¼ of the time and are performed on ineffective “un-calibrated” or used equipment – what do I mean by ineffective equipment – well first of all its accepted that IPL’s just aren’t effective for hair removal. Medical grade PAINLESS lasers the kind you’ll find at our studios will run you over $100,000.00 – in some cases more, and we calibrate our hand pieces regularly – a hand piece out of calibration is completely ineffective but it’s very common for many “daily deal site” discounters to use them; in fact at our Oakville location we recently replaced a unit out of calibration for over $19,000.00 – that’s a lot of $60.00 treatments–and that’s just the hand piece alone.

Add to that properly trained technicians and spending the required amount of “quality” treatment time with clients and you begin to understand the differences and why heavily discounting involves substantial risk and requires sacrifices in time, safety and quality of service.

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