Laser Hair Removal from a Man’s Perspective

May 19, 2016 by Gloria in Blog, Reviews with Comments Off on Laser Hair Removal from a Man’s Perspective

I am male in my mid-40s and have been shaving since I was in my 20s. Shaving was laborious and the results very short lived, with stubble growing back within a day or two, so it was very hard to maintain a clean hair-free look. I then discovered home hair removal systems and tried that for a year and I had almost no results. It was also very laborious with each session taking hours. The cartridges were also very expensive and did not last very long.

Finally, I discovered Chi-Chi Laser Studio located in the Greater Toronto Area and could not be happier. The procedure is pain-free and results have been amazing. I purchased an 8-package session and I have now completed 4 sessions and the results are very noticeable.

In addition to it working the staff is amazing. They are professional, pleasant, and always make you feel comfortable and confident. I was so pleased and impressed that my wife is also now a client and she is also thrilled. She started her removal using a different technology and that technology was very painful. She also confirms that the technology that Chi-Chi uses works and is pain free.

We are now both thrilled and could not be happier. In short, if you are looking for hair-removal I would wholeheartedly recommend Chi-Chi Laser Studio. The people are awesome, the technology works, and it is pain-free.

Lastly, they often have special offers that make Chi-Chi Laser Studio less expensive than anywhere I have ever seen making it, in my mind, the best option for laser hair removal in the GTA.

Discover Laser Hair Removal for Confidence and Convenience

May 21, 2015 by Gloria in Blog with Comments Off on Discover Laser Hair Removal for Confidence and Convenience

Barbara Aleks Hecht
Personal Stylist, Image Consultant & Interior Designer

If it were up to me, the only place I’d have hair on my body is on my head and my eyebrows. The rest could just disappear forever, never to be seen again. Unfortunately that’s not the case and I, like many women, spend countless hours shaving, waxing, plucking and enduring ridiculous amounts of pain, removing unwanted hair.

I’d tried Laser Hair Removal for certain parts of my body (none of which I’ll mention here) in the past without much success. The procedure was extremely painful and after two sessions with no results, I just couldn’t bear to continue.

So when I met Gloria Loney of Chi-Chi Laser Studio in Oakville, Ontario, I was skeptical. She insisted that the machine she uses (Soprano XL, continuous wave diode laser with a sophisticated cooling system) is both painless and effective, as well as safe and gentle to use. (Uh huh. Heard that before.) But as hesitant as I was, the thought of constantly shaving my bits and pieces to perfection was enough for me to decide to give it another go. What’s the worst that could happen?

I went into my first session with Gloria slightly terrified. (Keep in mind I have a very low pain threshold.) When she started the lasering, I felt a slight pinching or heat. “No problem,” said Gloria, as she turned down the machine. Presto. No heat, no pinching, no nothing: 100 per cent completely pain-free. On all regions. The lady didn’t lie.

Ah, but what about the results? Gloria said I’d start seeing results in a few weeks. Right again. I started to notice less and less hair after each shave. And now, five weeks after my first session, we’ve decided to postpone the second session for a couple of weeks, until I see a bit more hair growth. Honestly, I’m truly amazed — especially since she worked on an area that hadn’t previously been lasered.

So how many sessions will I need? That depends. Gloria says that most women need approximately eight sessions and that results vary. Fine by me. I’m so impressed by the outcome, I’m even considering lasering other body parts.

But as much as Laser Hair Removal, for me, is all about convenience, for some women, it’s a matter of confidence. There are some women, even young girls, that have excessive facial and/or body hair that leaves them feeling self conscious and insecure.

For these women and girls, hair removal is a necessary part of their daily routine — critical to them feeling good about themselves and their appearance, as well as essential to their self-esteem.

Gloria mentioned that for most of them, removing the hair permanently changes their lives. Once the hair is completely gone, so is the hiding and trying to cover it up. Gone is the insecurity and walking with heads down and shoulders slumped. Replacing it is confidence, heads held high and no fear of others staring for all the wrong reasons.

So whether you’re tired of the constant grooming or have unwanted hair that you’d like to say goodbye to forever, why not give Laser Hair Removal a try? You might even end up like me — happy, pain-free and probably, soon to be, practically hairless (other than my head and eyebrows of course).

You can find the original article on the Huffington Post at:

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.


View the original blog here:

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.

Chi-Chi Tops in Oakville!

September 8, 2014 by Gloria in Blog, Latest News with Comments Off on Chi-Chi Tops in Oakville!

Chi-Chi Laser Studios (Shee-Shee) made this years Top Picks in the Oakville Readers Choice Award !!  I am honoured and at the same time humbled, I thank my clients for their continuous support over the years. When I opened my business 5 years ago…I didn’t really have a complete vision of where I wanted to take Chi-Chi, but it’s become overtly obvious over the years that contrary to Harvard business school and what you read from many highly paid business consultants – a genuine focus on  true customer service has been the real driver of my success. I have grown to understand that I love my clients and what I do. I’m ecstatic that I…a mother, a wife, etc (the list goes on – LOL) have won this award – as an entrepreneur it’s very difficult to balance life – but I’m so happy that I have turned a starter home based business into a successful company that is now a household name in Oakville, Halton & surrounding GTA – many clients confidently refer their friends and family to Chi-Chi Laser Studios – Your Support is greatly appreciated!

I invite anyone who hasn’t experienced the Chi-Chi model to come in and be serviced to death…Painlessly – and discover that our motto  “enjoy the experience…love the results” is more than just a tag line. We offer great promotions monthly and pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service and the most advance laser technology available – Full Stop! I don’t bother trying to compete with the animal factory farming Grouponesque daily dealers – when you’re discounting 70 to 80 % and giving Groupon 50% of what’s left, it’s not hard to understand why that model is completely unsustainable.  Now the brand or type of laser equipment is very important, but what may perhaps be more important is how you service that piece of equipment – for example if the calibration of your handset is just slightly off  and replacement is recommended the client will get terrible results. BTW, we’ve replaced handsets recently and that’s an $18K effort per handset (the laser unit itself is 5x that)  can you see daily dippers making that kind of investment into their equipment on a regular basis’ – It  wouldn’t be a wildly remote possibility to say that many unscrupulous clinics and spas would be using cheaper, or poorly calibrated equipment.

Laser Hair Removal is not a service you want to buy on a deal of the day site – I love that my clients many of them medical doctors and professionals have educated themselves and understand that their are different types of lasers out there and they specifically Google our laser (Soprano XL) and specifically ask for calibration reports – Love it! Please educate yourselves before buying online – Chi-Chi Laser Studios offers a complimentary consultation appointment, along with a complimentary underarm session – I want every new client to ask the questions that they need to allow them to feel at ease and to try our laser – to understand that 1 it truly is Painless and 2 that it will work for them – everyone is different and will react to laser differently – that’s why we offer a free session – on us! It’s by far the best value on the market.


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Get to know Chi-Chi Laser Studio and Gloria


What does your company do?

Strong confident, sexy and successful woman is what my business is about – no not human trafficking – we help woman look and feel beautiful and confident through laser cosmetic therapies and in particular through painless laser hair removal treatments – At CHI-CHI pronounced Shee – Shee you really will “enjoy the experience and love the results”.


What advice can you give to Entrepreneurs that are starting out?
Make sure your not just “me too” make sure you have a strong differentiator – whats unique to Chi-Chi Laser Studios in the market place beyond using state of the art “painless” procedures is our bed side manner. Although we use a continuous flow 810 nanometer diode laser (not an IPL) the most powerful laser designed expressly for hair removal – its really the expertise of our laser technicians (through our rigid hiring and training practices) and our philosophy to make certain every client on every visit to Chi-Chi enjoys the highest caliber of personal service – that’s our true differentiator – what we’re not is some Grouponesque mass production “animal factory farm” – what we are is competitively priced and far and away your best value in the market place – and that’s become very evident since 90% of our growth is attributable to word of mouth referrals…and I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank all of my wonderful “affectedly elegant and trendy” clients for making us successful


Why did you start your company?
My career really began in information technology at IBM, GE Capital and at CIBC as a Vendor Manager responsible for negotiating enterprise software agreements. In and around my 6th or 7th year with CIBC, it became overtly clear to me it was really time to take stock and to follow my passion, which is helping woman to become what I’ve always aspired to be – confident, sexy and successful.

I’ve always had a strong desire to be in charge – just ask my husband, and to be free to schedule my time around my priorities – children and family – which hasn’t always worked out perfectly…so I created Chi-Chi Laser Studios and I’m extremely proud to be celebrating my 4th year in business with 48% yr over yr growth – but to be honest, remaining small and local and still having time to enjoy my wonderful husband and family are my real aspirations – however cliche that may sound. My philosophy has always been to make certain every client on every visit to Chi-Chi enjoys the highest caliber of personal service, and my friends that is no cliche.


What’s the best thing about being your own boss?
I just love all of the stress – no honestly, its to be free to schedule my time around my priorities – children and family


How do you manage family life and work?
I wish I could be more helpful to your readers in this regard – but everyone assigns their own certain priority or level of importance to every activity in their lives – I guess the only advice I can give is to really “know your priorities”.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Well lets be honest – life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans – I think that was John Lennon. My focus is here and now, as you know I’m a vegan and try to live a clean and healthy lifestyle and my dream for my family and friends and I is for abundant affluence and an optimal state of well being – and God willing in ten years I will still be around to enjoy it.

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