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Whilst the Rio Laser Hair Removal System is an affordable option, it certainly isn't the most effective. Usage is tricky and time consuming, with results that don't justify the effort required.

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      05.03.2014 21:56

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      I would save your money and go for a professional treatment that actually works

      This product takes a lot of commitment to get any sort of result and even then the results aren't as promised. There is a scan option which does an area of hair not just a single one but it doesn't always pick up all the hairs in the area in fact it rarely does and it takes weeks and weeks of use and even then there is no guarantee I saw a general look that the area had less hair but not a hair free zone by any standards for the price of this product I would suggest putting the money towards a professional salon treatment that does provide results even if it does cost more. The time settings and intensity is changeable but the longest time setting and highest intensity is thee only way to get any results I found and it takes a long time to do one tiny area not even a cm in area! You can feel it working at some points and you can see afterwards the hair is burnt down the only problem with this however is that the follicle/ root of the hair stays behind and leaves a black dot still there which is difficult if not impossible to remove and your not supposed to remove it but otherwise it'd very unsightly. I don't think I would recommend this product.

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      31.07.2012 10:40

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      Useless

      I am going to say right upfront with this one: Not worth the money.

      It's another of those products, like the No!No! that makes big claims, but just doesn't work. Like the No!No! it takes an eternity to use. It says that it will remove 20 hairs at a time. But to do that you have to use it on the same hair area around 6 times before it supposedly works, you have to get the hair at the right point in its growth cycle (do you know what stage the hairs in your leg are at in their growth cycle? Me neither), and also, you have to do overlapping scans as you use it. And to add to that, the instructions tell you - they may still come back!

      Now, given that the laser head is barely 0.5cm x 1cm, you can appreciate that your legs are beginning to take on the scale of painting the Forth Road Bridge before they put the epoxy resin coating on it. You have to press continually on a button on the unit to keep it working. That actually gets quite sore after just a few minutes. Consider the immense number of hours it will take to do even a small area, and like me, I think you'll just give up.

      I saw no noticeable reduction of hair growth using this over a couple of months.

      It may be worth using if you only want to do a small area, like perhaps the chin or upper lip. Although for that sort of thing, I think you'd still be better off with a pair or tweezers.

      Don't waste your money.

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      04.08.2011 19:16
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      A waste of time and money, better to go professional

      I have suffered for years with excess body hair, especially on my legs and have tried every method going to shift it. Waxing, shaving, sugaring, shaving, you name it, I've done it. Of course the trouble with all of these are that they are only temporary, surely I thought there was something more long lasting or even permanent out there?

      I first heard of the Rio Laser Hair removal unit on TV last year, on a shopping channel. They gushed about how wonderful they were and claimed that for the price of a weekend away you could potentially eliminate unwanted body hair for good. Hurrah I thought, perhaps this is the answer to my prayers?

      I eventually bought a unit on eBay earlier this year after being sucked in by the marketing blurb and when the item arrived excitedly put it to work....

      Well I have to say I'm deeply disappointed. The unit emits all the noises and bangs and whistles you'd expect to make you think it's doing what it should, it even gave off a slight burning smell when in use on my legs. On my tummy it stung a little which although I was a little alarmed about, I assumed meant it was working.

      Of course I still have my body hair intact, the Rio unit has, despite following the instructions to the letter and waiting a week between treatments, it has made no difference to the hairiness of my body at all. It's a con, pure and simple. If you want long lasting hair reduction then bite the bullet and go to a salon for professional laser or electrolysis treatment. There is simply no way the Rio unit is strong enough to do what it claims to.

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        25.06.2010 17:36

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        What a LIE!!!I got the RIO 20 hair removal from my toughtfull husband 3 years ago... I've been so exited to get rid of the hairs on my legs, bikini line and under arm :) After long long hours, and day and weeks of use, just realised, THIS IS A PEACE OF SHEET :() dId NOT fall out a peace of hair, not a single one... I have fair skin and dark hair, just what u need to work.... Its a LIE!!! It laid on my back of a wardrobe for nearly 2 years, I just found it today, I got SO anoyed, i wanted to tell to everyone who want to purchase. DONT WAIST YOUR MONEY for this rubish!!!

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        25.04.2010 22:19

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        I have had this unit for 2 years and have used it faithfully for the past year. For the amount of HOURS I have put in I have hardly any results. i just finaly gave up as it's leaving lines on my upper lip ( so Attractive).I am currently looking for something that has a success record and am finding that near impossible, at any price point.All in all, this was a very expensive lesson on buyer beware...too good to be true, well it was too good to be true.If anyone finds anything that actually works..let everyone know.Thanks for giving us a place to tell others about a product that truly is a piece of crap!!!

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        05.02.2010 05:24

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        I was given this product as a b'day gift about five years ago. I do not recommend this product to anyone! Yes it comes with instructions but they are not clear. you have to hold the laser over your hair for AGESS! I don't have AGESSS! Needless to say, it's been lying in the back of my wardrobe for the past five years. I don't know what to do with it!! It doesn't work at all for me. I wish the company had thought it out more. The reason y i use shavers and creams is coz it takes 10 minz. This takes hours! If they wrote that on the box, I would never have let anyone buy me it. A gift or not!

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        07.12.2009 15:37
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        Weigh up the pros and cons. Make sure you have the time to use it to see results.

        Rio Laser Scan 20x Having watched this item being used on the shopping channel I decided to purchase the 20x scan. The recommended use is for once a week for six weeks. I actually found it difficult to do this regularly and so have had mixed results. It doesn't work how you would expect it to. I expected the hairs to fall out instantly, however the hairs fall out over time and sometimes not at all due to the growth cycle of the hair follicle. Rubbing the treated area does help this process. It is very time consuming and although 20 hairs may sound like alot the scan only covers a very small area which you have to overlap so it takes a very long time, you have to be committed to doing it alot over a fairly long period of time. As with most hair removal if you do your underarms you are advised not to wear deodorant for 24hrs, therefore timing is key. After alot of use I now have a few 'bald' patches but still alot of work to do. The unit itself is easy to use with a long cable so you can get comfortable whilst using the item, watch tv etc. The disadvantages are the result are not instant and need to be built up after time, it would be nice to blast away the hairs but this is not the case, you have to weigh up the cons, do you laser treat over a long time and get long term results or go for a quick fix and wax/shave. Hairs do not have to grow long in order for you to use this machine. The best advantage of course is the fact hairs don't grow back. It may be expensive but in the long term you will spend more on other hair removal products. The laser is pain free.

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        25.09.2009 15:10

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        Don't bother

        I have light skin and dark hair and thought this would be ideal for finally getting rid of underarm and bikini line hair. I decided to try it on one undearm first so that I could compare the results of the Rio against my other arm which I just shave or wax.

        The process was very time consuming. You have a hand piece with a light unit in it and you place this on each hair aiming at the root and the infra red light then is supposed to distroy the hair root. The hair should fall out a day or two later and not grow back. To do my whole underarm took about 2 hours and was quite uncomfortable to do because of having to hold my arm up for so long. The actual light treatment doesn't hurt at all although occassionally you do get a puff of smoke as the light hits the hair!

        I was though very very disappointed with the results. I don't know if any hairs fell out at all and there is no difference at all in my treated and untreated arm. I really think this was a waste of time and money and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I wish I had read some reviews before I bought it.

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        31.03.2009 23:17
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        Home Laser Hair removal system, or so they say.

        The Rio 60x Scanning Laser Hair Remover - BEWARE OF THE CON !

        I would give this unit 0 stars but the system won't let me.

        I did a lot of looking online before I bought this and there were not many reviews for the new 2009 model that does 60x hairs at a time. The fight against "tarantula legs" has been a life long battle for me, so I thought this machine was the answer to my prayers. I am very pale and have black hair, so I am an ideal candidate according to the literature. The booklet also says that it is not suitable for dark skin, grey, white or red hair.

        I found the units on the Argos site for £ 293 and took the plunge and spent the money as for once in my life I really wanted smooth legs for the summer. Be warned though - these units are non-returnable: Once bought you are stuck with it. There is no taking it back for a refund!

        The unit is quite small and made of white and sea-green plastic. It comes in a box with a DVD and a booklet and a set of keys which sets out how to use the machine clearly. There is no carry case - which seems a bit mean for an appliance that costs almost £300. The keys are a safety feature. You need to switch it on by unlocking it and by punching in a security sequence in order for the machine to work. Once activated it is fairly easy to use. Select the setting 20X 60X or single hairs, position the hand set on the patch of skin until the probes are aligned and the light flashes. Press the button on the top of the handset and the laser is supposed to then zap the hair follicle, permanently killing it.

        All this sounds good so far? Indeed. This is why I was induced to part with £ 293 of my hard earned pounds.

        I've had laser treatment before with a salon laser, but it was too expensive to keep up. Salon laser treatments feel a bit like a snap with a rubber band on the skin when they zap you with the laser. The zap kills the hair and after a few days they fall out, till the next cycle - so you need between 5 and 7 treatments to make a difference as a normal person has about 5 or 6 hairs lined up inside their skin. I suppose this is a throwback to times when we lived in caves and needed body hair to stay warm. This way you always have a covering. The first treatments also do not kill all the hair follicles, so you do have regrowth, but finer. The laser also only works on hair in the growth stage, so it is a complicated process. You have to keep going back for it to be a success, but it costs a fortune.

        From the moment I positioned the Rio handset on my skin, I knew I had been conned. This unit barely raises the sensation of a pin prick on its strongest setting. The 60X feature is a lie too. It is the exact same thing as the 20X unit but only takes longer as the little laser eye "scans" a slightly bigger area. If you have to buy this product, you are better off getting the 20x one which is the same size laser and even the same plastic casing, but with one less button. The 20X retails for about £ 175, so there is a big price difference.

        The laser "eye" only does a tiny area - about 1 cm x 1cm at a time and on the 60X setting takes up to 75 seconds to complete one patch. According to my calculations, it would take about 6 solid hours of zapping to do one round of treatment on one leg - ankle to knee. So if one does the math it becomes very apparent that it will take forever to be completely hair free, even if the laser worked as it claims to. This is fine if you are living in a monastery and have nothing else to do in your life but spend time zapping the hair on your legs, but for normal women it is simply not realistic.

        Rio claims the unit is "clinically proven" but the "studies" Rio site on their website are very vague and seem to relate to general studies done on diode/ruby lasers - the big ones used in salons. I question whether this unit's "laser" is strong enough to penetrate right into the skin to reach the follicle. It certainly singes the hairs, but I suspect that if the Trading Standards Board examined this product, they may find the claims Rio make sorely lacking.

        I wish someone had written this review before I bought the Rio Rio 60x Scanning Laser Hair Remover. All I got for my efforts were a few singed underarm hairs and the knowledge that I am £ 293 poorer. I suspect my unit will end up at the back of a cupboard or in a car boot sale someday. No wonder there are so many of them for sale on eBay.

        You are better off saving up for a salon treatment or spending £ 700 - £ 900 on the TRIA home system which does actually have FDA approval and was designed by dermatologists.

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          02.08.2008 21:20
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          I would not buy this product again - even if it was offered to me for £1.

          The reason for writing this review is that unfortunately I did not find many reviews of this product prior to my purchase and having tried the product I very much wish there had been. I will not go into too much detail about using the unit because I do not think it is relevant. All I will say is that I used it exactly as described in the operating manual. I found that very often I could smell burned hair and also feel a slight prickle, which made me think I got the hairs the right way, but it turned out I didn't as all the hair grew back exactly as before. I did expect having to use it more than once, but I can honestly say that I have been using it for over a year now with NO RESULTS whatsoever. The problem is as well that the hair needs to be a certain length: if too short you cannot see the root, if only a tiny little bit too long it is almost impossible to aim at the root and not just the hair. I knew from the start that every hair needed to be done individually, which I was prepared to do because I thought once some of them had been permanently removed, I could tackle the ones I did not get before. Of course as no hairs were removed permanently, there was no chance of ever removing all hair. All I would like to say to people is that I would certainly not buy this product again. If you are considering laser hair removal, save your money and use it towards some professional salon treatments, which have been proven to work. I hope this review will help anyone thinking about buying this unit.

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          28.09.2007 17:45
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          save your money and go to a salon. at least it will work!!

          i bought the rio scanning laser hair removal thing. i'm an idiot.

          do not buy this product. i have pale skin and dark hair - the perfect combo for laser hair removal apparently - but this thing didn't remove a single hair from my body.

          it makes all the right noises, even creates a burning smell, little whisps of smoke and lots and lots of pain - but it doesn't remove hair. not one. really.

          after buying this piece of junk i found out it's at least 10 times less powerful than the lasers they have in salons.

          it does nothing... don't buy it. i had to give it a star otherwise the review wouldn't be accepted but... it's not worth even one star.

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            19.10.2005 21:02
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            Works really well on facial hair.

            I was so fed up with trying waxing,plucking and using stinging hair removal creams!

            I decided to give this product a go.
            Very pleased with the reults, and I found it quite easy to use. Uses micro current technology. Comes with a Conductive Gel to put on the areas to be treated.

            I mainly use it for eyebrows, and found it to be excellent. Really, I am quite happy to use hair removal cream for underarms and legs,so have not used this product for those areas but you can.

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              26.02.2002 06:25
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              I was bought this system as a birthday present last year, which was a wonderful surprise. I had never heard of it before and I was just like a child with a new toy, just couldn’t wait to try it out. I have always used the traditional method of plucking my eye -brows and have never been to a beauty salon in my life. I know that a lot of women use the waxing method, but the thought of the pain, put me off ever trying this method. HOW DOES IT WORK : This treatment of hair removal apparently is an affective method practiced by professional beauticians. Its great because with this system you can achieve excellent lasting results in the comfort of your own home.It uses a micro current to destroy the hair root to ensure that the hair will not grow back. I am pleased to say that it is completely painless and chemical free, but you will need patience, especially when you first use it. TREATMENT AREAS : Eye Brows - Upper Lip - Bikini Line HOW TO USE IT : It comes complete in a nice small carry case, which has a mains power adapter, one pad attachment, an elastic strap, tweezers device and a tube of conductive gel. Once you have plugged in all the leads, you have to apply some gel onto the pad itself as well as some on the area that you are going to treat. Then you attach the elastic strap to the nearest part of you body, to where you are treating, for e.g. – Your arm if doing your eye brows or lip and your leg when doing your bikini line. You then slip the pad underneath the strap next to your skin. You then switch on the machine, a green light appears and it will beep, as soon as you pick up the tweezers. As soon as you make contact with a hair the light changes to orange, and it takes about 20 seconds to complete the treatment, you know when its finished as the buzzer sounds continuously , and you just pull gently and the hair comes out. You must try to get the tweezers as near to th
              e root of the hair, for the best results. There is a dial to turn up the current for difficult hairs, as some are thicker then others and may need to be treated more than once to kill the root completely. MY VIEW ON PRODUCT : I have been really pleased with the results and would certainly recommend it to all my friends and family. It does state in the instruction booklet that some people may have a small amount of redness after treatment but this does fade within one to two hours. I personally have not had this problem, but would suggest that maybe you use it before going to bed, just in case the first time. The tweezers attachment I found at first very stiff as you need to apply some pressure to hold the hair, but it does get easier with practice. The hardest area I have found to treat is the upper lip as the hairs are so fine, you will need a lot of patience, but it is well worth it in the end as you have lasting results. It does take a while to do an area, so you must set yourself some time,as you can not walk about as you are connected to the mains power, my advise is if the phone or door bell rings just “ignore it”. I forgot to mention that there are some precautions on who and when you should not use it, which is important. Some of the reasons are as follows – Never During Pregnancy or Whilst Using A Coil If You Have A Pacemaker Fitted Or Heart Problems Never Remove Hair From Moles. Never Use On Eyelids, The Inner Ear or Nasal Hair. Overall, I am very happy, as I now don’t suffer with the tears and pain that I used to get using ordinary metal tweezers. I have had to look around to find out who stocks this and how much they cost, as mine was a present. I can tell you that they are available at Littlewoods/Index stores at £25, which I think is very reasonable indeed and worth every penny. I hope that you have found this worthwhile and please
              feel free to leave me any comments. Bye for now from Cinystar

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                29.08.2001 23:26
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                I purchased this home electrolysis kit, hoping to rid myself of the horrid task of bikini and underarm waxing. The kit comes in a very handy and attractive purple carry case. Inside the components are all fixed, so that there is no need to take all the equipment out in order to set it up. It comes with the following: Electrolysis pen/tweezer 1 tube of conductor gel Mains adapter (although there is no option to use batteries) Electronic pulse pad (very similar to toning pads if anybody has used them) Elasticated strap to hold pulse pad Control box When using the product for the first time, I found the instructions were not exact. It told me to spread the conductor gel or the area which I wanted to remove hair from and clasp each hair individually with the tweezers. A yellow light will appear on the control panel, once this has gone out the hair can then be pulled out and the root be dead!! Whereas I found that it took quite a while to get the yellow light to actually stay on, there is a technique you have to develop which is not mentioned in the instructions. I have used the product approximately 3 times, and I must say it is useless. It is extremely time consuming, having to remove each hair individually. What else is worrying is that when the yellow light finally goes off a sizzling sound can be heard which is distinctly like that of burning hair! Not Good!! Because it is so time consuming, unfortunately I have been unable to monitor if the hairs, which I removed, have gone permanently. As it is very difficult to cover a mass area! the actual pain factor is slim, if you can handle plucking one hair at a time! Although one of the cheaper products available, I purchased mine for £35, I think you would be better off investing or saving for professional permanent hair removal. Oh yeah and if you run out of conductive gel it is quite expensive to replace, however
                my mum has discovered (from using Rio Toning Pads) that hair gel works the same!!

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                  10.01.2001 20:46
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                  Rio Electronic Hair Removal System After been fed up of having to shave my legs and armpits constantly I thought it would be a good idea to try out one of the electronic hair removal systems. I asked for one for Christmas and thought it would be really good. It looked quite nice, with a pretty lilac case and everything packed neatly inside. I was quite disappointed with only 2 big patches for the legs though as I think these would lose their stickiness really quickly, and although they are reusable, they probably wouldn’t last that long. I waited until I had time to myself to go through it. I read the instructions thoroughly; I didn’t want to electrocute myself. I cleaned my skin like it said, then strapped an elastic strap around my arm. You then have to put a pad under this strap, with some conductive cream. I did this as instructed, plugged the appropriate wires in. I put a sticky patch above my eyebrow with some more cream; I thought I would start on my eyebrows so then I could see straight away if it would make a difference. I then switched the machine on; at first I felt nothing and the orange light went on. I had to wait 6 minutes until it beeped again meaning I could remove it. All of a sudden I felt it, a sharp stinging. I could feel the electricity going through my body. It says in the manual a slight stinging sensation may be felt but this hurt. I managed to keep it on gritting my teeth in the process. Finally after what seemed an eternity it beeped. I ripped it off. No hairs had disappeared. In the manual it says if this happens to pluck the rest of the hairs out with a pair of cosmetic tweezers. It says that they should come out with ease. Well they were just as hard to get out as they normally are. I decided to give it another go 2 days later after reading that thicker hairs may need another treatment. Again the same thing happened and the pain was just as bad. After trying out the patches, I decided to give the tweezers
                  a go. In the manual it tells you to grip the hair, wait about 15-20 seconds then it will beep so you can pull the hair out with ease. After a minute there was no beep or light, I waited about 3 minutes giving it a chance, but I still had no response. After getting inpatient and stressed out I waited until my fiancé got home from work and asked him to read the instructions and see if I was going through it right. I was and we discovered the connection was actually not working. After a week of more pain with the patches and no results I decided to take the product back to Argos. In some way I was actually glad it had a fault, as I was pleased to get rid of it. With my eyebrows looking just as bushy as they did before I have decided to go back to ordinary tweezers without a plug! If you like pain and are patient and willing to wait weeks for this to work, this product may be for you.

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