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Curious on how Silk地 has been working for me? Well, I have not one, but two reviews for you. They tell you how my experience and hair reduction have been going, with results after two (Silk地 Story Part II) and four (Silk地 Story Part III) treatments and other good-to-know information.

Have you heard the good news? Silk地 has recently slashed their price by $300. So it痴 to your advantage if you were one of those that held off buying, maybe not to your sprouting leg hair, but at least financially.


April 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm
(1) Jen Adkins says:

OK, I’m sold! Now, where’s the at-home device for facial hair?

April 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm
(2) Naomi Torres says:

Yeah,I know what you mean. Hopefully soon.

April 29, 2009 at 9:36 pm
(3) Jennifer says:

Even though it says not recommended for the face, I am going to be that rebel that does it. I have had facial treatment before so I kind of know how to do it.

May 13, 2009 at 9:40 am
(4) Christelle says:

Hi Jennifer, I’d like to know how it goes with your facial treatment, please keep us posted

May 16, 2009 at 9:35 pm
(5) Hailey says:

I just bought a Silk’n yesterday! So excited about it. I was wondering, though, about its permanency. Because it is pulsed light, I believe that I will have to do touch up treatments every time the hair grows back. I think electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal available. However, I would MUCH prefer touching up with Silk’n two or three times a year over shaving every day.

Also, what did you do about pepperspots (the visible hairs in the ejecting process)? Can you shave over them?

May 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm
(6) Naomi Torres says:

You’re right about electrolysis, even though it may not give permanent results for everyone, it’s the only method FDA approved for permanent hair removal. Laser is FDA approved for permanent hair reduction though. So you should get your wish about shaving less often.

I always have just kept shaving when using Tria and Silk’n, the hairs just fall out when they’re ready.

May 20, 2009 at 11:16 am
(7) Anne says:

I am so excited about having an in-home laser product. What a money-saver! It was hard to decide which product to buy. After reading all the reviews, I ended up choosing the Silk’n over the Tria mainly because of the larger laser area. I want to treat my lower legs and the Tria sounded like it would take forever. I also like that the Silk’n plugs in and won’t run out of battery juice in the middle of a treatment. I only hope that the Silk’n is as effective. I will let you know how it works.

June 18, 2009 at 11:12 pm
(8) LN says:

I highly recommend you don’t use it on your face. I spent a few thousand dollars on “full face” laser and I now have *more* hair than when I started. I wish I had saved myself the money and the aggravation.

Having said that I am very curious to see if the Silk’n actually works.

July 30, 2009 at 3:27 am
(9) Chirs Abercrombie guy says:

Im male using it. Hair goes away & it will come back. its not powerful enough for men to use, guys hair is to thick. im using it for more then a year im on to my 10th session & it just keeps growing back. Im not really hairy. this machine is peace of crap. but when you resell it again some one will buy it & you wont lose money. Silk’n is not powerful enough to yield permanent lasting results. For a short term fix, it might be Ok. I would rather spend my time and money on lasting and permanent results.Ill try Tria. to other men out there looking to buy this 550 dollar item. I want to look & feel like a Abercrombie & fitch Model , all 7 people rating this Item rated 5 star, its to good to be true cant you see there trying to lie to sell more. I hate hair you hear me I hate it. cheap foam shaving gel works best.more guys need to post reviews

July 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm
(10) Di says:

hi chris, i will be available if you want to sell it. :)

August 14, 2009 at 8:47 am
(11) zulu says:

I say it is better then nothing.It wont solve your problem over night.My only concern is that we could get a lot more flashes from a single lamp if silk’n has not used RFID chip to limit the life span of a lamp to 750 flashes,so they can sell a lot more lamps.What I mean is if you use it more often than recomended, you get better results.But this means a lot more lamp.So if ther is a smart electric engineer out ther,please let us know how to pass by this counter.(chip is in the back of lamp,counter right below lamp in hand piece)Thank you

September 13, 2009 at 8:30 pm
(12) Angela says:

It would be a lot important to new products that would be so effective. A home laser hair review would give a great help in order to have more convenient hair remover at home.There would be no hassle while maintaining a perfect look. It would really worth a try.

October 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm
(13) Simon says:

This machine works… I have bald patches all over my arms for not keeping track of my session. now the hairy patchs wont go away when I zapp them too. I think it has to do with timing also the length of the hair when you use it. The best result are when you use it on shaved hair which means the ‘laser’ doesnt have to travel as far to the root.
As for the replacable lamps. There is a chip in the lamp that limits how many zaps you get out of it. Im trying to work on bypassing it somehow and will keep you posted :) might need an RFID reader/editer/writer… ill talk to the engineers at my work and see what can be done maybe even bypass the whole reader section all together with some soldering

October 26, 2009 at 10:50 am
(14) Kayla says:

Regarding the use of the device in the facial area it is not recommended but me being the risk taker that I am I tried it and it worked so my advice would be just don稚 use it on the highest regime. Other than that I was very satisfied with the results I achieved using the products. I was also surprised that there was no pain involved.

October 28, 2009 at 6:29 am
(15) zulu says:

Unfotunetly I have to agree with Chris.I am a male too.
I used it for 6 months.
I took my Silk’n to an engenieer to bypass counter.
Its been 2 months now.
During this period HAIR GREW BACK.
Anyway once I take it back from the engenieer guy at least I wont have to spend so much for lamps.
But I have to say it is a very expensive,and cmplicated way of “waxing”.
I hope you have better results. PERMENANT
you can contact me at: zaza87@freemail.hu

October 28, 2009 at 11:15 am
(16) Medina says:

Hey guys,
I used the Silk’N and it works great. The only issue is that it takes so much longer for the hairs to fall off so your walking around with hair on your body for longer so its kind of a bummer but the results are still great nonetheless:)
I know it says not to use it on the face but I did anyway and it didnt do any damage, my skin is sensitive but it still did the job like everywhere else on my body. The only thing I recommend is that you put the power to 5 so that its more effective ( I know it hurts but think of the amazing results youll get)!

November 22, 2009 at 9:38 am
(17) Beard Free says:

I wonder, if it doesn’t hurt then it’s pretty weak. I’ve done 8 treatments at a profesional with pulsed light and 98% of my facial hair does not grow back. But it was painful!! Very painful. And remember, white, gray, blonde and red hair will not work with pulsed light technology.

November 27, 2009 at 12:52 am
(18) Dawn says:


December 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(19) Monkeys says:

anyone figured out how to override the counter/chip yet? 750 flashes is over so fast… actually I get the idea its not even getting to 750, last lamp stopped after just arms…

December 8, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(20) randy Rhoden says:

has anyone used this machine for over a 6 month periond? Does it work on a mans back with light skin and a moderate amount of ” back hair”. Is it permanent there or not?

December 9, 2009 at 11:04 am
(21) Gail says:

Hey regarding facial hair from my experince i had used it but the skin is there is sensetive so i would be way more carful and use it on the lowest of second lowst level :) ) i used it on level 3 n i am reletivly dark skin worked good :)

January 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(22) TRuth says:



I own a silken and its ok, hasn’t removed my hair permanently, but has reduced and made finer, be careful with turning it up to max, I burnt myself and had light scabbing which went away, but would be horrible if it was on ones face!

Also I find that it does keep my hair from regrowing quickly and I can generally get through a whole summer with only having 2 sessions of it :)

All round…worth getting :)

January 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(23) zulu says:


I am a Spam mailer and so is Chirs Abercrombie who had same results. But I can only agree with” Mr TRuth” :) that hair was finer when grew back.( I wish that I had better succes with engineers and had this counter removed sooner)

January 5, 2010 at 9:00 am
(24) glrmat says:

my lamp was off after only 2 treatments !!!
If someone have news about the rfid lamp bypass.
please, let us know.

January 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(25) zulu says:

In about 2 weeks I should have some news.
My first attempt with an engineer was a failure.My second attempt is a retired engineer promised to bypass RFID no matter what..(for a fortune)

January 7, 2010 at 11:09 am
(26) glrmat says:

Thanks for your job Zulu ;)
Hope you’ll have good results soon.

January 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm
(27) James says:

For those of you that have been using silkn, before you guys were using it how quickly did your hair grow back then compared to how it grows now? and what color is your skin and hair? thanks.

January 10, 2010 at 11:46 pm
(28) James says:

Oh and when it does grow back, what does the hair look like? like u shaved it? waxed it? in grown hairs?

January 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(29) zulu says:

Hi James !

To answer your question after treatment hair falls out and leaves hairless spots. Gradually hair grows back.When it does ,it seems finer and lighter in color.But hard to tell how hair growth will respond to continuous silk’n treatment My belief is that if I keep flashing away,eventually it leads to a hairless body.But with Silk’n limited cartridges is very-very expensive.I bought 10 lamps.Did not last me long.Stoped buying them.

January 13, 2010 at 2:02 am
(30) James says:

Thanks zulu. Well i dont want this forum to die out cuz i know for a fact that people want answers of how to get rid of hair. Does anyone know of any new medical/scientific research going on to get rid of hair? I have this theory that if we can somehow get the chemical that make older men bald and somehow transfer that chemical to other body parts it will make the same effect there. I dont know if this has been tried before or possible, anyone have input on this?

January 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(31) zulu says:

Hi James!
I hope this site will answer some of your questions.


As far as for mans baldness, To my best knowledge is caused by mans hormone: testosterone

January 15, 2010 at 3:08 am
(32) Jean says:

We’ve had one since late November. Will the hair eventually fallout when using it on level 2 or 3?

January 15, 2010 at 9:45 am
(33) zulu says:

I personaly never used anything but top level

January 16, 2010 at 12:21 am
(34) James says:

that site is awesome but i dont know im still confused

January 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(35) zulu says:

About what?

January 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(36) James says:

about which product to use.

January 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm
(37) zulu says:

I asked my self the same question a while ago.
If you are rich and want to have best result go for something professionel.The only problem is they cost thousends of dollers ( 3000 and up) Check E BAY – type in IPL and you will see a lot for sale. Unfortunately I am not loaded so I went for SILK’N. The only problem with this machine is , if you want good lasting results you will end up spending thousends.becouse of the stupid limiter built in.That is why I took mine to an engenieer to bypass the limiter.
Good luck :)

January 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(38) James says:

was the engineer able to actually bypass the limiter for you?

January 20, 2010 at 5:29 am
(39) zulu says:

This time (second) this retired electric engenieer promised to do so.3 silk’n users have all ready turned to me about this.Like I mentioned before the first guy failed . He promised to solve it ” NO MATTER WHAT”. I keep my fingers crossed.

January 21, 2010 at 12:11 am
(40) James says:

oh okay, i thought he already did it for you. well good luck !

January 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm
(41) Lou says:

Silk’n really works. Finally I have achieved a barely no hair or no hair at all status on my legs, arms and bikini line. The only problem is that this company has put a limit on how many zaps you can get out of the lamps, which is very unfair and eventually very expensive. If you anyone can find the way to override this lamp limit… PLease Share with us the trick!!! Thanks.

January 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(42) zulu says:

Thats exactly what I have been trying to achive in the past 7 months. I have all my faith in this guy.1 thing I know for sure all ready.Not going to be cheap.

January 22, 2010 at 11:01 am
(43) macula says:

Ok I finally decided that I am going to buy one of these devices but I am not sure which one. The question is : TRIA or Silk’n ?
I have the skin tone they call ivory and black hair I guess.
Do you guys have any suggestion?

January 22, 2010 at 11:09 am
(44) macula says:


I have sent this message b4, but since I cant see it I am resending it. If there’s a lag phase or something that I am not aware of it and it becomes the copy of my first post, I apologize.
I guess all of you have decided between Silk’n and TRIA; now I am just in this step; could you guys tell me which one you’ve chosen and y?

Thanks in advance

January 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(45) zulu says:

I should be using both to tell which is better . I have done my reserch and I found Silk’n more effective.And as far aseffectivness it delivers as promised. HAR DO FALL OUT.
The only problem with Silk’n is the flash limiter.It stop after 750 flashes.Good old business trick.You buy product and pay a fortune to keep it running.
After all I am not dissapointed. ( I will have the limiter removed)

January 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(46) macula says:

Thanks Zulu.
I also guess the battery charging story of TRIA tempts me to try silk’n

* But is the HAIR FALLING OUT is permanent? ( I’ve read all the comments but I didnt get any answer to this Q )
* How many flashes a complete 1 session take ? and how much a new lamp costs?

Thanks again

January 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(47) zulu says:

Tough questions. You too should go to this site.
Answers many questions.


Many claim to have permenant results.
Silk’n seems to be the closest to professionel IPL(intense pulse light) machines that are capable removing hair permenant (long term)

January 23, 2010 at 9:06 am
(48) macula says:

Plz check your email Zulu.

January 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm
(49) James says:

zulu u think silk’n would work on chest hair?

January 24, 2010 at 6:46 am
(50) zulu says:

If someone is persistent , I bealive it could work on any part of the body. ( white skin dark hair )

January 25, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(51) Shan says:

Will this work on blond hair?

March 16, 2010 at 8:46 am
(52) Sarah says:

Zulu did you ever get them to bypass the 750???

March 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm
(53) Hannah says:

Hi everyone,

Seems to be Zulu that has the best knowledge on this subject so im hoping you can answer my questions..

I have struggled with body hair for a very long time and it is effecting me in many ways that prevent me wanting to go away on holidays and wearing certain clothes, and so far this system seems to be the best.

I cant afford the permanent treatment, and would rather lighter fairer hair than coarse thick hair left behind after shaving, and waxing takes up too much time and is too painful. So my question is, how does the hair grow back?? I know it is reduced and that itself would be an amazing result but I dont want to chance the hair to come back worse or on a larger scale as a comment was left saying they had more hair after using the machine than when they started!

I am more than willing to religiously use the machine if I know I ma going to see results that will make it worth my while.

Another question is can it be used on the stomach area?

Please write back as soon as possible as I hope to purchase a laser machine very soon


March 27, 2010 at 2:12 am
(54) Catherine says:

I purchased the Silkn a while ago for $1300AUD and have been using it on my legs, underarms and bikini line. I have fair skin and dark hairs. In the 4 months I’ve been using it, I have not noticed any difference at all in my hair growth. I wish I hadn’t wasted my money!

March 30, 2010 at 2:09 am
(55) Guy says:

I’m a guy with olive skin and dark hair; used it on arms, abs, and lower legs so far. It definitely works for me. I only did one pass on my lower legs around 8 weeks ago and all I have left are tiny black dots. Used it twice on my arms and abs and they look ok but there is some regrowth. I’m sure if I had the patience/time to use it every 2 weeks the results would be even better.

April 1, 2010 at 9:16 am
(56) Stephanie @ Permanent hair removal products says:

Laser can be a little painful. I would never use it on my face. It works best on dark coarse hair anyways. There are other that work just as well.

April 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(57) Sue says:

Hi I live in England and bought my silkn from eBay 5 weeks ago.o am very pleased with the results so far. I have used it twice so far 2 weeks apart and would say that 75 per cent of the hair has gone. I am going to leave it for 4weeks before I do my third session. I have pale skin and dark hair. The only thing is the 750 flashes as that only lasts for 1aession doing arms full legs underarms and arms.I have also used on my face on lower setting with no problems. Sue

April 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(58) kish says:

Does anyone know what is meant by brown and black skin tones. I have dark black hair, and my skin is light brown. I look something like a spanish person or mediterannean person or a lighter skinned indian person. I’m not sure if I should buy it. I am especially concerned about burns and discoloration. However my skin tone is comparatively light to what I think is meant by ‘brown’. Please let me know what you all think. Thanks

April 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(59) kish says:

??? :)

April 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(60) zulu says:

Hi guys!

I was away for awhile.
To answer som of your questions .

Yes ggt rid of the limiter.


You can us it on just about any part of yor body.
People can respond to a certain treatment different ways.
Normaly hair falls out and eventually slowly grows back.

Some hase better results than others,but I highly doubt that using a device that was designed to remove hair, will actually enhanca hair growth.(The first time I hear that)
You dont like shaving and waxing becouse its a slow process.
Well using sik’is not exactly a rapid procedure.Probably slower than shaving and waxing.But not so painful.
So my advice is to go for it and hopefully you will have lighter and fairer hair .Which is most likely!
Try to make a good deal with Catherine :)

April 10, 2010 at 6:17 am
(61) zulu says:

Hi Kish !

I have no idea what to tell you. In my opinion research is the best way to find answers.
Silk’n based on IPL (intense pulse light )system just like most professional machines.
If I where you I would call pros:

-find out what system they use (make sure IPL)

-ask your questions (better not tell them you are thinking about Silk’n -they may not be so helpfull- )

-Call at least 3-4 different places.

-Decide :)

April 10, 2010 at 10:35 am
(62) steve says:

How does one bypass the limiter?

April 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(63) zulu says:

Dear Steve !

I tell you how I did it.
Found an el. engeneer who was willing and able to do it (wasnt easy) and paid 80.000.- HUF ( app. 400 USD).
Worth every penny of it.
Few silk’n users asked me to get info from the man.
Answer: Smile “Bring them to me”
And I will not take it a part to take pictures.The only think I can help you with is to have it done here.
The engeneer gave me a month warranty on it. I obviously lost manufacturer warranty.( But saved a lot of money on lamps)

Thats my story

April 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(64) zulu says:

My last comment is not so clear.

Engeneer smiled and told me “bring them to me”

And I say that I wont take it a part risking el. shock or simply messing it up.

Save your lamps !

April 11, 2010 at 12:28 am
(65) steve says:

What kind of life are you getting with the lamps now. How is end of life reached; decreased light output, or lamo just burns out.?
Also, where is the engineer located? Sounds like you are not in the U.S.

April 11, 2010 at 4:35 am
(66) zulu says:

Hard to tell how long each lamp will last.Since my machina was modified I have been using a single lamp.My guess is that lamp has about 3000 flashes in it all ready.

One other thing. I always like to think ahead.

While thie engeneer was working on the machine I went on to finding the right ” xenon flash tubes” to replace original ones incase they die out on me.. I found them in a local el. store for 6 bucks a pair.
I have not tested them yet. The original ones seem to last for ever.

Thats what I meant by worth every penny of the modification.
I realised right at the begining the more I wait with mods the more money I waste.
Any one who needs help or more details contact me at:


April 11, 2010 at 4:42 am
(67) zulu says:

Sorry , I have not answered 2 of your questions.

I do not notice any decrease on the energy output.

Engeneer is in Hungary.

April 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(68) AD says:

Hi Zulu!

I’m going to Hungary in a month! Would you fix my lamp for me, please??

May 19, 2010 at 9:30 am
(69) Mark says:

Hi guys.

I am thinking of buying this device. I am male, with locally hairy back. I would use this device only for my back.
Now I wonder is this device most effective for me (the professionals are not an option)? I have very white skin, with dark brown hair.

Question for Zulu (or anybody know this one). If my targeted area is back (two areas approximately 10×15 cm with quite dense hair), how many lamps would I need to buy, or let say how many treatments on my back could I do with one lamp.

I do not necessarily want all my hair to gone, just to get feeling that is bearable to be on beach without bush on my back.

Thx for the response.

June 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(70) John says:

Hi everyone,

I just want to inform people with regards to the Silk’n Flash Lamps. The reason there is a limiter on the flash lamp is because IPL flash lamps slowly lose power and effectiveness over time. If you bypass it, you will be getting a less effective treatment after the 750 flashes. Whether you might get 1000 or 1200 effective flashes out of a lamp I really couldn’t tell you, but the reason the limiter is there is to make sure all treatments are are at full power.

Another Point: Silk’n has recently changed it’s policy on facial use. They now recommend it for use on the face from the cheaks down. Stimulation of facial hair can happen, but it is very rare. Just don’t treat areas where there is no hair and don’t treat fine vellous blond hair. The more pressing concern is burning yourself, especially in the summer as your face is probably tanned.

July 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(71) ana says:

DO NOT BUY THE SILKN!!! It does not work. I have light skin, dark hair, used it religiously and saw NO improvement. I spoke to dermatologists and plastic surgeons who said it is not powerful enough to work (otherwise nobody would approve it for use by a nonphysician). The worst part is: EVEN THOUGH THEY SAY THEY WILL REFUND YOUR MONEY if it does not work this WILL NOT HAPPEN. I have been calling them and emailing them almost daily and they never answer the phone or emails and I see no intention of a refund. STAY AWAY!

August 8, 2010 at 12:42 am
(72) waldo says:

A friend of mine brought one and she had great results she has olive skin and dark brown hair. Look at buying one for myself :. I have had ipl done in a salon and it worked after 4 goes but a small amount has returned

August 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(73) Gerry says:

Silk’n is rubbish and am in the middle of trying to get my money back as it does not do as it claims. If you want patchy hairy areas on your body then buy it. It does not have the grunt and it will cost far more than getting your unwanted hair removed professionally. Don’t be sucked in buy the advertising IT DOES NOT WORK.

September 27, 2010 at 7:21 am
(74) Spike says:

has anyone tried using a used up lamp in a different handset, as the counter seams to be in the handset, maybe the lamp only has a built in serial number, in which case the new handset would not know it has been used before and would give you 750 flashes.

October 3, 2010 at 6:15 am
(75) Roddy in London UK says:

Hi lads and ladies I stared using SILK’n yesterday and on my whole body I stared it on my face at the lowest seting then I turn it to the 2 seting which was bareable still, the flash of the light is quiet strong I had to my my sun glasses on in other to carry on working in my chest at seting 3 and when i reached my legs I was already at seting 4 which hurts just a bit it is not as bad as waxing.. After doing my lages it is showing already that I had used 90% of the lamp So a beliave that from now on I will have to buy 2 lamps a month in order to carry on doing my whole body, I think that becouse the lamp was already too hot when i was doing my legs that I got a bit burned now I have burned spots which I hope that they will fade away .. totaly self inflicted … I will let you know about the results in a few month time .

October 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(76) Kristen Wayne says:

Having a Cosmetology license i dont know EVERYTHING about skin, but definitley some. Waxing and laser removal, over time, will eventually shock the hair follicle into not growing…this system is no more affective then rippping your hair out by the root (waxing) it is not magic and will take time to see results….you are killing a hair follicle slowly…so dont hold your standards too high!! Especially on beards, we’re talking an entirely DIFFERENT texture and thickness of the diameter of the hair alone ….so you should have researched the product further. I dont own one but am definitley thinking about it, my only concern is the bulb life span :(

November 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm
(77) ana says:

ok, I have an update. Again, I am warning you to BEWARE! If you intend to buy this piece of junk from the silkn store I have the following WARNING:
1. the machine does not work
2. they will never give you the refund
3. If you manage to get a refund they will not hesitate to type in your credit card information and continue to charge you random amounts of money without your authorization.
This all happened to me. They actually are using my credit card without my authorization when I have not contacted them in months. They are commiting FRAUD. They are CROOKS!

November 12, 2010 at 7:12 am
(78) Bubbel says:

Is there anybody who has bypassed the rfid chip. So you can get more flashes out of the so expensive lamps.This is a rip off from sikn pro

November 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm
(79) bushra says:

Hi everyone

We just got the Silk’n home laser treatment. My sister and i have coarse hair on the neck…and I was a little scared about shaving it and then using it. But i did it eventually, when you say the hair falls out..when does it actually occur??

If some one could answer me that it would be great, i just dont want to turn into a complete man!


December 8, 2010 at 12:39 am
(80) michelle stawski says:

I bought silkn two months ago and 80 percent of my hair is gone. It said to do it every two weeks for two sessions and than less after that but I keep doing it once every two weeks no matter what. I also set the setting at 3 or 4. Its working for me. Although one time I burned my arm because they were tanned and I set the setting on 3 or 4. That hurt for days.

January 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm
(81) aa says:

hi anyone used this machine with succesful result?

February 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(82) Jambo says:

hi all, not sure if this thread is still active but I have some questions….

I am a male of Indian origin living in the UK and have been reading up on the Boots Smooth Skin IPL, excellent reviews, however it seems to be 6 seconds inbetween flashes and sometimes the machine shuts off to cool down for a while before it can be used again.

Does anyone know the size of the head for the Sik’n Pro compared to Boots being 3cm squared… and is it quite fast to use for example full chest/stomach or full back?

March 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm
(83) Nicole says:

Just bought it, and used it. I bypassed the limiter and used it on 5 (I did test patches at the lower levels for a few days prior) . I have light skin, slightly darker and freckled on my arms but not majorly so. I have moderate to severe hirsutism, so I really need something to work on my face. It hurt… rubber band snapping feeling and a hot feeling. Smelled like something was burning while using it. I don’t know if it will work.

I bought a costco membership to purchase it, since they have such a good return policy. If it doesn’t work, I figure I’m just out $50 and can spend the money I’m refunded on having laser or electrolysis on my face. Honestly, if it works similarly to waxing, and slows the hair growth enough to where I don’t have to do it more than once a month, I’ll be happy.

April 3, 2011 at 7:18 am
(84) Sue says:

Update. I have been using the silkn for about 6 months and am so pleased with the results. I only use once a month now to catch the stray hairs I have missed. I had dark course hair and pale skin. I just wish this had been around 20 years ago as it would have saved me years of embarrassment. I am sorry it hasn’t worked for some people but it is definitely NOT Aa piece of junk I think it is excellent.

April 7, 2011 at 11:10 am
(85) BHamze says:

I’m a laser/IPL specialist and this is really frustrating to me. These home devices are only good for touch ups AFTER having had professional treatments. We do the entire body safely and efficiently and there’s no confusion, no waste of money and no danger of over treating. I can do 6 professional facial hair reduction treatments for $600.00 and then your done. Touch ups are a fraction of that and most people don’t need then that often. No purchasing of lamps or counting or tiresome self treatments. These home devices just are not strong enough to treat stubborn hair.

April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm
(86) Nudeandnatural says:

How did you bypass the limiter???
I see that a few people are asking that on this forum, but have not got an answer yet.

Is it possible, and can an average mechanic/electronics tech do it?

And HOW???


April 23, 2011 at 2:40 am
(87) Nicole says:

I was referring to the program that limits you to using it at a certain power level for the first number of treatments. I’m not sure I used the correct term.

I’ve used it twice, I’ll use it the third time in the morning. I’m seeing a reduction, especially on my arms. I’m not so sure about the other areas. I’m definitely seeing a slowed growth rate overall. I’ll see if it continues with further treatments. It seems to be the most responsive on dark, finer hairs. Dark course hairs seem much more resistant.

I’ll probably have to use it every two weeks for at least two, if not more treatments, on the areas I’ve already started on. I plan to continue biweekly treatments until the dark hair does not grow back. I’m not seeing anything like the shedding some people describe after professional laser treatment. Having said that, this is still much more cost effective than professional treatment, even if it takes longer. Assuming it does, in fact, work.

April 24, 2011 at 11:56 am
(88) Nudeandnatural says:

Oh,,,, thanks Nicole. Now I know what you meant.
What I’m looking for is anyone that knows how to bypass the RFID reader section of the device.

I took apart a used cartridge. I found a card in it that send the signal to the wand. Without the card in there, the unit won’t work.
It’s a radio frequency identification card. It works by sending a signal to the device and then counts the flashes. When it gets up to about 750 or so, it won’t let the power fire the flash again, until you replace the entire cartride. Although we all know the lamp still has many flashes left.

If we could bypass this section of the device, we could use the lamp cartridges until they really burn out. Not just until Silk’n decides for us that it’s time to spend more money on a new cartridge.

I like the unit, but this built in limiter on how many flashes you get per cartridge is the biggest rip off. They could give the unit away for free, but you’re still commited to spending lotssssssssssss of money on cartridges.

I’ve been saving the old ones. When I figure this out,,,, I’ll have lots of flashes (saved money) left in my old cartridges.


April 30, 2011 at 12:02 am
(89) Romona says:

Has anyone figured out how to bypass the RFID in the lamp cartridges to allow us to get more than 750 pulses? Maybe the hand-piece itself can be altered.

Anyone make any progress????

May 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(90) Ef1 says:

Hello y all.

Does anyone have a clue what kind of Rfid chip “Protocol” the device uses ?

If you figure that out then its probably not hard to change the information in the Silkn Rfid Tag.

only to order the correct reader/writer.
and hope that the Rfid doesn’t use Encryption.

my email if you know what Tag it is.

I will try to find it out and change it my self, but email me if anyone have an Id.

Best Regards

May 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm
(91) Ro says:


Maybe it doesn’t even use rfid technology, someone above said that, but maybe they were wrong.

May 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm
(92) Nudeandnatural says:

The Silk’n does use RFID technology.
I took apart a lamp cartridge and saw the board in there and removed it. With the board out, the unit will not run. Give the same lights on the unit as if there were no lamp plugged in.

If we could disable the reader section of the handwand or base, so that it passes this and keeps the unit on, then we’d be set.

If we can’t have the reader disabled, then we’d need to program at least one cartridge card and then we’d have to swap it into each cartridge we use.


May 30, 2011 at 7:35 am
(93) Kellie says:

WARNING: IF you choose to use it on your face then stay out of the sun because I used it on my face then 1 YEAR later I went into the sun (after using it on my face I found it didn’t even work anyway, some of the hair would fall out but always grew back, after 6 months I gave up, i have LIGHT skin and DARK hairs so I am apparently perfect for this laser) It didn’t work on my arms at all… all the hair grew back…. I had high hopes and I really wanted to believe it works but the hair just keeps growing back…. OH and I got VERY DARK spots on my face where i used the laser! So I have to wear make up and I tried some hyperpigmentation cream so that is making it fade a bit.. anyway! for this to happen 1 year after my last use means it really damaged my skin!

June 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm
(94) maca says:

I have done over 20 professional treatment in chelsea manhattan in new york and I still have a lot of hair on my face. Its a mess so it still doesnt work. We just have to give up and accep that we are harry wolfs

August 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm
(95) Ron says:

Does anyone want to trade/recycle a RFID from the cartridge?

Just email me.

This way, we can all get more use out of our cartridges. If there’s an excess of people emailing me, I’ll try to pair you guys up too.

If you’d like to recycle your used cartridge/rf tag rather than throwing it away that would be great, you will contribute the pool of the tag swap. I can help you guys out and store them for future swaps for you guys.

What is the RF ID?
It’s the part inside of the cartridge that tells the machine that you have used up all of the charges on that lamp. The lamp itself is still good for many more uses though, so all that you have to do is pop out the RF tag and switch it with a different one. The machine has a memory of only the tags that you have used before and keeps count of how many charges you have made.

The lamp is still in excellent functioning condition. You can use it many many more times before it actually gets used up.

How to take out the tag:
Look at the back of the cartridge, about the middle part. Just get a small screw driver and pop the back plate off by inserting the screw driver in the middle latch. Look at the back panel and you’ll notice a white square piece of plastic. Just pop this out and you’ll see the RF tag, that’s what we’re trading.

Don’t worry about messing it up because you’re using this on a cartridge that has been used up anyways.

August 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(96) ron says:

Oh yeah, my email is ronwins@hotmail.com

September 6, 2011 at 1:58 am
(97) Fly says:

You can’t switch the tags between the machines, because it is read and write the number of the pulses on the tag.That is my opinion.I have tried to use a empty cartridge to a new machine.Doesn’t work.

September 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm
(98) Charles says:

Can you please update to let us know if you have had any takers on rfid trading and the results? Please confirm that trading works in new machines unlike Fly’s comment.
As far as I (and the internet) can tell, RFIDs are passive, not active (meaning you can’t write to them without very expensive equipment).
I have most of an EE degree and am working on a RFID bypass (by finding out the frequency and coding new RFIDs to sell to everyone cheap).
I figure if every bulb is good for around 3k shots I will sell a 4 pack of tags for $20-25 (depending on supplier cost of the RFIDs). Then we could all use the bulbs for their full life. It would be as easy as pulling off a sticker and putting a new one back on.
Comments on if any of you would purchase them at this price would be appriciated (trying to guage interest) otherwise I will just use the new tags personally.

October 2, 2011 at 6:49 am
(99) San An says:

I’m very surprised at the negative reviews silk’n is receiving,
I’ve been using it for several sessions now and it works wonders. It depends on what stage you catch the hair, ideally you should do it as below
wait for all the hair to grow to a waxable length. then wax. then wait 1 day before you use silk’n, by following this cycle to bring all your hair on the similar cycle. its works very well for me, and i spent my entire youth plagued with hair removal issues, and embarassment. I was always bothered by the coarse feel of my skin after shaving, because it grew a stubble by the end of the day!!!
Silk’n is great, and if anyone is having trouble with it, i suggest changing you cycle of usage, the hair removal method before using silk’n and also the period between sessions.
All the best to everyone tryin this out, definitely a winner!

October 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm
(100) Fly says:

Hi Charles,
The tags are passive,that’s true,but you don’t need expensive equipment to write on it.One of the way to bypass the RFID is to clone the tag.That is my opinion,but i’m not sure it will work.

October 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm
(101) Charles says:

So I stopped by my local RFID store, the engineer there confirmed it to be a 13.56Mhz chip with read/write capability. (the same type you find in security cards) He also tried the RFID out of a dead bulb of mine, his multireader got nothing back.

His opinion was that the reader is actually a reader/writer (not willing to disassemble the handset and void the warranty to find out…YET.) and when the counter in it reached max flashes for that tag in the bulb, then the handset blanked out the chip.

Future steps are…

Ron and I are in the process of exchanging a couple of RFID tags. If the engineer I spoke to is correct then Ron, you are getting a blank which will not work sorry (but so am I).

I am going to invest in a RFID reader/writer (about $80…or 2 bulbs) and see what I can read off of the tag from a good bulb.

PS, the engineer said that it would not be cost effective to try to reproduce more of the RFID tags in a non-commercial setting as the first run after tooling costs would be about 20K for 1000 tags.

October 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm
(102) Emily says:

I purchased the Silk’n Pro about a month ago. I was a little concerned but read some good things about it so figured I would give it a try. I have very dark course hair and wanted to feel good in a bathing suit on my honeymoon. I priced out getting it done professionally but found out I could buy this whole system for the same price as one treatment. I am SOLD!!! I have noticed a pretty big difference since I started using it and am confident that it will only continue to get better the more I use it. Before, I wouldn’t even have smooth legs for a day and already that has changed! If I can help one person that was in my place with my review than I will be happy: ) By the way, I have nothing to do with this company, this is just my personal view of this product.

November 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm
(103) donny says:

any news on the rfid Charles?

December 2, 2011 at 4:24 am
(104) Gemma says:

I have just bought one of these Silk’n Pro machines. I have dark brown hair on my belly, what some might call a snail trail. Do you think it will be able to remove that as it is very embarressing :-(

December 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm
(105) TeriM says:

Does anyone else know if you can bypass the trigger inside the unit that signals the cartridge and still leave the unit operational? This seems to be what the Hungarian connection did to the unit. What kind of store had the RFID reader/writer. Computer? Electronics? Thanks for people being interested in seeing the cartridges last longer and saving what could be a lot of money.

December 7, 2011 at 11:53 am
(106) Hair Removal Guide- Naomi says:


It may work well in reducing the hair on your belly, especially if it’s dark brown. It may take some months and many treatments though. Let us know how it works out for you!

December 28, 2011 at 7:56 am
(107) poprulez says:

Hoi! everibody!! can i use it on my head?

January 1, 2012 at 5:22 am
(108) pear says:

I took apart my silkn base to figure out this RFID issue.
8 wires connect the handset to the base. Two wires are obviously used to send power to the handset, but the other six are data. I think these wires control the RFID handshaking.

I’m going to try probing the data off these wires with a Bus Pirate, and then compare the differences between datastreams for a spent and unspent catridge.

At the very least I should be able to emulate a ‘cartridge OK’ packet when the silkn is connected to a computer.

If anyone else has more technical information about the silkn please let me know.

February 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm
(109) Dennis says:

I have this thing and it is junk. I tried to get my money back, and the manufacturer tried to force me through technical support. They used every tactic in the book to disqualify me from returning it. The device does not work. Do not let them beat you out of your money like they did me.

March 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm
(110) Maggie says:

I just ordered my Silk’n and I hope that I achieve the results Im looking for. I will update with results. For now, I want to let those wanting to buy one that Groupon has it on sale for only $249. :)

March 9, 2012 at 4:30 am
(111) Cali Girl says:

I just ordered my silk n as well – we will see how it goes :) I am concerned of the added costs of the lamps though :( tria was way better sounding in that aspect but couldn’t pass up the groupon even though I was just about to order the tria right before I saw the groupon and decided maybe its a sign ? Anyways if not I’m still watching for a groupon to come out for the tria next lol

March 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm
(112) Cali girl says:

Ok so I for my silk n in the mail the other night :) I treated my Lower legs so far as I’m waiting for hair to appear on my upper leg so I can treat that as well – so knowing the difference between the ipl and the actual laser treatments and knowing that with several professional sessions with each – my skin responds spectacular to the actual laser rather then ipl – so I went into using this with pure skeptism and after 36 hrs my legs are smooth still – no I do not think that my hair is gone but at this point I can seriously tell that after one treatment that my hair has slowed down – as I am one of those people who can not stand any stubble at all – I have to shave atleast twice a day. Everytime I shower – I can not imagine getting out of the shower without shaving – I shower inthe Morning and in the evening – I have gone thru two showers since my initial treatment and I have not had to shave yet – I did the treatment when I had a bit of stubble and then I shaved the stubble off and I do not feel anything on my legs :) I know it’s. Not going to be done with only 1 treatment but so far amazing results !!!

April 3, 2012 at 4:02 am
(113) Laura says:

Ive been using silkn for over a year. it works if you keep up with treatments after everytime you shave, when i was using it regularly i was shaving not even once a month and im only on my second globe.
But im on my second machine as my first one blew up and i just got an electric shock unplugging my new one (replaced under warranty no problems). My question is does anyone else find them unsafe? And find that when you first plug it in it turns on then off before you turn on the power? I don’t believe i could have the only two faulty machines.

April 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm
(114) coolblue says:

No recent info on the RFID fix… disappointing….

July 10, 2012 at 4:35 am
(115) Al says:

The RFID is not the way to go to be able to get full potential from the cartridges.
The lamp is basically a xenon flash bulb and will be good for at least 2-3000 flashes before the spectrum of light emitted deteriorates. 700 flashes is to be quite frank a money making scam.
The only way to defeat the memory chip in the cartridge will be to re program the base unit removing the code that handshakes with the chip.
To do that you will need specialised equipment and programming knowledge, something that is beyond the average consumer.
I would recommend spending a little extra cash on a unit from Cyden where you will be able to use the bulbs to their full potential and also less flashes as the unit covers a larger area of skin with each pulse.

October 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm
(116) Sharon says:

IT WORKS! I absolutely love this product and will never go back to epilating/waxing/laser clinics again. This device is so easy to use and convenient and by the way it is removing my hairs I’m pretty sure I won’t be needing it at all soon when I’m completely hairless! I really recommend it.

November 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm
(117) Felipe says:

Hey, guys.

I’m brazilian, so my English is not that good. Anyway, Silk’n even coasts more in Brazil and so do the lamps. The lamps are very expensive and if anyone can help me to make them “live” more it would be awesome. I got mine there’s less than a week and I used it only once. Idk yet if I have less hair or not. Hopefully it’s going to work for me as it works for most people in here. Because you can guess that the laser treatments in clinics are too expensive. So, can anyone help me to find a way to give more shots for the lamps?

My e-mail is: felipe_po@live.com

January 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm
(118) sha786 says:

Hi, i also bought the silk’n device and want to make the lamp work longer please contact me at hu_15@hotmail.com – i would really appreciate if someone can help me

January 9, 2013 at 9:54 am
(119) Stef says:

Any news on bypassing the counter to make the lamp last longer???

February 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm
(120) malika says:

Im also interested as to how the cartridges can last longer. Ive kept all of mine just in case a miracle comes along!! Hope someone can tell us all about it!

April 13, 2013 at 12:34 am
(121) hairhacking says:

So, I’ve started looking at this for about a half hour or so tonight. Got the RFID tag out and it looks like a SRIX4K (I’m not an rfid expert but it looks similar). Is that what others are seeing?

April 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm
(122) Brian says:

@hairhacking- I’ve been thinking and reading since I picked up a Flash & Go. Surely there must be some consumer rfid reader/writer that can easily do the trick? It sounds like the rfid’s on the cartridges ship with a value of 1000 coded, and each flash re-writes the rfid with a value -1, and it keeps flashing until the cartridge’s rfid reads zippo. So, what consumer RFID tools and software are there to read the rfid, and modify the data from 1 back to 1000

April 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm
(123) hairhacking says:


So the problem is that if it’s using the SRIX4X, the spec sheet says it has a decrement only counter which wipes the RFID when it gets to 0, which means that one way of doing it would be to write an RFID tag with say, 40,000. I’m going to try that as well but, iirc, this RFID has some encryption stuff built in. So that avenue may be blocked. The other bit of news….

I cracked the case open. I do NOT suggest folks try that unless you are very careful. It has a PIC 16F887 sitting on the board. My other vector here is disassembling and then trying to reprogram to not send the decrement code as outlined in “SensEpil Communication Protocol for the SensEpil Doc P/N : DO101604A” that they put up on their website.

April 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm
(124) Brian says:

hairhacking, good luck and keep us appraised. It is times like these where I wish I went in to engineering.

April 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm
(125) Nina says:

Silk’n does work! i have fair skin & black hair. It worked magic on my legs i started noticing the results after 3 sessions. my hair started falling easily just by a slight pull with my fingers & then its growth decreased by almost 80% after a few sessions. the only problem is that u have to keep buying lamp cartridge & since i’m tall one is only enough for both my legs & bikini line.

May 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(126) John says:

Any update on a hack for the BellaLite cartridges?

May 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm
(127) marc says:

Any way to bypass the pic mod with some type of one shot?

June 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm
(128) Brian says:

I was thinking, instead of trying to bypass or increase the cartridge flash limit, can we just force the bump to flash? Tap in to the power and ground within the and wire it directly to the power/ground connectors on the cartridge. With a small button/switch, it should be like a lightbulb, no? Instead of letting the handle say ‘give power to flash’ (after verifying flash count, etc), we tell it go give power at our will.

after i use up the last 2 lamps I have, I may disect and see if i can (unless someone has some wise advice before that happens)

June 5, 2013 at 11:12 am
(129) keith says:

I have been working on this bulb life for a while. FIRST A WARNING DO NOT OPEN ANY IPL UNIT UNLESS YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOUR ARE DOING. The circuits contain very high voltages, and can store them months after its been turned off. They are perfectly safe to use, but if you open them and poke around you could kill yourself. That said I have already ripped one apart and in theory I have solved the problem. I can tell you that this is no simple DIY conversion. Everything is controlled through a micro controller, and you cant get to the code. That said, most of the tricky electronics are to do with stopping you bypassing the counter and stopping you re-lamping the cartridges. After wasting lots of time trying to circumvent whats there, I finally realised that it would be easier to design a main board from scratch, and strip the original board for key components, I’m doing that now. It will work, its not a DIY job. While on the subject all the home machines are less powerful than commercial machines, so while doing this I decided that I may as well make it a bit more powerful, obviously the additional power has to be used responsibly. Once I have the first working board, it will be relatively simple to produce more (most of the work is in the design). Ill post again when its working, I might be willing to send out upgraded/exchange boards, but only if the are fitted by professionally qualified people, I wasn’t joking about the danger lurking inside the machine.

June 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(130) Mil says:

Any progress keith?
I tried hacking RFID but it didn’t work, tags have some kind of protection and they became useless when trying to read data from my own RFID reader. So i think keith’s approach is much better, I’ll try it myself, new board shouldn’t be that complicated.

July 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm
(131) Joust says:

all the circuitry is there. all you need to do is defeat the firing mechanism. all the fancy computer stuff won’t work but you can make the bulb fire. basically the same circuit as a camera flash isn’t it?
Or are you designing a board with a controller on it to work the same as the one onboard but not use the RFID tag?
I have one of these I bought for my wife and like everyone else here and not happy that they artificially retire bulbs.

August 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm
(132) Tallyhoes says:

Keith, I’m sure you’d have plenty of people willing to pay you something to send out the hacks…Myself being one of them :)

September 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm
(133) Nudeandnatural says:

Any one hear about any progress with hacking the Silk’n?

I’m going to get rid of mine if it can’t be hacked. I’ll never buy another one of these cartridges from this scam company. I have a case of uses ones that are probably good for hundreds of more shots. But the RFIDs are keeping me from fully utilizing these things.

What a joke!


October 23, 2013 at 5:32 am
(134) Physician Laser Center says:

i am too excited to know that now home laser products are coming that will be quite simple and painless for all of us to remove the hair easily at home. thanks for reveiw of silk’n

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