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#88788 - 06/18/11 06:37 AM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: Andrea]
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So 9 years later, is this still a scam? I just came across this product today. Electric tweezers (I know, bad). But I saw it on amazon with some not-all-bad reviews. I'm tempted but was hoping to find some recent comments over here first. It's even sold at GNC... Worth the $200 splurge/risk?



Vector Electrolysis Hair Removal System

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Summary - Based on 11 reviews

It works but it's very time consuming...
By Cass - Jun 3, 2011 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
Pros: Works; Quiet; Removes Hair; Slows Hair Growth; Quick Charging Time
Cons: Somewhat Difficult to Use; Awkward; Can irritate skin; Time consuming; Somewhat Bulky
I was thinking I'd give this 4 stars but saw what the stars mean and decided it was more of a 3 (Works just fine) star product. First of all, when I received this a few months ago, the tweezers wouldn't touch because the rubberized grippers were too thick. After I slid a nail file between the grippers a few times, the tweezers worked fine (if you do this, be careful not to file too much, as you don't want the metal visible). I was a little worried that the machine would make beeps or other loud noises (I have a dog who becomes obsessed with noises) but it's fairly quiet and doesn't make any beeping noises. As for the actual electrolysis part of it, it seems to work. They recommend you read the instructions carefully before using it and I feel this is a must! Before I got the machine I figured I could hold a hair with tweezers for a minute or longer, no problem. However, after using the machine, I've realized that you have to grab the hair very close to the skin (and oftentimes I end up electrocuting my skin because of this, even though that is not recommended) and you have to use a special conduction gel (included) in order to actually get the electricity to enter into the hair follicle. You need a very steady hand and it seems that, if you don't feel any kind of sensation, you probably are not holding the hair… more »
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Definitely works--but read directions!
By kirnex - Mar 31, 2010 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
Pros: Effective; Quiet; Long term results
Cons: Tweezers can misalign; Leads come undone easily; Irritates Skin; Difficult to Use
I have owned an electrolysis machine before (the kind with the needle that inserts into the hair shaft) and this is much easier to use.This product IS effective and, thus, a good buy, but with an advisory: You MUST read the directions carefully, and you must grab the hair right at the base. You will know if you have done it properly because you will feel a slight irritation or nerve reaction under the skin, and you will see the conductive gel turn white or foam up a bit. You will also know you are doing it correctly if, after several seconds (on the higher settings), the hair just glides out easily. Also, the hair does need to be at least 1/4" long, I find, to make it easier to grab. The downsides: The conductive gel they give you is less effective, I find, than other conductive gels I've used. I have taken to making my own out of glycerin and saline--you want it runny to optimize conduction, and the gel that comes with this just isn't. Also, the leads really need to be pushed in well and if not, the device just stops working. This is a design flaw that I don't care for. Also, not crazy about needing to push a peddle to trigger the electrical current--should have a button located on the tweezer for this. Additionally, you will need to purchase extra return leads, as you only get a few with this. You can make the ones included last longer by… more »
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This product doesn't even ...
By Anonymous - Apr 9, 2008 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
This product doesn't even work. I bought it and it will conduct against the other needle but I don't feel anything once I put it to the hair. So it was the biggest waste of money!!!
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I bought this machine a ...
By Anonymous - Dec 14, 2006 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
I bought this machine a while ago, and have been pleased with the results. It's a difficult machine to use, but it's professional grade, so that's to be expected. Once I got the hang of it, it was ok.
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Difficult to use and not ...
By Anonymous - Oct 18, 2006 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
Difficult to use and not working. I had several professional electrolysis treatments on bikini areas and only have < 30 hairs left. I used the maximum power on every hair for at least 60 sec (black hair). When I pulled lightly with the tweezer, hairs slid out easily just like when you got it done by a professional. I got a few scabs, but that isn't too bad. Two weeks later almost ALL hairs grow back. I'm sure because I didn't have many hairs left, so I know where the hairs used to be. They grow back exactly on the same spots I just removed using the vector. I did get cramps in my hands. For me it's not worth my time and the risk of scarring. I better get it done by someone who is trained to do it.
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Anyone who says that the ...
By Anonymous - Sep 15, 2006 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
Anyone who says that the tweezers are easy to handle either has the patience of Confucius or the dexterity of a surgeon. The tweezers are clumsy and after prolong use causes cramps in the hands. You have to squeeze them tightly to grab a hair. And the time for the hair to burn depends wildly on the person. For me, it takes about a minute to feel any sensation. (I have black hair.) So you can imagine how long it would take to treat a medium-size area. But if you are patient and follow through with the treatment, the hair truly does not come back. (That's why I gave this product a 3-star.) But after doing this for a few times the past 2 months, I found the time factor too demanding. And I get hand cramps if I want to do too many hairs--by too many, I mean maybe 10 hairs. So be aware of these factors before you buy.
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I have been using the ...
By Judy - Mar 7, 2006 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
I have been using the Vector System for several months and have had outstanding results. It is true, as many claim that the system is difficult to use but after a little bit of practice it becomes easier. The tweezers that came with my kit are as good as Tweezerman. Vector Electrolysis has really excellent customer service.
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I've had this for 3 ...
By Wendy H - Nov 16, 2005 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
I've had this for 3 months. I noticed the hair getting thinner and not growing back as rapidly. I'm not sure if there is permanent hair removal yet. I have burnt myself a few times. I get these red little scabs, but they come off without scarring after a few days.
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It's an ok product. ...
By Anonymous - Oct 6, 2005 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
It's an ok product. Please don't expect much from it. You have to really struggle to properly hold hair from shaft. No way you can hold thin short hairs. Also, sometimes you get electric shock from tweezers. In conclusion, I won't recommend you buy it.
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Stopped working after using 5 times
By Hope - Jan 31, 2011 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
I purchased this in September 2010, used it 5 times and it has now stopped working and it can't be returned, so I guess I'm out[$], doesn't seem fair.
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Just received this and it ...
By Anonymous - Jun 27, 2006 - Full review provided by Logo for drugstore.com drugstore.com
Just received this and it was BROKEN!
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#88817 - 06/18/11 09:57 PM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: brownskin818]
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The larger issue is that for $200 one can buy a REAL electrolysis machine. Your question is like asking "Is buying a Confederate $100 bill a wise choice?" The answer would be, "depends on what you want to do with it." If you want to spend it at the grocery store, it is a bad choice. If you want to say you have something that is a rare item older than 100 years old and frame it, go ahead.

As an electrolysis machine, this is simply overpriced. If it cost $20 to $60 we might find it less of a rip off. Additionally, this company advertises that you can remove hair with a Q-tip wet with an electrolyte gel. THAT is a scam. This system doesn't even give you a proper inactive pole. It gives you about $1 worth of disposable EKG tabs, thus leaving you with nothing to ground yourself with after about 8 uses of the machine, which is all they expect you to do before you give up and chuck this into the junk drawer.

You can only use this machine for real electrolysis if you spend additional money elsewhere to buy a probe holder and get professional electrolysis probes, but again, there are better machines to be had at this price point, and they include the probe holder, and often times, professional probes/needles in the bargain.
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#95923 - 02/16/12 03:37 PM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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OK, I bought one of these for 50 bucks. This was before I knew about this site. After testing it out it certainly doesn't work. I decided I would buy the probe holder, and set of disposable f shank probes. What setting would be safe to use? Should I use a volt/ohm meter and just test it to look for the most suitable setting, or are they consistent enough that a particular setting will work? I read several threads through the search function, one of which was showing a very high amount of current even at low settings.

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#95967 - 02/18/12 05:15 AM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: AmyK85]
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Why put good money after bad?
Just go to the http://www.hairtell.com/forum/ubbthreads....html#Post95966 and find a real machine already. Frequently, some older models go for $100 to $500. You just have to be vigilant.
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#96417 - 03/08/12 03:25 AM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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I had already bought the probes. Regardless, I found out quickly that anything over the lowest setting was akin to pouring gasoline on my arm and setting it on fire! It works or seems to since the hair came out with the sac and all. I recently bid on a clareblend on ebay. I also saw one for 49 unknown to work. Im not sure it would be worth it to buy. How much is service per hr on an epilator?

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#124308 - 07/07/17 09:31 AM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: maria]
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Look at this pic, I searched it from search engine. Now I think it will be more clear for all of you people about any type of hair removal treatment.

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#124309 - 07/07/17 09:47 AM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: maria]
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True, but where is electrolysis??
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#124312 - 07/08/17 11:09 AM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: maria]
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That is an odd illustration and I am wondering if it came with any text describing what is taking place.

When we shave, we are removing the hair from the surface - epidermis only. This is temporary hair removal and the illustration for shaving makes sense.

When we wax, the hair is removed from the dermis and/or the epidermis, depending on what stage of growth the hair is in.
This temporary hair removal method has an illustration that does not make sense.

When we use an epilator, here too the hair is removed from the dermis and/or the epidermis, depending on what stage of growth the hair is in. This temporary hair removal method has an illustration that does not make sense.

When we undergo laser hair removal, the energy might get to the base of the follicle or maybe not. Sometimes the energy is not even absorbed. This hair removal method has an illustration that is only partially accurate as the wavelength might or might not get absorbed into the tissue.

Yes, what is missing is electrolysis. Here, we can reach all levels of the dermis, where the activity needs to take place for permanent hair removal.

Illustrations can be helpful in understanding what happens in the tissue but in this case, it is not giving us the full picture.

Thank you for posting it. I am interested in seeing what is being posted throughout the internet regarding hair removal.
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#124715 - 09/21/17 09:32 PM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: James W. Walker VII]
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Can you PLEASE tell me where one can buy a REAL electrolysis machine for $200, as you stated? I cannot afford any more than that.

Thanks,

Carly


Edited by CarlyH (09/21/17 09:34 PM)

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#124726 - 09/22/17 07:10 PM Re: vector hair removal system [Re: maria]
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Funny you should ask...
Kree Imperial

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