There is one product that supposedly removes unwanted hair, painlessly.
When it comes to beauty, they say no pain, no gain. A commercial claims Smooth Away hair removal pads are painless. Or are they?
The box comes with a large applicator for areas like arms and legs, and a small applicator for the upper lip.
The company says the pads you stick on the applicators are made of superfine crystals which supposedly buff away hair.
But do they work?
To find out, I buffed the hair on my left arm, and compared it to my right arm, and just like the commercial said, it felt smooth and didn't hurt at all.
The difference between my arms was hard to see through our camera, so we decided to test Smooth Away on a little more fuzz.
Our first victim was KHNL's Videojournalist Darren Akita.
"Can we try it on you?" I asked.
"No, it's going to hurt," said Akita.
"It's not, I tried it. Are you ready?"
After buffing for about a minute, Smooth Away did in fact work on Akita.
"Now I have a bald spot on my leg as well as my head, thanks," he said.
Our next victim was KHNL/K5's Paul Drewes.
We buffed some air on his arm, but it took much longer to remove his hair compared to Akita's.
"This is taking forever. Darin's wasn't nearly this difficult. Still doesn't hurt?" I asked.
"It doesn't hurt but it doesn't look like it's working either," said Drewes.
But after a few more minutes -
"Oh yeah, works great," said Drewes.
"How does it feel?"
"Fantastic. Well worth the 5 minutes you put into it," Drewes said sarcastically.
The directions say the hair can't be longer than ¼ inch so when it came time to testing the product on KHNL/K5's Leland Kim, we had to cut the hair on his leg first before buffing.
"It actually works! Wow!" said Kim.
Smooth Away also supposedly works on men's chest hair.
So we tested it on KHNL/K5's The Real Ron O'Neil's chest.
"You are licensed to do this?" he asked.
"Uh, as of an hour ago."
And after lightly buffing a small section of The Real Ron O'Neil's chest -
"It's smooth. Like a baby's...uh cheek," he said.
The directions say not to use on the head or beard. But it didn't say anything about men's armpits.
KHNL/K5's Duane Shimogawa was helpful enough to volunteer and test it on his armpits.
"Yeah, the hair does come off - no wait, that's my skin! That's my skin not the hair!" he said.
Smooth Away may not be a good idea for men's armpits, although Shimogawa did admit that he may have applied too much pressure, which the directions specifically say not to do.All in all, at about $15 a box, the transition from waxing shaving or plucking, to the use of these hair removal pads, could well be a smooth one
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