I’d heard a lot about the No No Hair Removal system both via TV infomercials and some friends who had tried it with mixed success. My wife had been looking for a hair removal device like this for a while, so I decided to try it out on her (lucky her).
After reading some of the No No Hair Removal reviews online, I was a bit worried. But it’s sometimes hard to trust what you read online and I thought it would be a great case study review to post here. Below I’ve summarized the main points about this product and whether or not it is worth the money. After 3 weeks of use (or rather, my wife’s use), I have more than enough information to make an informed recommendation.
What the Manufacturer Promises
Unwanted hair on arms, backs, legs, and faces is definitely a huge problem in need of a solution. The No No Hair Removal device promises to efficiently and safely remove unwanted hair. It uses a patented innovation that utilizes “thermal transference” to pulse around the desired area of skin. Essentially, a thermodynamic wire is used to heat the hair and basically burn it away, similar to a laser device.
To use, you simply apply the device like a razor to the area of hair and it should remove the hair. The device itself is handheld and portable, meaning that you can take it and use it wherever you go.
One of the key selling points of the No No is that it is painless and gentle (without pulling hair, scrapping, yanking, etc..,), and that it can be done safely in the confines of your own home.
How Much Does NoNo Cost?
The NoNo’s total price is between $190-250, depending on where you get it. If you order direct, they usually have a payment plan.
What you Get in the Box
- NoNo Device
- Power Supply
- User Manual & CD
How Well Does it Actually Work?
I have to say that my wife really tried to make the No No work for her. Using it exactly as the instructions directed, it only removed “some” of the hair and left a stubble behind. This was particularly annoying because many of the No No commercials advertise smooth skin after using. Even with the recommended application of the buffer, we didn’t see much difference.
Not to be fazed, I tried the No No out on some of my chest hair. I noticed that it did cut some of the longer hairs, but the end result was uneven and their was still noticeable stubble left over. And it wasn’t nice stubble. It was the kind of stubble that you can clearly see with my shirt off from a few feet away. The only way to make the device effective at cutting hairs was to press down hard and apply at a certain angle. The side effect of this was that it left the affected area full of burned lacerations. Keeping the hair would have been better at this point!
In short, there were really no Pros to speak of. Usually I do a “Pros” and “Cons” table when review As Seen on TV products, but the No No really dropped the ball. Perhaps the most frustrating part was the terrible customer service afterwards. Good luck if you want to return the product! They use pretty much every shady customer service trick in the book (i.e. telling you that you have to wait 45 days to return it, etc…). If you have doubts, just look at the Amazon negative reviews.
Final Thoughts -Worth the Buy?
With the goal of providing an honest No No Hair Removal review, I would not recommend this product to anyone for any reason! Not only is it extremely expensive, it is also nearly ineffective. The few hairs that you manage to trim will be at the cost of numerous burn marks and discomfort.
A Good No No Alternative
Instead, I would recommend the Braun Silk Epil 7. It is a far superior product with a better track record and a longstanding brand behind it. Also, it’s less than half the price of the No No and far more reliable. Going with a proper epilator like this is the best option on the market. It’s a bit painful the first time, but it actually works and is less painful as you go!
If anything, the No No technology is not yet ready for market. Maybe one day it will be, but I don’t want to be the guinea pig any more than I have to.
Update 2016: The Epil 7 is still a good alternative, however I would also recommend looking at the complete package with different attachments (see here). Overall, it’s still more affordable than the No No package and it’s a complete solution for all of your hair removal needs. There is no substitute for the real deal. This is what my wife uses and she’s very happy with it overall.