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10 Best Devices for At-Home Laser Hair Removal

1. Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser

Details: The Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser is one of two devices for laser hair removal cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This laser claims to have three times the hair-eliminating energy than other devices.

  • Pros: People say it really works.
  • Cons: Some people report that it hurts to use the device, and it takes a while to see results. Others weren’t happy with the limited battery capacity and the fact that the laser targets a very small area.
  • Cost: $$$

Shop for the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser online.

2. Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser Precision

Details: This device has the same technology and FDA clearance as the original Tria laser, but it’s designed for targeting smaller areas, such as the upper lip.

  • Pros: It delivers the same power and efficacy as the larger Tria laser hair removal device.
  • Cons: As with the original Tria, the treatments can be painful, and it may take some time to see results.
  • Cost: $$$

Shop for the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser Precision device online.

3. CosBeauty IPL

Details: The CosBeauty IPL is an FDA-cleared IPL device that claims to treat a leg or arm in only 8 minutes.

  • Pros: A skin tone sensor can automatically adjust the light intensity suited to your skin. The majority of user reviews report that the device reduces unwanted hair with consistent use.
  • Cons: Some people have commented that they see no change using this device and that the battery life isn’t ideal.
  • Cost: $$

Shop for the CosBeauty IPL device online.

4. MiSMON Laser Hair Removal

Details: This device uses IPL technology for hair removal, which is said to be gentler and more effective than other methods. The MiSMON offers a one to five level range and 300,000 flashes. It’s also received an FDA safety certificate.

  • Pros: Users report that the device is effective, particularly on thicker, coarse hair.
  • Cons: The downside to this device is that it’s only suitable for dark hair and fair to olive skin tones. You also can’t use it on the lip area.
  • Cost: $$

Shop for the MiSMON Laser Hair Removal device online.

5. Gillette Venus Silk-Expert

Details: As a well-known brand of razors, Gillette also has its own product in the growing laser hair removal niche. The Venus Silk-Expert uses IPL technology and is smaller in size compared to other at-home laser devices. It also comes with a face cleaning brush to exfoliate the skin beforehand for more effective results.

  • Pros: The size makes it ideal for smaller areas such as the face, underarms, and bikini area.
  • Cons: The biggest downside to this product is the higher price tag. Customers have also complained that it’s ineffective for dark skin and that it takes a long time to see results.
  • Cost: $$$

Shop for the Gillette Venus Silk-Expert device online.

6. Silk’n Flash&Go

Details: The Silk’n Flash&Go uses 5,000 pulses of hair removal energy to stunt the growth of hair follicles. This device can be used on any area of the body, including sensitive skin on the face and bikini area.

  • Pros: Users report that the device works well on coarse, dark hair on both the face and legs.
  • Cons: Some users report that hair grew back as soon as they stopped using the device.
  • Cost: $$

Shop for the Silk’n Flash&Go device online.

7. Braun Silk-Expert 5 IPL

Details: If you’re looking for slightly faster results in an at-home hair removal device, consider the Braun Silk-Expert 5 IPL. The brand promises full results at just 4 weeks, which is less than half the time of most other brands.

  • Pros: The Braun Silk-Expert 5 IPL is equipped with a feature that’s said to naturally adapt to your skin tone, so you’ll see fewer side effects. It should also take less time to see results than other devices.
  • Cons: This device has a higher price tag, and it doesn’t come with an LED display like some of its competitors do.
  • Cost: $$$

Shop for the Braun Silk-Expert 5 IPL device online.

8. mē Smooth Permanent Hair Reduction Device

Details: This FDA-cleared device is said to work on any skin tone and a broad array of hair colors.

  • Pros: Users say this device is small, convenient, and easy to use. Most say they see significant hair reduction with consistent use.
  • Cons: Users say it takes many treatments and a lot of time to see results, and others report not seeing results at all.
  • Cost: $$

Shop for the mē Smooth Permanent Hair Reduction Device online.

9. Remington iLight Elite

Details: If you’re looking to try out a laser removal device that carries an FDA clearance for safety, then the Remington iLight Elite may be a good choice. This is a corded device that has 100,000 flashes of IPL and is equipped with two cartridges for large and small treatment areas.

  • Pros: The shape of the treatment cap makes it so you can spend less time on a treatment area and see more accurate results.
  • Cons: You don’t get as many flashes or an LED screen, as with other laser devices that are more affordable.
  • Cost: $$$

Shop for the Remington iLight Elite device online.

10. LumaRx Full Body IPL

Details: The LumaRx Full Body IPL is another laser hair removal device that offers professional-like results and is cleared by the FDA.

  • Pros: This device features a comfort filter that reduces the risk of burns and pain during treatment.
  • Cons: The downside to the LumaRx is that you can’t use it on darker skin tones or lighter hair colors. Some customers have also complained about seeing few results for the higher price tag.
  • Cost: $$$

Shop for the LumaRx Full Body IPL device online.

Best home laser & IPL hair removal machines (& ones to skip)

All models come with a large 4 cm2 body flash window. You also get a 2 cm2 precision or facial window for better and easier coverage on your face, upper lip and trickier areas.

And with the SC1999 and BRI923 there’s a 2 cm2 bikini area window too. This has an extra filter targeting stubborn bikini line hair so it’s more comfortable to use at your highest, safe-setting. The other attachments still work, but it’s a clever, gentler bonus with less sting.

Perfect for smaller areas

The flash rate is just above average. At the highest power level it flashes every 3.5 seconds. Coupled with the large flash window you can cover a full leg in 15+ minutes. Large areas take a while. Try splitting them across days into 30-minute sessions so it’s not too tedious.

Or choose a faster device, like the Lumea Prestige, if you want to treat your full body in one sitting.

All the Lumea Advanced models have a large 4 cm2 body flash window. They’re better suited to smaller areas. The small 2 cm2 facial and bikini attachments do a great job.

Good-looking & super results

Philips say you need 4 to 5 treatments every other week to see noticeable results. This is what the 4+ star online feedback says too. They love the Lumea Advanced. The 100-day money back guarantee from Philips is a reassuring touch. But I think it’s unlikely you’ll need it.

And finally, it’s pretty with a retro feel too. The two-tone white and dusk-gold colour way is feminine and there’s a cute flower-like pattern made by the air vents on top.

I recommend the Lumea Advanced for treating smaller body areas like forearms, underarms and bikini line and for fair skin and dark hair. You can often find it on offer at around £200 too.

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Advanced BRI923/2/1

BRI923 with 3 attachments for body, face & bikini/underarms.
BRI921/2 with 2 attachments for body & face.

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  • CurrentBody.com US
  • Amazon BRI921 with Pen Trimmer
  • Amazon BRI922 with cleansing brush
  • Amazon BRI923 with Pen Trimmer

Advanced SC1997/9

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SC1997 with 2 attachments for body & face.
SC1999 with 3 attachments for body, face & bikini/underarms.

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  • Amazon SC1997
  • Amazon SC1999
  • Shavershop.com.au SC1999

You could consider…

Whilst their features and specification aren’t as good, you could consider these machines if they’re priced lower than the best alternatives above.

Remington iLight Ultra

The iLight Ultra is the best of the Remington range available in the USA. It’s more cost effective than the refill models over the long term, to gain and maintain your hair-free results.

Decent for face & smaller body areas | $350 to $469.99 | Buy from Amazon

The iLight Ultra is available in the US and Canada. It’s a decent choice from a trusted brand with strong online feedback. The model design has been around for quite a while. But it’s still easy and comfortable to use.
You can treat your body and face (women only from the cheeks down).

Safe for light skin tones only & effective on dark hair

You get a 3 cm2 body attachment and a 2 cm2 face / precision attachment. It flashes every 3 seconds so you get around 20 flashes per minute covering 60 cm2 of your skin. This is below average and slow. So, it’s best suited to treating smaller area like your face, bikini line and underarms because they don’t take so long with fewer flashes.

The lamp lifetime is decent, especially for smaller areas. It gives 65,000 flashes. With the 3 cm2 body flash window it’ll cover a total body area of 195,000 cm² for up to 3 years of full body treatments. That’s enough to get and maintain your smooth results for years.

And the ones to skip 👎…

Most of the machines in this group crop up in other lists, so I think it’s worth understanding where you can better spend your hard-earned cash. Most are simply old models. They work and often have lots of positive reviews. But they are costly and you can get much better value and performance from other choices.

  • Remington iLight models Pro & Pro Plus Quartz
  • Silk’n Flash & Go

First, up the Remington iLight models – Remington iLight Pro & Pro Plus Quartz.

Remington iLight range old models

These models are predominantly available in the US & Canada. They all have the same design but with different colours. The models are easy to use, reliable and they work. They’ve a lot of positive and recent ratings too.

So, what’s up with them?

Firstly, all these models take ages to cover your skin in flashes. Their speed is ok for smaller areas where you need relatively few flashes. But slooooow, tedious and tiring on large areas like legs.

Secondly, they’re safe for light skin tones only (Fitzpatrick types I to IV). There’s a skin tone sensor but it’s in the base unit so you have to power-on, pick it up, position on your treatment area and scan. It’s cumbersome. It unlocks for flashes if the skin tone is in safe range. Other more advanced devices check your tone frequently or before every flash from the flash window e.g. Braun silk Expert Pro 5.

And finally, and most importantly, each model comes with a different number of IPL flashes. The value from the lamps varies from rubbish to poor. In combination with the speed, this makes them devices you should skip in favour of a better machine (like those in the Best Buys above).

Here’s a quick review of the lamp lifetime value for each.

Remington iLight Pro lamp lifetime

Don’t buy | $300 to $500 +$$$ on refills

This is often the number # 1 home-use machine on other lists. And this vexes me because there are far better value machines for you to choose!

iLight Pro is safe for body treatments only. It’s is an old model which works with refill cartridges. You get a measly 1,500 flashes per cartridge. With the 2 cm2 flash window that equals a treatment area of just 1,200 cm² from each refill. At the time of writing it comes with 4 refills.

Using my standardised calculation the 4 refills give almost enough for one full body session (full legs, underarms, forearms and extended bikini line). Therefore, you’ll need to buy a lot of them.

A replacement cartridge costs around $15. So, add the cost of the refills on top of the machine. It costs way more than other choices that give a much better lamp lifetime straight out of the box. It’s rubbish value. Don’t buy it.

Remington iLight Pro Plus Quartz

Don’t buy | $300 to $500 +$$$ on refills

This is better, but still poor value. The Quartz is safe for body and face and is a step up from the Pro. It gives 30,000 flashes so with the 2 cm2 flash window you can cover a total body area of 60,000 cm². That’s enough for around 15 full body sessions to last almost 1 year. For this reason, it’s an ok (but underwhelming) choice for smaller body areas like face, bikini, underarms because you’ll use less of the flashes per session. But definitely not for legs.

Remington sell replacement 30,000 flash cartridges at around $100. Add this to your total cost if you want to treat your full body because you’ll need a few. Just don’t buy it. This is a far superior choice for a similar price.

Silk’n Flash & Go

Don’t buy | $200 + $$$ on refills

Don’t buy the Silk’n Flash & Go purple gun-shape model

This is the purple, mains-powered gun-shaped model. It comes with different number of flashes either 1,000, 5,000 or 125,000.

It’s an old model, over 8 year old now. Silk’n don’t promote it anymore in the UK, Europe, US or Canada in favour of their newer models.

However, you can still buy it on Amazon. On Amazon.com it costs around $200, and has over 1000 reviews rating it over 3 star. And based on those reviews, people are still buying it.

So, why should you NOT buy it?

First, it’s tediously slow to cover your skin in flashes. Therefore, choose a newer, faster model from the Best Buys if you want to treat large body areas like your legs.

Secondly, the lamp lifetime is pants. That’s because the Silkn Flash & Go is an outdated flash cartridge refill model. At the time of writing you can buy a 5,000 flash model on Amazon.com for around $200. Those 5,000 flashes combined with the 4 cm2 flash window gives you around 5 full body treatments. That’s one of the worst value machines you can buy. Home IPL has come along way since these poor value refill machines.

True, you can buy replacement 1,000 flash cartridges for $40. But that gives only enough flashes for just 1 full body treatment. So, you’ll need to invest in several more to get smooth and stay that way. The machine cost plus several refills is expensive and very poor value.

In comparison, the Lumea Advanced has 250,000 built-in flashes and lasts for 15+ years of monthly full body sessions. It’s awesome value.

If you already own the device, there’s a good-value upgrade option. It’s the Silk’n long life upgrade kit of 125,000 flashes for $99. It gives approximately 125 full body sessions for 5+ years of monthly use. However, if you don’t already own the device, please check out the best buy machines for similarly priced alternatives with superior value, specification and performance.

TIP: If you do buy refills be sure to buy them direct from Silkn.com. They still support and manufacture the refills. Negative feedback for cheaper refills bought on Amazon shares they fail or don’t work. It’s not reassuring.

The Best Home Laser Hair Removal: 15 Best IPL and Laser Hair Removal Devices for 2019

Laser hair removal at home has come a long way in recent years. Many home-use laser and IPL machines can rival the results you would get in a professional salon – and at a fraction of the cost.

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If you want to make at-home laser or IPL part of your bridal beauty countdown, here is everything you need to know – from the difference between laser and IPL to the best IPL hair removal machines.

What is IPL?

No doubt you’ve heard of laser hair removal for years but IPL might still be a bit of a mystery to you. IPL stands for intense pulsed light – basically a high intensity beam of light destroys the hair follicle.

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When IPL is used against your skin, it emits wavelengths which target the pigment in your hairs. The light is absorbed by the pigment which in turn heats up the hair and weakens the follicle. This means after repeated use over a few weeks you will see extremely reduced or even permanent hair removal.

Which is Better: IPL or Laser Hair Removal?

Both processes are effective and straightforward – the difference is the type of light wave used.

Laser hair removal uses just one wavelength of light, while IPL uses multiple wavelengths that scatter within the skin. This makes IPL more targeted, but laser delivers a single wave to directly disable the follicle making it better for long-term hair removal. IPL requires multiple sessions on areas of regrowth.

Laser hair removal is also considered more painful than IPL (it’s described like a hot elastic band pinging on the skin), although it’s vastly improved from when it first launched on the market.

For at-home hair removal, IPL might have the upper hand.

The Best Laser and IPL Hair Removal Machines

If you are considering permanent hair removal at home then take a look at some of the best IPL machines on the market – and the laser hair removal device that produces proven salon results!

1. Philips Lumea Prestige Removal Device – Amazon, £529

Arguably the most recognisable IPL brand on the market, the Philips Lumea Prestige Removal Device comes with a hefty price tag but also promises some of the best results – with an expected hair regrowth reduction rate of around 92% after three weeks of use. The curved design makes the device easy to use and it comes with four different attachments for your body, face, underarms and bikini line. The SmartSkin sensor means that the Lumea can adapt to the right strength for your skin tone and there is also a cordless option.

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2. Panasonic ES-WH90 IPL Hair Removal System – Boots £399

The Panasonic ES-WH90 IPL Hair Removal System doesn’t have the sleek style of the Philips Lumea but it does come in a little more purse-friendly at £399. With two attachments and five strength settings, the device can be used on your face, underarms, legs and bikini line. The more frequently you use it, the softer your hair regrowth will become and Panasonic recommends that you use it every three days for two months to see the best results. As an added bonus the facial attachment also revitalises your skin texture.

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3. no!no! Compact IPL Machine – Amazon, £89.99

One of the first IPL devices available to buy for home use, the no!no! Compact IPL comes in at less than £100. The small and handy design means you can take it everywhere with you – so if you travel frequently, this would be a great option. The no!no! machine promise a reduction of hair growth after just one use and after four weeks of use they claim you can have up to 90% reduction in hair growth. Safe and painless, you can use this compact IPL on your upper lip, stomach, legs and underarms.

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4. SkinSmooth Muse IPL Hair Removal Device – Current Body, £299

It’s pretty but this is no style over substance. The SmoothSkin Muse IPL machine can treat your whole body in just 20 minutes. It chooses the right strength for your skin tone and adapts by area, plus has a gentle mode for more sensitive skin. You’ll see results within four weeks but use once a week for 12 weeks to catch every stage of hair growth.

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5. Babyliss True Smooth IPL Hair Removal System – Amazon, £41.97

With a claim of up to 90% reduction in hair regrowth after eight treatments, the Babyliss True Smooth IPL Hair Removal System is an affordable price and perfect if you want to explore the world of IPL without blowing your wedding budget. The device comes with two modes and five light intensity settings so you can find what is right for your skin. It can be used on sensitive areas such as the face, bikini line and underarms, as well as arms, legs and back.

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6. Braun Silk·expert Pro 5 PL5014 Latest Generation IPL – Boots, £565

One of the pricier IPL devices on the high-street, the Braun Silk·expert Pro 5 PL5014 Latest Generation IPL is Braun’s fastest and most efficient IPL product and promises permanent hair reduction in just four weeks (when used as instructed). The sleek design and carry case adds to the luxury feel and is a perfect option if you are looking to invest in the latest hair removal technology.

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7. Sensica Sensilight Pro IPL Device – Boots, £375

The Sensica Sensilight Pro IPL Device promises to achieve salon-worthy results from the comfort of your own home. An in-built skin tone sensor means that the device will automatically adjust to suit the needs of your skin and added functionality such as the cordless style, smooth finish and the choice of a pulse mode or automatic mode help give a professional finish.

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8. Remington iLight Pro IPL6500 IPL Hair Removal System – Currys £240

Remington iLight Pro IPL6500 IPL Hair Removal System looks impressive considering its mid-range price tag. With five different speed settings, you can adjust to suit your needs and the device can be used on your face, arms, legs, underarms and bikini line. Remington promise a permanent reduction in hair re-growth when used as instructed.

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9. Philips Lumea BRI861 Corded IPL Hair Removal Device – Argos, £169.99

A more affordable IPL model from the Philips Lumea collection, this nifty little corded device is compact and perfect for travel. With repeated use over eight weeks it promises to significantly reduce hair re-growth and leave you with a salon-worthy finish.

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10. BoSidin Facial & Body Painless IPL Permanent Hair Removal Device – Amazon, £199.99

The BoSidin Facial & Body Painless IPL Permanent Hair Removal Device offers significant reduction in hair regrowth after just three uses and uses similar IPL technology that is used in professional salons. The easy to hold handle and five speed settings make this perfect for the IPL novice and will leave you with silky smooth skin.

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11. Philips Lumea Advanced IPL Hair Remover – John Lewis £200

The mid-priced option from the Philips Lumea collection looks almost as impressive as the luxury model. With multiple attachments and settings, you can tailor each use to both your skin tone and the part of your body that you are targeting. Suitable for arms, legs and more sensitive areas as your bikini line, face and underarms, this device will leave you with a great finish and significantly reduced hair-growth in eight weeks.

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12. HoMedics Duo One Blossom Mini Bundle, IPL Hair Remover and Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush – Amazon, £99.99

If you are looking for a budget-friendly IPL device that still offers great results then the HoMedics IPL mini is perfect for the IPL newbie. You can use the device on arms, legs and sensitive areas of your body. It’s also a perfect option for those looking for permanent hair reduction on their face and it also comes with a silicone facial cleansing brush to give your skin a silky, smooth texture.

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13. Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X – Amazon, £244.99

The Tria is the only at-home laser treatment, rather than an IPL device. It’s been lauded for it’s professional results, using the same diode technology found in clinics, just at a slightly weaker intensity. It’s capable of permanently getting rid of 70% of unwanted hair. Featuring five energy-level settings and an LED display that guides you through each treatment, this is great for those committed to permanent hair removal.

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14. Sensilight Mini Permanent Hair Removal Device for Women – Amazon, £99

If you’re prone to sensitive skin, especially on your face, then this IPL could be the one for you. Priced at just under £100, the Sensilight Mini works with advanced RPL technology, which makes preventing hair growth quick and painless. The mini machine is easy to store and can be used safely on the face, legs and the underarm area.

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15. IPL Laser Hair Removal Handset – Selfie Skin, £184.99

Selfie Skin’s IPL laser hair removal handset uses clinical-grade technology which is gentle on your skin, and promises permanent results after just three to four sessions. Reviews claim that it’s painless and the convenience of using it at home is worth the cost. The mid-price range at home IPL machine also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Laser and IPL Hair Removal: FAQs

If you are unsure if permanent hair reduction is right for you then our frequently asked questions are here to help.

What Does IPL stand for?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light.

How Does IPL Work?

IPL works by emitting a beam of light that picks up the pigment of the hair. It heats up and damages the hair follicle under the skin. Repeated use of this technique over time damages the follicle to the point where the hair will no longer grow back or will grow back significantly slower.

Can Everyone Use IPL or At-Home Laser Hair Removal Machines?

Your hair and skin colour will determine the effectiveness of the hair removal.

Both types work by targetting the dark pigment of the hair: if you have very fair hair or very dark skin, the light won’t find the pigment as easily. In fact, on brown or black skin, IPL and laser can cause skin discolouration if the wrong type of machine is used.

The best combinations for IPL and laser machines are fair or olive skin with dark body hair. Each at-home device will come with a guide telling you whether it can be used on your skin and hair combination.

How Permanent is IPL and Laser Hair Removal?

Results vary from person to person but IPL and laser hair removal are the best solution for long term hair reduction.

How Many Sessions of IPL Are Needed for Long Term Results?

The hair growing cycle is generally 6-8 weeks so two months of repeated use should give you the best results.

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The season of underarm-, leg-, and bikini line–baring has officially descended upon us. No matter what you believe about the sociopolitical implications of female depilatory practices, the reality is that women spend a lot of time and money removing hair from various parts of their bodies. (Alternately, you can always opt for a caftan this summer, in which case you can revel in your hirsutism.) Beauty companies constantly launch new products to address hair removal, and so, in an effort to truly test the efficacy of at-home hair-removal laser treatments, I spent months working on one armpit.

The promise of permanent hair removal is obviously compelling. Once it’s done you can cross that beauty task off your list forever. According to a 2013 report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, laser hair removal was the fourth most-common minimally invasive procedure — after Botox, fillers, and chemical peels — that doctors performed in the office. But like most dermatological procedures, laser hair removal is pretty expensive. Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, a New York City–based dermatologist who has a robust laser practice, charges about $400 per treatment to laser a client’s underarms. It usually requires about two treatments to see results and can take as many as eight to achieve true, long-term hairlessness.

In an attempt to bring the results of in-office procedures home to the consumer for a much cheaper price, Tria Beauty, a company that specializes in handheld light- and laser-emitting facial devices, launched its very first at-home laser hair removal product in Japan in 2005. It received FDA approval and launched in the U.S. in 2008. Its latest incarnation, the Tria 4X, launched in 2013, promising “better results in half the time,” as compared to its earlier incarnations. At $449, it’s still not cheap, but it’s more financially palatable than $2,400 for six treatments, which is what it usually takes to denude a bikini line.

Laser treatments work by killing the hair follicle, which absorbs heat from the laser when the hair is in an active growth cycle, thus preventing the hair from regrowing. (Think of the follicle as the bulb of a flower. Once you destroy it, it can’t grow.) The hair removal is technically permanent, but the problem is that every single hair grows in a different cycle, which is why you need to do multiple treatments — you can’t kill them all at once. Dr. Gerstner reports that some women are happy just with thinning out their hair, and they take care of the rest with shaving. She also pointed out that hormones, such as the surge that occurs during and after pregnancy, can cause new hair to grow in previously treated areas. The hair loss is not necessarily completely permanent.

Laser hair removal also has one significant limitation. The follicle only absorbs light when there is contrast between hair and skin — a light- to medium-skinned person with dark hair is the ideal candidate. If you have dark skin or light hair, you shouldn’t even attempt laser hair removal. At best, it won’t work, and, at worst, you can incur serious injury, because dark pigment will absorb the laser, potentially resulting in a burn.

So can an at-home version possibly work without disfiguring someone for life? I took a deep breath and tried it.

About ten years ago, I had in-office laser hair removal and am still mostly hair-free in that area except for an occasional stray. So I went into this with both high hopes and extreme skepticism, because I know how effective the medical version is. In an attempt at using a good scientific method, I decided to treat only my left armpit with the Tria 4X, leaving my right as a control for comparison, unevenly hairy armpits be damned.

After reading through the lengthy instruction manual, which includes a handy color diagram of which skin types are suitable to treat, I determined that I am indeed the perfect candidate. Before treating, I had to test a patch of skin first. If the Tria sensors pick up a darker skin tone, it locks and won’t allow the user to emit a pulse. There’s also a long list of other contraindications: You can’t use it on eyebrows, ears, nipples, genitals, a man’s face, tattoos, or moles. Oh, or on children (just FYI, Kim Kardashian). While slightly freaked out by all this, it was still not enough to scare me off. Dr. Diane Berson, a New York City–based dermatologist who is a supporter of the Tria, assured me that the at-home version, while potentially dangerous, is much less powerful than the office versions; plus, it has safety features to prevent a consumer from frying herself.

The instructions recommend treating the desired area once every two weeks, and to expect up to a 60 percent reduction in hair growth three weeks after the first treatment, with more modest reduction thereafter. The company very carefully uses verbiage so as to not overpromise anything: “It is … intended for adjunctive use with shaving for hair removal sustained with periodic treatments.” I ended up doing a total of seven treatments between mid-January and mid-April. For the most part, I did the treatments every other week, except for one occasion when I forgot and went three weeks between treatments, after which I did two weekly treatments in a row — throwing all caution and company recommendations to the wind — just to make up the difference.

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The Tria is easy to hold, but is top-heavy and looks like a space-age (circa The Jetsons) microphone. There are five intensity settings, and I decided to start with the third, to ease into it. According to the manual, it should take about 100 pulses to laser one underarm. The device has a handy display, which counts down the pulses. All I had to do was press the device to my skin and wait for it to make a BE-boop sound at me, then move it to the next area in an overlapping Venn diagram pattern. It’s idiot-proof, so that if you aren’t holding the laser head perfectly flat on the surface of the skin, it will emit a loud and slightly startling buzzing sound. I planted myself in front of my bathroom mirror, lifted my arm over my head, and started on the lower crevice of my armpit.

Just like with in-office laser treatments, there’s an uncomfortable hot sting that accompanies the BE-boop sound. But I managed to get through the whole thing in about six minutes, giving myself 104 pulses in the process. My pit was a bit sore and pink, but the next morning it was back to normal, and I was able to wear deodorant. Two weeks later, I didn’t notice any appreciable difference in my armpit foliage, so I went up to the fourth setting for my next treatment.

Here’s where I should say what a high pain tolerance I normally have. I have tattoos (hurt a lot), gotten some lasered off (hurt even more), and have had two C-sections (can’t-walk pain). Plus, I don’t recall the in-office procedure being painful, besides a slight sting. But there’s something about self-inflicted burns in the tender part of your armpit that forms a psychological hurdle. After the first two BE-boop sounds on the fourth setting, I started getting distressed. BE-boop. “Owww.” BE-boop. “I’m only on 16 pulses?” BE-boop. “Motherf***er.” I somehow made it to 112 pulses without passing out.

Two weeks later, I decided to take 200 milligrams of ibuprofen an hour before I lasered, in an attempt to blunt some of the pain. I’ve read reviews online where women used topical numbing creams directly on the treatment site, but I didn’t want anything on the surface of my skin that might prevent the hair from fully absorbing the laser. This time it was a bit less painful, and I made it through a full treatment. Then I forgot to do it for three weeks, but at that point I noticed that my left underarm was definitely less hairy than my right, though it still required shaving.

For the next treatment I decided to go balls out and try the fifth setting. That lasted for about ten pulses, after which I downgraded back to the fourth setting. I only made it through a total of 65 pulses. At that point, I’d become like the poor experimental mouse that got an electric shock every time it went after the delicious cheese. I started having anticipatory pain before the BE-boop even sounded, and I was pulling the laser away too quickly, resulting in the “Hey, moron, you did it wrong” buzzer. The last few treatments were all on the fourth setting, and I used anywhere from 60 to 80 pulses.

While I have tried to figure out a classy way to take an armpit selfie, it’s just not going to happen, so you’ll have to take my word for this: I’d estimate that I have about a two-thirds reduction in hair on my left side compared to my right after about three months of use. I still shave, and it could probably use a few more maintenance treatments, but the results were fairly impressive. While I can’t imagine doing my legs (600 pulses just for the upper leg alone!), I could see the Tria being useful and less painful on the bikini area, lower stomach, and upper lip, all areas that don’t require as many pulses because of a smaller surface area.

In the meantime, I’m stuck with asymmetric armpit hair. I’m going to get some light psychiatric treatment before I attempt to face that BE-boop again.

Happy Monday! I’m pretty excited to kick the week off and talk about one of the coolest (and smartest) purchase that I’ve made to date. I’m going to fill you all in on my experience. I’m going out on a limb here and I’m covering laser hair removal because I, for one, am such a fan. It’s no surprise to any of you that have been following along with this blog that I’m very much into keeping things simple. My beauty routine is no different. So when laser hair removal became a “thing”, I was on board almost immediately. Getting rid of shaving all together? Um, sign me up, please and thank you.

So at the risk of being a little too TMI, I’m going to cover the bases so you can make an educated decision for yourself. Because I’ve done it all — I’ve gone to a fancy cosmetic dermatologist (two, actually), and I’ve gone to a little hole in the wall shop (that was actually great) and as you can probably tell — I also own the Tria.

There are serious benefits to all 3 options, and I’ll break those down throughout this post — and I’ll also tell you the ins and outs of my experience with the Tria and where I’m at with it today. Ready? Here we go 🙂

Meet The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x

This hand held device created by Tria Beauty is both pretty to look at and easy to use. Available in multiple colors, the Tria relies solely on an outlet charge, and you’re able to get 35-40 minutes of use per charge. I’ve never had it run out of battery while using it, but I always stand by the rule of thumb that when you’re done using it, plug her in.

Now you might be wondering: Is the laser safe?

Not only is it safe (the first to be FDA approved for home use), but it’s so incredibly easy that you’ll start to wonder if it’s too good to be true (it’s not — I’m proof). The Tria 4x uses the same diode laser technologies that the dermatologists use, which permanently stops hair growth by disabling the follicles. Make sure you read your manual from front to back, that you fully understand the device (again, it’s simple), and that you’re 100% certain about where you want to rid yourself of hair before you begin.

My Honest Tria Hair Removal Review

First things first, the cost.

When I first bought the Tria, is was mainly due to finances and the simplicity. I’m not sure how much you know about laser hair removal treatments, but they’re EXPENSIVE (like $1,000+ range) for 6 treatments, but the average person needs about 12 for permanent results. That’s a lot of moola. Not only that, but that’s just for one area (say, your legs for example) TMI, but I don’t like body hair… so for everything that I’d want (under arms, legs, arms, the southern region) we’re looking at close to $4k for HALF of the recommended treatment. Holy shit, right?

So while I did that for a while (6 treatments on my under arms and southern region) and it worked, after about a 18 months I noticed some growth, thought it was super, super fine. Instead of going back for more treatments and dropping even more cash, that’s when I heard about the Tria and decided to give that a go. It runs at $450, which when you think about is a total steal. Too good to be true? I had to find out.

Hair Removal: I started with my under arms to get comfortable with the device.

The biggest thing is to shave immediately before using, but to avoid ANY and all waxing or tweezing, so it’s best to include the Tria as a part of your getting ready/shower routine. So you’ll need to add about 15-30 minutes, depending on where you’ll be using the Tria. I prefer to sit down on the couch in my towel, turn on some TV and get to work, haha.

Does it hurt?

There are levels, which I like (ranging from 1-5). So you’re able to control the power of the Tria to your comfort level. I started pretty low since I was a tad nervous. Then once I realized how painless it really was, I cranked it up all the way to a 5 for my under arms and my legs. Which speeds the process up a ton and produces better results. Keep in mind that some areas will be more sensitive. So you may have to live closer to the 3 region (hello, bikini area). I did this about 2 times a week for two months before I noticed that the growth had pretty much stopped. Now I’m down to using it a couple times a month. Easy breezy.

The bikini area took no time at all to conquer (similar to the under arms). While the lower leg area is a little bit harder to tackle, due to it being a larger area. The ankle region is a little tough due to the bones and awkward angles, but once you do it a few times, you get into a flow and it becomes second nature. Each leg takes about 30 minutes each, so this is something I generally do on Sundays while catching up on Netflix or listening to music with some wine. Self care, anyone?

Which body parts to avoid

Do yourself a favor and AVOID ANY AREAS WITH TATTOOS. Here’s a quick, crazy story for you: when I got my bikini area done at a laser center, she went over a tattoo that I have on my lower hip and it BURNED HALF OF MY TATTOO OFF. Isn’t that insane? Now that, was painful. Now mind you, it wasn’t the Tria, but take it from me and be on the safe side… avoid going over any tattoos. (I was able to get the tattoo re-done and covered, so all is well.. just FYI)

Does your hair grow back?

When I first got the Tria, I used it religiously 2 times a week for two months before I noticed that the growth had stopped. Now I’m well aware that in about six months or so, I will probably have to do some light maintenance (maybe one treatment a month) to continue to fight off hair follicles that I may not have gotten to, but this happens even with laser center treatments (hence the recommended 12 sessions), so don’t be discouraged if you notice some slight regrowth. It could just be that you didn’t properly target the follicle and that area just needs a bit more attention.

You can check out other customer review here & here.

Personally, I found the purchase to be completely worth it.

It’s saved me thousands of dollars. I don’t mind the act of sitting down and pampering myself. So the time it takes to do so far outweighs the price tag of going to a dermatologist or a laser center to have them do it.

What body parts can you use the laser for?

As mentioned above, you can use the Tria on your face, under arms, arms, legs and bikini area. For best results, you want to make sure that you have some sort of barrier or gel. Tria has one, which is great, but once I ran out of that I started using coconut oil and personally I think that works just as well. If you find that you’re more sensitive to this device, you could see about getting a prescribed numbing gel from your doctor to use during your at home treatments.

Here’s a quick video that Tria made that breaks down how to use the product.

Tria Hair Removal Pros

-You’re in the comfort of your own home

-You are saving thousands of dollars

-You’re in charge of your own results

-You can control the level

-You’re able to use it as little or as often as you like

-You can take it with you anywhere

-It has a super quick charge turnaround

-It’s visually pleasing to look at

-Quicker results than going to a laser center (you have to wait about a month in between each treatment)

Tria Hair Removal Cons

-Commitment time is higher to reaching your desired look

-The item is a bit heavy

-The application process can be a little tedious (but once you get into a groove, you get over it)

-The metal tip can get hot (I use level 5) so you may need to take a break here and there during treatment

Where to buy the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x

-Amazon

-Revolve

-Tria Website

So there you have it. My honest review on the Trial Laser Hair Removal 4x, and why I’ll never pay thousands of dollars for a laser center treatment again. If you have any questions that you’d like to ask me about my personal experience that I didn’t answer here, feel free to find me over on Instagram and send me a DM! I’m happy to help in any way I can. x

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I first noticed dark, coarse hairs growing on my chin when I was in junior high. I grabbed a pair of tweezers from my mom’s makeup bag to pluck the hairs away, and prayed they’d never come back. But within days, they’d sprouted back up. They looked like little bamboo shoots in my magnifying mirror. As if my frizzy hair and acne weren’t bad enough, I had facial hair to add to my awkward phase.

By the time I got to college, my skin had cleared up and I’d learned how to smooth out my curls, but the chin hairs had never stopped growing. Turns out this runs in my family—my mom, my aunt, and my grandmother are all cursed with hairy chins.

Related: 5 Places You Should Think Twice About Tweezing

Besides tweezing, I tried so many other ways to get rid of my facial hair. I tried Nair (totally useless), professional waxing and threading (painful and kind of expensive), and an epilator (OUCH). I even ordered Nad’s, the at-home waxing kit with the late-’90s infomercial featuring a bearded Australian lady (at least I don’t have it as bad as she does, right?). At best, these products cleared my hairs away for a week or two, and at worst, they gave me skin rashes and didn’t even work at all.

So when I had the opportunity to test out the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X, I was skeptical that it would actually help me. But it sounded promising: the device features the same type of diode laser technology dermatologists use to zap away hair, and it’s the first FDA-approved laser hair removal system approved for home use. (One important note: the Tria isn’t safe to use on dark skin tones.)

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I was worried the Tria would be tricky to use, but it was simple straight out of the box. First, you unlock the device by placing the sensor on any exposed patch of skin. Then, you select the power level you can tolerate—the higher the level, the more painful zap you feel on your skin—and get to work. You have to move the laser head in small increments to ensure you hit every hair follicle, so my chin would take about three to five minutes to complete.

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Every other Saturday for several months, I would wake up, wash my face, and do a Tria session. It was uncomfortable—it felt like having a rubber band snapped against my skin, over and over again—but within the first two or three sessions, I noticed results. First, my hair growth slowed, and then the hairs that came in got thinner and thinner.

Eventually, I realized that my chin hairs had completely stopped growing, save for a few blonde wisps, and I stopped using the Tria. It’s been about two years, and I’m still mostly hair-free, though I did have to do a few touch-up sessions earlier this year when I noticed darker strands starting to pop up again.

Buy it: $337 (normally $449), amazon.com

This may seem overly dramatic, but it’s true—using the Tria seriously changed my life for the better. I used to feel constantly paranoid that people would notice my hair (especially the guys I was dating), and I don’t even want to know how many hours over the years that I spent examining my face in my magnifying mirror. I still have a nervous tick where I feel my chin for new hairs, and it’s always a huge relief to remember that I won’t find any anymore.

Related: 7 Women Get Real About What It Feels Like To Get Laser Hair Removal

The Tria isn’t cheap—full price, it’s $449, and today it’s on sale for $337 as one of Amazon’s Deals of the Day—but over the years, I probably spent at least that much, and probably much more, on over-the-counter treatments that didn’t work. And the confidence boost alone makes this purchase worth every single penny.

Christine Mattheis Christine Mattheis, the former site director for Prevention.com and Netdoctor.co.uk., has spent her whole career creating and managing health content for all types of people—from busy moms looking to lose 5 pounds to passionate bicyclists and runners seeking expert-level nutrition tips and training plans.

What to Know Before You Attempt DIY Laser Hair Removal

Thick, luscious hair is deemed aspirational — when it’s on our heads. The verdict on body hair, however, is still out. (And for those of us who prefer our skin as smooth and slippery as a seal’s, its inevitability is inconvenient, to say the least). Shaving, waxing, and plucking are time-honored hair removal options, but each is tedious and time-consuming in its own way. Not to mention, the hair always grows back much sooner than we’d like. Perhaps unsurprisingly, laser hair removal — touted as a more permanent hair removal solution — is becoming one of the most widely-performed noninvasive procedures across the country. Below, a breakdown of what you need to know.

How does laser hair removal work?

“Laser is a monochromatic beam of light that bypasses the epidermis and disables the reproductive cycle of the hair within the follicle,” explains Christian Karavolas at NYC-based laser hair removal salon, Romeo + Juliette. Effectively, you’re damaging the hair follicle with each treatment. The ultimate goal: destroy the follicle so it can’t return. Because the treatment requires cumulative follicle damage, laser hair removal consists of multiple sessions. “Any person who has dark or pigmented hair is a good candidate for laser hair removal,” Karavolas adds.

What are the different types of lasers?

Hair removal lasers come in many different forms. Additionally, you may have heard of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) — which is not technically a laser, but functions under similar principles.

The primary difference between IPL and laser is the size of wavelengths and the type of energy emitted. IPL harnesses short bursts of light energy to target and destroy follicles, and can be used on large patches of skin. “The best candidate has a distinct contrast between their hair color and skin color,” explains Global Braun Skincare Ambassador, Dr. Melanie Hartman. “There’s hardly any pain or irritation, and can be used on sensitive skin.” In-office machines, as well as at-home devices such as the Venus Silk IPL ($446), for instance, rely on Intense Pulsed Light to zap hair.

True lasers, on the other hand, use, well, lasers — which are able to sink deeper into the skin and provide a more targeted treatment to individual hairs. There are different types of lasers, each with its own unique wavelength. Lasers with the longest wavelengths, including the ND YAG laser are best for deeper complexions because they are best at differentiating between melanin and hair.

Congruent with laser hair removal’s popularity, at-home devices have sprung up over the past few years — many promise comparable results to in-office treatments. While many do work to reduce hair and thin it out, you’re much more likely to get permanent hair removal with a stronger professional treatment, Karavolas notes.

It’s also important to consider that many at-home devices rely solely on IPL, which, as we mentioned, only works on distinctly contrasting hair/skin combinations. There are some exceptions, however. The Iluminage Touch ($445), for instance, combines IPL with radiofrequency. The latter allows the IPL to work on any skintone or hair color (including red and grey!). The Tria® Hair Removal Laser 4X ($449) is the only FDA-approved hair removal device that uses laser for at-home use. (That said, this type of laser does not work on deeper skin tones. For the ultimate guide to lasers for skin of color, go here.)

Should I go pro or DIY?

On the surface, DIY laser hair removal sounds fantastic. It’s ultimately cheaper than office visits, and — let’s face it — treatments from the comfort of the couch sounds pretty appealing. Nevertheless, there are tradeoffs.

For starters, at-home devices operate at a much lower strength than professional lasers (mainly for safety reasons). Lower power means that the follicle damage isn’t quite as intense, more treatments are required, and results are ultimately slower than they would be in a licensed provider’s office. For this reason, Karavolas says that DIY devices are ideal for touch-ups in between professional laser treatments.

Another consideration: many at-home devices rely on IPL and are therefore limited to working on a combo of pale skin/dark hair. Unfortunately, those deeper complexions risk burning their with many DIY devices. That’s because these at-home tools generally are not advanced enough to distinguish melanin from the hair follicle. (This is also why handheld laser devices caution against using on moles, tans, and hyperpigmentation.)

Regardless of your skintone, it’s important to do your research when it comes to treatment options. First and foremost, it’s always advisable to talk to a dermatologist about what you want to do and ask for their advice. Remember laser hair removal is a medical procedure, there are risk and possible side effects. If you’re springing for a device, ensure it works for your skintone and hair color. If you’re unsure, opt for professional treatment, which should take the guesswork out of choosing the right type of laser (or IPL) for you. That said, if a provider doesn’t take your personal coloring into account, steer clear. And, if you are prone to keloid scarring, take extra caution and be sure to tell your provider, as some treatments can increase the risk. Still want to learn more about laser hair removal? Read this first hand account of one woman who said that lasering her underarms was the best decision she ever made.

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Hair Removal: Different Methods to Remove Unwanted Body Hair

Hair removal methods for a hair-free body. Most women prefer getting rid of excess body hair using different hair removal methods. While shaving and waxing are popular choices, there are many other ways to get rid of unwanted hair.

1. Shaving for hair removal2. Hair removal creams3. Waxing for hair removal4. Electrolysis for hair removal5. Laser hair reduction6. Tweezing for hair removal7. Threading for hair removal8. Epilation for hair removal9. Bleaching hair10. FAQs on Body hair removal

Shaving for hair removal

Shaving works by cutting off the hair at the skin level. It’s the most commonly used method of hair removal. You can choose between electric shavers and disposable razors, depending on your budget.

Advantages: Shaving is painless as long as you are careful to not cut yourself. Make sure you use shaving cream or soap and sharp blades. That way you can decrease the chance of having razor burn or post-shave irritation. It is also the least expensive and fastest way to remove unwanted hair.
Disadvantages: Since the hair is only removed at the skin level, it tends to grow back soon.
Where does it work best: Shaving works on various body parts but many women avoid shaving their face for the fear of thick hair growth post the session. However, shaving your legs, arms, underarms and even pubic area is safe.
How to use it: Shaving in the shower especially when you are using disposable razors is the best way to get a smooth, hair-free body. Wet the area you want to shave and then lather it up with shaving gel or cream. Then, wet the razor with water and shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Hold the skin taut if needed for a smoother glide. This step is essential when using an electric shaver as there is no cream used. Once done, pat dries the skin and apply moisturiser to prevent dryness.
How long will it last: The hair tends to grow back faster with this hair removal method. Depending on your hair growth, you will notice tiny hair growing back anything between two-three days to a week’s time post-shaving.

Hair removal creams

Hair removal creams, also known as depilatories, have chemicals that break down the hair structure. In this method, you apply the cream on an area, wait for 5 to 10 minutes for it to break down the hair and then use a towel or a plastic scraper to remove the cream along with the hair.

Advantages: Hair removal creams provide results that will typically last longer than shaving but less than waxing.
Disadvantages: The chemicals in hair removal creams are strong and can irritate your skin. So do a patch test first and if the skin is fine with no irritation or redness, continue to apply it on a larger area.
Where does it work best: Hair removal creams can be used on large areas like legs and arms and also on patches that are difficult to shave or wax-like your upper lip or elbows.
How to use it: Simply apply the cream in the direction of the hair growth and leave it on for the required time as mentioned in the instructions. Then wash it off and pat dry your hairless, smooth skin.
How long will it last: These creams can keep your hair growth away for up to a week depending on the thickness.

Waxing for hair removal

Waxing is a hair removal technique that uses wax to remove hair from the root. It is done by applying warm wax over an area and then using a strip of cloth or paper to remove the wax along with the unwanted hair.

Advantages: You have to suffer through only a few seconds of pain for at least two weeks of hairlessness. And it doesn’ grow back as stubble. It’ll have a tapered tip, making the hair growth less obvious than when you shave. Waxing also leaves your skin feeling silky, and over time re-growth of hair is likely to be finer and slower.
Disadvantages: The drawback of waxing is that you have to let the hair grow enough for the wax to pull it out.
Where does it work best: Waxing for hair removal that can be done on every part of the body including the face and pubic area. It works best when the hair is fully grown so that it can be pulled out in one stroke.
How to use it: It is best to go to a salon and get waxed but you also get home waxing kits that have strips coated with wax. You need to apply these strips in the direction of the hair growth and hold the skin taut. Then, in one quick motion, pull the strip in the opposite direction to get rid of the hair. In salons, the wax is applied on the skin using a spatula and the same process is followed.
How long will it last: Waxing keeps you hair-free for two-three weeks at least, and in many cases, it can be four weeks too.

Electrolysis for hair removal

In this method of hair removal, a needle is used to deliver a short blast of an electric current into the hair follicle. It’s said to result in permanent hair removal after just a few sessions. Unlike lasers, electrolysis works for any type of hair and skin.

Advantages: The main advantage of electrolysis is that it provides permanent results. But this procedure has to be performed only by a professional. There’s no way you can do it on your own. Electrolysis is also much less expensive than laser hair removal and requires fewer follow-up visits.
Disadvantages: During electrolysis, the hair is removed one at a time. This makes it a much slower process than laser hair removal. There is a stinging sensation for each follicle that could be painful, again depending on your threshold.
Where does it work best: Since the process is long, it works best on smaller areas like the face, neck and underarms.
How to use it: This process cannot be done at home as it requires expertise and special devices. You will need multiple sessions to see the best results in any area.
How long will it last: Electrolysis provides excellent results and in most cases, they are permanent after a set number of sessions. If not, the hair growth is minimum and lighter in appearance.

Laser hair reduction

Laser hair reduction is a long-term option that involves destroying the hair follicle with light. Doctors claim it’s permanent, and it usually reduces the amount of hair and makes it finer. The laser is set to damage pigment cells, which is why it works best on those with darker and thicker hair growth.

Advantages: While lasers a few years ago did prick every time the ray of light was passed, with newer technology, they have become relatively pain-free.
Disadvantages: Lasers only affect hairs that are in the active stage, but a hair follicle will produce more than one hair at a time. It may take months for hairs that are still growing within a follicle to be ready for more laser treatments. This is why laser hair reduction is performed in sessions over several months. Also, it’s the most expensive way to get rid of unwanted body and facial hair.
Where does it work best: Laser hair reduction works on almost all body parts including upper lip, chin, sidelocks and bikini line. The effects are better where hair growth is thicker in appearance. The hair on legs and hands can also be treated easily with this method.
How to use it: Again, this is one treatment that cannot be done at home. It requires a trained professional and is done after body hair analysis by a dermatologist.
How long will it last: Laser hair reduction method gives long-lasting results after a few sessions of treatment. The resulting hair growth is finer and lighter.

Tweezing for hair removal

Unhappy with your unruly, bushy eyebrows or wondering how you will get rid of those stray coarse hairs on your chin? All you need is a pair of tweezers and you are good to go. Tweezing is an easy way to get rid of individual hairs by the root.

Advantages: You can do it yourself at home. And since you are pulling hair out by the root, it takes longer for the hair to grow back.
Disadvantages: Unfortunately, you cannot tweeze hair from a larger area on your body, as it is a time-consuming process. Besides, if the hair breaks off, it could grow back under the skin, causing an ingrown hair.
Where does it work best: Tweezing works best on smaller areas like the eyebrows, upper lip, chin and neck.
How to use it: Tweezers are easily available in the market. You need to grab the hair using this instrument and then pull out the hair from the root. Don’t forget to apply some cold aloe vera gel or rub an ice cube on the tweezed skin to soothe it.
How long will it last: Since the hair is removed from the root, it takes time to grow back so you can stay hair-free for up to two weeks.

Threading for hair removal

This is an extremely popular way to give great shape to your eyebrows and to get rid of the coarse hair on your face. It can be used to get rid of unwanted hair on your upper lip, neck and chin. In the process of threading, a twisted thread catches hair, pulling it out as it is rolled across the skin.

Advantages: Threading is least likely to damage your skin, as it is gentler on the skin than tweezing. Unlike tweezing which lets you pluck one hair at a time, threading can help you remove short rows of hair all at once.
Disadvantages: It takes time and cannot be done in bigger areas of the body. It is also slightly painful.
Where does it work best: Threading works best for the eyebrows, upper lip, chin and neck.
How to use it: Unfortunately, it is difficult to thread your own skin especially if you want to shape your eyebrows. So it is best to visit a salon where you can get it done in a matter of 10 minutes. If you want to try it on your own, you need to learn the right technique using high-quality thread.
How long will it last: Threading leaves your skin hair-free for a good week to 10 days. It can be longer too depending on your hair growth.

Epilation for hair removal

Epilation is a hair removal method that can be done at home. It involves using an epilation device called an epilator which is battery-operated. You need to place and move the epilator on the hair to remove it from the follicle.

Advantages: The good thing is epilation leaves your hair smooth and hair-free for weeks because the hair is pulled out from the root. It is one of the most effective at-home methods of hair removal. It also makes the following hair growth finer.
Disadvantages: You need a higher pain threshold when epilating as it pulls out each strand of hair at a time. This means, there is a pricking sensation during the process. This is one of the reasons why many women do not epilate their skin even though it is an effective method.
Where does it work best: Epilation works well on larger areas like the legs and arms and gives long-lasting results.
How to use it: You need to buy an epilator to try this method. Place it at a ninety-degree angle on the area to be epilated, switch it on and then move it ahead for it to work. You can take breaks if you find it to be too painful. When doing it for the first time, it is best to start with the legs, preferably with the calf region which is less sensitive.
How long will it last: Epilation keeps your hairless for up to three weeks or longer depending on your hair growth.

Bleaching hair

Technically, bleaching isn’t a hair removal method but it is a way to conceal the appearance of hair on the skin. A cream bleach is applied to the hair to change its colour to your natural skin tone so that is not visible any longer.

Advantages: This method is long-lasting and is nearly painless as there is no pulling of hair. The bleached skin also looks less pigmented and tanned as it evens out the skin tone. You also look one shade lighter due to the change in hair colour on the skin.
Disadvantages: Bleaching can cause mild discomfort and irritation due to the chemicals in it. It can also lead to slight redness if the skin is extremely sensitive. Bleach cannot be used on inflamed skin or breakouts as it can aggravate the condition.
Where does it work best: While bleaching can be done on most body parts, many sticks to using it for the face and neck where the hair is finer and lighter in appearance.
How to use it: Bleach is easily available in the market and comes with pre and post use creams as well. You first need to create the formula by mixing the cream with the powder when you plan to bleach your skin. Next, apply it to the desired area using the spatula given and then let it stay for a few minutes as prescribed in the manual. Remove it using a cotton pad and then splash cold water to get rid of any residue. Your hair would have changed colour and will no longer be visible.
How long will it last: The effects of bleaching stay for at least two weeks but in many cases, women do not have to bleach for up to four weeks as well.

FAQs on Body hair removal

Q. Is it possible to remove hair permanently?
A. The truth is, there is no 100 per cent guaranteed permanent hair removal method. However, there are certain options that are considered to be better than others with regard to permanency. One hair removal method that can be considered permanent is electrolysis. The procedure requires burning the hair follicles and damaging them so much that your body is unable to repair them. With the follicles damaged, they cannot sprout new hair. But, it does not last forever. People who undergo this type of hair removal end up re-growing body hair after a few years. After about 10 years have passed since the completion of electrolysis, hair follicles have been found to have re-grown at least a percentage of body hair. It may not be as dark or thick as it was before the electrolysis, but it’s still visible.
Q. How much does it cost for laser hair removal?
A. The cost of laser hair removal varies depending on the size, complexity and other factors of the area treated. Prices for a single session range from Rs 1,000 to Rs 30,000. It may also depend on the city you reside in, the type of clinic or hospital you visit and equipment used.
Q. Is it better to shave or wax hair?
A. Both shaving and waxing have their pros and cons. However, you can opt for a method that is best suited to your skin. Whichever method you choose, make sure it does not irritate your skin too much. If you have sensitive skin, then it is better to opt for shaving as waxing will result in a lot of redness. If you have thick hair growth, opt for waxing as it will slow down the hair growth and also make it fine gradually.

With inputs from Kriti Saraswat Satpathy

You might also want to read on How To Get Rid Of Facial Hair Permanently.

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10 Things to Know About At-Home Laser Hair Removal

I may be a beauty editor, but I will cut any corner to avoid shaving my legs in winter. I hate it! That’s why I was so excited to get my hands on the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X ($449; triabeauty.com)-a handheld device that promises to zap away your unwanted hair for good, and do it just as well as an in-office treatment.

Here’s how it works: Lasers use pulsed light to target hair, which then converts to heat and breaks down the dark pigment in the hair follicle. Zap the same pigment over and over, and it’ll damage it enough to prevent future growth.

So what can you expect when you DIY? After testing it out myself, I’ve rounded up 10 things you should know before giving it a try. (If you’re not ready to make the jump to lasers, be sure to read 7 Pro Tips for DIY Waxing.)

An At-Home Laser Hair Removal Device Will Save You Money

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I buy clothing from my roommates’ closets and consider Chipotle a gourmet restaurant-so I know a thing or two about nickel-and-diming. Most devices do have a one-time cost of about $400, but the in-office option can clock in at $150 per visit-and most people need between five to eight sessions for effective results. And waxing the recommended once per month can cost up to $500 a year; razors and shaving cream add up to thousands of dollars over our lives. (See where I’m going with this?)

Lasers are Specific to Skin and Hair Color

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Important disclaimer: You should only use an at-home laser hair removal device if you have light or medium skin with dark hair. If your complexion is even slightly deeper than medium, the pulsed light won’t be able to distinguish the dark hair from your dark skin. On the flip side, lasers can’t pinpoint blonde hairs either, making Reese Witherspoon, for example, a poor candidate. (These 5 Better-for-You Beauty Treatments aren’t color-specific.)

Treatment Won’t Necessarily Be Fast

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Like I said, you’ll need anywhere between five to eight sessions to let the hair fall out naturally after each growth cycle. You can treat the area as little as once every two weeks. (Further proof that good things don’t always come quickly. Sigh.)

You’ll Need a Pep Talk

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Why? Well…

It Hurts Really Badly

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Mid-armpit zap, you’ll likely be cursing your parents for your hairy genes, too. It just feels a little like someone with tiny, claw-like nails is pinching you…over and over again. But here’s the reason to suck it up: higher intensity levels (the Tria device has up to 5 settings) yield much quicker results. So instead of it taking eight sessions to reach hair-free status, you could be done in half that. Plus, your skin adjusts to the sensation-after a few zaps, you’ll be used to it.

Different Body Parts Hurt More Than Others

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Bony areas (such as your shins or ankles, for example) will hurt a lot more than spots with a little more cushion to them (like your calf). That’s because skin closest to the bone is thinner, but it doesn’t mean that hair is more difficult to treat.

You Shouldn’t Laser Your Lady Bits at Home

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Sounds obvious, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t read the directions three times to try and find a reason why it wouldn’t be so bad to do. (Note: I didn’t find one.) The skin down yonder is extra-sensitive, so stick strictly to the bikini line-area. And be sure to check out 13 Down-There Grooming Questions, Answered.

Don’t Laser Your ‘Stache, Either

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It’s just…sensitive spots, you know?

You’re Supposed to Shave Before Zapping

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Unlike waxing or shaving-where you’ve got to either pull the hair out from the root or trim them-lasers work by targeting the hair follicle at the surface of skin. When you shave, the follicle remains. On the other hand, you shouldn’t wax for at least a month before treatment, since a treatment typically removes the root of the hair (and the laser needs to be able to find that to effectively remove it).

Laser Removal Is Not Always Permanent

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You’ll likely need touch-ups every so often afterward. If you notice a stray leg hair growing a year after treatment, it means that either the follicle’s natural growth cycle wasn’t finished or the hair was too fine for the laser to target. Just zap the suckers that pop up every once in a while, and you’ll be good to go. (Hey, it’s either that or keep your legs hidden with these 7 Cute Workout Leggings We Love.)

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My Full Experience With The Philips At-Home Laser Hair Removal Device

I’ve had a lot of experience with laser hair removal, I’m a very hairy person, and I always have been. So, I’ve tried almost everything to get rid of the hair I don’t want. I’ve done threading and waxing, but I’ve found IPL (aka intense pulsed light) and laser hair removal to be by far the most effective – it’s permanent as well, which is a huge bonus.

I tried the Tria at-home laser hair removal device before, as well as the first Philips IPL machine, but I didn’t find either to be very effective. Naturally, I was skeptical as to whether or not the new Philips Lumea Prestige would work, mainly as the last one was quite slow. But, I have to say, this new version is honestly awesome. In case you’re not entirely familiar with laser hair removal and how it works, here’s everything you need to know, and my full experience with using the Lumea Prestige.

How IPL works: IPL emits a wavelength into the skin, which is absorbed by pigment (aka your hair). This turns into heat, which kills the ‘growing cells’ that make the hair. Effectively, this puts the follicle into a resting phase, which means that hair growth gradually declines.

Note: Any type of laser hair removal is ineffective on very fair hair (blonde, grey, white or red), as there needs to be a high contrast between the pigment in hair color and pigment in the skin tone – otherwise there is nothing for the laser to target. The Lumea prestige works on a variety of skin tones, however, it is not suitable for very dark skin.

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What the Philips Lumea does: It is designed to give six months of hair-free smoothness. Philips says that “Objective studies show up to 92% hair reduction in as little as three treatments.”

How often do you need to use it? For successful hair removal, the first four treatments should be done every two weeks; you’ll probably be able to see results almost immediately, with minimal hair regrowth, and general growth at a much slower pace. To maintain your results, you should do touch up sessions every four weeks. After around eight touch up treatments, you should only need to use your device every six months to stay hair-free. In contrast, if you were to do in-office laser hair removal treatments, you would typically need a minimum of eight sessions, spaced between four to six weeks apart. Depending on the clinic and body area being treated, each session may cost anywhere between $50 to $200.

My experience:

What we liked: I’ve had laser hair removal before, so for areas that I need to touch up, this is ideal as it’s SO much easier than going to a clinic. Typically, laser hair removal is something you need to redo at least once a year, although it may be more or less depending on your hair type. This machine does get quite hot towards the end of your treatment, and it can hurt a bit too, but it’s not too painful – obviously certain areas are more sensitive!

The entire process is really easy and quick, especially as the new Lumea Prestige has a ‘smart skin sensor,’ which means you just turn it on, hold the device to your skin, and press the ‘search’ button. The device then recognizes the most effective treatment intensity for your skin tone and suggests the level of laser that you should use (between one and five, five being the most intense).

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What we didn’t like: For large areas, this can take quite a long time (about ten minutes per half leg), and you need to have a lot of patience, but then again, it’s still quicker and easier to do it at home than go to a clinic. On your bikini, arms, or face, it’s so fast; it literally takes less than a minute to do your underarms or face. Another thing that I didn’t realize before is that using it with the cord attached speeds up the process a lot, as the machine can output light pulses at a faster rate. So, if you want to use this for large areas, use it corded to speed up the process (the cable length is long, so it’s not too inconvenient). And despite the slightly slower speed when not corded, the fact that you can use this unplugged is really helpful if you’re traveling.

My tip: Use it corded to speed up the treatment process. There are three variations of the Philips Lumea Prestige on the market, and each has different attachment options. I personally don’t think you need all the different attachments (the benefit is they’re slightly differently sized and curved, to fit different areas of your body), but I’ve forgotten to switch them before, and not had any problems. The options are:

Philips Lumea Prestige with face and body attachment, $448 at LookFantastic.ae
Philips Lumea Prestige with face, body and precision attachment, $375 on Amazon
Philips Lumea Prestige with face, body, bikini and underarms attachment, $650 on Amazon

My verdict: I honestly think this is an amazing and very effective hair removal device. It is a lot of money, but if you’re considering laser hair removal, in the long run, this will cost you a fraction of the price, so it’s a worthwhile investment. I also love that it’s so private, especially if you want to do your bikini area; there’s no one getting all up in your business! I find it quite tedious for legs, as it does take around 20-30 minutes, but you can always Netflix while you do it! Overall, I’d probably say this is one of my fave beauty tools I’ve discovered this year!

If you’re not sure laser hair removal is for you, check out my full experience with every type of hair removal technique here.

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