UPDATE! For lots of coverage in one location, see our Home Laser Hair Removal Buyer's Guide for information on the top four permanent home hair removal products and several no laser products that are good alternatives for those who cannot use a laser.
I will be taking a look at home laser hair removal and the TRIA Beauty Laser Hair Removal System over a series of posts. Today I just want to introduce the Tria Beauty device. Check back in a couple of weeks for a video of how to use it and then watch for future installments on how well home laser hair removal works for me. Update: You can view part two here: Home Laser Hair Removal (Part II).
The Tria Beauty Home Laser Hair Removal System is an in home laser hair removal device. While it is not cheap ($495), it is considerably cheaper than doing a full series of laser hair removal appointments at a salon and offers the same results. The Tria is FDA approved.
The TRIA Beauty Website has a wealth of information on the device, its use, safety, and contradictions. I ask that those who plan to follow this series read the information there first, which is why I am doing this intro post before jumping into a written and video review. Given the cost and various important considerations behind use of this product, I want to be sure that everyone is well informed.
For starters, if you are thinking about laser hair removal, there are a few things to keep in mind, and these are true whether you seek to do it at home or in a salon:
- Laser hair removal is not instantaneous. To see results, treatments must be repeated over a period of 6-8 months and total hair removal might not occur, although over time it can lessened to the point of being nearly maintenance free.
- Because any laser hair removal the system works by targeting a contrast of dark hair on light skin, it will not be effective on blond or white hair, and it cannot be used on dark skin tones. If you have a medium to dark complexion, laser hair removal may be dangerous for you. The best candidates are those with light skin and darker hair.
- Laser hair removal is for the legs, underarm and general bikini areas. It is not safe to use in the areas of the face, breasts, or genitals.
- It can sting/hurt a bit. There is no such thing as completely painless lasting hair removal. If you want longer term removal you have to look at the options that sting a bit: waxing, epilating, laser removal etc. There simply is no way around that. I have seen a few removal salons claim to be pain free--they aren’t. With that said, I don’t think it really is all that bad, and some report that it is much less uncomfortable than waxing or epilating. Plus, as you do treatments, you get used to it and the sensation lessens.
- It takes time to do each treatment. Small sections are “zapped” at a time in an overlapping pattern. So it takes awhile to do a leg. Plan accordingly!
Check back in two weeks, when I will post a video showing how to use the Tria device and describing my reactions to it. From there I will post several more updates as I do the course of treatments and will add links to them here as they are published.
See the TRIA Beauty website to learn more.
aka: Trai Beauty Home Laser Hair Removal