Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Review
To be quite blunt I am a very hairy gal and always have been. Within a week of shaving my legs, I’m like a walking gorilla again. I have a frequent battle with a hairy upper lip and I am forever plucking stray hairs from my bushy brows. I’ve tried various methods of hair removal including shaving, threading, plucking, waxing and electrolysis. I’ve even tried out some pretty poor at home hair removal methods. Out of all the methods, the only method that has given me permanent results is electrolysis. I had this carried out when I was training as a beauty therapist.
Salon hair removal can be a pricey procedure.
If I were to have electrolysis carried out in a salon in my area it would cost around £60 an hour for treatment with multiple treatments needed. Plus, for me, electrolysis can be very uncomfortable. The procedure is carried out by a needle which is entered into each individual hair follicle and an electric current passed through to cauterise the hair root. This means that you have to have complete and utter faith in the person carrying it out as one slip and you can get painfully poked in the skin or even burnt if the needle isn’t placed correctly. Not only do I find the procedure uncomfortable, it is only really good for very small areas because the process takes a long time.
A more cost efficient permanent hair removal method?
After having this procedure done I kind of just accepted the fact that unless I won the lottery or found a therapist that I one hundred percent trust, I’ll be sticking to shaving, plucking, waxing and threading for the rest of my life. That was until I was very kindly offered the chance to try the Tria Home Removal Laser 4X. This nifty device will set you back £299 which some may find eye-watering, however, this allows you to have multiple treatments in your very own home. In comparison to £60 for an hours treatment in a salon, this is by far the more cost efficient method.
Permanent hair removal in your own home.
Now first things first, the Tria Hair Removal Laser is not an electrolysis machine. There is no needle and you don’t have to have special training to use it. Although, reading the manual and getting used to the machine is a must. However, the Tria Hair Removal Laser is similar to the procedure in the sense that it does give you permanent results.
The way the Tria Beauty device works is that it uses something called Diode Laser Technology. This technology targets the dark pigment in the hair follicles which disables the ability to regrow hair. Because of this, the removal machine can only target naturally brown or dark hair. This also means that the device cannot be used on those who have dark skin tones. As those with dark skin can end up absorbing too much of the laser which can result in burns and discoloration of the skin. It is important to also know that this treatment is not a form of Intense Pulsed Light removal. IPL only slows down hair growth. Whereas the Tria Laser provides you with permanent hair removal.
Is the Tria Hair Removal Laser suitable for you?
Other things to be wary of is that the Tria Hair Removal cannot be used on or around certain areas. For example near the eyes, brows, ears, nipples, genitals or anus. The device also shouldn’t be used on areas that are darker than your usual skin tone. For example, on birthmarks, tattoos, moles and freckles. It also shouldn’t be used on male faces, jaws or necks as the hair here is too dense. Nor should it be used on damaged skin, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. And obviously, you don’t want to use this on areas where you may want hair growth in the future.
So how does the treatment work?
Well before you even think about using the device you need to prep your hair. Firstly you need to stop all waxing and plucking six weeks before you start the treatment. Then one day before the treatment you should carry out a patch test of this device. This is essential to ensure that this is compatible with your skin and hair. Then right before you use the device you want to cleanse, shave and dry the area. Then when it comes to actually using the hair removal device you simply turn on and unlock the laser. You then select your treatment level. There are five treatments levels in total. Each one more powerful than the previous level. The best level to use? Tria says the highest you can tolerate.
Once your setting is selected you press the laser against your skin and press the button. The laser will only work when the window is pressed against the skin. If you hear a buzzing tone this means you’ve lifted the device before the pulse was over so do not move the laser removal device between the first and second beep as this will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. To ensure that all your hair follicles get treated you should move the laser around 5mm each time meaning that around 25 laser pulses per square inch are carried out. Oh and you should never treat the same spot over and over again as doing this can result in skin injury.
Do the Tria Hair Removal Laser hurt?
In terms of the sensation at first, I found it very strange, almost like being hit with an elastic band. When I first started using the Tria Hair Removal Laser I really did not like the feeling. However, the more you use it the more you get used to the feeling and I actually found myself upping the treatment level. I don’t love the feeling of the treatment but it isn’t unbearable or painful, it’s just a little uncomfortable.
Six Month Update:
So how have I been getting on with the device? Well in terms of how long I’ve been using the treatment, I have tried it out for around six weeks now. For best results Tria state that you will understandably need multiple treatments for the best results. They say that you need to treat the hair follicles when they are in active growth. This means that you should treat the hairs every two weeks for three months for best results or until you are satisfied with the results.
I personally wanted to play it pretty safe with this device and didn’t fancy going in straight at the deep end to tackle my tash. Although the upper lip only requires approximately 25 pulses per treatment which takes 2-3 minutes, you cannot pluck or wax in between treatments. You can only shave in between treatments. This means I would have to shave my upper lip which is something I have never done and was worried about the hair coming through possibly darker or thicker. So I wanted to make sure that the device actually worked before I tackled that area.
Laser removal on the legs?
So instead I opted to test the device on my legs, specifically on my lower legs. Now, this is a significantly longer treatment as obviously, the legs are a lot larger. On average Tria state that the lower legs require 600 pulses per side which takes 25-30 minutes per side. This can be quite a tedious task. However, once you implement the device into your routine and have some music playing, the treatment goes by pretty well. After the first treatment, I didn’t notice any real difference. But to be honest, but these things take time so I carried on.
By the third treatment, I began to see great results!
By the second treatment, I started to notice a tiny bit of hair reduction but I wasn’t one hundred percent sure if this was just my imagination playing tricks on me or not. However, after the third treatment, I noticed my hair was definitely significantly thinner with some hairs appearing much lighter in colour. Plus I even have areas where I have had zero hair regrowth! These areas are mainly above my ankles at the bottom of my legs but I also have a few patches at the top of my leg near my knees too. Check out the image below to see what I mean. If these are the results I am seeing now, I am super excited to see the results in another six weeks (Which I will definitely be updating you all on)
In terms of my thoughts on the Tria Hair Removal Laser, I really do like it. It is easy to use and isn’t just a gimmicky device, it actually works. Results aren’t lightning fast but it is a product that works over time to achieve excellent impressive results. The at home hair removal device is £299 which may seem expensive but you do get your money’s worth and it is a great investment. Especially if like me you are self-conscious of body hair.
Have you tried the Tria Hair Removal Laser?