No More Shaving? We put TRIA Laser Hair Removal Device to the test.
With two kids under three, I often feel that any day I get a shower is a little miracle. Hot water, a few moments of silence, a shampoo and a shave. Ah, the shave. While there may be some of you out there who can go a week and barely show signs of having not shaved, I am not one of those people. I used to have to shave every day. Notice that I said “used to”? A year ago I plunked down the cash and tried laser hair removal on my lower legs at a local specialist. It was expensive, it was moderately painful, but holy cow, it worked! I was a believer. Goodbye shaving! Adios waxing! I bought more packages. I was thrilled. Until the place went out of business, taking my money and my dreams of being silky smooth with it. (Darn you economic downturn!!) Then, I heard about TRIA. An at-home laser hair removal system. Yes, at home. Could it really be? Did it work? I had to try it for myself.
Laser hair removal isn’t for everyone and works differently on individuals based on their skin tone, hair color and hair coarseness. The procedure works best and most effectively when you have light-colored skin and dark hair (the laser reacts with the contrast of the hair’s dark pigment) making me an ideal candidate. Since I already had experienced laser hair treatments on my legs, I knew that it worked for me. The question was, would the TRIA give me similar results?
Tria Laser Hair Removal Review
The Tria Laser Hair Removal Device
TRIA is an FDA-approved laser hair removal device that provides easy, safe and convenient hair reduction (they can’t promise total removal) in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The package includes the hand-held laser (looks like a hair dryer), a battery charger and a skin sensor (more about this later). Before you can use the TRIA you must activate it by calling an 800-number or using their new online activation system. The TRIA is pre-charged so after you activate, you can start right away. Each time you use the laser, you have to unlock it with the skin sensor. You hold the skin sensor up to the area you are going to zap and press the button. If it turns green, your skin tone is within the acceptable range to use TRIA. Wave the sensor in front of the laser and it will unlock it for use. If the sensor turns red, it means that the skin area is too dark to use the device on and the laser will not turn on. (TRIA offers a 30-day money-back guarantee so if your skin is too dark to use TRIA, you can return the whole device – they’ll even pay the shipping!)
How the Tria Laser Hair Removal Device Works
The TRIA offers three energy levels and you are directed to use the highest level you can tolerate which I found greatly depends on which part of your body you are working on. You press the triangular head of the device against your skin. There is a start beep before the laser zaps and a lower, end beep when it is done (an error sound alerts you if zap wasn’t effective). Move the device over 1/8 of an inch and repeat. For those of you wondering about the amount of pain – I didn’t find it as painful as when I had it done professionally (plus you are in control), but level three is a good – though momentary – little sting. Imagine a particular hair follicle getting a small pin prick or bee sting. The device has about 30 minutes of usage before it needs to be recharged (takes about 3 hrs.) ““ enough time to treat your underarms and bikini area in one session, but definitely not enough for legs.
Things I Like So Far About the Tria Laser Hair Removal Device
- Convenience: with two small children it wasn’t easy trying to find the time and the childcare to go to a laser hair appointment; now I can do it in the privacy of my own home whenever I have time;
- No trigger finger: the laser goes off when the triangular censor is pressed completely against the skin. No trigger to push over and over;
- Treatments every two weeks: At the salon, I went in every 6-8 weeks so it felt like a long time to see results. The recommended TRIA use is every other week for the first 3 months and then once a month for the next 3-5 months;
- Great deal (if it works): If you are new to laser hair removal, the TRIA may seem exorbitant at $795. Keep in mind – though I bought my leg package during a 50% off special, below-the-knee leg laser hair removal normally went for $900 at the place I went to. So while the TRIA is a pretty penny, the fact that you can treat multiple locations for less than many places change for only lower leg makes it a GREAT deal!
For this test, I’m trying the TRIA on my bikini line and above-the-knee leg. Check back in the next month for an update to see if it’s working!
Check out Kate’s update here.
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