Read This Before Trying Laser Hair Removal

We know what’s kept you from hair removal: the sometimes not-so-smooth aftermath. We’re talking about razor burn, minor cuts, and painful bumps. Soon after these heal, pesky stubble makes us need to de-hair all over again.

I’m willing to wager that you’ve at least wondered about getting laser hair removal. And if you haven’t, maybe the following will spark your interest.

The laser process reduces hair growth and keeps it away for much longer (and sometimes permanently) compared with shaving, waxing, and the like. Bonus: you can do it at home for a fraction of the salon price. But is it truly worth it?

One of our Beautylish Beauty Advisors, Monica O., tried self-lasering with the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X. It’s the first and only FDA-cleared at-home laser and works best on naturally light brown to black body hair.

Read on for Monica’s experience to get a better idea of what to expect, how to prep, and potential results.

*Remember: Results and experiences are unique to each individual. We hope Monica’s experience will give you added insight into lasering from home. Be sure to read more about Tria’s Hair Removal Laser 4X before determining if laser hair removal is right for you.

In what areas have you used the product?

“I have used it mainly on my upper lip, and my underarms.”

How long have you been using it?

“I have been using it off and on, but in total it has only been a few months.”

Describe the level of pain associated with use.

“The laser is pretty painless. You are able to adjust the level of intensity, so that you can work your way up from a low level to a higher level, depending on your tolerance at the moment.”

How do you prep your skin?

“To prep my skin, I just make sure it’s clean, specifically after a shower, with no lotions or anything on the skin before I start. You also have to make sure that your skin is shaved, as it does hurt once you hit an actual hair.”

Tria has 5 energy levels with which you can customize laser comfort. Have you tried all of the energy levels?

“I slowly have gone up to about 3 or 4. I start lasering and see if I can tolerate the next level (pain wise). So far so good, as it is not uncomfortable (unless I accidentally laser over a really dark hair).”

Approximately how long does it take to complete the laser process on your underarms? What about your upper lip?

“It usually takes me anywhere from 30 - 45 minutes to complete the laser process on my underarms. The upper lip is only about 15 minutes, sometimes less.”

What’s your process for lasering these areas? In other words, how do you ensure that you’re doing a thorough job in lasering every part of your skin?

“When working on my underarms (and the one time I tried an area on my leg), I used the Tria Laser in small sections. It is sometimes a bit difficult, as the laser can only cover a very small surface at a time and takes a long time.”

Describe your after care.

“After lasering, I usually let my skin rest for a little bit. Your skin can be a little warm from the laser, so I let it calm down. After resting, I then follow up with body oil or lotion. Something soothing and moisturizing.”

Describe your results compared with shaving and/or waxing?

“I have noticed a very slight difference, definitely a little less hair than before I started. I haven’t really used it long enough to see any dramatic results, but I do see how, with continued use, this would definitely be a better option because shaving and waxing are quite irritating and can cause ingrown hairs.”

Would you recommend the product?

“I would definitely recommend the Tria Hair Removal Lasers to anyone interested in an alternate option that works.”