At home laser hair removal. It’s totally possible. But is the investment worth it?
The final installment in my series of Tria Laser Hair Removal 4x posts has taken me awhile to write. I wanted to be fair, honest, and equally as important, make sure I had allowed enough time to see the “final” results. The official test (entire process following all of the rules) was to my underarms. The sensation was unpleasant and I am not completely hairless. However — I plan to continue using the Tria device.
I’ve taken a break for a month and will pick back up soon. I used the Tria six times on level 1 and 2 and can now comfortably go 2-3 days without shaving. The hair that now grows back is thinner and less dense. Noticeable, but no longer the 5 o’clock armpit shadow I used to have going every day. For me, that’s a major hurrah!
I did a few side tests along the way as well and started them at various times during the process because, well……seeing less hair grow back is rather addicting. The tops of my feet saw four treatments done at levels 3 and 4 and I shave them maybe every 8-9 days (before treatment, I shaved them every other day).
The strip from my bellybutton down was done 3 times on level 3 and now requires minimal attention.
And probably the most pleasing results are shown at my upper lip – or rather not shown as I’ve done 3 treatments there on levels 2 and 3 and I now need to touch up every 3 weeks instead of weekly. I fully expect to be hair-free there at the end of 6 treatments. That upper lip hair has got to go.
The idea of doing my legs is enticing, but also intimidating because of the time involved. For funsies, I set the Tria device to level 4 and worked away on a 2″x2″ area at the front of my ankle to test for pain. On the first try, it was completely tolerable. Labor Day has come and gone and I’m giving myself a mental deadline of Memorial Day 2016 to sort out the lower half of my legs.
If you’ve ever considered laser hair removal and think this might be the option for you (because living room + guilty pleasure TV + ice cream reward = serious incentive to do laser hair removal at home), keep the following in mind…
1) The Tria Laser Hair Removal 4x is approved for specific hair and skin colors. The higher the contrast, the better the results. Unfortunately, it is not yet a solution for deep skin tones. The sensor on the base of the device reads skin tones and use of the sensor is required to unlock the device.
2) Be smart and only use it where recommended. I had a random momentary freak out one day while sitting at my desk wondering if I ever read up on using the Tria on my upper lip. “Cheek line downward” is the rule of thumb (huge sigh of relief) so I’m going to add the random chin hairs (isn’t aging fun?!) to the list.
While not totally hair free (yet), I am pleased with the results and ultimately saw enough progress to appreciate the Tria Laser Hair Removal 4x. I’ll continue with more rounds and look forward to spending less time with a razor.
Spill – are you on board with at home laser hair removal?
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