Hair removal is probably on top of everyone’s dreaded beauty routines. While in the winter I let that extra “base layer” for warmth , in the summer it’s not really appealing to the eyes. So a girl’s gotta take care of it, eh?
I received the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X ($515 at Sephora) in the launch party many months back, and I finally had the guts to test drive it at home. I thought it would be most beneficial to try it out on my underarms first, where I usually have to shave every 2-3 days.
Instead of writing an essay on how it works, this quick start video from Tria Beauty shows it in less than 2 minutes. It’s really well done and worth watching.
I thought I’d answer a few frequently asked questions about my experience with it so far.
How do I prepare for a laser treatment?
Shave and cleanse the area so that it’s free of oils, fragrances, and other products. I did mine after stepping out of the shower. Shaving very closely is the key to minimize the pain. Don’t wax or tweeze the area, as the laser needs a hair follicle to be present so that it can work properly.
I have x skin tone and y hair colour. Can I use the Tria Laser 4X?
The laser can be used on the fairest to light brown skins (white, ivory, beige, light brown), and on brown and black hair (light brown, medium brown, dark brown, black). If you’re not sure if your skin tone is light enough, the skin sensor at the bottom of the unit unlocks the Tria Laser 4X if it is safe to use for your skin tone.
I didn’t watch the video. How do I use this thing?
Turn it on by pressing the power button at the top of the unit. It will start up locked mode. Press the skin sensor at the bottom of the unit against the skin you want to treat, and it will unlock. Continue to press the power button to choose your intensity. Place the treatment window (the thing that looks like the unit’s “nose”) against your skin, and it will beep twice to indicate that a laser pulse has been delivered. Move the window to the next patch of skin, making sure to overlap the sections to ensure proper coverage.
Treat every 2 weeks up to 3 months to see results.
How long does it take?
The Tria Laser 4X contains an insert with a pulse counter guide. They recommend around 100 pulses per underarm. That takes about 5 minutes each.
Be honest. Does it hurt?
Sometimes. If you shave really closely, it doesn’t really hurt at all. I used the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser SmoothStart Calming Gel ($40 at Sephora) during my treatment and it helped keep the area cool during the laser treatment.
On a scale of 1 (no pain) to 5 (deathly pain), I rate it at 2. Nowhere near the torture of a Brazilian wax. The areas that I missed while shaving, or didn’t get quite a close shave hurt more (like pinching on the skin). The Tria Laser 4X treats in 5 levels of intensity, and they recommend that you treat at the highest level that you can tolerate. On my underarm area, I used level 2. Level 3 was a bit more “zappy” and scary, but I’ll probably work my way up to it for the next treatment.
I know a lot of people are curious about this device and I hope this is a useful first impression. I will keep on using the Tria Laser 4X every 2 weeks for at least 2 months, so check back for my results later. Have you tried the Tria Laser 4X or any spa laser treatment before? Are you happy with the results?