Tria Hair Removal Laser Review
You know that dreaded summer feeling when you get to the beach or pool and realize you forgot to shave? Unfortunately, that scenario seems to happen to me quite a bit these days because who has time to shave their legs when they shower with a toddler? I’m too busy trying to keep Ayla from eating soap and throwing all my bottles out of the shower to shave. When Tria Beauty approached me to review their hair removal laser I was beyond excited. After using it for a few weeks I am even more excited to share this review with you. There are pros, there are cons, but at the end of the day I am sold, which leads me to my first point:
1. Is it worth the price?: Ok, we just need to start here because I will be honest, this is not cheap. It starts at $450 so when I say I’m sold on it I mean I am very sold. Let me tell you why It may be worth the money for you. The first reason is that a lifetime of razors is SO expensive and that’s one item you can basically get rid of from your monthly toiletries budget. The second is that if you were considering professional laser hair removal this is WAY cheaper. Just to do your bikini area usually costs from $300-$500 dollars so you add up all the places you want hair gone and buying your own laser becomes infinitely less expensive. You also just can’t put a price on the peace of mind that comes from no more “oh not I forgot to shave” feelings all summer long.
2. Does it work?: Yes! So here is the caveat, it does not work for everyone. The laser targets the pigment in the hair to know where to zapso if you have darkly pigmented skin this will not work for you (I quickly learned to avoid my moles or I get an extra good zap!). If you have natural blonde, gray or red hair this device will not work for you. I have light skin with dark hair so I am the perfect candidate for this laser. I have had professional laser hair removal done in the past and I can tell you that this has been just as effective, however, it does take a few extra sessions for me to get the same results (think 3 professional session = about 5 with the tria). The other major factor in if this works or not is consistency. You do need to stick with it to complete 4-6ish treatments and then maybe 1-2 treatments every 6 months as hair will re-grow a bit (BTW, regrowth happens with professional laser hair removal as well.)
3. Does it hurt?: Yes. I’m not going to lie. It does hurt a bit. I will also tell you that I am the type of person who cries when I get a papercut (don’t ask how I gave birth. I still don’t know.) I mean I really don’t think God makes people with lower pain thresholds than me so what I will say is that if I can use it, you can use it. The good thing is they sell a cream that can help with the pain and the laser itself has 5 settings for strength. My bikini line and underarms are a bit more sensitive so I use the laser on the first setting. I also keep an icepack nearby and numb the area a bit before and after using the laser. I use the laser on the 5th setting for my legs and even my upper lip because it’s not as painful there. You can play around with it and find the setting that is most comfortable for you.
4. Does it take a lot of time?: It depends on what you are using it for. The laser surface area is pretty small so you can’t cover a large surface at once. Smaller areas really won’t take that long (think armpits, upper lip, chin, bikini line) but your legs definitely will take a while. It saves time in the shower shaving in the long run but you do need to carve out some space in your schedule for this. I have found that It’s a great excuse to binge watch Netflix. I also find that watching tv is an added distraction from the discomfort. I will admit that watching the bachelorette has not been quite as relaxing while using the laser on my legs but I can also say I feel far more productive!
5. Is it hard to use? Not at all. All you do to use it is press the button on the top to turn it on. Then there is a safety feature where you touch a sensor on the bottom of the laser to your skin to unlock it. You press the on button again up to 5 times to select the laser’s strength and then you just place it on the area you want to remove hair from. You don’t have to press any buttons to make it work, you just hold the laser over the desired area and it works automatically.
If you are looking into this as an alternative to professional hair removal, again, I would completely recommend it. I think this is one of those products where you just have to know yourself to know if it will be worth the investment. If you tend to be inconsistent, low on time (if it’s your legs you want to do) or you are worried it will be too painful (again, it really is bearable) then it may not be a great option for you. If you can find a bit of time and you stick with it then this is an amazing investment and you will benefit so much from it. I already have friends asking to borrow mine to try and I know I will be using this for years to come!