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Firstly, apologies for the delay in a follow-up post. I descended into the pit of over-indulging in unhealthy food over the festive period whilst at the same time, the cogs of blogging ground to a halt, not to mention I was at work during Christmas too. Any way! I know many of you are curious about my findings with using the Tria.
To recap, if you haven’t read my introductory post, it’s here. If you want it summed up in a sentence, the Tria is the first permanent hair removal device for home use AND it’s cordless.
I decided to focus on my underarms first. It’s less surface area to cover and personally the one area I am concerned about the most since I abhor fuzzy pits! I am also determined to eradicate the final bits left over from the professional laser treatment I had nearly five years ago.
The cooling gel is highly recommended when using the Tria at the highest level but if you are feeling hardcore then don’t let me stop you. (Ohh it’s a deep burn! Oh, it’s so deep. I can barely lift my right arm…)
I decided to watch a movie (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in case you’re wondering), smeared the gel on the skin and pressed ‘start’ on the Tria. The action kicked off on level 3 and once I was comfortable, I moved it up a notch to level 4 (5 is the highest).
The stronger the level setting, the more effective the results are said to be and the fewer treatments you will need. I found the sensation of the laser isn’t the same all over. It was more noticeable in the centre region of the underarms and on the outer, I didn’t feel a thing so I happily went over some patches repeatedly.
It took about 250 flashes to cover one pit which was around 15 minutes so not long. Fortunately I didn’t have a reaction or any redness from using the Tria. That said if users experience this, then it should dissipate within 24 hours.
As I had warmed up, I decided to do a patch on my left leg, which again took between 5-10 minutes and didn’t hurt. I estimate it would take an hour to do half a leg, maybe? I could power through the Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back. I’m not sure how long a fully charged Tria would last but possibly enough to cover both lower legs. Then again, if you’re an Amazonian goddess with legs up to your armpits, then the battery could die out sooner.
After one treatment two weeks later, I can see small patches of bare skin and some follicles that are very short (almost like stubble), perhaps indicating where the Tria has been successful. Bear in mind everyone’s growth varies in speed and thickness depending on their hormones.
With regular use I can see the hairs disappearing. Tria claims results will be significantly noticeable after 3 months…3 months is 12 weeks…12 weeks is 6 treatments in total (considering the Tria is used once a fortnight).
I have a hectic and sometimes messy life so to find an hour to myself for hair removal is asking for a lot especially when shaving takes a few minutes. However, you can use the Tria whilst watching TV for example. It’s not messy or complicated, and doesn’t require much concentration or absolute accuracy.
I should point out that laser is a different kind of ‘pain’ to waxing or epilating, the latter probably inflicts more hurt but I won’t bat an eyelid at putting myself through it. However, I do wince a bit with laser, I suppose it’s because it’s akin to an electric shock combined with a rubber band pinging on your skin.
It is difficult to distinguish which parts you may or may not have covered, so you do have to overlap. However, once you invest in a Tria, the cost of it stops right there. The device has no limits or battery life so you can zap away to your heart’s content. To be honest, most people would be grateful to see a reduction in unwanted hair and a Tria is a far more worthwhile investment at £375 than thousands through a clinic or salon.
I’m going to do another follow-up post in 10 weeks with pictures. After one treatment, it’s too early to see any significant results. Many of you have sent me messages on Twitter enquiring about what the Tria is like to use and how I’m getting on so I hope this account has answered a few questions. Don’t forget you can post a comment below if you have any other burning questions.
I think it’s safe to assume there were a lot of happy faces at Christmas with many of you finding a Naked 3 palette in your stockings. A part of me feels guilty for relegating 1 and 2 to the back in favour of this but it’s so fiiiiine. I have been really enjoying using the Naked 3 palette with my absolute favourite shade being the sexy and dark Blackheart (I can see me hitting the pan on this one).
Here’s a smoky look I did recently. I used UD’s Primer Potion in Sin with its champagne coloured base and patted on the pink Buzz over the lids and the russet Trick in the inner eye corners before smoking out with Blackheart.
These pictures were taken after 7 hours wear so it’s a very good indication of Urban Decay eyeshadows’ lasting power.
Which shades do you gravitate towards on Naked 3? Are there any unusual combinations you’ve come up with this palette? Do let me know!
When it comes to hair maintenance, I am a salonistic snob. Is there such a word? Probably not. I My hair is very much a big part of my appearance so I like to make sure it looks its best with regular salon visits for cuts and colour.
In between I can’t manage without blasting it with a hair dryer and keeping it slick with straighteners. This is the perils of having a bob. Sure, I give my hair hell with exposing it to these appliances several times a week but I can’t manage without the two if I don’t want to look like I come from Frizzville.
Taking my concerns into careful consideration, Remington very kindly sent me their hair dryer and straightener from their Keratin Therapy range to try. I can see the market is flooded with straighteners but so far, all that distinguishes a lot of them is what colour they are and as for hair dryers, consumers tend not to be too fussed so long as it does its job.
The Keratin Therapy collection vows to reinstate shine, vibrance and health’ into our hair through the keratin infused plates. There are several tools in this collection including curling tongs.
Let’s look at the AC8000 Keratin Therapy Pro Hair Dryer first. Solidly built with a long cord and beautifully designed, it comes with 2 different sized concentrators and a diffuser. It has ionic and ceramic technology to ensure sleek tresses without frizz. There are 2 speed settings with 3 for heat settings for hot air and for cool shot which are easy to control.
The beast is a whopping 2200 watts and I can blow-dry my bob in 5 minutes flat with a smooth finish. Noise-wise, it’s pretty quiet and I have to dispute the negative reviews which knock it for drying time, weight and the end results. I have had no trouble using this dryer especially on some hair extensions I had added recently either.
The S8590 Keratin Therapy Pro Straightener has varied temperature settings (160°C – 230°C) and comes with a guideline for heat and hair types from very fine to thick. It heats up in 15 seconds and sounds a beep to let you know when it’s ready. It will also shut down after an hour if left inactive.
The device has plates that are infused with Keratin and once the straightener heats up, the keratin is transferred to the hair and locked in. The keratin is said to last the lifetime of the straightener as well.
The straightener also comes with a Heat Protection Sensor embedded in the top plate that detects moisture levels in the hair and optimises temperature to protect from damage. It comes with a lengthy swivel cord making it easy to handle the straightener.
I have really enjoyed using this straightener for the past couple of months. It gives my hair shine and locks in the frizz. There is minimal damage on the ends which is expected when I’m using heated tools almost daily and they glide through my hair extensions absolutely fine.
I own both GHD and Cloud 9 straighteners so I’m in a good position to pass judgement. I know often the decision is down to personal choice, and what feels good on one person may not necessarily translate to another. However what Remington has done to make hair styling tools more accessible in terms of performance and affordability is commendable, sitting mid-range.
Interestingly, my very first straightener was by Remington with a little water reservoir for steam. They’re incredibly sophisticated and slick now, and the gap between high street and high end is tight. Salons favour the expensive tools otherwise what would set them apart? But using Remington’s Keratin Therapy hair dryer and straightener has regained my trust and confidence.
The Keratin Hair Dryer retails for £49.99 and comes with a 5 year guarantee and the Keratin Therapy Pro Straightener normally retails for £89.99. I would shop around as I have seen the two on special offer for £30 and £60 respectively by some retailers.
What are your thoughts? Do you own anything from this collection? I’d love to know what you think of the other styling tools from Keratin Therapy.
For more information on Remington’s Keratin Therapy range, you can find videos and more on their microsite here.