Five whole years have passed since I underwent professional laser hair removal. I chose to have my underarms zapped and remember whimpering at handing over one lump sum payment for a course of six treatments – the clinic was very pushy!
Thankfully the investment paid off. It has reduced the growth drastically (I would say it’s 90% gone). The regrowth is sparse and finer too, and to get rid of any stray (short) hairs, it’s a quick razor job.
Despite this, removing unwanted body hair is still a chore (as I am sure it is for plenty of women) so it was as if my prayers had been answered when this retro looking device was delivered to my house. Meet Tria. She is is the first and only cordless hair removal laser available for home use.
Tria’s portable device guarantees permanent results. It’s the only product on the market that uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists to deliver permanent results at home. This upgraded model comes with an exclusive new Pulse Counter so you can keep track of progress.
Until now, laser hair removal was only reserved for the salon or cosmetic clinic and it still remains to be very expensive. If you wanted something at home, the next best thing was IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which has flooded the market for personal grooming.
I’ve tried an IPL machine that was the size of a Dyson vacuum cleaner and the design of that alone was a ball ache. Hey, while we are on the subject of IPL, I would like to straighten out one thing here. Laser is permanent and IPL reduces hair growth. So that IPL machine you bought last Christmas is not going to leave you fuzz-free. It will just be less hairiness to deal with. It also as a limited life-span. There are only so many flashes it comes loaded with before you have to get it recharged/refilled when it runs out. Honestly, it’s so much effort and it’s not permanent!
But back to Tria. The device looks like a retro hair dryer. It even comes in limited edition colours which bears no meaning other than it makes it look oh so purdy. (Mine is coral pink!) The regular model is in white. What I’m excited about is it’s A) cordless and B) you don’t wear protective glasses to use it as professional laser hair removal requires you to and some IPL devices too. It’s also extremely light-weight to hold but by no means is it inferior in power. In fact, if you whack it up to the top setting, it does hurt!
First you have to prep the skin by cleansing, shaving and towel-drying. This will allow the laser treatment to be most effective since the Tria laser works on the hair inside the follicle that’s under the surface of the skin.
Switching on and operating Tria is easy. It has a safety lock which will only be released when the skin sensor on the base is placed on the area you wish to treat. If skin is too dark, it won’t unlock. Instantly Tria bleeps a fanfare and is ready to use.
Then you set the level of power which ranges from 1 to 5. The higher you go, the faster and better the results will be and the fewer treatments you’ll need in the long run. Level 1 is virtually non-existent, level 3 feels like a sharp rubber band snapping against your skin and level 5? Well I admit I get my lady garden butchered with hot wax but surprisingly I am too scared to go that hardcore. Everyone’s pain threshold is different plus depending where on the body the device is used, the reaction will differ. There is a cooling gel available that will help prep the skin against the stronger settings although I may try a frozen packet of peas. (Ice is fantastic for numbing the pain – it’s what gets me through the bikini waxes!)
To use you just place the laser tip on the spot you want to zap and press the handle. If it beeps twice, you’ve made a successful zap. If it does a sort of Family Fortune type wrong answer buzzer sound, the laser tip wasn’t touching the skin at the correct angle.
It is advised you slightly overlap the areas you treat to ensure maximum coverage. Once lasered, you should avoid waxing or plucking or the hair follicle will be stimulated and grow again. The laser is actually killing the hair at its root and by removing the excess with shaving, it will target the area directly and thus be effective.
The folks behind Tria recommend you use it once a fortnight and after the first two weeks, apparently the results are noticeable. In between sessions, if or when hairs grow back, you’re meant to shave it off. Because Tria doesn’t have a battery life, you can carry on using it till you’ve killed every bastard hair follicle. And that’s how it works. It’s safe to use on legs, bikini area, back, stomach, face (not the eyebrows), arms and for both men and women.
Now that I’ve explained how Tria works and given you some background information, I should let you know I’ve started using Tria, notably on my underarms, which is super quick to cover. Although I had this area lasered previously, I would like to treat it further to eradicate the remaining stray fuzz. I’m also going to use it on my legs, which will take some time but at least I can watch the TV at the same time.
In the past, I tried IPL but the fact the results aren’t permanent put me off and I wondered if the effort of undergoing what is effectively quite a different kind of pain to waxing and epilating was worth the hassle. I have strong hopes for Tria so fingers crossed it doesn’t disappoint. I will report back with my findings in a couple of weeks so make sure that you check back to see how I got on after the first treatment. In the mean time, if you have any questions about using this hair removal laser device, do post them in the comments box below.