I hate shaving. I have super dark, coarse hair that grows extremely fast. If I shave in the morning, I usually have leg stubble by the time I go to bed. I’m always nicking myself, and spending way too much money on razors. It’s just an all around bad situation! I’ve considered getting laser hair removal done, but I couldn’t justify spending thousands of dollars to get rid of hair. Well, there is a more affordable option that I have recently had the opportunity to look into. Today, I am going to review the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X device. I was sent this product in exchange for a review. Because this is such an expensive item, I will be providing very detailed feedback as well as before & after photos. Even though I was gifted this product, it does not sway my opinions.
Let’s talk a little bit about getting laser hair treatments at a facility, versus at home. When you go to a professional for laser treatments, you typically have to go in for 4 – 6 sessions, each of which can cost anywhere from $350 to $1000 (depending on the surface area of the treated body part). Furthermore, the hair removal isn’t truly permanent, but you will see between a 70% and 85% reduction in hair. The hair that remains will be slow growing, short, and quite fine.
If you don’t want to shell out potentially thousands of dollars on getting professional treatments, you can opt to do it yourself at home. The Tria Laser 4X is one system that you can use. The whole system retails for $449. When it arrives, you get the laser, a charger, and an instruction manual.
At the top of the laser is a little grey button; you press it to turn it on, and to change the intensity of the laser. There are 5 levels; the higher the level, the more hairs will be reduced. However, level 4 smarts and level 5 stings quite badly. If you can muscle through the pain, definitely try level 5 because it will give you the best results.
Before you can use the laser for the first time, you need to activate it online. There will be a serial number on the bottom of your laser; you use that for activation. I’ve blurred mine out for this picture. 🙂 After activating, make sure that the area you would like to treat is shaved and dry. Then, hold the sensor at the bottom against the area you would like to treat. If your skin color and hair pigment fall within the safe range, the laser will unlock and you are good to go! Please note that for most professional and at-home laser hair removal, you need to have light to medium skin and medium to dark hair. If you fall outside of the range, the laser will not work for safety reasons.
Now that the laser is unlocked, you will hold the treatment window (the white circle pictured below) against the area you want to treat. After about 1 second it will give a little zap and make a beeping sound. Move the treatment over about 1/4 inch at a time, making sure that there is a slight overlap. The LCD display will keep track of how many pulses you have done, so you can estimate when you are finished. I used this on my underarms, and it took me about 90 pulses per arm. The manual comes with a chart that provides estimates for different body parts.
It really is quite easy to use this! It took me about 5 minutes on each side, and I was able to use a level 5 on my left armpit and a level 4 on my right armpit. I don’t know why, but my right armpit is super sensitive!
You are supposed to wait two weeks between each treatment. The Tria manual claims that there is supposed to be a 70% reduction in hair after two treatments. All of these pictures were taken two weeks apart, and I’d say there are some pretty drastic results.
Overall, I really like this product. I would receive the same results after several treatments at a facility – which would end up costing way more than the Tria 4X. Because this is such an expensive item, I would recommend that you do some more research on your own instead of just reading this and buying it. However, I hope that you find my review and photo evidence useful! If you have any questions about the Tria Laser 4X, please leave a comment below!