Good news for those who wish to remove pesky, unwanted body hair! Once upon a time you used to have to make an apointment at a beauty salon and sit there for a couple of hours whilst excess body hair was removed, paying a decent amount of money for the process.
Nowadays? Well, the huge popularity of beauty treatments appearing in the mainstream means that you can now perform laser hair removal treatments on yourself, in the comfort of your own home. No need to book appointments around your work schedule, no need to spend large amounts of money a few weeks apart, and no need to lose your dignity somewhat in the beauty salon.
Obviously you have to buy a good quality laser hair removal system for use in your own home, but you’ll find plenty on the market now, and the large companies are all jumping on the bandwagon, driving up demand, and lowering prices. Goodbye unwanted hair!
Important note: Laser hair removal is not for everybody
Every beauty procedure the world over has pros and cons, and there are people who simply aren’t suitable to undergo the procedure. If this is you, then there will always be an alternative, so don’t worry!
We should talk about how laser hair removal works first, to truly understand the subject matter at hand.
Unwanted hair used to be subject to waxing, shaving, or at worst, painful electrolysis. These were decent treatment options, but not the best, so it’s a true godsend that laser hair removal has come to the fore.
How does it work? Well, faster and less painful than all of the above alternative options, laser hair removal works by burning the hair away, by use of a laser. Sometimes people having the procedure for the first time are a little worried by the slight burning smell that sometimes occurs, but this is nothing to worry about, and is just proof that it’s working!
The laser emits a beam of light, which you won’t see, and it is aimed at the hair. It’s for this reason that it’s important there is hair in the follicle, in order for the treatment to work. Because of this, avoid waxing, plucking or shaving for a month before the treatment. The light beam is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair, and this goes on to damage the follicle and reduce its further growth power. With repeated treatments, hair growth becomes scanty, or even disappears completely.
We mentioned above that laser hair removal isn’t suitable for everyone, and that generally revolves around the colour of the hair. The best results are those with dark hair, and this is simply down to the amount of melanin, becuase the darker the hair, the more melanin, which aborbs the laser much better. Having said that, fair hair still works, but might take longer. White or grey hair? Not suitable I’m afraid.
Some areas are easier to treat than others, so if you’re looking to remove hair from the face, underarms, and bikini area, then you’ll find this responds well to the laser treatment. Hair on the arms and legs can be removed, but it might be harder, so may take a few more treatments.
Is it painful? Uncomfortable is probably a better way of describing the sensation, and many liken it to the feeling of an elastic band being pinged against the skin repeatedly. Everyone’s pain barrier is different.
The market is drenched with laser removal units these days, and this should tell you something about their popularity. The big named companies all generally have a unit on offer, but with a lot of choice comes the question of which you should choose.
Well, to make your choice easier, we’ve reviewed and picked three of the best, narrowing down your selection. These are all FDA cleared, so you can be assured of their safety, have great customer reviews, and are high up on the quality list.
Gentle, effective, and easy to use, these are all terms used when describing the Tria 4X laser hair removal system. It looks nice too!
This is our top pick for many reasons but the main is that it has one handy feature that will save you time and disappointment – a sensor that will tell you whether the laser will work or not. Magic! Designed to work on medium to dark hair, anything else will be a no-no, but the sensor will indicate this before you attempt to fruitlessly laser your hair away, or not in this case.Pros
I’d recommend this unit for women in particular, because it will work on all areas, where as men will struggle to use this facially. Again, if you’re medium to dark haired, this will easily remove pesky hair, and if you’re not wanting a huge unit, this small, easy to use machine is a good first choice.
Be sure to watch this three part video review of the Tria 4X:
Remington is famous the world over for its brand, and you can be assured of quality, which is partly why this is high up on our list. Like all the systems we’ve chosen, it is FDA cleared, and it also has a sensor like the product above, so you can safely go forward with your treatment, knowing your skin isn’t going to suffer.Pros
This particular product is great for those who want a name they’re very familiar with, for peace of mind. The fame of the brand also makes it more readily available on the High Street. There isn’t much difference between our top system and the Remington, so it comes down to which brand you prefer.
The second Tria product in our top three! This particular product makes the grade because of how it specialises. Small and compact, this is great for reaching those nooks and crannies, which bigger units might have trouble getting to.Pros
This particular device is ideal for those wanting to reach smaller areas, so if you want to concentrate on the underarms, or particularly the bikini area, and you’re not so bothered about larger bodily areas, then go for this particular device.Runner-up
Narrowly missing out on a place on our coveted list is the BellaLite By Silk’n. Still a great value product, and fantastic for price, being lower than the others, this is a good choice regardless. Why didn’t it make our list? Basically because of the size of the device. Not so easy to move around, and probably a little bulky for those embarking on laser treatment for the first time. If you’re more experienced however, and if you’re targetting larger areas, then this is still a great choice.
Does laser hair removal work?
Yes! Laser hair removal has become hugely popular over recent years, and doing this at home cuts costs right down. The more you have it, the more your hair will become thinner, and eventually may not grow at all, but obviously this changes from person to person.
Is laser hair removal painful?
Not painful so much as uncomfortable. We mentioned before that many people liken it to having an elastic band pinged against the skin repeatedly. Some people find it more painful than others.
Does laser remove hair permanently?
This varies from person to person, but the more treatments you have, the more receptive your hair is to laser treatment, and the thinner it will become. Over time, yes it may become permanently removed.
How many treatments will I need?
Three to five treatments on average is recommended, but be sure to discuss this with your therapist if you’re in a salon, and follow instructions that come with your home unit, as everyone is different.
Is there a difference in home machines, compared to what the professionals use?
The end result is generally the same. The main difference between a home treatment and one done in a salon is that when someone highly trained is performing the treatment, you don’t have any worries, and you can sit back and relax. You do get what you pay for, so higher cost at home devices are going to be better than cheaper ones, and the higher cost ones will be more on par with those found in a salon.
Is laser hair removal safe during pregnancy?
This is a very grey area, and there isn’t much concrete evidence on its effects. Because of this, most doctors will recommend that you don’t undergo laser hair removal during the time you’re pregnant.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects tend to be mild in most cases, and will go down after a couple of days. It’s common in the first couple of days for your skin to feel a little sore or sunburnt, and cool compresses might help ease any soreness or tighteness.
In more severe cases of side effects, as rare as they are, you may experience swelling, redness and very rarely there may be scarring and blistering. If you have any concerns, speak to a health care professional, or if the sunburnt feeling goes on for longer than a couple of days.
So in conclusion ...
For anyone who finds their life affected by excess or irritating hair growth, then laser hair removal is a great choice. Whether you go for a home treatment or head to a salon, a few treatments can, and possibly will, leave the area permanently hair-free, which is a major bonus.