Before I begin what will inevitably be a ramble, let me give you a brief overview of my hair removal history. Shaving. That’s it. I’ve always stuck with the trusty razor – it’s become such a part of my shower routine that it doesn’t even feel like a chore. I guess the main reason I’ve never gone down any other hair removal route is laziness, but there’s also an underlying feeling of not wanting to get any of my ‘areas’ out for professional removal in a salon. So when I got the chance to give the Tria Laser Hair Removal 4x* a whirl, it was all a bit alien to me.
Despite my woeful ignorance when it comes to laser hair removal, even I can appreciate the stack of credentials this little machine has to its name. The Tria 4x is the first and only at-home hair removal laser of its kind – there is nowhere else that you can find a cordless, handheld laser for home use and certainly nowhere else you can get your hands on a device which features the same diode laser technology used by professional dermatologists. Beat that!
For a machine with so much power in it, I expected it to be heavier but Tria is pretty lightweight considering what it is. My arms ache more after blow drying my hair than they do after a zapping session with the Tria! There are 5 levels – intensity settings, I suppose you could call them – depending on how much of a glutton for punishment you are. Naturally, the hardcore among us who dive in at level 5 are going to see results quicker than those who take the softly-softly level 1 approach (as a terminally indecisive person, I stick to a comfortable level 3); but regardless of what pace you go, Tria guarantees completely permanent hair removal results in the end.
Using Tria couldn’t be any easier. To prep the skin for zapping, the area to be treated should be washed, shaved and towel dried prior to use (you can use Tria anywhere from your ‘tache downwards, although not on your lady garden – bikini line is fine). Hold down the button on Tria’s display screen to switch it on, then you’ll need to unlock it by placing the bottom of the unit against your skin. This is purely for safety reasons – laser hair removal treatment is not suitable for skin that is very dark. Choose your setting by pressing the button again, then you’re ready to go. Simply place the laser against the skin and… zap! Off it goes. I have a pretty average pain threshold, and level 3 doesn’t hurt. It can sting a little after overlapping the same area a few times, but certainly nothing unbearable; and you know what they say, no pain no gain. Tria bleeps each time it zaps so you know that laser fire was successful (it will make a Family Fortunes style ‘nope’ noise if the laser isn’t at the right angle against your skin), and when you fire many times in quick succession a cooling internal fan kicks in to prevent the unit from overheating. A counter on the screen lets you know how many zaps you’ve done in that session.
Laser hair removal, both with Tria and in a salon, works by targeting and disabling hair follicles. This means that, for best results, Tria should be used every two weeks in order to catch each and every follicle. Each follicle has a different growth cycle and following this timeframe means you should get ‘em all. I’ve been working on my underarms, and this really doesn’t take up a lot of time. I’d say I do about 50-60 zaps on each underarm, and it takes about 10 minutes – this is with careful overlapping to make sure I don’t miss any areas.
I’ve been using Tria for a few months now, and couldn’t be happier with the results. I have only done my underarms so far – I’m yet to muster the patience to start on my legs, but the results on my pits are so brilliant that I know I must get round to it. The idea of never having to shave my legs again fills me with inordinate joy! But back to the underarms – I would have a noticeable ‘five o’clock pit shadow’ under there literally every evening so shaving was a daily necessity. Now, I only have a very fine and sparse smattering of hair that needs a quick whizz with the razor each fortnight before my next Tria treatment. This is definitely in line with Tria’s claim that you will see a minimum 70% reduction in hair loss three weeks after your second treatment. I’d say I’m more like 90% there at this point, and another six weeks or so should do the trick and leave my underarms completely and permanently hair free. GET IN!
So, now we come to the bit you’re probably wondering about – how much does it cost? It’s certainly not one for an impulse buy at £375, but let’s consider that if you were to have a similar treatment done in a salon it would cost you considerably more than that for the number of required sessions, not to mention that you may have to go back for a top-up later on. £375 and Tria is yours to keep, forever and ever, and you can buzz away to your heart’s content in the comfort of your own home. If hair removal is the bane of your life and you love the idea of keeping it at bay on a permanent basis without spending an absolute fortune on regular waxes then I couldn’t recommend Tria more highly. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment.
You can buy Tria Laser Hair Removal 4x online in a selection of colours – mine is the Graphite model which is limited edition but still available along with other pretty colours like pink and lilac. But regardless of how this little machine looks, it bloody works and I am very, very impressed with it. Well done, Tria!