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Body hair: I am yet to meet someone who isn't irked by it. We all either wish we didn’t have it at all or remove all of it as soon as it grows, knowing well that we cannot wish it away. I loathe it as much as the next person, which is why I am always on the lookout for the most effective and safest methods of getting rid of it. Laser hair removal is the go-to option for most people. It is not cheap, but it sure is worth every penny.
Most people find solace in beauty salons, which offer these much-needed laser hair removal services at prohibitive prices! What if you did not have to pay heftily to be hairless? What if you could get the same results as those offered in the spas without leaving the comfort of your home?
We look at reviews below of ten of the best laser hair removal at home that you could save you from frequenting the expensive spas and salons. The idea is to give you an unbiased review of the best laser hair removal machines available to enable you to make a decision.
All these products are FDA approved, which I highly recommend before you spend your hard-earned money.
The Difference Between Laser, IPL and HPL Hair Removal
Before we dive into the review, I’d like to point out that the term “laser” is a more commonly known term for hair removal and it’s very loosely used. Many people refer to the term “laser” even though they are referring to either Intensed Pulsed Light (IPL) or Home Pulsed Light (HPL) treatments.
So, in this review, we will be covering the best “laser” hair removal devices on the market that are built of these three different types of technology.
- Intensed Pulsed Light (IPL)
- Home Pulsed Light (HPL)
Laser Hair Removal
As the word suggests, laser technology utilizes light. A beam of concentrated light is applied into the skin follicles. The pigment in the hair follicles absorbs that light and the resulting heat destroys the hair. Laser has many benefits, chief among them being that it is very effective on hair removal, with up to 90% reduction in hair re-growth.
When administered by a professional, laser could set you back thousands of dollars. These products from Tria are some of the best home laser hair removal machines on the market.
Features I like about this product
- It is FDA approved.
- It has five energy levels for diversity.
- It favors a variety of hair textures and colors, though not very well on dark and deeply brown skin.
- It is safe to use on your face as well as your body.
- As noted, this machine works well with some skin tones but not on others. It does not favor black and very brown tones. Also, it is quite costly, but worth it.
To start with, hair removal with the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X is a painless affair. You get rid of your body and facial hair permanently at no pain at all in the comfort of your home! How great is that? The diode ray technology enables this property-the permanent hair removal ability. It is safe to use (as confirmed by the FDA approval) and will not harm your skin at all.
It has a skin-tone detector, which lets you know whether it is compatible with your skin tone. You can use it before you buy the machine, just to be sure that you are spending your money on a worthy investment. The Tria 4X does well with a variety of skin tones but does not remove hair permanently from black or very brown skin.
The device is easy to use and works quite fast. When you open the box, you find a battery life indicator, a skin tone sensor, power button, a pulse counter, and a treatment intensity button and the lock. The intensity settings are up to five, and you may be tempted to start lower as you work your way up.
The thing I found out was that level five is the best, and contrary to what you may fear it is painless. The sensations could not even qualify to be called stings. At level five, you work faster, and the results are simply amazing. This intensity level is safe to use for your bikini line too.
Features I like about this product
- Aesthetics and size.
- FDA cleared and dermatological approved
- It delivers its 70 percent promise within the said timeline.
- Easy to use at home and it comes at a friendly price.
Features That Could Be Improved
- The short battery life (15 minutes max).
At first sight, you will fall hopelessly in love with Tria Laser Precision. It is compact, ideal for facial hair removal and for zapping the private area. It is a lightweight, so you will have an easy time using it. This machine promises to get rid of 70 percent of your hair, facial or bodily, in three months. I have witnessed this happened, as about 60 percent of my facial hair is gone, only two months into use.
Because of its size and short battery life, this laser machine is ideal for the small parts of the body. Upper lip, the chin, underarms, the bikini line, areas about the boobs, and overall face are the best candidates. It has a portable charger, so you can fire it up and use even on other parts of the body if you wish.
This product works well, but only if you follow the instructions to the letter (they are but a few). You are advised to use it twice a month for three months. If you follow this religiously, you will see favorable results in the stipulated timeline.
This laser machine is priced leniently, and is suitable for people with busy schedules, or those who travel frequently. It is so small that you will fit it in any place without a problem.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Just as is with laser treatments, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) uses beams of light. A wavelength is emitted into the skin, which absorbs it and heats up. The heat then kills the cells that make hair. The wavelengths range from 400 to 1200 nanometers.
The major difference between laser and IPL is the amount light used. IPL beams wavelengths of light on the skin, where this light is absorbed and heats up the skin to kill the growing hair. It take longer to see results in IPL than laser.
Features I Like
- The crucial FDA approval.
- The multiple energy levels.
- Long-lasting results.
- It emits light in wavelengths, so it is faster.
- You cannot use it on the face.
- You have to plug it in, so you cannot use it in areas with no electric power.
The Remington iLIGHT Pro is not only light but also small and easy to handle. It comes with a cord, so all you have to do is plug it in and work your way to a less hairy you (not battery charged, thank goodness). It has 1500 flashes per blub, so it works quite fast on large parts of the body. It targets the pigment, so a variety of skin tones except for the darker kind, in which plenty of pigment is present works well.
As with other devices, this machine is skin-sensitive, and you have the skin tone sensor to help you know whether you are compatible. If you are, this machine, which is one of the best hair removal devices on the market, will help you reduce your body hair by up to 70 percent for six months. That sounds good, right? Six months that you do not have to worry about shaving your legs. You can share it with the man in your life as it is ideal for both genders.
The Remington iLIGHT Pro is recommended for use on areas below the chin. You are not advised to use it on your face, as you could hurt yourself. It is priced right, so I see it as a good investment worth its money.
- You can use it on both the face and the body.
- The cartridge lasts long.
- It works fast, reducing hair growth in only three months.
- It works best on people with black hair. This technology does not favor darker skins and light hair types.
The instructions for use are quite simple: use LumaRx two times a month for three months then sit back and watch your hair re-growth reduce drastically (by up to 80%, according to the manufacturer). With most IPL devices, you are advised not to use them on the face (but some people still do, albeit cautiously), but this device has settings for the face. It is therefore quite safe to use.
It is ideal for medium to light skin tones. It features an impressive 65,000 flashes per blub, which is the best among the competition. It weighs a little heavier at 4.6 pounds, but it is designed in a way that you can handle it with ease. It is the plug-in kind, so no need for batteries.
It has two treatment settings, a 3-second flash for the body and a 4-second flash for the face. It is easy to use, with only a handful of parts that need working. It may cost quite a neat figure, but you will get the value for your money in the quality of work that it will do.
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- It works fast.
- The cap does not every need change.
- It has a skin tone detector.
- You can use it for the entire body.
- As is with the IPL technology, it works best with black hair.
The Philips Lumea Comfort IPL System has multiple settings. Unlike other machines that require you to change the lamp after a while of usage, this one has a 100, 000 flashes and does not need changing. The manufacturer promises you six years of full body service without needing to change anything on the machine. It leaves clean results that lead a reduction of hair re-growth in just two months.
It is FDA cleared and clinically tested before being along to the market. To make it ideal for almost all skin types, this machine has five settings, for use by people with sensitive skin, to medium and those who can tolerate high levels of treatment intensity. You are required to use it twice a month and monitor the effect in two months. Your skin not only has less re-growth, but it also improves its appearance, thanks to the laser technology.
It does not come with a warning not to use it on the face. You can, therefore, use it on your entire body, changing the temperature settings if you need to make it easier on the face. The skin tone detector indicates if your skin is compatible. Due to the nature of IPL, highly pigmented skin tone are not favored. Light colored hair types too have a hard time.
If your skin and hair match the idea for use with this machine, it is an excellent buy that won’t cost you too much.
Veet has been around for a while, bringing us various types of products for grooming. When I found out about their IPL hair removal machine, I jumped at the chance to use and review it. The Veet Infini'Silk Pro device has not disappointed.
Features that I like
- It is inexpensive.
- It is aesthetically appealing.
- Easy to handle and use on most parts of the body.
- Safe for use as it is FDA approved.
- It runs out of flashes, as you would have to change the cap.
First, I must say that I like the simple, minimal design and color. It is quite small, so portability is the thing here. I love that it is not battery-charged, so all you have to do is plug it in and zap away.
It has five settings. If you can stand discomfort, you can crank it up to 5, but 4 would be ideal as the heat in 5 makes you a bit uncomfortable. These heat settings cater to all skin types, so you can comfortably use it on sensitive to highly tolerant types. It works fast, especially on the higher levels. Be keen, though, not to cause yourself harm when using these high levels.
If your skin tone is light and your hair black or some shades of dark, this product will work perfectly. It has a skin tone detector, so you have no worries of spending money on a machine that will not work for you.
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- It has 500,000 flashes per cartridge.
- The protective cap is already installed.
- It is FDA approved, so safe for use.
- It is not battery powered.
- Multiple heat settings.
- It is quite expensive.
- With all IPL treatments, it gets uncomfortable as the heat is absorbed.
The first time I saw this beauty, Elos Touch Advance Hair Removal, I marveled at the price. I thought it was too highly priced until I learned that it was ideal for all skin types and colors. I do not think you can put a price on that. It is one of the most advanced home hair removal machine out there.
It has 500,000 flashes, which means that you can use it for its useful lifetime without the need to change its cap. It does not need batteries. All that is required of you is to plug it in and get on with your zapping.
This feature just makes me smile; it is safe for use on the entire body. Your face will be just fine. Every part of your body with unwanted hair will benefit from using this product. In 4-7 treatments, you will see some clear changes in the re-growth of your hair (with up to 89 percent reduction).
It comes with a 2-year warranty and an additional lamp. It also has additional 300,000 flashes if you ever need them. I have done four treatments so far and the results are amazing. My skin looks much better and the re-growth is tame. I noticed that the new growth is also quite soft, especially in the armpits.
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Home Pulsed Light (HPL)
HPL is your home version of IPL. It has no much difference with the commercial IPL, only that you have the machine that you can work with at home without going to the spas.
- FDA Approved.
- Ideal for sensitive areas such as the bikini line
- A handle that makes it easy to work with.
- It is light.
- Favors lighter skin tones and pigmented hair.
The Silk'n Flash&Go Hair Removal Device features a handle that makes it look bulky but easier to manage and navigate parts of the body. I later learnt that it is not bulky at all-weighs less than 2 pounds. It is ideal for the entire body, so you won’t have to worry about burning your face. It has multiple heat-sensation settings, ranging from the lowest for sensitive skin to higher levels of 5 for skin than can handle a little more heat.
It gets uncomfortable because there is heat involved and the higher you pulse it the more heat is absorbed, but the good news is that it does not last for long.
You will need at least two sessions per month to see the desired results, which should be clear in two months. Your re-growth is expected to reduce by 80 percent. Not bad for a job done from home.
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- Quite fast as it covers a large area
- Can be used by both women and men
- It has three laser lamp cartridges.
- It takes longer to see the results since pulsed light is gentler. It also works well with pigmented hair and light skin tones.
- It is squared, so it could be a tad hectic to handle.
The BellaLite Hair Removal device is designed to cover large areas at a go, which makes it energy efficient. You spend less time in one area. It also does not need maintenance for as long as six months, since the cartridge would not have been depleted. It comes with three cartridges, one pre-installed while the two spares are aside for use later.
It is gentle enough to use on the face, with several reviewers noting that it is quite effective on the facial hair. It is FDA approved and clinically tested for use by humans without harm. It does take a little linger to see the results because the wavelengths emitted differ. If you use it at least twice a month, you will notice a 70 percent reduction on your hair growth in 3 months. This duration differs depending on your hair type. Those with thick hair take longer to notice a significant change.
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- Has a large head for fast zapping.
- Has a cord, so no use of a battery.
- FDA cleared.
- Some sensation, but no pain.
- It takes long to see results.
- You need to refill the cartridges.
The pink calls you from a distance. It makes it girlie. The Silk'n SensEpil Hair Removal Device has the largest head in its category, making it a fast worker when zapping large parts. It takes you a maximum 30 minutes to go through your whole leg, thanks to the surface.
While the manufacturer says it takes as few as 6 treatments to see a reduction in re-growth, it could take longer. Most people (myself included) will tell you that it takes at least 8 sessions to see significant change. It depends on among other things the texture and amount of hair that you have.
It has five settings, which give you the freedom to choose the setting with which you are most comfortable with. If you can put up with some heat, level 5 is ideal. I found this hair removal machine to be close to painless. The only twitches I got here and there happened when I was zapping under the arm, but I could not call them painful.
I prefer the cord to recharging batteries. You only have to plug in and zap away, and you never have to worry about running out of charge. What I do not like much is having to refill the cartridges that get depleted after two full body treatments.
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What Do I Recommend?
This journey to hairless freedom has me using every product that I think could be better in performance. I have used each of the products in this review, and my favorite of all times remains Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X. Maybe my decision is based on my bias for laser, but it could also be because this was the first product that I used when I embarked on this journey. It has reduced my re-growth by 95%!
The other product that I have found to be quite interesting is Elos Touch Advance Hair Removal because it works well with all skin tones and hair pigments. I have done my bit, now go ahead and choose the product and technology that best suit you.