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December 4, 2009 5:09 PM   Subscribe

If it works, Tria Beauty would change my hairy life. Anybody have any experience with a home laser hair removal gadget?
posted by Foam Pants to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Your question intrigued me because I have been thinking about going back to complete some professional hair removal treatments, and they are quite expensive, even for small areas like chin and upper lip. I hadn't heard of the Tria. This article (and it's 4 sequels) describe the writer's experience with it, which was very successful.
posted by not that girl at 5:51 PM on December 4, 2009 [2 favorites]

hairfacts.comgenerally has well-researched information about different sorts of hair removal. The author seems to say that home laser gadgets don't work. A quick perusal of the Tria site didn't reveal what kind of laser it is, which makes it hard to evaluate.
posted by needs more cowbell at 6:29 PM on December 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

Here is a blog of a woman who thought it was too painful and time-consuming to be practical.
posted by halogen at 6:58 PM on December 4, 2009

In this day and age of frivolous product lawsuits I'm actually shocked this product is for sale. I would have thought any laser removal system that actually worked would have a powerful enough laser that there is no way it would be allowed to be used without a professional's supervision.
posted by sanka at 7:12 PM on December 4, 2009

Sanka, looks like it takes 2-4x as many treatments as in-office systems.
posted by mmdei at 7:56 PM on December 4, 2009

There is also a guy chronicling his attempts to eradicate his facial hair.
posted by timepiece at 9:16 PM on December 4, 2009

Response by poster: After having read the articles, it sounds like, while settings 1-3 are available, the laser isn't very effective on #1. The guy getting rid of his beard says that the pain isn't much different from having it done at the doctor's.
posted by Foam Pants at 9:13 PM on December 5, 2009

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