How to do laser hair removal at home

Tis’ the season for laser: Your laser hair removal questions answered

As you can imagine, Tria receives a lot of questions about our best-selling product; the 4X Hair Removal Laser. We teamed up with double board-certified Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Karan Lal, to help answer our top five laser hair removal questions that we receive. I’ve included quick links so you can hop to our YouTube video with Dr. Lal to hear him answer the questions himself! Let’s go!

How long does it take to see results with the 4X Laser? Why?

If you are familiar with at-home beauty devices, you may be aware that it does take time and dedication in order to see results. You also have to stay on a treatment schedule (see below: How often should I use the 4X Hair Removal Laser) so that you do not miss an opportunity to disable hair follicles that are in the anagen growth phase.
See us answer the question on YouTube

Hair growth phasesAccording to data collected from our customers and clinical studies, we are seeing that it can take 3 to 6 treatments to start noticing the hair loss. Because your hair follicles have to be in the anagen hair growth phase in order to be effective, it can vary from each person since all of our follicles are in different phases, and each person’s anagen phase can last different lengths of time. It can take 4-6 months’ worth of sessions to see the full results. The thicker and longer hair you have, the longer it can take, according to Dr. Lal. <!–more–>

Does numbing cream or gel work for pain management during laser treatment?

Apply lidocaine cream before doing laser to minimize painSee us answer this question on YouTube.

We get this question a lot. It’s totally understandable as we all tolerate pain in different degrees. Dr. Lal specifies that the hair follicle lies within the fat, so that is why you feel a slight zing when you use the Tria Hair Removal Lasers. He suggests using a lidocaine cream, like LMX 4%, and not a gel or roll-on solution. Dr. Lal also suggests applying a thick dollop and applying saran plastic wrap to help with absorption, wait an hour, wipe away with a cloth, then treat with the laser.

 

 

How often should I use the 4X Hair Removal Laser?

Click here to read our blost post that answers this questionTria 4X LED Screen!

Tria suggests using the hair removal devices once every two weeks, without skipping a treatment. I mentioned the anagen hair growth phase above to describe why it takes more than one session to see results. If you use the laser every day, which some customers had reported that they did, you are wasting not only your time, but laser pulses on your device.

It’s best to mark your calendar to make sure you don’t miss your date with the laser!

Can the 4X Hair Removal Laser help women with PCOS hair growth?

See Dr. Lal answer this question on YouTubePCOS Symptoms!

For women with PCOS, it can be very frustrating and embarrassing to go out in public in fear that someone may see the thick and coarse hair that can grow on the face. In a previous blog post, I talked about how the imbalance of sex hormones can cause uncontrollable facial hair growth in women.

Dr. Lal suggests doing electrolysis for permanent hair removal on the face, but explains that it is extremely painful and expensive. If you can afford it and could tolerate it, then go for it! But for those that want to be discreet and have the convenience of controlling hair growth at home, Tria’s hair removal lasers will do the trick. Keep in mind that you will have to treat the facial hair once every two weeks to control the growth, but it will not be permanent for those with PCOS.

Can men use the 4X Hair Removal Laser?

Man with smooth back

Of course! Tria recommends that men use the at-home hair removal lasers from the neck down, since treating facial hair can cause a burn due to the density. Men can safely treat chest hair, arms, under arms, top of hands, back, legs, and feet. We do not recommend that anyone use the laser near the genital area–anywhere outside of the bikini line is okay.

 

We hope this list helps you decide if Tria is the right product for you to use at home! If you have any questions, please reach out to our amazing customer care team here: customercare@triabeauty.com

Can you do hair removal laser on freckles?

Can you get laser hair removal over a tattoo, moles or freckles?

That pesky hair that is growing out of your mole–you hate it and want it to die. But, can you get laser hair removal over a tattoo, moles, or over your freckles? The answers are not very complicated, but there are reasons why you have to use caution when performing at-home laser hair removal. Let’s take a look!

How does laser hair removal work?

First, we need to understand how laser hair removal works. In basic terms, the laser beam from a hair removal device targets the pigment in the hair follicle on freshly shaven skin. The only way that the laser can find the pigment is if the skin tone is lighter than the pigment color of the hair. If the skin is darker than the hair’s pigment, or if the hair color has little to no pigment in it, the laser cannot find the hair follicle–resulting in the laser not treating those hairs.

Hairy mole
Don’t do it: Keep your hair removal laser away from moles.

So, because a mole can be dark brown or black, the melanin (the natural skin pigment) competes with the color of the hair, resulting in the laser targeting the skin of the mole and not the hair. If the laser targets the pigment in the mole, it can cause a burn, remove the mole from the skin, and yes, it will probably be painful.

With this in mind, you can imagine that the laser will also target the ink pigment in your tattoos–with possible burns and accidental tattoo removal. You definitely do not want to experience that sensation! <!–more–>

How can you avoid burning moles and tattoos?

White Eyeliner Pencil
Use a white kohl eyeliner pencil to cover moles.

If you are afraid that you will accidentally target a mole or a tattoo, there is a simple solution to keep yourself safe! There are a couple of ways to cover your moles, but you can use a white pencil (like a white kohl eyeliner pencil) to draw on the mole so that the laser does not detect the melanin. You can also use a white circle sticker to place over the mole during treatment, and just treat around the sticker.

For tattoos, it is easy to place white medical tape on the border of your tattoos so that you don’t accidentally target the ink zones.

Are freckles safe to laser?

Yes! You can go over your beautiful sunkissed freckled skin without harm. We suggest taking a good look through your freckle constellation and making sure there are no raised moles or very dark moles that could be present. You can draw over those areas with the white kohl pencil just to be on the safe side. Then you are ready to go blast away those hair follicles!

Arm with freckles

Still unsure? Call a dermatologist to make an appointment to ask if you are a candidate for laser hair removal. Once you get the green light, you can hop on our site and order your favorite Tria Hair Removal Laser.

See what dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal has to say about lasering over freckles!

 

Does laser hair removal work on all skin tones?

Does laser hair removal work on all skin tones and hair colors?

Growing up as a redhead, I could never understand why my body hair was dark brown on my legs, but it reddish-blonde everywhere else. I found myself shaving almost every other day just to rid my legs of the dark stubble that would creep back so quickly. At-home laser hair removal technology was not available when I was a teen, and I would have definitely taken advantage of it back then if it were!

Does laser hair removal work for everyone? The simple answer is no, but I will explain why and what options you have if it doesn’t work.

How laser hair removal works

How laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle
Tria’s 4X laser targeting a hair follicle

The technology behind how laser hair removal devices work is pretty straightforward. The laser beam from a hair removal device targets the pigment in the hair follicle on freshly shaven skin. The only way that the laser can find the pigment is if the skin tone is lighter than the pigment color of the hair. If the skin is darker than the hair’s pigment, or if the hair color has little to no pigment in it, the laser cannot find the hair follicle–resulting in the laser not treating those hairs.

This type of diode laser technology means that certain skin tones and hair colors will not be affected by the treatment. White or grey hair, blonde and red hair do not have enough pigmentation for the laser to target. Since I have different colors of body hair, I can treat my legs and wherever the hair is light brown to black, but the hair that is red or blonde, I cannot treat. If your hair is light brown to black, and your skin tone is pale to light tan, you are a great candidate for at-home laser hair removal.

Hair Growth Phases

Hair growth phases

Your hair color and skin tone are not the only factors that come into play with laser hair removal. Each hair on your body is in a different hair growth phase, and this is very important for successful laser hair removal. Let’s take a look at each phase and what it means for laser.

  • Anagen Phase

This is the growing phase of the hair and the only phase that laser hair removal will work on. Only 20% of your hair is in this phase at any given time, which is why you need to treat the hairs multiple times over a period of at least three months, or 5-6 treatments.

  • Catagen Phase

This phase happens right after the anagen phase has ended. The hair follicle stops producing and the hair remains intact.

  • Telogen Phase

During this phase, the hair is in a resting period for about three months. While there is a small amount of hair in this phase (about 10-15%) laser hair removal is not successful in this stage.

  • Exogen Phase

This phase is when the hair falls out. We shed about 50 to 100 hairs all over our body per day–it’s totally normal!

Keep in mind that you cannot tell which phase each hair is in just by looking–that is a mystery that only your body knows about!

Will Tria Lasers Work for You?

Tria Laser Skin ChartThe first step in deciding if Tria’s hair removal lasers will work for you is to take a look at the skin tone and hair color chart. The chart will guide you to make sure that your skin tone and hair color combination will work with diode laser technology.

As you can see here, the laser will work on pale to light brown skin tones, and only on black to light brown hair color. What could happen if your skin tone is darker than light brown and you used the laser? The answer is that the laser could target the skin instead of the hair and cause pain and damage. The great thing about the Tria at-home hair removal laser is that there is a safety feature on the device that only allows the laser to unlock when the skin tone is within a safe range.

You will still need to use precautions when using the laser over dark moles. You can purchase white circle stickers to place over the moles to make sure they will not get hit with the laser during treatments. Definitely avoid any tattoos!

What Type of Hair Removal Methods Work for Dark Skin?

The good news is that there are options for hair removal for those with dark skin tones. These options are available only in clinics and cannot be performed at home, so you will have to make an appointment and most likely go through a consultation first.

Nd: YAG Laser

Nd:YAG Laser

The Nd:YAG laser (also known as YAG) works by targeting the blood supply that is attached to the hair follicle. This laser works safely over darker skin tones as it does not target the melanin in the skin. Be prepared to go in for many sessions with this laser since the average sessions will be about 8 to 12 to achieve permanent results. As always, I remind you to do your research on the clinic you book–check reviews first! Depending on the area being treated, the average cost of these treatments are about $300 per session.

An illustration of electrolysis

Electrolysis

This method of hair removal will work on all skin tones and hair colors — this will work on blondes with light body hair and redheads! Electrolysis is highly effective technology, but there are some drawbacks that I’d like to mention when choosing this option. Unlike laser, this method works by manually placing a wire into the hair follicle underneath the skin. An electric current moves down the wire to destroy the hair follicle.

The person performing the procedure must be a licensed or certified electrologist that has a valid license to work within your state. It can take 8 to 18 months to see full permanent results with about 2-4 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. A common side effect in those with darker skin tones is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation that can take up to a year to fade. I also want to mention that electrolysis can be painful, even with numbing creams applied.

As with any hair removal method, regrowth is common and touch-ups are necessary. I wish you the best of luck on your hair removal journey! If you have any questions for Tria Beauty, please reach out at customercare@triabeauty.com

Who is the best candidate for at-home laser hair removal?

Check out our YouTube video interview with double-certified cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Karan Lal.

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Tria Beauty 4X Hair Removal Laser in Grey

Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser features that you need to know

When shopping for a potentially life-altering hair removal device, it can be challenging to make the right choice for you. But, what should be suitable for everyone is a device that is easy to use and has features that make it more convenient. The Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser has unique features among all other hair removal device brands, and I am here to show you what those are! Here are the top 5 features that you need to know:

The 4X Hair Removal Laser is Cordless

One of my favorite features of the 4X is that it is cordless. It seems simple enough, but most hair removal devices on the market are corded, which means you do not have the freedom to use them wherever you want. During one of my Facebook Live events, my guest was using her Tria 4X outdoors to treat the hair on her legs, and it looked like a very relaxing experience! I have customers reporting to me that they’ve used our lasers on planes to save time! If you remember corded telephones, then you know how annoying it is to be stuck against the wall talking to your BFF. Don’t forget that because the device is cordless, the internal rechargeable battery needs some TLC to keep it running smoothly. Just be sure not to store the device in your closet for long periods and charge it once at least every three months.

The LED Screen is Your Friend

Tria 4X LED ScreenI don’t know about you, but I always prefer a screen on a device that allows me to see important information such as battery life. When you turn the 4X Laser on, you can see how much battery power is left, the power level, and how many ‘shots fired’ you have completed during your session. The latter is essential to me to track progress. For instance, if I am doing my legs and I use 300 zaps one month, and the next month I use 200, that means I have less hair to zap! This is usually a good indicator to let you know that your treatments are working!

Laser Won’t Unlock Unless it’s Safe

Safety is a priority at Tria–did you know our lasers are FDA-Cleared? In the early 2000s, Tria conducted tests to ensure that the laser was safe for use at home and which body zones were the safest to treat. A feature was introduced to ensure that the laser was safe to use on a particular area utilizing a little red light on the bottom of the device. For instance, I had a customer tell me that after a summer vacation of tanning on the beach, her Tria 4X device would not unlock. This is because if your skin tone is darker than the light brown shade shown on the left chart, the laser will not detect the hair follicle, and there is a risk of burn.

Tria Laser Skin Chart

Try to remember that if you have tanned during the summer or used a self-tanner, utilize the safety unlocking feature to ensure that the areas you are treating are safe. I will simply turn off the device and back on again when moving on to another area of my body and have the device test the area I am about to treat.

Tria’s Lasers Are True Diode Lasers

Here’s one that creates mass confusion–are Tria’s lasers IPL or laser technology? There is an entire blog post about What is the difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL? Simply said: IPL is a big, broad flash of light (hence why you need to wear annoying goggles during treatments), and it is not as targeted as a diode laser. Don’t let the word ‘laser’ fool you when you see ads on YouTube and Google when the device advertised is really just IPL. Tria’s 4X laser delivers 3 times more energy than IPL, resulting in more permanent hair removal. Facts.

Five Power Levels for Comfort

It is true that the higher the power level setting is set on the 4X, the faster the results will be. For a lot of us, we need to power down a bit in order to feel comfortable. Personally, I can handle level 3 on my face, but I can power up to 5 for other areas, such as my legs. The fact that you can choose your power level to accommodate certain body parts is wonderful! You have 5 levels to choose from on the 4X, and you can definitely use a level 1 to start out with and work your way up as you start losing hair or get used to the sensation. The denser the hair is in a particular area, the more you will feel the power! Always start out with level 1 when treating an area you haven’t treated before to see how it feels, then work your way up.

Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal Talks Tria: His Favorite Features

Watch our YouTube interview with Dr. Lal below to see which features he loves about the Tria 4X!

Laser Hair Removal Summer Tips

Laser Hair Removal Summer Tips

Waiting all year for the glory of the summer sun is definitely a highlight for those finally coming out of quarantine. While some of us are still waiting for our community pools and beaches to open, there are a lot of people wondering how to tame hair growth before stepping out in their short shorts. There are many customers coming to us saying they’ve been waiting forever to get into a laser hair removal clinic, and turned to Tria Beauty for their at-home hair removal needs while on lockdown. (Thank you!) Now that the sun has made its appearance, there are a few tidbits you should know about before starting your laser hair removal journey for the summer.

We’ve wrangled some handy guidelines from our wonderful customer care team here at Tria as well as tips from the experts at Boomboombrowbar.com.

TIP #1 – Minimize or avoid sun exposure

As we all know, sun exposure makes your skin more sensitive, especially during the summer months. When you are frolicking about on the beaches in Hawaii, your skin will become more sensitive to heat than ever–think about that time when you had a sunburn and took a hot shower–ouch!! Since hair removal lasers use heat, the treatment will not only sting, but it may cause burns and even scarring. Not worth the risk! Avoid the sun at least 24 to 48 hours before and after sun exposure, and definitely do not treat any areas with a sunburn.

Keep in mind that the areas that could be the most sensitive to the sun are the face, arms, hands, feet, and legs. For men that worship the sun, that could possibly be the chest and back area.

To help minimize sun exposure, always wear sunscreen! Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen that shields you from both UVB and UVA rays. To keep your skin hydrated while using your laser, use the pre-treatment Soothing Gel, available in the 4X and Precision Laser Deluxe Kits.

TIP #2 – Avoid tanning

In order to effectively use our at-home hair removal lasers, there needs to be contrast between your skin tone and the body hair in order for the laser to target the melanin in the hair. Tanning the skin, whether you are doing sunless self-tanner, spray tanning, tanning beds, or tanning with the natural sun, your skin tone may become darker than your body hair color.

To find see if you are a candidate for at-home laser hair removal with Tria, you can scroll down on this page to see our skin tone and body hair color chart.

TIP #3 – Use caution when exfoliating

Because laser hair removal will cause your pores to open, you want to let your skin heal for at least 48 hours. Try to avoid the sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool, or ocean swimming. You also want to avoid exfoliating your skin for about 5 days following your treatment. No loofah or scrubby sponges, salt or sugar scrubs for at least 5 days.

What do you think of these summer tips for laser hair removal? Drop us a message or question on our Instagram or Facebook page!

Watch our video from Instagram Live going over these summer tips and more!