Lasers are the stuff of science fiction and many people seem to agree with that. However, they are making their way into our lives in dramatic ways. Do you not want hair? Laser hair removal at home will remedy that. Do you regret a tattoo? Get some laser on that. Is there something wrong with your eyes? Laser will correct that.
There is no end to what we can come up with to make it easy for us to do some things. Technology is moving at an unprecedented rate and we need to make sure that we know what is useful for us and how to utilize it.
Hollywood has had some wild ideas about the use of laser and some of those things, though accurate in a hypothetical sense, may be misleading.
There are so many functions for the laser technology and one of them is relevant to the hair industry. That is what we are going to look at today. When the first laser became operational, I do not think that they knew someone was going to use it to remove hair, let alone tattoos.
Therefore, here we go.
Table of Content
- 1 Laser Removal At Home: Should You Do It?
- 2 The Popularity of Laser Hair Removal At Home
- 3 Laser Technology Vs Intense Pulsed Light
- 4 A Special Surprise at the End
- 5 The Top 5 Best Laser Hair Removal at Home Products
- 6 Some Things You Need To Know When Shopping
- 7 In Conclusion
Laser Removal At Home: Should You Do It?
Many people have decided that laser removal at home is the way to go when it comes to hair removal. This is something that you can do with zero to no assistance. I just repeated myself there, did you notice?
All right, there are some disadvantages or glitches with this kind of thing. There is no technology that just works all the time especially when it is new and pioneering some of the best military inventions of this age.
This technology has not had all the kinks removed yet or some people would say there is no reason for you to use this as a hair removal method. However, you will find some of the things to have exaggerations in terms of how dangerous this might be.
This process takes time to complete and the fact that it is expensive also does not help.
I do not want to Mr. Doom and Gloom over here but these are just some of the concerns of doing laser hair removal at home.
The Popularity of Laser Hair Removal At Home
Now, you might be wondering; if this technology is that kinked, why then is it so popular? I would answer this in a vague way and say; ‘why is anything popular?’ However, I am not an idiot and I recognize that there are good things that can come out of doing this.
Key among the advantages would be the fact that, with laser hair removal at home, you can stay hair-free for months and sometimes-even years. This method has less pain levels than waxing.
There is some pain when using this and that is why they made numbing cream for the users. However, the thing is that, you will not need the cream for long. At some point into this procedure, you will get used to the way that the ‘zaps’ work.
If you are one of the people who imagine ‘melting flesh’ when the word laser comes up, you will be glad to know that there can be different types of laser. The ones that used for laser hair removal at home are the ‘kind’ ones. They will not melt your face or anything like that.
Professionals who do this as a business will charge you ridiculous amounts of money to do this when these machines that aid in laser hair removal at home exist. You will save yourself a lot of trouble and a lot of money if you buy the gadget yourself.
There are some things that you must know though and I will detail them in the course of this article.
Laser Technology Vs Intense Pulsed Light
Laser technology is broad and dangerous and seldom gets applied to laser hair removal at home kits. That is why you will find that only the first entry in this list uses this technology. The rest of them have something that is quite similar but less potent in terms of effects.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the technology that is similar to laser, used in these gadgets. It is safe and it does not have the dire effects that you may have cooked up in your laser nightmares.
Therefore, how do you know what to buy in a market that is crowded by several brands that are knock-offs of the real thing? You read a review that is comprehensive and that is what we have here. Let us get into the meat of what we are looking at and see what is important.
A Special Surprise at the End
When you look at most of these that are on this list, you will find that most of them do not work on typically black skin. That is why we have a special surprise at the end. If you have dark skin, do not worry, there is at least one of these machines that will not ‘discriminate’.
Don’t get any ideas that some ‘White Supremacists’ somewhere are conspiring to deny you the privilege of laser hair removal at home. It is science. The kinks are still being worked out.
The Top 5 Best Laser Hair Removal at Home Products
This list is based on reviews that have been left by the users, the functionality of these products and the prices among other things. This is all about finding something that works for everyone in an efficient way.
Tria Beauty Hair removal Laser 4X
There is no laser hair removal at home gadget that is quite like this one. It literally belongs to the top of this list and that is without question. This was the first of its kind to get approval for laser hair removal at home use. You will find that it has had no bad history or anything like that.
- FDA Approved
The FDA approved it for use and deemed it safe long before any of the competitors came along. For something to get approval on such a large scale and be deemed safe by the FDA, it takes a lot of testing and years of research.
The safety standards are high on this one and it uses the same laser diode technology used by pros in the salons. The pros in the salons will charge you a lot of money for something that you can do at home with this one.
- Auto-Lock When Skin Tone is Too Dark
Most lasers will not work on dark-toned skin. Does that make them racist lasers? I do not know. The point is that this one happens to be idiot proof for the people who might think about overdoing it. Tria has made sure that it is properly for laser hair removal at home.
The skin-sensor that is built into it will sense when the skin is too dark and lock itself. If it is safe for you, the machine will beep and then it will unlock itself. In any other case, it will stay locked and you will not be able to use it.
- Digital Interface
When you have been approved by Tria here for use, she (I think Tria is a woman), will go on to guide you using the awesome user interface that has been built into it. There are setting for the strength of what you want. Laser hair removal at home becomes safe with this one.
There are five levels of power on it. When you start, you will need to make sure that you start low. Then, you will increase power when appropriate. There are instructions that you will need to read before you start using this one.
The required number of pulses will also be monitored to make sure that you do not go overboard with it.
- Ergonomic Design
Let us start with the fact that this one is cordless and work our way up from there. The design allows you to use it easily. You can hold it and feel that it balances in your hand. The head is small for ease of targeting. There are some areas of the body that need some finesse.
The head being small is better than if it were big because with this one, you can work on areas like the bikini line. The legs might take longer but better safe than…whatever damage laser does when overused.
Laser hair removal is not a quick process and therefore, you should not worry about the time that it will take you to cover some areas. Take it easy I say.
- To Infinity and…Wait
This machine will run out of flashes. That’s right. It has just 90,000 flashes and that will last you a few years. You will need to buy a new unit after that though. There is no replacement cartridge for this one.
This is the difference between this one and the others. There is no maintenance though that is required when you have a machine like this one. Other cartridges will give you only 1000-5000 flashes. That is not a lot when you compare them with Tria.
If you do the math, the number of cartridges you will have to buy to match Tria are many.
How Effective Is Tria?
She is quite good. The results will work better with time. After a few weeks, you will begin to see the hair getting less dense on the areas that you have been working on. In 3 months’ time, the hair that will grow will be lighter and the density will have gone down.
The results only get better from that point onwards. This machine does what it is marketed to do.
Remington iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz Hair Removal System
This is one of them but it uses IPL to do the job. There is no actual laser like in the first one. As I said, the first one on the list is the only one that uses actual laser technology. Most of the gadgets that uses IPL for laser hair removal at home are less potent than this one.
That is the reason why you will find the features here to be a little different than the ones that you say in the first one.
- Quartz Light
With others in this category, you will find that they tend to use the flashes from regular light bulbs and that is not effective. It will take a long time to get anything done. That is why, quartz light has been used here. It will give you the kind of results that you are looking for.
The model that we have here can only be used on the body if you care about safety. There is one for the face.
This kind of light will give you results fast.
- Period Taken
You will find that this one does not take long as compare to the others. You cannot put it in the same level as Tria because she is badass but the Remington sure does try its best. The time taken will be longer because of the IPL system. They are not every strong.
That is why most people tend to go for Tria.
The thing about this one is that you will cover a lot of area but there is the issue of accuracy. You cannot accurately target some areas like the bikini line well. That is why you will need to make sure that you have been careful where you use it.
The larger head will give you more covered area. The work covered is twice as much as when you are using the Tria. Don’t try to use it for specific areas like the bikini line because there is a possibility this could go wrong very fast.
- Skin Tone Sensor
When you are using IPL, there is a limit too for the skin tone. That is why you will need to make sure that you have the right kind of skin tone before you use this one. It will turn off when you have overly dark skin.
This is very useful when you are not sure what you are supposed to do. Always read the instructions before you start.
The job of trying to make sure that you have targeted the areas well is grueling sometimes and you will need something that you can hold easily. That is why this one has been built in a shape that is small like a mouse. That is how you will be able to handle it without any problems.
With this one, you will have a cartridge with 30,000 flashes before it runs out. This means that you can have a year of these treatments before you have to refuel. With this one, you have a cartridge that can be replaced and that is how you will get to go on. With Tria, you will have to get a new Tria.
- Pain Levels
With the iLIGHT, you will have less painful treatments and that is something that I think a lot of people will appreciate. This one is corded and you will not have to worry about charging when you are in the middle of killing your hair.
Philips Lumea Comfort IPL Hair Removal System
There are so many models of everything in the market. That is why some of them mare made for people who will want something that is within a budget that makes sense to them. For example, at my level, I will need to wait before I buy the Tria or the iLIGHT Remington.
For people like us, there is the Philips Lumea Comfort IPL Hair Removal System. It stays within the budget very easily.
- Record Time
When you but the others, you will find that they have a limited number of flashes. The tria has 90,000. Compare that to the 200,000 flashes that Philips claim you can get out of this one and you have a record. This is not a cartridge type of deal and you will need to buy a new one when this one is done. It can last a very long time.
- Glide/Slide and Flash
This is a mode of use that is not seen on any of these products. All you will need to do when you have this one is glide it over the skin and it will flash as you go. Laser hair removal at home has never been easier. You will have no trouble using this one.
List Price: $269.00
- Stamp Mode
What is I want to work on my bikini line? Well, there is a mode on this one that is named Stamp Mode that allows you to work on small areas. This means that you will have no trouble getting the accuracy that you will need for the sensitive areas where the action has to be localized.
- Intensity Modes
When you are working with something like this, you will want to know what kind of intensity that you will use for each of the areas that you work on. That is why this one has been fitted with five intensity modes that will allow you to work seamlessly while gaining the kind of results that you need.
There is a skin sensor that will also make sure that you do not use this on the wrong skin. Laser technology is very specific in terms of how it works.
Using IPL will always mean that you will have to wait longer to get the results that you are looking for but that is not an issue. With this one, you will have a lot of flashes to work with and with time, you will see the results.
It works, just not as fast as you may have imagined. The efficiency is proven though.
- Trial Period
Philips have offered you a 180 day trial period when you have this one and that is how you will be able to get to see if it works or not. This means that you will not fork out money for something that will later turn out to be a failure.
There are no worries when you get this one for yourself. However, this is for the US purchasers only as of typing this sentence. Check to see if that has changed.
Silk’n Flash and Go Hair Removal Device Original
This is the model that has dominated the medium range market for a long time now. That is because it is the least expensive in this list when compared to what you get out of the deal. There are others that are in its family and they work quite well too.
We will look at the whole family in this portion. But first…we look at the main man.
With a shape like a police speed radar, it has everything that you will need to maneuver quickly over the body. This will make it easy for you to finish the process with ease and without having to struggle much.
- FDA Approved
Like all the others, this one is also approved by the FDA for use. You will not have to worry about it being unsafe or anything.
This will mean that you will not have to worry about power unless you don’t have any of that coming out of the sockets in your house.
- Skin Sensor
For safety, this one has a sensor that will make sure you do not use it on the wrong skin and that is why you will find it easy to know when you are supposed to use it. This is standard issue in almost all of them.
With this one, you will have about 5000 flashes before the cartridge runs out. There are the cousins of this one that do not have replacement cartridges but they are more expensive.
This machine can be used on the face. However, the head is a bit big and you will need to use caution when working on yourself. There is also a lifetime upgrade cartridge that can give you 120,000 flashes.
Cousin Number #1- Silk’n Compact & Express Models
When it comes to the kind of skin that you need to have to be able to use one of these machines, the science gets tricky. That was until this company decides to make one of these that works on almost any of the skins that most people have.
These models do not have replacement cartridges though but the compact version will give you 150,000 flashes. The advanced version will give you 300,000 flashes.
Cousin Number #2 Silk’n Infinity 400,000- For Almost All Skins
This one is a miracle! I am exaggerating of course but you can use it on almost any type of skin. There is a chart that will let you know which color you are and if you fall in the category of people that can use this one.
This product is only unusable for people with black skin (Type IV) and white or grey hair on the Fitzpatrick Scale. Probably in a few years, we are going to have one that works on all skins.
The Special Tech of Silk’n Infinity
With this one, they decided to use something called the Galvanic and Optical energy types to disable the hair follicles. That is how you will be able to inhibit the growth of hair over a long period of time.
Tanda Me my Elos Syneron
I know what you have been thinking up to this point, ‘Laser is racist!’ I understand your frustrations and that is why I have this one for you. It is a special kind of laser hair removal at home tech that is called ELOS. It has been used extensively for all the skin types that you can think of.
This is the ‘color blind’ version of IPL. The work the same as this one with the exception that this one will work on any skin.
- Half a Million Flashes
Can you believe that? This is a quartz flash that will give you half a million flashes and that is how you will be able to get what you need in a timeline that you can be comfortable with. With the head that it has, it can be used for so much work.
- Whole Body Use
When you have most of the ones that you have seen above, they do not work on your face and that is the reason why you will have to find something that does. With this one, you will be able to work on both the face and the rest of the body.
With the large head that it has, you will find it easy to get what you need in terms of results.
*You have to know that men should not use this for their facial hair removal.
- Clear Instructions
When you buy this one, you will find that it has the clearest instructions on the cover and the box. This way, you will have no problem knowing the details of how it works and how you can utilize it for your laser hair removal at home.
This model has a warranty of two years and that is how you will get to have what you need in terms of risk reduction. This will ensure that you get your money’s worth with no worries that you may be getting swindled out of anything.
Like I said, there was a surprise at the end and this is it. The machine that will work for you in your laser hair removal at home without discriminating the skin color. Technology will get better, hold on.
Some Things You Need To Know When Shopping
When you are shopping, some things are more important than others and you will need to be wise with your purchases. There is so much that you can do to improve the quality of what you will buy. This is what you need to keep in mind to know what you should buy.
- Skin Tone– When you go shopping for one of these, you will need to make sure that you have the right skin tone for the machine that you are about to buy. FDA rates the ones that are suitable for you.
- Hair Color– Blonde people will not have an easy time when it comes to this one. The systems have a hard time detecting the pigmentation on their hairs and that is why the dark haired people will see results faster and better than the blonde or white-haired people.
- Price- When you go to buy this one, you need to look at how much the treatments with doctors will cost and how much you will save in the long run when you buy one of these. You will need something that falls in the price range that will be healthy for you.
- Ongoing Costs- There are some which are sold like printers. They come cheap but when you look at the running costs over time, they will cost you more that you need to pay for this kind of service. That is why you will need to make sure that you have computed this cost too.
There is not much to say after this because now you have a list and that is basically all that you need to ensure that you have the best kit for yourself.
Now that we have come to the end of this one, you will find that it is easy for you to get one of these gadgets. There is nothing to worry about now that you have this thing to guide you. The only things that you need to keep in mind is that you have to buy something that is FDA approved.