Have pesky hairs popping up on your chin or upper lip? Are you sick and tired of spending time going to bi-weekly wa or laser appointments? If you're shaking your head "yes," the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X may be the solution you've been looking for. It features the same type of laser technology dermatologists use to zap away hair, and it's the first FDA-approved laser hair removal system approved for home use.
Better yet, it's majorly discounted for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It usually retails for $449, but now through August 5th, it's just $299! Read the Tria review below to find out what makes the tool so popular and decide if it's right for you.
I first noticed dark, coarse hairs growing on my chin when I was in junior high. I grabbed a pair of tweezers from my mom's makeup bag to pluck the hairs away, and prayed they'd never come back. But within days, they'd sprouted back up. They looked like little bamboo shoots in my magnifying mirror. As if my
By the time I got to college, my skin had cleared up and I'd learned how to smooth out my curls, but the chin hairs had never stopped growing. Turns out this runs in my family — my mom, my aunt, and my grandmother are all cursed with hairy chins.
Besides tweezing, I tried so many other ways to get rid of my facial hair. I tried Nair (totally useless), professional wa and threading (painful and kind of expensive), and an epilator (ouch!). I even ordered Nad's, the at-home wa kit with the late-'90s infomercial featuring a bearded Australian lady (at least I don't have it as bad as she does, right?). At best, these products cleared my hairs away for a week or two, and at worst, they gave me skin rashes and didn’t even work at all.
So when I had the opportunity to test out the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X, I was skeptical that it would actually help me. But it sounded promising: the device features the same type of diode laser technology dermatologists use to zap away hair, and it's the first FDA-approved laser hair removal system approved for home use. (One important note: the Tria isn't safe to use on dark skin tones.)
I was worried the Tria would be tricky to use, but it was simple straight out of the box. First, you unlock the device by placing the sensor on any exposed patch of skin. Then, you select the power level you can tolerate — the higher the level, the more painful zap you feel on your skin — and get to work. You have to move the laser head in small increments to ensure you hit every hair follicle, so my chin would take about three to five minutes to complete.
Every other Saturday for several months, I would wake up, wash my face, and do a Tria session. It was uncomfortable — it felt like having a rubber band snapped against my skin, over and over again — but within the first two or three sessions, I noticed results. First, my hair growth slowed, and then the hairs that came in got thinner and thinner.
Eventually, I realized that my chin hairs had completely stopped growing, save for a few blonde wisps, and I stopped using the Tria. It's been about two years, and I'm still mostly hair-free, though I did have to do a few touch-up sessions earlier this year when I noticed darker strands starting to pop up again.
This may seem overly dramatic, but it's true — using the Tria seriously changed my life for the better. I used to feel constantly paranoid that people would notice my hair (especially the guys I was dating), and I don't even want to know how many hours over the years that I spent examining my face in my magnifying mirror. I still have a nervous tick where I feel my chin for new hairs, and it's always a huge relief to remember that I won’t find any anymore.
The Tria isn't cheap — full price, it's $449 — but over the years, I probably spent at least that much, and probably much more, on over-the-counter treatments that didn't work. And the confidence boost alone makes this purchase worth every single penny.