For sure you all heard by now about laser hair removal at home. But would you consider trying it? Is it worth it?
If you are tired of shaving, waxing, etc and looking for a new way to remove the unwanted hair and have long term results, then you should give it a try.
Laser or IPL hair removal is one of the most popular beauty procedure in laser clinics. People are willing to spend thousand of dollars, just to achieve a hairless skin, for a longer period of time. In order to see those results, you’ll need several treatments, which are quite expensive. So, why not invest in your own laser/IPL hair removal device? You get to do the treatments in the comfort of your own home and you pay just once, for the device. You can easily do the treatment on your own, or with the help of a friend/partner, etc. And, your partner can use it as well.
Laser and IPL hair removal devices are suitable for both men, and women. In most cases, the same device can work for both. However, you would find unique machines designed for either gender, like this one who is a home IPL hair removal system for men.
The market is flooded by home laser devices. Every year, a new product comes out, with outstanding features, from well known manufacturers that assure us is the best laser hair removal device for home use. Some products turn out to do exactly what they promise to do, while some, turn out to be mere marketing strategy to attract the buyer.
By having different skin and hair type, some devices will work for some, others won’t. Let’s find which one, will work for you, by checking our reviews and buying guide.
Top 5 Best Laser and IPL devices for home use
1.Tria 4X – Effective laser for home use
Tria 4x comes in first place because of its long lasting and immediate results. It’s effective, easy to use and to travel with. You can take it anywhere with you and continue the laser treatments. If you are looking for lasting and faster results, then you should definitely buy the Tria 4x.
Recommended by dermatologists, Tria 4x uses the same technology that is used in a laser clinic (Advanced Diode Laser).It’s cordless and ergonomic and has an finite number of flashes, of 90 000. You will also get a one year warrant for the device when you buy it from an authorised seller.
Suitable for men and women
Tria laser 4x can be used, both, by men and women, so no worries if the hair is thicker.The only difference is that men can’t use this device on facial hair. It is designed to work only on women’s facial hair, from cheek line downward.
Smart laser hair removal device with advanced features
Believe it or not this device is built with an automatic lock if your skin is too dark. So if you try to use this device on a dark skin don’t be surprised if it will not unlock. It was designed to keep you safe!
If you are not convinced Tria laser 4x is for you and want to know more about this device read the full Tria 4x review here.
2. Remington Ipl I-light Pro Plus Quartz Face & Body – Best IPL hair removal for home use
This is my HG product for permanent home hair removal. I was so happy when I got it and I got happier once I sow what this device can do for me and for my sensitive skin. I, personally would rank it nr. 1 but I guess IPL is not for everyone because of the hair and skin type and also because it takes longer to achieve results. Check my detailed review of Remington IPL 6000f I-light device here.
The IPL pulses emitted by the Remington ilight aren’t so strong as those from a Tria 4x laser. That’s why my husband got along better with the Tria laser 4x than with my IPL device. Check the complete review of the Tria Beauty Laser Hair Removal Device.
The Remington iLight Pro Hair Removal device is an FDA-approved system which uses the same technology as that used by professionals, where the intense pulse of light (IPL) heat up and disable active hair follicles. Because the iLight device works beneath the surface of the skin, the cycle of growth of hair follicles is ended and you will see results within your first treatments. Used on a regular basis, the device brings long lasting results.
The device is corded, which compared to Tria 4x, doesn’t need to be recharged between treatments. My husband charges his Tria laser 4x after a 30 minutes treatment.
UPDATE: Remington released a new device, called Remington iLIGHT Ultra Face & Body Hair Removal System. The difference between those 2 is the number of flashes, iLight Ultra has 65,000 of flashes per bulb, while the iLight pro plus has only 30,000. And of course, the technology used on the device is improved.
3. Philips Lumea New BRI956 Prestige 2018 version – The first IPL device with unique curved attachments
Why did Philips Lumea got so popular and got so many good reviews?
Uses professional IPL technology
Philips Lumea Prestige was developed with the help of leading dermatologist. After more than a decade of research, Philips came with this great device for permanent hair removal at home. Philips Prestige uses an innovative light-based technology, which targets the hair follicle, to break the cycle of regrowth.
Gun Shaped Design
Most of the hair removal devices have pretty much the same shape, as a gun or hairdryer. The hold feels relaxed with a secure grip.. It’s easy to use, doesn’t weight more than 560 g.Can be used cordless or corded. When used corded, the flashes are faster and you can complete a full treatment, without having to recharge it at any point.
Unique Curved Attachments
The device comes with 4 attachments for body, face, bikini & underarms.
Don’t be afraid to use it on the facial hair, it was designed to do that. Due to its face attachment, which is a small 2 cm2 flat window for precise positioning, you can easily do your treatment on your upper lip. The other 3 attachments for body, bikini & underarms are bigger and are curved, which helps you to ‘glide’ easier over the skin.
How many minutes does a treatment takes
Philips states that a full leg should take 6.5 mins. When it used corded it’s fastest, when it’s cordless will be slower, around 12 minutes. My British friend Sasha said, it took her around 45 minutes to do her both lower legs, but she is a hairy one 🙂
Skin Tone Sensor
Like most permanent at-home hair removal machines, Philips Lumea Prestige comes with an advanced skin tone sensor. It’s the small window above the flash window. The SmartSkin sensor, that’s what they named it, helps you to choose the best setting for your skin tone.
If the skin tone is too dark It won’t flash and the ‘ready’ light shows red. That means your are not a suitable candidate for this device and it won’t work for you.
Suitable for a variety of hair and skin types
It works very well on naturally dark blonde, brown and black hair and on skin tones from very white to dark brown. Philips Lumea cannot be used to treat white/grey, red or light blonde hair and is not suitable for very dark skin.
For more technical details and support you can visit philips.co.uk.
NOTE: Please make sure this IPL device is suitable for you, by checking thoroughly their user manual. You’ll find details about contraindication and who should not use the Philips Lumea.
3.1. Philips Lumea Comfort IPL – Budget friendly hair removal system
For those who prefer the brand Philips but are not willing to spend much on a permanent hair removal device, Philips Lumea might be the perfect option. The price is around $200 for this little guy. In terms of technology, the Lumea Comfort uses intense pulse light (IPL). The company states the IPL technology have been tested by more than 200 women, who had a 75% hair reduction, after just 4 treatments.
Same as his ‘brother’, the Lumea Comfort device requires no replacement parts, and has around 200, 000 flashes which is quite alot. This will last at least for a few years of full body treatments. This device is highly praised by customers, for its results. The only negative comments were about the flashes, where people estimated the number of flashes would be around 100, 000 and not 200, 000, as Philips states.
The downside is you can not use this device on facial hair, it can be used on legs, arms, bikini area, stomach, and armpits. Also, is not safe or effective on dark and light hair.
4. Iluminage Touch -The only home device suitable for blond and red hair.
The first and only at-home hair removal device clinically proven and FDA-cleared to be safe and effective for all skin types and tone.
The technology on this device is mind blowing – intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio frequency(RF) team up to destroy hair follicles, on all skin tones. This innovative technology called Dual-Wave Technology was created by the scientists at Syneron and Candela, the inventors of IPL. The same company also manifactures professional laser and hair removal products intended for professional laser clinics. Another reason to trust this home device and to give it a try!
Which are the body areas you can treat with Iluminage?
But how effective is the Iluminage Touch?
How does it work?
On dark hair– before the treatment you need to shave. Make sure your skin is clean and dry and start with a low intensity level. When you feel comfortable move to MEDIUM, and then to HIGH. Wait around 30 mins to check for any reaction.
On light hair ( blonde, grey or red) – before the treatment you need to epilate or wax. Yes, WAXING! I know it doesn’t sound great but will help you getting the long lasting results you want so bad. You’ll have to epilate or wax away any new hair that grows before each treatment. The good news is Iluminage Touch comes with an epilator.
Safe for all skin tones – no skin sensor needed
I’m excited to see, finally, on the market a device, which is FDA- approved and can be used on all skin types. People with dark skin can use it, without being afraid they will get burned or end up with a scar. Also customers who’ve used it say it’s painless, compared with other hair removal devices.
5. Silk’n Flash&Go Hair Removal Device – Cheap laser hair removal at home
Silk’n Flash&Go uses a patented Home Pulsed Light (HPL) technology that emits gentle light pulses and target hair follicles. That type of technology worked for me very well for a while, but it took time. See the full review of the product here.
My first at-home IPL hair removal treatment was made with this device. It is impressive how this ‘little guy ‘ has the power to reduce the hair. I had very good results with this one as well, but when I finished all its pulses I decided not to buy replacement cartridge but to go for a new product, the Remington one. The decision was made only because I wanted a device that could cover larger area and not because I was disappointed with the results I got with Silk’n Flash&Go. Also, you must know it’s quite cheap, so give it a try if you don’t want to spend to much money but still get the experience with a IPL device.
In every review of mine, you’ll find a skin tone guide and hair chart, where you can check if the laser hair removal device is for you or not. To achieve the permanent hairless skin that we all want, you must choose the right device for your skin and hair type. (I need it to repeat this last sentence because it is very important when you’re buying your home or IPL laser hair removal ).
5.1. Silk’n Infinity 400, 000 – No cartridge replacement
Silk’n keeps improving their permanent hair removal products, using innovative technology, eHPL™ technology – considered to be the most advanced hair removal technology for use at home.
The technology makes this device suitable for almost all skin types and hair colours. Is the first product designed by Silk’n to remove blonde, red and grey hairs effectively if the skin tone is light enough. Of course, it’s safe to be used on dark skin with dark hair, as you can see on the skin and hair chart.
Home laser hair removal buyer’s guide
What’s the difference between laser and IPL? Which one is more effective?
Laser and IPL hair removal at home has a number of differences. For starters, both treatments will disrupt the growth cycles of your hair follicles. They will, in this manner, reduce the growth of hair on your body without actively damaging surrounding tissue and organs. However, this is pretty much where the similarity between IPL and laser hair removal ends.
Laser treatments are, however, more effective than IPL ( meaning the results are faster). The machines cost more and the efficacy of the treatment is much more faster. With IPL machines, and more people won’t understand this, is you need to be patient.
The difference between these two hair removal processes lies in the technologies they employ and the type of light they use. IPL does not penetrate the skin as deep as lasers can, that’s why IPL takes longer to affect hair growth. Additionally, laser hair removal is more expensive and uses comparatively more energy.
When you are purchasing a device for home laser hair removal, you need to keep in mind a number of features, such as how much time it takes to see results, how safe they are, easy to use, price, etc. When I wanted to invest in a permanent hair removal, I decided to learn more about technology of IPL & laser works on the hair follicle, in order to understand and take a decision. I remember I read all I could found about the topic, including user manuals, all their do’s and don’ts, tons of reviews online, started to compare the IPL and laser hair removal devices and much more. It took me weeks!
Are Home Laser And IPL Hair Removal Machines Safe?
Both, laser and IPL hair removal at home are safe as long as you buy a machine that is FDA – approved. Most products that are currently on the market, uses the same diode technology found in professional laser clinic. Still, they are tweaked to ensure that the intensity is much reduced to further lower the risk of burning or harming yourself.
For your own safety, you need to buy some additionally products specifically designed for laser hair removal. Believe it or not, the eyes can be harmed when you are treating on your face. Make sure that your eyes are covered with protective goggles. Please DO NOT laser treat anywhere around your eye socket, marked by the orbital bone.
Always, follow the exact instructions found on the user manual of each device!
Are you a suitable candidate for permanent hair removal?
What is your hair colour?
What is your skin type?
You must know this type of treatment involves pain ( actually this varies from person to person, some say it’s painful some say it’s not). It also takes lot’s of time. You must be patient, in order to achieve this long lasting hair free skin. But it is totally worth it, you’ll be hair free for months and stress free.
Keep in mind, not all IPL or laser hair removal machines are designed to be used on face and body. Before purchasing any device, make sure it is designed to be used on the body area you want to treat. You might end up like me, purchasing two hair removal devices, in order to treat different areas of the body.
But when you decide to purchase your own laser home hair removal device or IPL, you must check the skin tone guide and hair chart for each device. Trust me, you should do that, because this small detail makes all the difference. You don’t want to end up with a permanent hair removal device that it is not suitable to your skin or hair type. So attention to skin tone guide and hair chart!!