A few things have happened since Tria, the at-home laser hair-removal gadget, came on the market. First, the economy tanked, which may explain why Tria's price went from $995 to $795. Second, I've had almost a year to give it a whirl (full disclosure: Tria's PR team sent a trial unit for me to use). Third, my opinion has shifted over the last few months. Is Tria worth the hefty price tag? Does it remove hair permanently? Would I recommend it? Find out the answers to these questions when you read more.
I began using Tria about 10 months ago, so I finally have enough experience to share whether I think it's worth the hefty price tag. Short answer: It all depends on what you want to get out of the device. If permanently eliminating every single hair on your body is your goal, Tria might disappoint. If reducing the amount of hair is your aim, then you might want to look into it. Here, I'll put it in a handy pro-and-con format:
- Tria reduces the amount of hair on your body. I used Tria on my legs, bikini area, and upper thigh, and I have so much less hair growth than before.
- If you plan to do laser hair removal in multiple places on your body, Tria winds up being significantly cheaper than going to a laser clinic.
- You can go at your own pace — no worrying about making and keeping appointments at a hair-removal clinic.
- The hair that does grow back tends to be finer and softer.
- You can see your hair fall out, which provides satisfying evidence that the laser is doin' its thing.
- It's great for touch-up laser-hair removal. So even if you do have some stray hairs left over from your treatment, you can go back and zap them.
- It's easy to use, and because Tria won't work without sensing whether your skin is an appropriate shade for treatment, chances of disaster are very slim.
- Not having to shave or wax as much is so nice. I really hate dealing with body hair, so if I pick up the razor once a week or so, that rules.
- Like most laser hair removal devices, Tria works best on people with light complexions and dark hair. If you have brown skin or gray/blond body hair, laser hair removal in general won't work for you. Just know that before you shop!
- Some of the lasering hurts. Granted, I have a low pain tolerance, but I could never handle the pain of the highest setting. Ow, ow, ow.
- The laser size is small, so it takes a long-ass time to go over each body part. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes for me to do each leg.
- You have to make time to consistently use Tria every three weeks or so. I am crazy-busy, so I kept forgetting to Tria myself. Totally my own fault, of course, but if you're lackadaisical, you'll need to program Tria time into your calendar for good results.
- I still find little hairs here and there — mostly blond ones that won't respond to the laser — so the end result isn't quite as smooth as freshly waxed or shaved skin.
- TMI? Tria is approved for use on the bikini line, but my doctor recommended that I use it only on skin that wouldn't be covered by a bikini. The Tria agreed; its complexion-sensing safety mechanism decided that my skin wasn't the right color for all-over treatment, so if I wanted to remove all of my lady garden, it's off to the wax shack for me. Not a huge con, but something to be aware of if you dream of taking a permanent trip to Brazil.