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Coming Soon: At-Home Laser Hair Removal

The Star Wars geek within thinks that handheld lasers are cool, albeit in an intimidating Darth Vader sort of way. In real life, though, you'll soon be able to zap your hair away at home. The Wall Street Journal reports on two forthcoming hair-removal gadgets that may change the way we think of hair removal.

Tria ($995, pictured) launches next month, and the painless device requires about half an hour to treat the lower legs. While it won't eradicate hair completely, it minimizes growth. Rival product Silk'n ($800) — whose weirdly punctuated name makes Silkk the Shocker come to mind — uses pulsed light to destroy hair follicles. Tria will be sold at high-end stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, but Silk'n will be available only at physicians' offices.

Of course, there's a catch — and I'm not just talking about the high price tag. To find out what it is,


Although these products are approved by the FDA, they have their limitations. They're meant for small areas such as underarms, legs, and the bikini line; if you have a hairy backside, for instance, it won't work. What's more, these products won't work on many women of color. Because the lasers and light target pigment in the hair, they can mistake dark skin for hair. (Zap, burn, ouch.)

While I have had some good results with my no!no!, I'm not sure I'd shell out hundreds more for one of these gadgets. (I also fear that somehow I'd blind myself, but that's another phobia completely.) Are you curious about these devices, or are you taking a wait-and-see approach?


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exoticgirl exoticgirl 9 years
THIS GADGET SOUNDS GREAT!! I'm dying to buy an at home laser hair remover that REALLY works!!!! =) $900 is a lot of money but I'd be willing to pay if it really does the job. Is it true that it hurts to use? Does it burn the skin? Are you left with marks? Has anyone here tried it? How does it compare to the NONO? Is this a different technique? ~Thanks for any replys
judeandam judeandam 9 years
$800 for it just to minimize growth, i'd say no way. you might as well pay more to get it done permanently and by licensed professionals. i'm 26 and going through my laser hair removal sessions. i'm asian with black hair and i've started to see some results in some areas. they do tell you that there's no guarantee that the hair wont grow back (due to change in medications, hormone levels, etc), but i still think it's worth it. i can't stand razor burn and irritated skin! constant inflammation and irritated skin is not good for you. ouch! :(
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
I'd definitely stick with a professional. I can barely manage to do a good at-home wax or to use Nair without giving myself a chemical burn. thanks!
ccat ccat 9 years
I'm with everyone who's afraid of blinding themselves. I don't even like those laser pointers being pointed at me for fear of going blind. Lol. But really, out of fear, if I were to get laser hair removal, I'd go to a professional. I'm not risking injuring myself in any way, and the price isn't so cheap that it would be worth it over going to a doctors office where at least the person removing the hair would have been trained. No, definitely not for me. Otherwise, I'll just be a littler hairier and say I'm going for the "natural" look. Lol.
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
no thanks.
nomerz nomerz 9 years
this is a bad, bad idea. There's a reason why esthetician's and doctors go through courses to get trained on these sorts of procedures. I am so against at-home microdermabrasion, peels, laser hair removal, etc. JessiShaye -- what color hair do you have and where did you get treated? The more melanin (color) you have in your hair, the better results you'll get. Red, gray, and blonde hair is hard to treat.
Rouge14 Rouge14 9 years
If it works then that's brilliant but if it doesn't, well I guess it will stop selling quite fast! But in any case, there's one thing that's for sure, I can't afford it, so I guess one of you is going to have to try it and tell us about it instead!
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 9 years
LOL oh the lengths women go to in the name of beauty.
advo advo 9 years
I'll wait and see but if it works I would probably spend the money.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Not really a hairy girl so I would not spend on that.
Kaori Kaori 9 years
I agree with romaniagrl. If this gave me the same results or results close to the kind I get professionally, then I'm cool with the 1000 buck price tag. I guess I'll have to wait until both products are released and a guinea pig tests them and posts their results online :p
rgrl rgrl 9 years
If it gave me results like I got from medical laser treatments, yes, I would be first in line for this. $995 is actually not that expensive IF it does what it claims. But I am skeptical it actually works.
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
i had a doctor perform laser hair removal and it didn't work. my mom had great results but for some reason i didn't. when i went to inquire to other friends who had had it done, one told me that for women in their 20s it doesn't always work. this apparently being because if you're fertile, your body is stil producing high levels of hormones at this age and that stimulates excessive hair growth. she was told that in your 30s this settles down a little bit more and that's a better time to have it done, or after you've had kids and your hormones have chilled. who knows if it's true but i thought it was an interesting explanation.
Nicwolf Nicwolf 9 years
I have the No!No! and I've gotten so-so results, but I doubt I would pay more for a similar product with no guarantees.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I actually like shaving and waxing. Something about my obsessive compulsive mind takes perverse pleasure in scraping off new hair and the top layers of skin with it, or yanking out hair to its roots... I don't think a laser would be worth the $$$, and I'd be too afraid of hurting myself or other people with it :-p
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
Oh well, not for me!
0037sammie 0037sammie 9 years
Sounds painful...what if it goes wrong?!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Cha ching!
dreamlover823 dreamlover823 9 years
Bella, you are too funny, BUT IM TOTALLY ON YOUR SIDE WITH THIS... knowing me I would make myself or someone else blind or something. Not for me!
lotuslight lotuslight 9 years
I knew these would eventually come out. Oh how I'd love to not have to shave every day....
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Oh my gosh NO! At-home laser hair removal? I'd prefer doctors to be wielding lasers around my body, thanks.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
I guess this takes the prize for biggest waste of money...
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