Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x is the latest offering in a line of at-home hair removal products from Tria Beauty. Today we offer our Tria Laser review along with additional product information.
About Tria Laser
Tria Laser is found on two “official” websites: trytrialaser.com, which has been used in some advertising, and triabeauty.com, the company website. As of February 2014, trytrialaser.com now fowards to triabeauty.com. The product is available direct from their website, or in stores such as Sephora.
Below is a screenshot of triabeauty.com, taken in December 2013. That domain now forwards to the company website, triabeauty.com.
- 6 color choices: Lilac, peony, green, lavender, fuchsia, and grey
- LED display which guides you through each treatment
- 30-minute battery life
- Permanent results
- FDA cleared
- Pulse counter
- Up to 70% reduction in hair regrowth after second session
Tria Laser 4x Review
The new Tria 4x addresses some user concerns with earlier models, such as battery life, weight, and design. There is now a skin sensor and an LED display which assist in the hair removal process.
Our tests of the product found that – depending on the candidate – it works quite well to remove hair, and the results were maintained at least six months after use. Using the product requires consistency and an investment in time.
To Tria’s credit, they offer a tool to determine if their product is right for you. This tool allows you to select your skin color and your hair color. As some users will find, Tria is not for everyone, including those with light hair or dark skin. There are also some limitations of the product, as noted below.
- Light hair: Tria states, “Lighter hair colors such as naturally white, blonde, red, or gray will not absorb enough of the laser”s energy to disable the hair follicle.”
- Dark skin: “People with dark skin tones have a higher risk of skin injury with the Tria Laser 4X because of higher levels of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its beautiful brown coloring.”
- Facial hair: Women can use the Tria 4x for facial hair, but it is not recommended for men.
- Tattoos: Using the laser on tattoos or dark spots can injure the skin.
How much does Tria Laser cost?
Of the three hair removal products we have evaluated to date, Tria Laser 4x is the most expensive, at $449.
At-home laser hair removal is a marathon, not a sprint. Sessions can take about a half hour, and require patience – not only per session, but with long-term expectations.
Tria’s greatest drawback is that of planned obsolescence. In other words, it is only designed to last for about 300-400 charges (about 90,000 pulses), which is enough to treat an entire body once. There are no replacement bulbs or batteries, so you must purchase another unit if you require treatment beyond 300 charges.
It is recommended that you shave prior to using the Tria Laser. This not only helps the effectiveness, but can reduce the shock sensation which sometimes accompanies treatment.
Alternatives to Tria Laser
In 2007, a study of Tria’s technology concluded it was “highly effective” with the following results:
The mean hair reduction was 61% 3 weeks after the first treatment, 70% 3 weeks after the second treatment, 60% 1 month after the third treatment, 24% 2 months after the third treatment, 6% 3 months after the third treatment, 41% 6 months after the third treatment, 31% 9 months after the third treatment, and 33% 12 months after the third treatment. The only observed side effect for appropriate users was transient erythema.
Tria Laser 4x delivers impressive results to those who are best-suited to use the product, and have patience to use it diligently. The new design addresses some concerns with the first-generation model, but the limited lifespan of the product is disappointing.
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