Going Bare: Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X – the Halfway Point

I’ll gladly admit it – I’m a total hair-free fiend.  I’m constantly on patrol to make sure my legs are smooth and my bikini line has the all clear for bathing suit season.  When I heard about the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, I was beyond excited.  Could I really get the results from getting professional laser hair removal in the privacy of my own home, on my own time?  I had to get my hands on it to see if it could really get the job done.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

First off, let me give you a little info on the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X.  How does it work? “The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X was designed on the principle of selective photothermolysis: Beams of laser energy are absorbed by the dark pigment in hair and converted to heat, which disables the hair follicle, preventing it from growing new hair. This process is most effective on hair during the growth phase (anagen phase). For optimum results, the Tria Laser 4X must be used every week for three months.”  Basically, the tip sends out quick pulses of laser energy – you zap each spot for a second, then move onto the next overlapping spot.  Each area on the body has a recommended pulse count so you can make sure that you’re giving it the perfect amount of exposure (ie.  Upper lip requires about 25 pulses per session which will last about 2-3 minutes, the upper let requires about 600 per side).  The device does come with a handy pulse counter  so you can easily keep track of what you’ve done.  The pulse targets the hair follicle so it can get right to the root to prevent re-growth.  There are 5 levels of intensity – you can start off on the lower end and work your way up depending on the sensitivity of the area and your pain tolerance. One thing I do want to mention if you’re considering purchasing the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X – it only works on certain skin shades (it works best on fair to light brown skin tones with light brown to black body hair) as skin that is not safe for treatment may absorb too much laser light, which can lead to injuries.  There is a chart on the back of the packaging to help you determine this, and if you’re worried that you might not match, you won’t have to worry.  The device does come with a skin sensor (located on the bottom) which needs to be used for it to unlock before every use.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

Left: Skin sensor
Right: Laser application tip

Now on to the good stuff – my experience so far with the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X.  I decided to start with my bikini line (not having to worry about shaving/waxing, ingrowns and razor burn down there any more? Sounds great to me) and my upper lip – I only have light hair there, but would love to never see it again when I happen to take a look into one of those uber-magnifying, show-all-your-imperfections mirrors.  I’m currently at about the halfway point in my treatments (6 sessions) and thought this would be the perfect time to share my thoughts and progress.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

Display. Left is locked, right is unlocked – shows intensity level, battery level and pulse counter (currently at 0)

At the 6 week mark, I am really happy to say I’m definitely seeing progress.  I’ve noticed that the hair on my bikini line has seen a drastic decrease in regrowth.  You have to shave the area you will be zapping prior to each session so that the laser can work properly, and I was so excited when I realized that even if I were to stop now I wouldn’t have to shave nearly as often.  After a week of not shaving, there is very little regrowth, and in some patches the hair is barely coming back in at all.  At this point, I’m really confident that if I continue with my weekly treatments for the next month and a half I won’t have to worry about shaving any more – but I’ll update again at that point to let you know how it goes.  I am still using a lower level of intensity in this area – I’m at about level 2-3 as I do find the bikini area to be quite sensitive.  It feels almost like a little pin prick with every pulse.  The upper lip area is much easier to manage – I’m using level 4 there and I just get a warm feeling from it.  It does take a little time, but I figured I would start with smaller areas for now – I usually have a Monday routine of watching the shows I missed Sunday night (Dexter and True Blood!) and getting it all done.

I will be updating at the end of my 3 month period with the results of using the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on these two areas before moving on to the next.  Make sure you check back to see how it goes.  And if you have any questions about any other aspects of my experience with the laser, ask away in the comments below!

Price: $449 – which I personally think is great considering how much professional laser hair removal costs for one area of the body.


Availability: triabeauty.com, Tria’s direct response television, QVC and premium retailers.

Disclaimer: This post contains products sent from the company for editorial consideration.  All opinions are purely my own personal judgements.

  • Guppy

    So do you think you will use this on your legs? Sounds like that might be quite time consuming..?

    • I would like to – it is definitely going to be time consuming so I think I’m just going to focus on my lower legs – the upper section doesn’t grow in too much and doesn’t need much maintenance. It will definitely be easier to just focus on that area.

  • Dayna Janzen

    I can’t wait to read your 3 month review but from the sounds of it, it is going pretty well!

  • Victoria Ess

    I can’t wait for your update! I have been reading so many reviews on Tria, but I can’t make the leap to go buy it. At the end of the day, I just might be too lazy to laser myself…

  • annet

    This really would be worth the money if it gets great results! I sent my daughter for a few sessions of laser treatment on her upper lip etc and it cost hundreds of dollars. Thanks for the information, I’m seriously considering an investment!
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  • Andi H.

    The Tria laser hair removal is very effective. If we use it right, it DOES Work! I have been embarrassed with facial hair for many years and I have always carried a tweezer in my purse. After the 2nd session at least 1/2 of the hairs that were treated were gone. I am already thrilled by my results

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  • Melinda Jana

    I have heard about this but am hesitant as I haven’t seen too much reviews about it at the time. Hey anything that can help slow down regrowth and remove unwanted hair is huge points in my book. Sounds like I need to start reading up on this product again.

  • randilfrank

    In these days hair removable is very common issue.What is the cause of hair removal of a common person? hair laser removal

  • Basant

    I think after all this information about Laser hair removal .. it’s time to go into this experience without worries

  • zeta_mcmillan

    I enjoyed the post and a bit relieved to hear that laser hair removal is safe and effective with this unit.

  • I personally believe that hair removal creams are best treatment to remove unwanted hair. I’d a very bad experience with laser hair removal treatment.
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  • Krista Burrows

    Hi! Just wondering if you have posted your final results? So far it sounds great and just like you and the majority of women I would love to see an end to my unwanted hair. Thanks for your review it really helps me in my quest!

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  • Jamie Duncan

    I don’t think that a person must deem some products ineffective if they have not tried it yet. For me, I read the story about no no device first before I commented about it.

  • Guest

    Wonderful post thanks.

  • Wonderful post all human use it and feel free hair removals.thanks.

  • Amy

    absolutely love this machine!

  • kim

    do you have to shave the fine upper lip hairs before tria?

  • Eldon L

    Saw this product at Sephora and was wondering about it, thanks for the review

  • Guest

    If you have ANY tattoos, do NOT and I repeat do NOT put the laser over any tattoo. Even on the lowest setting, it is extremely painful. I even have a spot on my tattoo that has completely burned off =/
    Besides that, I am slowly seeing results

  • Mamalomeli

    If you have ANY tattoos, do NOT and I repeat do NOT put the laser over any tattoo. Even on the lowest setting, it is extremely painful. I even have a spot on my tattoo that has completely burned off (you can sort of see it in the picture I’ve attached) =/
    Besides that, I am slowly seeing results

  • I agree that the Tria is a great buy compared to traditional laser treatments at the dermatologists which can cost thousands. Unfortunately, like all lasers, the Tria doesn’t work for all skin and hair colors. http://www.findmyhomelaser.com/reviews/tria4x/