The Scoop On At-Home Laser Hair Removal

“You’re an excellent candidate for laser hair removal,” my dermatologist said.  Before motherhood, her not-so-subtle sales-tactics sometimes worked – but now, my current beauty regime is a lot simpler that it once was.  Before I had the chance to say “no, thank you,” she started talking about things like highly concentrated light being emitted into hair follicles and destroying hair growth.  Forever.

Although that laser hair removal package (at Manhattan MD prices) never transpired, the “forever” stuck with me.  I left dreaming of never waxing, shaving, tweezing, plucking or threading, ever again.

Luckily for me, I received the opportunity to test out a nifty little gadget that in many ways sounded too good to be true.

at home hair removal laser Tria 4X

The first and only FDA-cleared hair removal laser available for home use, the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x uses the same diode laser technology that is used by dermatologists. This device safely targets unwanted body hair and permanently disables the hair follicles to stop hair growth on both the face and body.

at home hair laser removal Tria

Although the Tria Laser 4X is available for a fraction of what a laser hair removal package costs at a Dermatologist’s office, at $449.00, it’s still an investment.  I gave the device three solid months of use on a designated spot on one leg to share a thorough review.

at home laser hair removal Tria laser 4X review

  • It works: I fall into Tria’s beige-ish skin color category and have dark brown hair.  I followed Tria’s precise instructions to a T, being carefully consistent and meticulous.  I went over the small area on my leg once every two weeks for a little over three months.  The Tria 4X proved to be effective, and the results are visible.  I now have a spot of smooth skin on one leg with literally no hair growth.
  • Convenient and easy to use: The ergonomic and lightweight design is comfortable and simple to use.  Going over a treatment area in an overlapping pattern is straightforward – and nothing beats the convenience of treatments in the comfort of my home, on my schedule.
  • Make sure the device is right for your skin/hair color: The Tria 4X does not work on every skin tone and hair color.  It does not work (and is not safe) for light hair colors or medium to dark brown skin tones.  The skin sensor requires a skin test prior to every use – and if not suitable the device won’t unlock.
  • There may be mild discomfort: The Tria Laser has five different settings. I  starting on setting number 5 (the highest) because I wanted maxim results requiring the highest setting tolerable.  Now and then, I experienced a mild, quick stinging sensation, or a feeling of high heat.  The Smoothstart Calming Gel helps.
  • Refer to the Instruction Booklet: The troubleshooting guide in the back of the instruction booklet provided answers for all of the questions that I ran into.  There’s also a designated spot to record your treatment dates which helps maintain the suggested use schedule.
  • Large areas will take time: I tested a small area, and although it was highly effective at reducing hair growth, my entire leg will take time to treat, requiring dedication and patience.  That said, a smaller circumference shouldn’t take long at all.

If you’re serious about permanent hair removal and can’t bother with the hassle of appointments at a doctor’s office, the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is a solid, easy-to-use and cost-effective option.  It worked for me, and I’m ready to say goodbye to more unwanted hair, hopefully, forever.

Products provided by Tria.  Opinions, as always are my own. 



  1. I’ve been eyeing this at Sephora! Thank you! I’m going for it now.

  2. That sounds amazing! I’ll tell you. I would totally take the time and effort to zap both of my legs and my arm pits if I never had to shave again. Yay!

  3. Thanks for the thorough review. It certainly sounds effective. I think this would be a great hair removal option.

  4. Catherine S says

    This sounds like a great product. It is something that I would love to do myself at home.

  5. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I Have been wondering about this, so I am happy to read about this. It sounds like a much better option than paying a fortune at a salon for it.

  6. I love the idea of laser hair removal, especially when given the option to take care of things at home. While the price for this device is a little steep, it is not too bad when you consider the results last forever.

  7. My husband actually is frustrated with his body hair.
    We have tried other devices in the past, with junk results.
    This device sounds like it could be a difference maker.

  8. I love that you can do this at home, how cool is that. I will have to look into buying this!!

  9. I have been eyeing the Tria for a little while. I have some hair issues I would like to have resolved and I think this would work much better than my current method.

  10. Laser hair removal is so expensive! I like the idea of doing it at home, so much cheaper

  11. I’ve always wondered is devices like this work. Thanks for the details as well as the notes of caution. I think it’s key to know these home options still come with risks along with the rewards.

  12. My SIL was just saying she wanted to get someting to do laser hair removal at home. I bet she’d like this article.

  13. I would absolutely LOVE to try this! I hate having to shave but I also don’t want to look like a gorilla! 🙂

  14. Pauline@revitol hair removal cream says

    The technology used in these devices varies – as some uses lasers while some of them uses light based sources such as electric currents and each of them have their pros and cons

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