Being blessed with thick brown hair and eyebrows that a lot of my friends envy also comes with a curse: an almost as thick and quite noticeable moustache. It was first pointed at by a friend when I was 13; and a couple of months later, my brother made fun of me and my hairy upper lip in front of a total stranger. Both times, I tried to laugh — but inside, I was dying with shame and embarrassment. Sure, every girl has some peach fuzz. For some, it is almost undetectable and they can simply let it be; but in my case, it is dark and just . . . there. Long story short, I've tried to get rid of it for as long as I can remember.
Over the years, I've tested a lot of different methods to deal with this "problem." Waxing, bleaching, tweezing, and even shaving . . . you name it, I've done it. But although it helped for a couple of days, all I could ever see in the mirror was my moustache. Even calling it a "moustache" was difficult for me (for a very long time, I actually called it "it-which-must-not-be-named"). So when laser hair removal became more mainstream, I was dying to give it go. But it was very expensive and time consuming, so I just put the idea in a corner of my head and kept on trying whatever new affordable method I could find.
But a couple of months ago, I came across the Tria Beauty Laser Precision (£235), and I started thinking about it again. Designed for small areas such as the upper lip, the chin, the underarms, and the bikini line, the laser is compact, easy to use, and promises to get rid of unwanted hair. When an opportunity arose for me to try the device, it seemed like my prayers had finally been answered.
Now a little more than two months in, I can already say that I would not go back. I started seeing results just after the third use: my hair grew thinner and lighter, and I also noticed that it hadn't grown back in some areas. From that moment on, I didn't feel the need to bleach my moustache once a week, which was such a relief! But before you decide to splurge on the laser, let me answer some of your questions.
Can everyone use it?
Just like most lasers, the Tria Laser Precision was made for people with light to medium skin tones — darker skin tones can absorb too much light, which could injure the skin — and naturally light brown to black body hair. One of the great things about this device is that it has a built-in sensor that will determine if the laser is suitable for your skin; if it isn't the case, it won't unlock, and you won't be able to use it.
How do I use it?
Tria Beauty recommends you prepare the skin before each treatment. In order for the laser to easily penetrate the skin, it is recommended to cleanse the skin and remove all makeup, lotions, and cream. Once your skin is clean, you will need to shave the area — it is an important step as the laser works on the hair that's inside the follicle, which is under the surface of the skin. As an additional step, you can us the Tria SmoothStart Calming Gel (£25) or any aloe-vera-based product, which will help to keep the skin cool and diminish the sensation of the laser.
As for the laser itself, it is incredibly easy to use. Once it has been unlocked, you choose your setting — it goes from 1 to 3, 3 being the highest and most powerful setting — and simply get going by holding the "window" against the skin, until your hear a beep. After each beep, you lift the device and place it on the next area, making sure that you overlap the previous spot. Repeat until you've covered every part you want to see rid of hair, and voilà, you're done.
How long does it take to treat one area?
It depends. Small areas like the upper lip and the chin take no time at all (between two and four minutes), but bigger areas like the bikini line and the underarms will typically take longer (between five and 12 minutes for each side).
Does it hurt?
Once again, it depends. I am not going to lie by saying that you won't feel a thing, but the first setting is relatively painless (trust me, I'm a wimp!). The third setting, however, can be quite painful — but then again, it is the most powerful one. In addition to the setting you will choose, it will also depend on the area you're treating (I find the bikini line to be the worst), as well as your pain threshold. But if you're used to waxing, then you should be fine.
How often do I need to use it?
It is recommended to use the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision every two weeks for at least three months in order to target the hair follicle at the proper stage of its growth cycle. It is also important that you remember not to tweeze or wax in between the treatments, as it will get rid of the hair follicle and you will then have to start all over again.
Does it work?
So far, so good. After my third use, my hair started growing thinner and lighter, which meant that I didn't feel the need to bleach my moustache quite so often. Now, I don't really think about it anymore, which is a relief!
Are the results truly permanent?
Only time will tell. According to the company, the hair follicles that have been deactivated by the laser (usually after three months of treatment) won't grow anymore, so I should be able to say sayonara for good to my moustache in a couple of weeks.
Would I recommend it?
To keep it short and sweet, yes. It is an investment, but when I think about all the time and money I spent on hair removal in the past six years or so, it's a no-brainer.
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