Remington At-Home Laser Hair Removal Product Review

Being hairy isn't cute.

And I would know since I was basically born with a unibrow. My mom once got me laser hair removal for Christmas because I was starting to grow a mustache. Wow, I can't believe I put that out there for the public to know. (It worked, by the way...I am officially mustache-free!)

I've spent a lot of time and a ton of cash on hair removal. Those lotions said to reduce hair growth? No luck. Nair? Itchy. Shaving? Pain in the butt. At-home wax strips? Hit or miss. Getting waxed by a professional is usually my poison of choice, but it adds up! And getting laser hair removal is ultimately the best option, but costs a small fortune.

I did some research online and ended up buying the Remington Women's Hair Removal Bundle: iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz Hair Removal System and one extra replacement bulb cartridge in an effort to make a short-term investment for long-term results. Here's what I think:

Who can use it?:

This device is intended for use by women (or men) with light to medium skin and darker hair. The laser goes in and kills the hair follicle and the follicle is easiest for the laser to find with this skin/hair combination.

If you don't fit the profile, worry not! The laser hair removal technology used by professionals has advanced so much over the years. Professionals are able to successfully perform laser hair removal on almost any combination of skin/hair except if you've got light hair. Sorry, blondies! But if you've got light hair, it's probably not too noticeable anyway.

How does it work?:

Operating the device is super easy. It has a built-in safety device that ensures you've got the right skin tone. This is probably to prevent your skin from getting burned, since that's what laser hair removal is...burning the hair follicle. Once you've tested your skin and the machine has approved it, the device will power on. From there, it's easy! Just zap away in a grid-like pattern to avoid zapping the same spot more than once. Check out the video below to see a demonstration.

BE AWARE: Larger areas of the body, like legs, will require longer sessions since there it more ground to cover.

How long until you see results?:

Whether you're getting laser hair removal done professionally or doing it at home, it takes time. Results depend on the area of the body, how much hair there is, and how course or fine your hair is. Areas with courser hair, like the underarm, will have permanent results quicker than areas with fine hair.

You'll want to go in and zap your hairs away about once every 3 weeks to allow for the cycle of new hair to start. (Hair grows in cycles, not all at once.) No matter where the area, it is going to take at least 3-4 sessions to start seeing a noticeable difference, in my experience. But it may take much longer, 8-10 sessions to get the results you want.

How much does it cost?:

Amazon sells the device for around $483, which is waaaaayyyy less expensive than going to a professional.

Is it worth it?:

Depends. If you have the right skin/hair combo, as mentioned previously, and a little bit of patience and discipline, it's definitely worth the investment. If you're not willing to put in the work or don't have the patience, this isn't for you.

What else do you need to know?

It hurts. Not bad, but also not good. It's like a tiny rubber band snapping you over and over.
It smells. The laser goes in and burns your hair follicle, so your bathroom is going to smell like burnt hair.
You need to shave, but don't wax. The laser needs to find the hair follicle, so you're not going to see any results if you're waxing in the weeks prior to using the machine. As far as shaving, do it. Trust me. The longer your hair, the more it's going to hurt.
Don't use it on your face! Just leave that to the professionals, people. We're talking about a laser here!

My Final Grade: Thumbs up!

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