Best laser, light & electrolysis hair removal according to redditors

We found 100 Reddit comments discussing the best laser, light & electrolysis hair removal. We ranked the 40 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Laser, Light & Electrolysis Hair Removal:

u/ecce_hobo · 71 pointsr/muacirclejerk


TMI: I'm not bald as a baby down there but I've o my done 3 treatments. I used to suffer a LOT of ingrowns and my pubes were always itchy. Always. I don't notice them now and I still have a few ingrowns but nothing like how they were. Also, I don't really think it hurts but I have a crazy pain tolerance so ymmv. It just feels like touching a hot light bulb for a second and it smells like burning hair. Feel free to ask me any questions I'd love to talk about my pubes w u

u/datcortextho · 14 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Have you considered laser hair removal? I also have fair skin and dark hair (so I've had similar problems) and I just learned a few months ago that the combination of light skin and dark hair makes you a prime candidate for laser hair removal. I found that several companies sell hair removal systems for home use that are FDA approved. The systems don't use lasers per se, but high intensity pulsed light. The light energy is absorbed by melanin in each hair, which warms up the hair and destroys the follicle so it doesn't produce any new hair. In a few weeks, the hair falls out and doesn't grow back again.

I ended up buying the Remington system off of eBay for around $110 and a new bulb cartridge off Amazon for $15. I've seen great results so far. I've used it on my calves twice and I have much less hair growth -- there are a few places were no hair grows at all and the hair that remains is thinner and grows slower (the hair follicle is likely already dead, but it's just taking awhile for the hair to get pushed out). I've also used it on my underarms and there's much less hair. I was somewhat skeptical at first, but I'm very happy with the results. According to the instructions, you need three hair removal sessions spaced two weeks apart to see the full results. I started my third session last night but the bulb died so I just ordered a new one for $18. The way things are going though, I think three sessions will be enough.

I had no idea that home hair removal was a thing until a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd share. I estimate I'll spend about $150 overall, which is well worth it.

u/Minyatur · 10 pointsr/MakeupAddiction
u/ebengland · 8 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

The Urban Decay Electric or the Spectrum palette were the first 2 I thought of. Although, the spectrum palette is missing the warm side of the color wheel (red, yellow, orange).

A few that are cheaper:

u/Cardiscappa · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Look at at home laser. I have had both in the spa and bought a Silk'n Flash & Go. The Flash & Go is less powerful and you won't see results as quickly, but I've had mine for a year and have only spent around $300 for the device and a second cartridge. $300 would have been two visits at the spa.

I am white with dark hair which is the "best" candidate for laser hair removal. Ensure that you shave as it's painful with longer hair and is not as effective. Start with the lowest setting and work your way up.

This is the one I have, I don't think they make that particular design. If you purchase, make sure you can still purchase cartridges as the one it comes with won't finish the job. (You'll get a couple of months from it.)

u/AMHousewife · 4 pointsr/AskWomen

I've been lasered. I'm fair skinned and I was growing a very dark beard. It just was getting worse. Finally a trusted provider opened a laser office and the price was outstanding, so I had 6 visits.

The effects of that lasted about a year. Hormone beard is a tough bear to scare off and most of it came back. However, instead of shaving twice a day, I was only shaving once, so at the very least the rate of growth slowed.

Then I saw that Braun offered an at home laser unit. It's not as strong of a laser as I had in the professional office, but I was willing to buy one to try it for at least the convenience. I found it the least expensive through Costco.

12 weeks later and my beard has diminished by 80 percent. I still have the thickest and most determined whiskers at the very tip of my chin but a daily shave keeps them at bay. The best effect is that I do NOT have five o'clock shadow. So while I could shave before you knew I grew a beard at the end of the day even without stubble. With this at home laser the growth has so slowed, even halted, that I look female again!

I will keep up weekly treatments for another 12 weeks, twice as long as what is recommended, on my chin. There are plenty of flashes in the device. It's not especially painful and it's just so easy.

All in all, happy with my purchase. And blonde fuzz doesn't bother me.

u/TeelMcClanahanIII · 3 pointsr/TransDIY

The One Touch is this consumer device, sold under a couple of names, but literally the same thing.

If you're actually interested in this route and the sort of person who asks "Mind sending me schematics?" (Good on you!), check out forums like HairTell's DIY Electrolysis subforum. Many people who are serious about doing this at home but who cannot afford (even a pre-owned) professional machine will make a couple modifications to the One Touch to make it more practical. (e.g.: At the very least it would be nice to have a proper on/off switch, but changing out the tip so you can use pro-level needles is also popular.) Not the most active site, but still full of good info.

u/sedona03 · 3 pointsr/AskTrollX

If she's self-conscious about it, one of those pain-free shavers would be a nice gift.

u/heyguyslets · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

I had my underarms done in an office, but then bought a device on Amazon and have finished off the pits and did bikini and legs myself. It takes a little longer than in the office but results are comparable. Office visits are every 6 weeks and doing it at home is one treatment per week. Faster, cheaper in the long run and just as effective.

u/isleepinahammock · 3 pointsr/asktransgender

The only permanent hair removal system that works is something like this:

It does work. It really does. But you have to spend a shit-ton of time on it. I figure to completely remove a full beard with this would take 30 hours a week for a year or two. If you're really broke and have a ton of time on your hands, this is perfect. If not, not so much.

u/AndyD254 · 3 pointsr/LGBTaspies

Yep. I spend a good 30 minutes every morning tweezing my facial hair. I recently bought a [UV Light Hair Removal tool] ( which has helped to eliminate a good deal of my body hair.

Something I would describe as undoubtedly male would be getting an erection, I guess. I've never really had any sort of relationship because whenever I feel excited and turned on, I end up feeling gross about two seconds later. That "grossness" tends to stick around until I stop feeling horny. I genuinely like that excited, horny feeling, I just don't like the way it physically manifests itself.

That being said, I understand what you mean about things feeling "bearable". If I don't think about it too much, I can touch my genitals without having a meltdown, especially with routine stuff like showering.

u/MarriedASlut · 2 pointsr/NSFWIAMA

This is the one I’m using:
BoSidin Facial & Body Permanent Hair Removal for Women

Says for women, but really? Body hair is hair, irrespective of whether it’s on a guy or gal. Been using it about a month and already seeing an impact.

u/TheTallChick · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

I know, you said laser, and whatnot.

Just to toss it out there, I've gotten pretty far with this. I had the one without a quartz bulb first, and it burned out pretty quick. It had been doing it's job, so I upgraded for the longer life bulb. Now, a year later, legs are much better, arms are down to peach fuzz, and I'm still working on face. Quartz bulb still going strong.

Definitely do NOT skip purchasing a set of laser safety glasses with it. They are a lot less dark than sunglasses, but do a lot better job preventing that 'sand in eye' feeling of a little retina damage.

I wouldn't recommend it for dark brown skin tones, but if you're lighter skinned, it's wonderful. Same goes for laser, really.

u/Addisonavery · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

This is the one I have:

I read all the reviews on similar products before I chose one.Laser doesn't seem to work on grey hairs because there needs to be pigment left in the hair. Grey hair doesn't have any pigment left. Unless you are already greying I wouldn't worry about that. You might want to get a friend to help you since you really can't see your butt, but you could use a mirror and I think it would be fine. That's what I would do. I'm a cis woman and it works really well on all my areas except the damn chin hairs. That could just be a "me" problem though. I only have to shave my legs about every 3 weeks and that's only because I got lazy and didn't continue treatments. When I first got it I did every other day treatments. I did my upper lip area and I have rosacea and I didn't have any problems. I'ts something to consider. I know it may seem a little pricey, but it's permanent and you can do it in the privacy of your own home. 10/10 would def buy again. Oh forgot to add, if you buy one make sure that it has a manual/auto setting. If you're doing your backside on your own the auto setting will be very helpfull.

u/OliviaFastDieYoung · 2 pointsr/MtF

I use one of these. $300 new but I got mine for about $100 from eBay. I expected laser to make all the hair grow back more slowly, but it's made patches of hair just never grow back. I'm making decent progress, but I do still have to shave every few days, and I've used it 10-15 times on my whole body.

u/ZeronZ · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

Groupon hair removal is the way to go. I purchased a set of 6 treatments for face and neck for ~$300. I think that treatment areas like legs/chest/arms ran around the $400-$500 range for 6 treatments.

Extrapolating that out, you could probably get 6 treatments on pretty much your entire body for $2k-3k. I would not be surprised to learn that I need another set of treatments for my face.

Alternative: I purchased one of these on sale for $350. I have been using it on my entire body (arms, legs, bikini, chest) for the last several months. I have seen SIGNIFICANT reduction. I used to get a 5:00 shadow of hair growth on my legs the same day that I shaved. I can now go 3-4 days between shaving. My chest hair has decreased almost to the point of vellus hair in many locations. My bikini area has lightened, but is still pretty prickly, and my arms have lightened in some places but are still being somewhat stubborn.

For reference, I have completed 4-5 treatments on most of my body at this point. I intend to continue to use the at home laser for the majority of my body until I no longer see improvements.

u/shelbon22 · 2 pointsr/MtF

Though you can probably get a cheaper one and still be effective. I just have more money than sense sometimes.

u/ArcticClouds · 2 pointsr/TransyTalk

I’ve been using this IPL device from amazon. After 4 weeks hair has definitely slowed, but I’m very skeptical if it’s going to give me the ultimate result I’m looking for.

u/obscurityknocks · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I have the Remington Ilight.

u/Eckesachs · 2 pointsr/confession

I have waited several years after IPL consumer devices were first introduced until I purchased one, because I wanted to make sure they are not total fakes. I don't know any tech stuff, but it's not laser; just some painless light impulses heating up the hair roots, making them fall out over time. Nowadays all the big companies make them (e.g. philips ) and I bought one for a whopping 200 Euro. I am absolutely and positively convinced of that thing. It beats sticky waxing, hair bleaching, stinky skin-burning hair removal mousses, and godawful fucking epilating. Only little shaving left required to finish off the hair I was to lazy to zap. Unless this is what you mean with "laser treatment" (though it sounds different) that you had, I would implore you to invest that money and give it a try, to give you a chance of the same relief that I felt. Though it does depend on your skin type and willingess to invest the time to cover your skin in all the desired places:

I got normal caucasian skin, tan well, brown hair; when I shave my legs, the stubbles look awfully black. That kind of hair works really well for IPL though.


  • It is painless; if it stings, the device needs to have a few buttons to reduce intensity. Check beforehand. It is not supposed to sting or hurt. If it does sting for one zap, it is still literaly a shitton less painful than epilation (even compared to my battery operated underwater epilation device, which is supposed to take away a little pain due to water pressure)

  • It is more effective than epilation, even though I am sloppy when using the IPL. Epilation in my case rips off hair, so I only ever get about 75%. IPL does much more.

  • It is supposed to be used on shaven skin to zap into the stubbles; no premptive hair growing required which I need to hide from humanity until I can epilate it away

    It takes about 5-6 sessions until all hair really falls out. Except for the black underarm hair and bikini area hair. About 80%-90% of that one usually falls out within a week of my first session in spring (I get lazy in winter)


  • Needs repeating monthly, starts with sessions every other week

  • small zap area, takes time until you covered all the skin

  • does not show immediately results and you will not know for a couple of weeks if it really works on your skin tone and hair colour and keeps one thinking that it is all a big old scam

  • eventually the devices lamp will burn out (~250.000 zaps depending on vendor) and you can buy a complete new device for another whopping 200 Euro
u/whatdoievenfrickindo · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

IPL Hair Removal System for Women Permanent Painless UPGRADE to 600,000 Flashes Facial Body Profesional Hair Remover Device Hair Treatment Wholebody Home Use (White)
I think any 4-5 star Amazon IPL Will work but this is the one I bought. It's $90 but personally I think it's more that worth it to never have to think about hair again. In the manual it goes over what level of flash to use on face but definitely start easy as different skin has different sensitivities. It also recommends covering moles/beauty spots so they don't absorb the light. Also check to make sure your skin tone is light enough and hair is dark enough to work with it. Light skin and dark hair works best. Hope this helps!

u/femmederqueer · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

doohickey thingamabob whatchacallit

I got this clever little piece of mechanical witchcraft here.

my only reservation is that the pain I felt while doing it wasn't consistently high, so I'm not sure I was always doing it right? I have a lot of belly fat, though, so maybe that affected pain somehow? And I always felt some pain, it was just the difference between "huh" and "OH OKAY YEAH IT'S ON."

u/Qwaiii · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

I just recently ordered an IPL device, after looking around and debating it for a month I got this.

I have no clue how it will work on my face, but have no doubts how it'd handle body hair.

u/BertEast · 2 pointsr/transtimelines
u/Mombo_No5 · 2 pointsr/askwomenadvice

Mine looks very similar to this, but I got mine from a brick and mortar store. If there's a difference in the model number it would probably be because I got mine from Hong Kong.

u/nixiegirl · 2 pointsr/MtF


I had the same experience as the OP a few years back but tried again ~3 months ago and it’s different this time, for a few reasons, I think:

  1. Exfoliation - I use an oatmeal body scrub before I shave and it really helps

  2. Repair - I too tried so many things and this helped more than anything I’d tried - I use it immediately after shaving/showering.

  3. Mosturizing with the right stuff. I tried a number of moisturizers but this one from Nivea really helps reduce ingrown hairs for me. I use it after the last stuff dries and every night/morning.

  4. Time & Persistence - it feels like it’s quicker/easier with fewer ingrown hairs now and that started after sticking with it for a few weeks. At first I was feeling like it was an impossible task but now it’s annoying but manageable.

  5. Laser for my back - I can’t reach so shaving would be hard.

  6. About a month ago, I purchased a home IPL system made by Braun, sold under the Gillette Venus brand. It’s too soon to tell if it will make a big impact but I think it’s thinning/slowing things a bit.

u/turbosmiler222 · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

here are some on the market:
Tria 4x Laser

LumaRx (IPL)

Philips Lumea Precision (IPL)

unclear if any work on face. Tria says don't use on face but out of the US I Believe they have said it can work on face... no clue though, never used any of these...

u/my600catlife · 2 pointsr/PCOS

This one:

It's kind of hard to get the hang of it at first. I watched a lot of videos. You can't really do your whole face yourself because it's so hard to see in the mirror, but I used it on chest hairs which were a lot more sparse and for touch-ups. It leaves welts sometimes (lasts three days or so) which I didn't get with the professional job.

u/PetraBH · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

The only one I know is: Clean + Easy Deluxe Electrolysis Home (For Coarse Hair)

I have one, it works fine though it's a bit cheaply made. The bad reviews are mostly people who don't know how electrolysis works.

There aren't lot of areas of your face you can do yourself though, as the positioning is hard.

u/rebelrebel163 · 2 pointsr/egg_irl

I copied the link from Amazon it is under a hundred dollars now.

Lovcoyo IPL Hair Removal Device, 500000 Pulses IPL Hair Remover for Women and Men

Make sure you whare the glasses its freakishly bright even with them on.

u/shyember · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

Searching the major trans forums finds most girls have had luck with home "laser" (really IPL) systems.

The one I've heard the most about is actually the Flash n' Go by Silk'n, probably for its low entry price.

Edit: having had actual (diode) laser treatments (and finding them quite effective), I can imagine that home IPL systems would produce similar results. The principles are the same, after all, it's just the power level that's different.

u/Drakolyik · 1 pointr/traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns

You can actually get their best version for cheaper than the Pro Plus Quartz (which is what I own) right now with the clipped coupon. Reaaalllyyy good deal. I don't advise getting their "base" version as it is very limited (bulb cartridge doesn't have anywhere near enough flashes to do extensive work) and not as effective (glass bulb vs. quartz).

I'm not sure if it's the best thing out there right now, though. But I do know that these ones actually -work-. So you may want to do some sleuthing if you aren't sure. I got mine last year so there may be more effective ones now.

u/neederbellis · 1 pointr/asktransgender

Is this what you are talking about?

u/Disguised_Potato · 1 pointr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Braun Silk-Expert 5 IPL Hair Removal for Women, Bd 5004, White/bronze + Gillette Venus Razor

u/paulmarchant · 1 pointr/whatisthisthing

Not quite. It's superficially similar to an IEC C7 (which most people call a figure-8), but the socket only has the 'key' indentation on one side - it should be on both sides.

Looking at the pictures in the Amazon link:

and reading the text:

It's clear that the only mains item is the wall-wart / plugtop power supply, and that the clippers charge from a 5v USB-derived supply.

The cable is USB (5 volts) at one end, and 'slightly unique connector' at the end that plugs into the hair-clipper. but will absolutely still be five volts.

If OP finds a mains lead which will physically fit in the clippers, there'll just be a loud bang and that'll be the end of them.

u/zoeybarkow · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use this one for hair removal. It’s only been about a month so I hesitate to give a strong endorsement but I do think it’s working. I’ve been testing it on one armpit to see if it works before I spend a ton of time using it all over and there seems to be less hair than the control armpit 😂.

BoSidin Facial & Body Permanent Hair Removal for Women

u/creesa · 1 pointr/AskWomen

It has a little needle-type thing on the end. You poke that into your skin right where the hair is, and hold it there for a little while. It burns (?) the follicle. It was kinda gross and weird because while holding it there you'd see a bubbling up from the pore. I think it's skin oils coming up. I wouldn't say it hurts, but you definitely feel a slight sting each time. I did it in about a 4x6 area on the inside of my leg above my ankle. The hair there isn't quite as thick as calf hair on the outer side. Not sure if it would work just as well with really thick hair.

Like I said, it works, but is tedious and sorta hard to do. You have to get it right there where the hair is, not just next to it.

This is the one I have. I guess the price has gone up! I used it several years ago.

u/Blitzsturm · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Show her this. There are several things like it. May be worth shopping for longer lasting or permanent hair removal.

u/guy_that_says_hey · 1 pointr/sex

Sure, ask away.
We purchased one of these and so far it is working great for us.
They say it gets ride of hair for several months, but it looks like that is just the length they have proven to the FDA.

You will have to retreat after ~6 months when the next "phase" (not sure of correct word) of hair follicles comes out of their dormant period, however it seems that you just have to treat each "phase" with one series of treatments.

Even if we had to retreat a couple of times a year it goes really fast, and the cartridges are cheap.

TLDR; If you have the right skin/hair tone, well worth the $250, at least for us.

u/solawn · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Have you tried letting it grow out and then bleaching it? Or maybe you could save up for an at-home laser hair removal kit? I ordered and I've done two treatments so far and I'm already noticing differences in the thickness of the hair. It's sooo much softer! I'm probably going to do a couple more treatments, then let the hair grow out and bleach it bc it's still super dark.

u/AbstruseMurmurings · 1 pointr/detrans

I’ve seen epilators... once you get serious, the pain isn’t so bad.

Also, there is an optical pulse method for home use...

...aaaaand courtesy of some of the more effeminate gay dudes...

You should further research each to be sure that it meets your needs, but they are options I have known used.

u/Leagle_Egal · 1 pointr/women

I use this one

I only started using it a couple weeks ago so I can't speak to its longevity, but it is working pretty nicely so far.

u/BigBalli · 1 pointr/sanfrancisco

Any idea how it compares to this: ?

u/SilverlightPony · 1 pointr/asktransgender
u/jstaylor9 · 1 pointr/asktransgender

I've thought about getting an iLIGHT just for my ear hair. :P

u/newguy8908 · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife
u/Forlifeti · 1 pointr/asktrp

>Do you recommend a lufa in order to exfoliate better?

Lufa and other abrasives will only irritate your skin. If you want to exfoliate, use a chemical. See: /r/SkincareAddiction

>Do you recommend any back shaver device to reach back there?

Do you want to deal with ingrown hairs and stubble? If you're Jew hairy, as in white boy with black hair, try this if you want to get rid of hair:

>What do you think of shaving your entire body? My legs are hairy.

Women shave their body, do you want silky smooth women's legs?

>I know the body builders do it and also fake tan.

Because they get judged on their muscles. Hair covers muscle definition and fake tan defines them.

>Anyone out there go to all of the trouble to become a pretty boy for the ladies?

I believe this is a man's subreddit. Maybe you'd get more luck in /r/Ladyboys/

u/beepduck · 1 pointr/ABDL

You can buy at home electrolysis kits that are similar to what you're describing - I had this one:

But it isn't like tweezers, you have to stick a little pointy thing in each hair follicle to kill it. I didn't find it painful, but it was incredibly time consuming and the results weren't that great. I was able to permanently kill a few follicles before I gave up.

There is no at home, painless, permanent solution.

u/mamacat49 · 1 pointr/Rosacea
u/kaypers · 1 pointr/AskWomen

No side effects. I removed the first hairs about 2 months ago & they have not grown back. I'll try to post the link.

u/antimonycovu · 1 pointr/MtF
u/Curlyq139 · 1 pointr/PCOS

I used [this] ( one, but I do get pimples and some scabbing and redness after I use it. I probably turn it up too high, so use at your own risk. I only use it on VERY small areas because it is not very easy to use, and it can vary in effectiveness depending on whether or not you inserted the needle thing right. Just some warnings!

Summer has never been my favorite time of the year and forget going to the beach! Stupid hair!

u/JustPhaedrus · 1 pointr/TopsAndBottoms for non permanent results that lasts about 3 months if you stop zapping.

u/HanaRiley · 1 pointr/asktransgender

I have a home laser device, and holy wow has it ever cleared me right up.

Now im a lazy lady. so i skip weeks when i shouldn't. but i only did 2 runs on my legs, and went from needing a shave every other day, to needing one every 2 weeks. and the hair is spotty AF. on my arms and chest, neck, back, and cheeks.

i have lasered my face 4-5 times now and it has slowed the growth, but i still have a solid shadow. it is defiantly getting thinner though.

Link to my device

u/iyzie · 1 pointr/asktransgender

Yeah, I'm using this. It's a daunting task, and I may give up on the more difficult areas of the face. No problems with skin damage so far though. My motivation is such that stabbing myself in the face with a needle-ish thing 1000s of times is hardly an obstacle, for how much I want the beard gone. My biggest concern is getting good results, and I feel this is the best way to do that, at least given the mediocre hair removal professionals I have access to in my area.

u/P-K-One · -4 pointsr/crossfit