The 8 best home laser hair removal devices in 2021

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If you are someone who chooses to wax somewhere on your body, you will know how much of a pain it can be (time, money, ingrown hairs… SMH). For those who are fed up with shaving and don’t like to remove hair before the end of time, the laser is by far one of the most popular (and effective) alternatives.

According to scientist, beauty educator and founder of Lab Muffin, Michelle Wong, laser hair removal works on the principle that dark colors (your hair) absorb light (the laser). The laser light then heats the hair follicle to a point where it is damaged, resulting in no growth or much thinner hair. The results are also somewhat permanent and, after the initial treatments, only require maintenance once or twice a year.

Laser hair removal has traditionally been administered by a professional clinic, but these treatments do not come cheap. And you usually need multiple sessions to see a semi-permanent reduction, which makes the process expensive and exhaustive in the long run.

Fortunately, there are many effective, easy, and economical home laser devices on the market today. We’ll be the first to say that anything we do at home will never live up to that of a trained and skilled professional, but if you’re looking to save time and a few Benjamins, the products below are highly recommended. recommended by us.

Read on for the best home laser hair removal devices.

Final verdict

The Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5 (seen on Ulta) wins hands down for us. It’s smart, efficient, fast and secure, all features that are really great value for the price. The runner-up goes to Elos Me Me Sleek (seen on Nordstrom Rack) as it is high quality and one of the few FDA approved tools that can be used on dark skin tones.

What to look for in a home laser hair removal device

Laser vs IPL

According to Cleveland Clinic practitioner and dermatologist Rachel Ward, MD, there are two types of at-home hair removal methods: real laser and IPL. Both use light to heat the hair follicle, the only palpable difference is the light they actually use (the laser uses one wavelength, while the IPL uses several).

Skin tone and hair color

Ward addresses this elsewhere, but because the laser is drawn to dark pigments, it’s tricky territory for dark skin tones due to the possibility of the laser blending in and heating actual skin instead of hair (and cause permanent damage). Technology has advanced enough (and rightly so) these days that people of color can reap the rewards of laser hair removal, but it’s important to find the right tool. If you are really in doubt, hedge your bets and speak to a professional right off the bat. Even if you don’t go through a series of treatments, you will at least have peace of mind and a better understanding of what you can and cannot do.

Likewise, those with light hairs should also consider their options, as home devices may not be smart enough to pick up the hair follicle (remember, they are drawn to dark pigments).


  • Ward explains that if you use your device correctly it is generally safe, but always advises never to shine light on pigmented areas (like moles), tattoos, or around the eyes and genitals. If you have dark skin, you will need to look for a suitable device, otherwise you may burn your skin or cause hyperpigmentation (this is due to the fact that the laser light is not only attracted to the dark hair follicle but melanin. in your skin).

  • It will depend on which device you choose, but most are for use on shaved skin (without any skin care) once a week. You should run your device over the entire treatment area before repeating the process several times (check your instructions for details).

  • Ward explains that the main differences are that the machines in the clinic are more powerful and often larger, so they can cover a treatment area faster and do a better job of eradicating hair. They are also generally more advanced, which is why people with fair hair or dark complexion often do better to seek professional advice (given that it is within their means).

Why trust Byrdie?

Over the years, Emily Algar has experimented and spoken to dozens of experts in the field of permanent hair removal treatments, to determine what works and what doesn’t. For this feature film, she borrowed the expertise of two professionals (a dermatologist and a beauty educator) to detail the how and what of laser hair removal at home.

Based on our Diversity Commitment, 15% of the products in our recently released Market Roundups will feature Black-owned and / or Black-founded brands. At the time of posting, we were unable to find in-home laser hair removal devices from a Black-owned and / or Black-founded business. If you know of one that we should consider, please email us at [email protected], and we’ll evaluate the product as soon as possible.